After the coffee. Before figuring out what’s wrong with my blog software.
The Skinny. If you are writing an aggregation column and your computer isn’t letting you put more than one link in your file, that’s a big problem. So now you know how my morning is going. Today’s headlines include Walt Disney’s new video game strategy. Fox is looking to take a penalty kick on its soccer channel, and a review of the new American Idol.
Daily Dose: Just in time for her big interview with Lance Armstrong, Time Warner Cable will now carry Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel in beautiful high definition. Now we can see if those tears are real. Other channels getting the HD treatment include Disney Jr. and TV Land, although I’m not sure if the shows on the latter (mostly old reruns) are such a good fit for that format.
Let's play together. Walt Disney Co., which has struggled in establishing a video game business, is introducing an initiative called Infinity that will let players use characters from all sorts of Disney and Pixar franchises. Not being a gamer or well-versed in Disney (beyond ESPN and ABC), I can't tell you what any of this really means. Apparently though it is quite a big deal for Disney to let a character from a Pixar movie -- such as Sulley from "Monsters, Inc." -- be in the same game as Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” If you want to make sense of it all, here are stories about it from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
So much for soccer. News Corp. is looking to rebrand its Fox Soccer cable channel as an entertainment network, reports the Los Angeles Times. Fox Soccer has recently lost rights to some big events but News Corp. doesn’t want to just shut the channel down and lose the almost 50 million homes that get the network. Now it will have to persuade distributors such as Comcast to let it revamp the network.
Hope Viagra didn’t buy a spot. Not only is Oprah Winfrey’s OWN expecting big ratings for its interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong, it is also looking to make big bucks selling ads for the two-day event. Armstrong reportedly comes clean in the interview about using performance-enhancing drugs. More on the event from Reuters.
Bad baby formula. Cable network Oxygen has decided not to go forward with a reality show called "All My Babies' Mamas," about a rapper with 11 children from 10 different women. No, I’m not making this up. The show was met with lots of criticism from media watchdogs. A story on Oxygen caving from the Associated Press.
Will work for million-dollar package. Former Sirius XM Chief Executive Mel Karmazin, who has also held top positions at CBS and Viacom, says he’s ready for work. The 69-year-old, who’s known for being a tough taskmaster, tells CNBC he’s looking for another big job in media. In the meantime, he cracks, “I have to go to the unemployment line to register for my unemployment checks.”
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on the new “American Idol.” “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow opens up on the backlash against her movie for its torture scenes. Did you notice anything missing from the New York City shown on the CW’s new drama “The Carrie Diaries?”
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