Morning Fix: Protests at Comcast annual meeting; baseball may want Bob Iger
After the coffee. Before getting ready for the summer news slowdown.
The Skinny: “Homeland” producers should watch FX’s “The Americans” to see how you make a compelling show that ends stories and creates new ones while being true to itself and its characters. The finale of “Modern Family” was also cute, although as usual my DVR cut off the last scene. Thursday’s headlines include protests at Comcast’s annual meeting, and the filing of a wrongful death suit by the family of Sarah Jones, killed during the making of the movie “Midnight Rider.”
Daily Dose: The week after upfronts and before Memorial Day is a little on the slow side, so forgive today’s Daily Dose news nugget. Jon Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker are among the folks who will show up on Jerry Seinfeld’s digital show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” I promise I’ll try to have something better for you, but summer is coming and real news sometimes takes a vacation.
Singing songs and they’re carrying signs. Cable giant Comcast Corp.'s annual meeting in Philadelphia on Wednesday turned into protest central. As executives touted the company’s cable and broadband offerings, and the deal to buy Time Warner Cable, protesters outside made noise about the cable company getting too big and being bad for consumers. But hey, at least the meeting started on time instead of making shareholders wait a few hours for a white van with Comcast executives to show up. See, that’s a joke about cable customer service, if you were wondering. More on the meeting from the Los Angeles Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
The story’s not over yet. The parents of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed by a train during the filming of a scene for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” have filed a wrongful death suit against the movie’s producers. Also named in the suit is the CSX rail line and Allman, who has an executive producer credit on the film. Details from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
The swing vote. With many big issues to debate, including Net neutrality, Comcast’s Time Warner Cable purchase and AT&T’s deal for DirecTV, every vote will count at the Federal Communications Commission. Many eyes are on Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel as the potential swing vote on the commission. Seen as a potential future chairman of the agency, Rosenworcel has become more visible lately in print and television. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Rosenworcel.
Are there free hot dogs for life with the gig? Disney Chief Bob Iger is a dream candidate to succeed Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who is scheduled to step down next year, according to the New York Post. Of course, just because baseball wants Iger doesn’t mean Iger wants baseball. The Disney CEO is under contract for another two years and some think he may be around even longer than that. But it’s a slow week, so why not speculate?
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