The Skinny: I hope everyone had a good break. I used the past few days to watch a bunch of pilots in preparation for the TV press tour that kicks off this week. Now I need another vacation. Today's roundup includes the Fourth of July weekend box-office recap, a preview of the Allen & Co. conference and some suggestions for Fox, which will cover the next World Cup.
Daily Dose: If you are thinking of inviting a
More fizzle than flash. Apparently folks had better things to do over the holiday weekend than sit inside an air conditioned movie theater. The Fourth of July box office was down more than 40% compared with last year and summer box office is also down. Finishing first over the long weekend was "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
Summer camp. The titans of media and telecommunications will gather this week in Sun Valley, Idaho, for the Allen & Co. conference. The annual event has sparked deals in the past including Comcast's takeover of
Tough act to follow.
Trying to stand out in a crowd. The good news for TV watchers is that there is plenty of original content on both broadcast and cable this summer. The bad news is coming up with catchy marketing campaigns to get people who are used to tuning out in the summer to tune in. The New York Times on how marketers are trying to get more creative with their promotional efforts.
She had trouble marketing movies but she can definitely design a home. Remember M.T. Carney? She had a brief, unsuccessful stint as head of marketing for
Inside the Los Angeles Times: The involuntary manslaughter charges brought against the producers of "Midnight Rider" for the accident that took the life of camera assistant