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The Morning Fix: Bollywood goes Hollywood. What's cooking at Disney. Ad giant says slow down on that recovery talk. Emmy ratings and backlash!

September 22, 2009 |  7:15 am
After the coffee. Before trying to figure out why the Angels own the Yankees.

Bringing Hollywood to Bollywood. The Wall Street Journal profiles Reliance Big Entertainment, the movie arm of the Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group that just made a hefty investment in DreamWorks. In just two years, Big Entertainment has coughed up a billion dollars to expand its entertainment operations. Its next big gamble is the  movie "Kites." With a budget of $30 million, it's one of the priciest movies ever to come out of the country. 


What's Disney cooking next? The pressure is on Disney CEO Bob Iger to move quickly to replace studio chief Dick Cook, who was forced out last week. The rumor mill is hopping, and the Los Angeles Times looks at what's going on at the Mouse House and whether Disney Channel topper Rich Ross is a candidate for the job. Meanwhile, the Wrap's Sharon Waxman tries to figure out who messed up -- Iger or Cook. 

Cooking with Kate. Warner Bros. is inching closer to a deal to develop a "View"-like talk show featuring Kate Gosselin, beleaguered wife of the TLC reality smash "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The program may also include TV chef Paula Deen, who taped a pilot with Gosselin last weekend. The Wrap tries to sort out rumor from fact. Better hurry because we're probably at minute 13 of Gosselin's 15 minutes of fame.

Not so fast. While big media chiefs, including News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch and CBS' Leslie Moonves, tout  signs of economic recovery, WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell is pumping the brakes. WPP is one of the world's biggest advertising giants, and Sorrell tells the Financial Times he's not being gloomy, just realistic.

From cable to broadcast. Having found success making dramas for cable ("Rescue Me," "Breaking Bad"), Sony is pushing its way into broadcast with deals to develop projects at ABC, CBS and NBC, reports the Hollywood Reporter

Network neutrality fallout. After FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined on Monday the role he thought the government should play in regulating the Internet, the backlash against his speech began, says the Washington Post.

Inside the Los Angeles Times. The NAACP complains that there was a lack of diversity during the Emmy telecast, which points up a bigger issue going on in the industry. Ratings for the Emmys were up, ending a three-year slide. States, such as Michigan, that have offered sweet deals to Hollywood are having to rethink them in these tough times. Dan Rather gets the green light from the courts to depose Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone in his long-running legal battle against Redstone's CBS.

-- Joe Flint

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