After the coffee. Before getting over the Redskins' loss.
The Skinny: That was a brutal game last night. The Eagles looked great and the Redskins looked like they thought it was preseason. I couldn't tell if Robert Griffin III's mind couldn't convince his body he was ready to play or the other way around. Today's Morning Fix includes lots of stories about the big shake-up at Universal Studios and a redesign show for bathroom fanatics.
Daily Dose: NBCUniversal's decision to pull the plug on rebranding its cable network G4 (see below) has started rumblings that perhaps parent Comcast is instead near a deal to sell the channel. G4 was on the block for some time but then pulled back when no deals emerged. Another issue, though, may have been getting pay-TV distributors to carry the network after it was rebranded Esquire. DirecTV already doesn't carry G4.
Shell game. NBCUniversal shook up the ranks at its Universal movie unit with Universal Studios head Ron Meyer moving to a broader role at the parent company and Universal Pictures head Adam Fogelson forced out despite a strong performance this year. Coming in to run the unit as chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group is Jeff Shell, a veteran television executive who spent the last two years running NBCU's international operations. While Shell doesn't have movie experience on his résumé, he is a well-regarded media executive that NBCU needed to place in a high-profile position since his time abroad was coming to an end. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter
Pimp my loo. Think television has gone in the toilet? Then "King of Thrones" is the show for you. From the cable channel Destination America, "King of Thrones" is a design show for those who want fantasy bathrooms. A toilet you can plug an iPod into? No problem. A shower for the dog? Sure. Oh, and Charmin is a sponsor of the show. The jokes write themselves for this one. More on "King of Thrones" from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Getting in tune. Music biopics have always been a staple of the movie industry. There was "The Buddy Holly Story," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and more recently "Walk the Line." But in recent years, while musicals have become prominent, there have been fewer biopics. Now "All Is by My Side," about the rise of Jimi Hendrix, hopes to change that. The New York Times looks at the challenges of taking musicians to the big screen.
Change of heart. For months and months, NBCUniversal has been planning to convert G4, its cable network that targeted young men, into the Esquire Network, based on the magazine. Now the plan is to convert the female-skewing Style Network into Esquire, which is inspired by the men's magazine. Not sure what that says about the men who read Esquire. More on the move from the Hollywood Reporter.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: In a rare move, top executives from broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox gathered together to discuss how technology is changing TV viewership and what it might mean for ratings for the new TV season.
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