After the coffee. Before the flight to a rainy New York City.
The Skinny: By the time most of you read this I'll be in the air on my way to the Big Apple for the broadcast upfronts and real pizza. I'm listening to "The Boxer" as I write this just to get in the mood. Of course, the New York that Simon & Garfunkel sang about is now a distant memory. Enough deep thoughts from me. Today's stories include Walt Disney Co.'s strong earnings and Legendary Entertainment perhaps jumping ship. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note.
Daily Dose: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to gut the sports blackout rule that prohibits a local station or a pay-TV distributor from showing a home game in the market of a team that has not sold out its stadium. McCain wants the blackout to apply only for teams whose stadiums have received taxpayer funding, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Great and powerful indeed. Walt Disney Co. posted strong results for its fiscal second quarter thanks in large part to its ESPN unit and the theatrical hit "Oz the Great and Powerful." Overall the company had earnings of $1.5 billion on revenue of $10.55 billion. A downer was ABC's profit falling 40% due to higher programming costs. More on the numbers from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Parting ways? One of the Hollywood's biggest guessing games is whether movie financier Thomas Tull's Legendary Entertainment will sever ties with Warner Bros., its longtime home. Legendary movies include the "Dark Knight" and "Hangover" franchises. Variety says it appears increasingly likely that Legendary will move to another studio -- perhaps Universal -- as it is struggling to come to terms with Warner Bros. on a new deal.
Nothing fancy. NBC is scrapping plans to build a monster studio for Jimmy Fallon when he takes over "The Tonight Show" for Jay Leno next year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ambitious plans to spend $25 million on a new home for Fallon have been scrapped in favor of a $5 million renovation of his current studio.
Cable madness. TBS, which shares TV rights to the NCAA college basketball tournament known as March Madness with CBS, will carry the tournament's semifinal games on Final Four weekend for the next two years and in 2016 will have the championship game. After that, it will alternate coverage of the semifinals and championship with CBS. For TBS, having even more of March Madness will give it leverage with pay-TV distributors. Details from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
End credits. Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes Film Festival, is preparing his exit from the prestigious event. The 83-year-old told the French newspaper Nice Martin that he would step down after the 2015 festival, when his latest term ends.
Maybe it should be renamed the Chuck Network. Chuck Lorre, producer of CBS comedies "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molly," will soon add a fourth sitcom to the network. Deadline Hollywood says CBS will announce that it is picking up Lorre's "Mom" starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney for the fall schedule. Maybe this means Janney will take a break from doing voice-over work for Kaiser Permanente. Hope so as those radio ads annoy the heck out of me when I'm driving to work.
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