After the coffee. Before cranking “Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal.”
The Skinny: When other kids were buying Beatles albums, I was buying the Velvet Underground’s “Loaded.” Lou Reed made me feel blue when I wanted to feel blue and lifted me up when I wanted to get higher. Hope your ride into the sun was a good one, Lou; rest in peace. Today’s roundup includes the box-office recap. Also, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos made a speech that angered movie theater owners.
Daily Dose: In a big step for audience measurement in the digital era, Nielsen is unveiling a “unified encoding approach” that will allow the rating company to track viewership of content across various screens such as tablets and computers. That means if a network makes a show available for a digital device and it has the same commercial load as what airs on TV, Nielsen will include those viewers in the ratings.
Good “Grandpa.” Johnny Knoxville’s “Bad Grandpa” brought “Gravity” back down to earth with a take of $32 million, which was more than enough for first place at the box office. A few of those dollars were mine and it was worth it. “Gravity” still took in a decent $20.3 million, good enough for second place. The big flop of the weekend was “The Counselor,” which made less than $10 million. Weekend box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Ted talks, theater owners balk. Ted Sarandos, who oversees content for Netflix, wants to get movies on his service the same day they debut in movie theaters. In a speech at an industry event, he charged that movie theater owners are stifling innovation. Of course, getting movies on the same day as theaters makes great sense for Netflix but I can also see why movie theater owner would not be on board with that. After all, Netflix doesn’t offer its new shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” on CBS the same day they debut on its streaming service. Here’s Variety on Sarandos’ speech and Deadline Hollywood with a reaction from John Fithian, who oversees the National Assn. of Theater Owners.
Looking for a fix. Would having their own version of Aereo -- the start-up service that transmits over-the-air signals to consumers over the Internet -- give cable and satellite operators leverage when negotiating with CBS, Fox and other big broadcasters? They may think so. Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and DirecTV are considering starting their own Aereo. I think there are some flaws in this idea. Here’s my take.
First day on the job. Fusion, the new network from Univision and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC News launches Monday. Initially designed as a news channel aimed at English-speaking Latinos, it is now being pitched as a news and entertainment network. That’s led to some confusion about Fusion. (See what I did there?) But with the network launching in just 20 million homes, the parent companies probably want to keep their options open regarding content. Curtain raisers on Fusion from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
Happy birthday. The NFL Network is turning 10 next week. I was there when they flipped the switch so to me this is just one more thing that makes me feel old. Believe it or not, the channel struggled to get full distribution for awhile. When the league started putting games on the network, distributors started to cave and now it is a big cash cow for the NFL. And now that it is entrenched, the NFL may cut back on the number of Thursday games the channel carries to create another package to sell elsewhere. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times on the NFL Network’s past and future.
Brad vs. Brad. The Hollywood Reporter says Paramount Pictures chief Brad Grey is mad at Brad Pitt over the critical hit “12 Years a Slave.” The movie is produced by Pitt’s Plan B, which is based at Paramount. However, the studio didn’t play a part in the financing or distribution of the movie. While Pitt’s deal allows him to take projects elsewhere, Paramount apparently feels that it should have been given the chance to get on board.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Randall Roberts on legendary rocker Lou Reed who died over the weekend. Also, an obituary of Marcia Wallace, the comedy actress best known for her role as Carol on “The Bob Newhart Show” and her work as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on “The Simpsons."
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