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The Morning Fix: Kate flies solo! YouTube and WMG make deal. NBC likes women. Chernin likes DiCaprio

September 29, 2009 |  7:14 am
After the coffee. Before bidding on the Jon Gosselin spin-off show.

Polanski fallout. Roman Polanski's arrest continues to generate headlines and debate ranging from "it's about time" to "why now?" Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.


Kate Plus Eight!
Looks like Jon Gosselin is being given his walking papers from TLC's hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus Eight." TLC said today it is rechristening the show "Kate Plus Eight" and will focus more on Kate Gosselin's role as a single mother (between her roles as constant guest on "Larry King Live" and People magazine cover subject) and much less on Jon, who will have occasional appearances on the program. Early details from the Associated Press.

Buy this book for $79.95! Walt Disney Co.'s publishing arm is unveiling a new subscription website that will allow consumers to access online versions of Disney books ranging from "Winnie the Pooh" to "Hannah Montana" for the low, low price of almost $80 a year. The New York Times says Disney's effort could "send ripples" through the kids publishing business. Or not.

Warner Music and YouTube strike deal. Ending a nine-month feud, Warner Music Group and Google's YouTube have struck a deal that will bring the music label's artists back to the online video site. As part of the deal, Warner will hire companies to sell ads alongside its videos that I will promptly ignore. More dirt from the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times

Chernin producing DiCaprio. Ex-News Corp. COO Peter Chernin's new production company is joining several film projects already in development at 20th Century Fox, according to Variety. Biggest of them is "The Deep Blue Goodbye," which is attached to Leonardo DiCaprio.

NBC likes women. NBC Universal unveiled plans to spend a week in October focusing on contemporary women in its news shows. Spearheaded by former NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver, the network will run features on "the current state of American women" on its news shows," according to the New York Times. Of course, NBC has its own bottom-line motivations here, as it also owns Oxygen and iVilliage and a small piece of Lifetime Television.

Inside today's Los Angeles Times: "Terminator" rights could be up for grabs again. Disney keeps "Winnie the Pooh" rights. Patrick Goldstein on LeBron James, moviemaker.

-- Joe Flint

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Update: The Morning Fix was originally posted at 9:21 a.m.