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The Morning Fix: Calling all rival suitors! Let's break up. Letterman's antagonist. L.A. (finally) looks to slow runaway production

October 8, 2009 |  7:02 am

After the coffee. Before avoiding people who will spoil last night's "Glee" that sits in your DVR.

CTlogosmall Rival suitors? Forbes takes a look at other potential bidders on NBC Universal, although some (Disney, News Corp.) seem a little far-fetched and another (Time Warner Cable) just down right absurd. Although the publication quickly dismisses a Time Warner Cable bid, if it is so ridiculous why even report it? Anyhow, others mentioned include Liberty Media and private equity. If it is private equity and you work at NBC Universal, be sure and read this New York Times story and run.

Breaking up is better. Rather than consolidate, cases are being made that the entertainment industry needs to break apart. Citing Time Warner's recent spinoff of cable and Viacom's split from CBS a few years ago, Dow Jones Newswires says synergies remain elusive.

Homing in on Halderman. The New York Times takes a look at David Letterman's nemesis: hard-living CBS News producer Joe Halderman. We don't learn much more than what's been reported by the Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove last week. There is, however, an interesting nugget on who posted Halderman's bond and Stephanie Birkitt's forced vacation. NYT ad columnist Stuart Elliott reports that the whole mess has yet to have a negative effect on advertising on Letterman's show.

Free parking? We're back, baby! The Los Angeles City Council has proposed some new incentives in an effort to curb runaway productions, reports the Los Angeles Times. Among the perks under consideration are tax credits and reducing the bureaucratic hassles of shooting at such legendary locales as the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign.

Fading picture. Disney's shrinking of Miramax is the latest blow to the indie film business (although to be honest, we kind of wondered whether indie and Disney, like Vantage and Paramount, aren't something of an oxymoron. Variety looks at the glum new world for niche films. 

Ellen Page, producer. "Juno" and "Whip It" star Ellen Page has a deal to develop a comedy with HBO along with fellow actors Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillman, says the Hollywood Reporter. The show will be about two girls from Williamsburg in Brooklyn who relocate to Silver Lake, which is kind of like going from old Yankee Stadium to new Yankee Stadium.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: FCC again calls for net neutrality. John Horn on "Paranormal's" marketing script. Brian Wilson and Gershwin.

-- Joe Flint

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