After the coffee. Before seeing numbers for Under the Dome.
The Skinny: I liked the first hour of "Under the Dome" but was concerned that the show was moving too fast, and some of the subplots seemed silly. Episode 2 confirmed my fears. I will give it another shot next week but my patience is waning. Tuesday's headlines include Disney CEO Robert Iger extending his deal and a look at Univision's morning show "Despierta America."
Daily Dose: Tribune Co.'s $2.73-billion acquisition of 19 TV stations (see below) won't factor into what the company decides to do with its newspaper business, which includes the Los Angeles Times, the company says. In a town hall meeting Monday, Tribune Chief Executive Peter Liguori said, "We're not going to look at the newspapers today any differently than we did yesterday." Tribune has retained investment banks to field potential offers, but Liguori said, "We're in no rush."
Staying put. Robert Iger will extend his tenure as chief executive of Walt Disney Co. by 15 months, the company said. Iger was originally expected to give up the CEO title in March 2015. Now he'll stick around through June 2016, which means the company has more time to find a successor. More on Iger's extension from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Smaller world. Tribune's deal to acquire 19 television stations owned by Local TV Holdings will increase consolidation among broadcasters and create more tension with pay-TV distributors. Part of Tribune's motivation, according to CEO Liguori, is to increase the number of TV stations the company owns to give it leverage when negotiating distribution deals with cable and satellite operators. Coverage of the Local TV Holdings deal from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
Tooting his horn. Alan Horn brought some much needed stability to Walt Disney Studios when he took over as chairman after Rich Ross was pushed out. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Horn talks about his management style and says he's not afraid to say yes to a big-budget risk. What he won't say is whether "The Lone Ranger" will make a profit for the studio.
Where the money is. The Writers Guild of America West said Hollywood scribes saw their earnings rise 4% last year and crack $1 billion for the first time. The big gains came from TV writers whose earnings jumped 10%. Movie writers endured a decline of 6%. Details from Variety.
Can lightning strike twice? When History Channel took a chance on "The Bible," a miniseries from Mark Burnett about the good book, there was a lot of doubt about whether it would perform. Of course, it went on to get huge ratings and now NBC has jumped in with its big wallet and cut a deal with Burnett for “A.D.: Beyond the Bible." History Channel was approached about making the follow-up but apparently the asking price got too high. More on NBC's big bet from Deadline Hollywood.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Univision's morning show "Despierta America" is a high-energy mix of news and entertainment that is scoring with viewers and advertisers. Nicole Sperling on the nightmares "The Bling Ring" is giving Los Angeles parents.
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