The Morning Fix: Disney tries to figure out why 'Mars Needs Moms' bombed. Uva says adios to Univision. Networks wonder if they'll have to punt on football.
After the coffee. Before auditioning to be the new voice of the Aflac duck.
The Skinny: Disney is wondering why "Mars Needs Moms" bombed big time. Univision CEO Joe Uva hits the road. The networks start to contemplate life without football. In early-morning breaking news, Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell was tapped Tuesday to head the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. The move comes a few days after the former NCTA chief announced he was headed to Comcast.
Adios! Joe Uva is stepping down as chief executive of Univision, the top-rated Spanish-language broadcaster. Uva's exit comes less than two months after Univision, which is headed by media mogul Haim Saban, tapped veteran television executive Randy Falco as chief operating officer. Falco, who spent most of his career at NBC before a short stint at AOL, is a likely contender for Uva's job, but no announcement was made Monday. Details on the shakeup from the Los Angeles Times, New York Post and Wall Street Journal.
Katie's next move. It is starting to look more likely that CBS News anchor Katie Couric will bolt for a daytime television gig next year. Broadcasting & Cable veteran Paige Albiniak reports that not only is Couric working with her old boss Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC and one-time "Today" producer, but she also has veteran syndication executive Ed Wilson advising her as well. NBC, which is now controlled by Comcast, is making the biggest push for Couric. It makes sense since not only does NBC have room in its daytime lineup, but it also can offer her platforms on NBC News or MSNBC. It would also be a good PR move for Comcast in its efforts to revitalize the peacock network.
'Mars' needs fall guys. The box office for Disney's "Mars Needs Moms" was so bad, it needed to go up just to be disappointing. As I wrote Monday, any movie with moms and Mars in the title will likely only confuse people. The movie, which cost north of $150 million to make and promote, took in only $6.8 million, and Disney is doing a lot of head scratching. The New York Times, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter look at the fallout from the unintentional disaster flick.
'Yellow Submarine' sinks. Walt Disney Co. has pulled the plug on its remake of the cult classic "Yellow Submarine." The news, broken by the Hollywood Reporter," leaked out after "Mars Needs Moms" flopped. Robert Zemeckis, the producer of "Mars Needs Moms," also was producing the "Yellow Submarine" remake.
Together again. Former Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner is joining the board of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp. Eisner and Diller worked closely at Paramount back in the day. Details from the Wall Street Journal.
Glenn who? Last week, with Glenn Beck on vacation, Fox News tapped Judge Andrew Napolitano to fill in, and the ratings were about the same. Does that mean the network can throw anyone up there and get a number? Who knows, it may mean it's more likely that Beck will be bolting when his deal is up. The Wrap looks at the numbers and their implications.
Planning to punt. It is a long way from a lockout in March to no games in the fall, but already there is a lot of talk about what no football would mean for the networks that carry the game. I'll sum it up for you: fewer viewers and fewer ad dollars. NBC and ESPN have the biggest holes to fill because they have prime-time games. Hope you like bull riding. Coverage and analysis from CNBC, Ad Age and the Los Angeles Times.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein on "Battle: Los Angeles" producer Neal Moritz. Movie-theater chain AMC Entertainment unveiled plans for an initial public offering.
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