Business Insider’s 20 biggest advertising and media stories of the year

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For today’s newsletter, the last of the year, we’re recapping the year’s biggest stories. The pandemic and financial crisis shook up the advertising and media industries, which is reflected in our top stories that span ad agencies, brands, media companies, and the influencer industry.

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Read the 20 stories that subscribers couldn’t get enough of this year.

Red Bull CEO

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk speaks on board the Norwegian Escape during day 3 of the Summit at Sea cruise on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Miami.

The Skimm co-founders
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Billy Horschel speaks with Cheddar hosts Kristen Scholer and Jon Steinberg at the New York Stock Exchange during a preview media tour for THE NORTHERN TRUST on August 22, 2017 in New York City, New York.

Jennifer Hyman
Jennifer Hyman is on the left.

Sherry Smith, CEO of Triad Retail
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GMMB founding partner Jim Margolis at a press conference in 2006

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Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Jason Kilar WarnerMedia CEO
Jason Kilar.

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