The Skinny: Ever spend too much time online and your eyes hurt? That's how I felt yesterday. I hate Internet hangovers. Today's roundup includes more coverage of the drama at Rupert Murdoch's media empires. Also, cable networks don't feel they are getting their fair share of ad dollars from Madison Avenue.
All in the family. Yes, I know I had stories about the new roles for media mogul Rupert Murdoch's kids Lachlan and James in yesterday's column. But these are the Murdochs! You knew there would be more stories today with lots of palace intrigue and Shakespearean overtones and recaps. Plus, few can pass up an opportuity to dive back into of all the professional (phone hacking scandal) and personal (divorce from
Here we go again. About every six months a story pops that satellite broadcasters Dish and
Does hair product come with the purchase? Freemantle Media has bought a big stake in 495 Productions, the company that was behind the MTV hit "Jersey Shore." No price tag was disclosed, but Variety said the acquisition was valued at $40 million to $50 million. The deal is the latest example of consolidation among reality show production firms. Broadcasting & Cable took a look at the deals and what they mean for the business.
Playing catch-up. No doubt that cable has achieved parity with broadcast in the eyes of viewers and TV critics. In fact, many would argue that cable's original programming surpasses broadcast. But when it comes to ad dollars, Madison Avenue still pays more for broadcast content vs. cable. Obviously some of this has to do with who has the bigger ratings, but there are also still perception problems for much of cable TV when it comes to advertisers.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn on how "Rob the Mob" director Raymond De Felitta had to pull off a minor miracle to make sure his comedy didn't end up sleeping with the fishes. Willow Bay, a former
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