The Skinny: I've been listening to a lot of Jackson Browne lately. Might explain the somber mood. Anyway, back in Los Angeles after five days in D.C. I'll miss family but not the humidity. Thursday's headlines include the latest on the upfront market, Gannett acquires
Daily Dose: After Gannett closes on its deal to acquire Belo Corp. (see below), it will own a lot of TV stations. But unlike most other recent broadcast mergers, it won't give Gannett a lot of situations where it owns more than one TV station in a given market. Cities where Gannett and Belo each own stations include St. Louis and Phoenix. Owning multiple stations in one market is seen as crucial for broadcasters as it gives them leverage with advertisers and pay-TV distributors as well as allows them to spread costs across multiple properties.
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The big get bigger.
Now they'll want bathroom breaks too. A federal Judge in New York ruled that movie producer Fox Searchlight violated labor laws by not paying interns who worked on the movie
Playing tough. The threat of so-called over-the-top pay-TV distribution systems may have some cable operators trying to figure out ways to cut deals with programmers that will make it difficult for the new competitors to get access to content. Cable operators took a similar approach when satellite TV emerged two decades ago. Then rules were put in place to try to put the kibosh on that practice. So far, no over-the-top provider has gone public with any complaints or accusations. Coverage from Bloomberg and Variety.
Hard to get happy after that one.
Read it out loud next time before pressing send. Tennis Channel Chief Executive Ken Solomon apologized for a harsh email he sent to the network's staff after it lost a key court ruling to Comcast. Solomon mocked the court whose ruling means Comcast doesn't have to carry Tennis Channel in all its more than 21 million homes. He also said trying to do business with Comcast is akin to "being raped for a decade by a brutal captor." The memo was leaked to Deadspin. Additional coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Man of Steel."
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