The Morning Fix: Dish makeover. ‘Breaking Bad’ talks going badly.
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After the coffee. Before debating with those who want to spoil the season opener of ‘Two and a Half Men.’
The Skinny: I’m not sure what is gained by trying to learn every detail of how Ashton Kutcher will be written into ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Is it crucial news to the business? Will getting the scoop help anyone in any way? OK, done ranting. Tuesday’s headlines include an inside look at Dish Network’s plans to reinvent itself, a new fight between the Dodgers and Fox, and a spat between AMC and Sony Television over a fifth season of the drama ‘Breaking Bad.’
What’s it all about, Charlie? Satellite broadcaster Dish Network and its chairman Charlie Ergen has been on a spending spree lately, buying Blockbuster, lots of spectrum and kicking the tires of every company that comes along. New chief executive Joe Clayton talks with the Los Angeles Times about the company’s plans to take on Netflix and the rest of the makeover going on at Dish.
Welcome to the big show. New NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt detailed the network’s fall schedule to the media Monday and announced plans to rejuvenate NBC’s TV production arm Universal Media Studios. In attendance was his boss NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke. Coverage of NBC’s press tour day from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Reuters and Wall Street Journal.
Parting ways. Who didn’t see this coming? DreamWorks Animation is ending its partnership with Paramount Pictures after next year. At issue are the terms of the distribution agreement between the Jeffrey Katzenberg-run animation house and Paramount, which has been distributing their movies. Details from the Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times.
What, me worry? You didn’t think we’d have a Rupert Murdoch-free Morning Fix did you? Now it is the Wall Street Journal worried about what the phone hacking scandal that closed the News of the World tabloid is doing to the legendary financial paper. The New York Times on a survey the WSJ conducted with readers to see if the paper’s reputation has been tarnished by everything going on at parent company News Corp.
Can’t they get along? Looks like Fox Sports is taking a break from trying to be BFFs with Dodger owner Frank McCourt. After trying to give the team a cash infusion and trying to nail down a new long-term deal for the cable TV rights to the Dodgers, Fox Sports is now mad that the Dodgers are hiring Blackstone Group to shop a deal for said rights. Details from the Wall Street Journal.
Relativity deal. The New York Post says that producer Ryan Kavanaugh is close to a deal to sell a stake in his company to an investment group led by JPMorgan for $800 million. The stake being sold belongs to Elliot Associates, a hedge fund.
Zediva zapped. The Motion Picture Assn. of America won a preliminary injunction in its copyright infringement suit against streaming company Zediva. Coverage from Cnet.
‘Breaking Bad’ breaking away? Negotiations between cable channel AMC and producer Sony Television over a fifth and likely final season of the critically acclaimed drama ‘Breaking Bad’ has gotten so heated that last week the show was actually shopped to other networks. Details from the Los Angeles Times and some analysis of the situation at AMC from the Hollywood Reporter.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ eked out a first-place finish at the box office but is a long way from making a buck. A new Federal Communications Commission rule about disputes between programmers and distributors has cable operators up in arms.
-- Joe Flint
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