The Morning Fix: Flat screens to get flatter; Disney, NBC and Hearst in talks to combine cable assets; Cameron to CAA and Carey (back) to News Corp.
After the coffee. Before the checking the weekend movie projections.
You know that flat screen you've got hanging on your wall. Yeah, it's too big. If you want to be really on the edge, you need less than one inch ... thick, not the four inches you have now. According to The Wall Street Journal, TV manufacturers are going "ultra slim" in hopes of jump starting sales.
Disney, NBC Universal and Hearst are in talks to create a new joint-venture that would house cable networks A&E, History Channel and Lifetime. Broadcasting & Cable has the scoop. Here's our analysis of where this makes sense and where it doesn't. As usual, if you are a creative guy, it's not exactly great news.
Will that "Aquaman" sequel finally get made? Director James Cameron has signed up with Creative Artists Agency. It's the first time in 15 years that he's had agency representation. Variety
Chase Carey has sprung himself from DirecTV to return to News Corp. as Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man. That is until James Murdoch is ready to step up. The Los Angeles Times
We're shocked, shocked to find there is gambling going on here: The Justice Department is looking at the hiring practices of Silicon Valley to see if big companies are colluding in an anti-competitive fashion. The New York Times quotes a former Yahoo HR executive saying, "most companies have a hands-off list." That kind of stuff never happens here, right? I mean, just look at Chase Carey.
In today's Los Angeles Times: Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") is back on screen but not bigger than ever. Also, the latest from E3, courtesy of our Technology blog. And, oy, the latest on Speidi.
-- Joe Flint