Warner’s Tsujihara sets tone. Garcetti reaches out to Hollywood.
After the coffee. Before seeing how “Under the Dome” did in the ratings.
The Skinny: I’ve been watching some pilots lately. I like FX’s “The Bridge” and surprisingly enjoyed Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” which normally wouldn’t be my cup of tea. Tuesday’s headlines include the continuing shakeups at Warner Bros. and how the next mayor of Los Angeles is trying to work more closely with Hollywood.
Daily Dose: Food Network is running as fast as it can from Paula Deen after the cooking show host acknowledged using racial epithets in jokes in the past. But not too long ago the network was working on a new show for her. Although Deen’s ratings had fallen lately, she was still a force at the network and her son has a popular show on Food Network’s sister outlet, the Cooking Channel.
A hands-on guy. New Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara is wasting no time overhauling how Hollywood’s biggest movie and television studio operates. On Monday, he unveiled a new management structure for Warner Bros.’ movie unit in the wake of Jeff Robinov’s departure. As he did with the television unit after Bruce Rosenblum left, Tsujihara named several presidents who will all report to him. Unlike his predecessor Barry Meyer, who preferred to have a few direct reports who were given lots of latitude, Tsujihara is reducing executive layers and will be more involved in the day-to-day decision-making. More on Tsujihara’s approach and what Robinov’s next move may be from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Making the rounds. Legendary Entertainment, the production company headed by Thomas Tull whose longtime deal with Warner Bros. is ending soon, continues to shop itself around town. Odds are unlikely Tull will stay with Warner Bros. and speculation is centering on Universal. However, Sony and even Lionsgate are in the running. The latest from Deadline Hollywood and the Hollywood Reporter.
Extending an olive branch. Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti wants to try to slow the exodus of film production from the city. Garcetti has been meeting with show biz big wigs and has indicated he would like to create a role for an industry advocate at City Hall. The Los Angeles Times on how Garcetti is trying to work with Hollywood in contrast to his soon-to-be predecessor Antonio Villaraigosa.
New song. Judy McGrath, a longtime top executive at MTV, is joining Sony Music to head a new entertainment in the unit, according to the New York Post. McGrath, who left MTV parent Viacom in a management restructuring, has dubbed her new project: “Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary.”
Making it pay. CBS’ “Under the Dome,” which made its debut last night, is an example of a new economics model for TV. With ratings on the decline, networks and producers are finding ways to milk every new revenue stream possible. And in some cases it is starting to pay off. Vulture looks at how CBS is making “Under the Dome” pay.
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