The Morning Fix: Disney execs do some swapping! CNN begins life after Dobbs. 'Call of Duty' is huge. ABC calls on 'Angels.'
After the coffee. Before lining up your bid for MGM.
Disney's swapping strategy. Just one day after reshuffling the executive ranks at its studio, Walt Disney Co. rejiggered its corporate offices with CFO Tom Staggs and Parks chief Jay Rasulo switching jobs. The move will give Staggs some operational experience and Rasulo some corporate time. Disney downplayed talk that this was all part of a bake-off to succeed CEO Bob Iger. Details on that and Disney's earnings from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Deadline.
CNN: AD (after Dobbs). Life in the post-Dobbs era begins for CNN. John King will take over Lou Dobbs' time period in January. Dobbs still isn't saying what he will do next, but he is free to go to a rival network if he wants. For CNN, losing Dobbs is a double-edged sword. On the one hand he clashed a lot with the brass there over his opinions, but on the other his audience had been growing for the past five years. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.
Comcast's course. The Comcast-NBC deal must be getting close -- newspapers are already running their b-matter. Today, the New York Times weighs in with a profile of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts featuring the obligatory anecdotes -- getting Bill Gates to invest in Comcast years ago and the bid for Disney that backfired -- as well the assessment that this deal is about content. Really? You mean content is king? Someone go tell Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone that he was right.
Called to duty indeed. The new video game "Call of Duty" did $310 million in opening-day sales, as almost 5 million copies were purchased. That dethroned "Grand Theft Auto." Not sure what any of this means for society, but details from the Wall Street Journal.
"Charlie's Angels" to fly again. Because remakes are working so well on TV these days ("Bionic Woman," "Knight Rider," "Melrose Place"), ABC is going to try its hand at redoing "Charlie's Angels." Word on the assignment from Variety.
Is Twitter's 15 minutes up? Growth has been slowing for Twitter, the 140-character social networking site, and in October usage actually declined from September. The response from Twitter is, of course, to try new features that frankly I find annoying. Such a slowdown should have been expected, not to mention that like Facebook, many people sign up, look around and then don't come back. What do I know? I'm not some Silicon Valley genius. TechCrunch takes a look at the decline in twits.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at "White Collar," USA's latest hit. Will Playboy's Hugh Hefner have a new boss? LA Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein becomes non-executive chairman of Sirius-XM. Crying over spilled milk as California Milk Advisory Board will shoot ads outside the state.
-- Joe Flint