After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop.
The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on
Daily Dose: Esquire Network's "Friday Night Tykes" has generated a lot of attention for its portrayal of youth league football. Even the National Football League expressed concerns about the violence and seeming lack of concern for safety on the show and the message that sends. Perhaps to make amends, Esquire will air "Tackling Tykes" next Tuesday to discuss safety for little kids playing football. NFL players will be part of the special.
Big Ben. Less than five years ago, Ben Sherwood was a former news producer trying out a second career as an author. Now he is one of the most important executives at
Making a mark. Walt Disney Co. struck a deal to buy Maker Studios, an online video studio, for $500 million in cash. For Disney, which has had struggles in the digital space, the deal gives it an immediate presence. Maker has thousands of channels and almost 400-million subscribers. For Disney, it can serve as a lab for potential TV and movie products as well as a promotional platform. If certain incentives are reached, Disney could end up paying as much as $450 million more for the company. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Variety.
Space to rent. Would you go to a movie theater to watch a football game? Well, first the NFL and the networks have to allow it, but theater owners are trying to figure out ways to bring in new revenue and screening TV shows, sporting events and concerts is on the table. Of course, the reason theaters are considering this is because the movie studios see their future on screens other than the big one. The Los Angeles Times on theater chains hunting for new revenue.
What else is new? According to Consumer Reports, cable giants
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on the killing of a major character on "The Good Wife."
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