How HBO and showrunner David E. Kelley reportedly undermined Big Little Lies director Andrea Arnold

The biggest mystery of Big Little Lies’ second season isn’t a murder — it’s whether the uneven set of episodes would have fared any better had the season’s credited director, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold, actually gotten her vision on the air.

According to a report from IndieWire, HBO, Big Little Lies showrunner David E. Kelley, and season one director Jean-Marc Vallée ultimately took creative control away from Arnold, editing her work to more closely mirror the style and tone of the first season — with mixed results.

“The goal was to unify the visual style of Season 1 …

Postmates has explored a sale to Uber or DoorDash instead of going public

A half-dozen American food-delivery companies are battling for dominance.

Consolidation seems inevitable. The US doesn’t need so many venture-backed companies in an industry defined by low margins, similar services, and fickle customer loyalty. And yet no end has appeared in sight.

But Recode has learned that one of the most prominent of these startups, Postmates, has explored a sale instead of becoming a standalone public company, which it announced plans to do so in February.

Staring at a public market that has been unkind toward consumer IPOs like Lyft and Uber, Postmates in recent months has had persistent talks …