The Morning Fix: Golden Globes fight! Harry Potter theft! Don Draper's boss spinning off? How's Bristol do it?
After the coffee. Before figuring out if this cord-cutting thing is a trend.
The Skinny: It was 25 years ago this day that Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's career ended on Monday Night Football, which makes me feel really old. In other news, this is supposed to be the day that Comcast unveils its new management plan. There's a fight over the Golden Globes, and reality TV is getting violent.
And now the Golden Globe for juiciest lawsuit. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., parent of the Golden Globes Awards show, has filed a lawsuit against the show's producer, Dick Clark Productions, and its parent, Red Zone Capital, which is owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The suit alleges that Dick Clark Productions made a secret renewal deal with NBC, the network that carries the show, without permission of the Hollywood Foreign Press. According to the association, its deal with Dick Clark Productions expires after the upcoming show in January, and until that deal is renewed, the production company can't do anything. The suit also claims that Dick Clark has been trying to take over other aspects of the Globes. Dick Clark Productions fired back that the suit had no merit. This one looks like it will get uglier. Lots of fun stuff in the suit too, like rights-fee history and behind-the-scenes dirt. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
I didn't do it! The first 36 minutes or so of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part I," the latest installment in the Warner Bros. franchise based on the bestselling books, ended up online, and the studio is not happy. The sites that had it include isoHunt and the Pirate Bay. The footage, according to the Wall Street Journal, was watermarked. So far, the movie has premiered in New York and London, but Warner Bros. told the Wall Street Journal the leak didn't come from those two screenings.
Can't we all get along? Broadcast and cable industry executives squared off before a Senate hearing to debate who's right and who's wrong in the recent rash of carriage battles. The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held the hearing to see if the rules of engagement between broadcasters and cable operators needed to be changed. The hearing was scheduled in the wake of the recent fight between Fox and Cablevision that saw the network's signal pulled from more than 3 million homes in the New York City area last month. Coverage of the hearing from Broadcasting & Cable. As the hearing got underway, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) had an "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" moment when he ripped into big media for all sorts of things having nothing to do with the topic at hand. Details on his rant from the Los Angeles Times.
Classy people! The Daily Beast looks at some recent incidents on reality-TV shows and decides the genre has started to get violent and nasty. Started? Mentioning examples from shows such as MTV's "Real World" and Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, TDB says there are "new forms of surprising, even appalling behavior." For some reason, the classic scene in "Casablanca" where Renault tells Rick he's closing the club because he's "shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here," just before being handed his winnings, keeps going through my mind.
Geek product. That's how Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal's famed technology columnist, described Google TV. In a test, Mossberg said Google TV, which seeks to bring the Internet to your TV, is "too complicated," and "some of its functions fall short."
Don Draper going solo? Cablevision Systems Corp., parent of Rainbow Media, parent of several cable channels including AMC and IFC, said Thursday morning it was considering a spin-off of its programming unit to the public. Details from Bloomberg.
Does that mean he'll give up some perks? Speaking at an industry conference hosted by the Paley Center, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said the era of the media mogul was over. "We're not moguls anymore ... we're reasonable people." Hmmm, a few labor guilds might take issue with that. In other news, Bewkes said he liked Fox's "Family Guy" and watched it with his 13-year-old, although he's not sure it is really appropriate for a kid that age. So much for erring on the side of caution. More on his musings from the Hollywood Reporter.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn on Hollywood's plan to chase after women during the Thanksgiving holiday. James Franco makes quite the first impression. Kenneth Turan on the new Harry Potter movie. Outrage over Bristol Palin's wins on "Dancing with the Stars."
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