The Morning Fix: CW's Ostroff plans exit. 'Avatar' is favorite download of pirates. Net neutrality debate continues
After the coffee. Before realizing I couldn't live in Seattle.
The Skinny: How wet is it outside? I was walking to Trader Joe's and the sole of my Timberland boot fell off. Those boots survived 10 years of New York winters, and after a few rainy days in Los Angeles they're toast all of a sudden. In real news, Dawn Ostroff is mapping her exit strategy from the CW. If you pirated "Avatar," you're not all that special. CBS made some scheduling moves but fortunately didn't touch "The Good Wife."
Giving notice: Dawn Ostroff, the president of the CW Network, is expected to exit in late spring. Ostroff, the longest-serving network head, has been splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York, where her husband works. Now, though, Ostroff has quietly spread the word that she will relocate to New York. However, she's not expected to leave until after development season and a new schedule for the 2011-12 season is unveiled. The skinny from Deadline Hollywood.
Net neutrality, the aftermath: As expected, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday released its rules to regulate the Internet. The controversial 3-2 vote went along party lines, with the three Democrats -- including Chairman Julius Genachowski -- voting in favor and the two Republicans voting against the new regulations which seek to prevent Internet service providers from playing favorites with Web content. There will also likely be some legal challenges to not only the rules but also to whether the FCC has the standing to make the rules. Coverage from the usual suspects, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Hillicon Valley.
An honor Fox would rather not have: According to TorrentFreak, a blog about all things BitTorrent, 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" was the most pirated movie of 2010. The site says the filmm was downloaded 16,580,000 times on BitTorrent alone. Others in the top-five include "Kick-Ass," "Inception" and "Iron Man 2."
Freed from Friday: CBS is going to test its Tom Selleck police drama "Blue Bloods" on Wednesday nights. It had been running on Fridays. That usually means the network likes a show. The show moving from Wednesday to Friday is "The Defenders" and that usually means ... well you get the idea. More on CBS' scheduling moves from Variety.
Wait, did I say that out loud? News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's efforts to buy British Sky Broadcasting got an unexpected boost when one of the government officials charged with overseeing the deal said he was "at war" with Murdoch. That got him tossed off the regulatory review. Details from Bloomberg.
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