By Joe Flint
6:54 AM PDT, June 12, 2013
After the coffee. Before the flight back to Los Angeles.
The Skinny: It's been fun here in D.C. but it's time to head home. Hope my cats didn't leave me any welcome home gifts! Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on News Corp.'s plans to split the company in two and WME's punking rival agency CAA.
Daily Dose: News Corp.'s Fox International Channels (FIC) has promoted Ward Platt to chief operating officer of the unit and chief executive of National Geographic Channels International. Platt, who had been president of the unit's Asia Pacific and Middle East outlets will relocate from Hong Kong to FIC's Los Angeles headquarters. Zubin Gandevia, currently chief operating officer of FIC Asia will become president of that unit.
Start the presses! Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. approved the mogul's plan to split his media empire into two separate publicly traded companies. The entertainment assets will be part of the new 21st Century Fox while the newspaper and publishing units will remain in News Corp. Given how much control the Murdoch family has over the company and how eager Wall Street has been to get the newspapers away from the rest of the company because they are seen as a drag, it was not a close vote. Coverage of the split from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Just ribbing you a little. Oh those wacky Hollywood agents are so funny! On Tuesday, advertisements started popping up around the Century City mall that said simply: CAAN'T. The joke is that it looks just like the logo for Creative Artists Agency whose offices are right near the mall. Turns out rival agency William Morris Endeavor was behind the stunt, which was inspired by a New York Post Page Six item in which a director coined CAA CAAN'T after being frustrated by his representatives. While agencies are fiercely competitive, it's rare one goes to such lengths to publicly humiliate another. But anything that helps the local advertising economy can't be all bad. Details from Deadline Hollywood and the Los Angeles Times.
Tricky, tricky. Online music service Pandora has bought an FM radio station in Rapid City, S.D. No, this isn't a new media service embracing traditional media. By owning a terrestrial radio station, Pandora can lower the rights it pays for music. Guess that means Apple will start buying radio stations too. More on Pandora's deal from the Wall Street Journal.
It's the end of the world as we know it. While "Man of Steel" will dominate the box office this weekend, the offbeat comedy "This is the End" is expected to take in over $30 million over the next few days. The movie opened Tuesday night on more than 2,000 screens. Variety on how the movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill will carve out an audience.
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