After the coffee. Before confessing that I invented Bitcoin.
The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife." Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
Daily Dose: Stu Snyder is out as head of Turner Animation, the unit that oversees Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Snyder's departure comes just two months after a new management regime took over at Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner. No successor for Snyder, who had reported to new Turner President David Levy, was named.
Power hitter. "300: Rise of an Empire" is expected to rise to the top of the box office this weekend. The sequel to the surprise hit "300" is projected to take in $45 million or so. Also opening is "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which is expected to make around $30 million. I have very fond memories of Peabody and Sherman from my childhood and that makes me a little nervous about this version. Looks like another weekend away from the multiplex for me. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Meet the new boss. Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, tapped publishing veteran Jack Griffin as chief executive of Tribune Publishing. Later this year, Tribune will spin off its newspapers into a separate, publicly traded company. Eddy Hartenstein, publisher of the Los Angeles Times and a former Tribune CEO, will become non-executive chairman of the newspaper company. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
Getting tough. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve new rules that could make life tougher for local broadcasters. One change would prohibit local stations that have different owners from negotiating distribution deals with pay-TV operators as a team. That had cable and satellite operators and media watchdogs cheering. Another change would require a TV station that sells more than 15% of advertising for another station in the same market (as part of a joint-sales agreement) to have to count that station as its own with regards to the FCC's ownership regulations. That could slow consolidation of local stations. More from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Broadcasting & Cable.
Down day at Disney. As expected, Walt Disney Co. is making big cuts at its interactive unit. Disney Interactive has struggled to build a presence in the video game business. About 700 people, or one-fourth of the staff, will be let go. Coverage from the New York Times.
Play ball. Major League Baseball may relax its rules that prevent regional sports networks from live streaming games to tablets and mobile devices, says the New York Post. The networks want to offer that option as more young people watch games on devices other than televisions. Just so there is no confusion, this does not mean that one could buy online access to a sports network without subscribing to pay TV.
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