After the coffee. Before figuring out what my tweets are worth.
The Skinny: Another pathetic display by the Redskins has left me in a sour mood. Actually, the good part about living on the West Coast is I have a few hours to get over the loss before going to bed. I'm running a 10K Sunday so wish me luck! Today's collection includes Disney's big deal with Netflix and the weekend box office preview. Also, the latest on the "60 Minutes" controversy.
Daily Dose: The Disney-Netflix deal got a lot of attention (see below) Thursday. But one angle that was overlooked was how Netflix rival Hulu, which Disney owns part of, got left out in the cold. Just a few months ago, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger was praising Hulu and it and other owners said they were recommitting to the service. I take a look at how, in this case, action speaks louder than words.
Mighty "Thor." It's Thor's world, the rest of us just live in it. This weekend, "Thor: The Dark World" is expected to take in north of $95 million at the box office and could even top $100 million. Well, they'll have to do it without me. I still need to see "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "Enough Said," if its still playing. I know I'm in the wrong demo for "Thor: The Dark World" because I haven't seen one ad for it on TV. Weekend box ofice previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
A marvelous deal. Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Entertainment struck a deal to produce four new series and a mini-series based on its characters for Netflix. For Netflix, this latest push into original programming will run several hundred million dollars, but will also ensure a steady stream of new fare over several years. Disney, which released its earnings Thursday, also said that the release date of the next "Star Wars" movie would be pushed back. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Oops. CBS is starting to inch away from its strong defense of a "60 Minutes" story on the Benghazi attack that relied on an account that is now under scrutiny. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that Dylan Davies, who told a compelling story about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost on "60 Minutes," told a very different story to the FBI. CBS said that if it had in fact been misled by Davies, it would apologize. Davies' book was also a published by a CBS unit.
Home invasion. Free Press, a media watchdog that often rails against media consolidation, ran an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, the hometown paper of Sinclair Broadcast Group, that is critical of the big broadcaster. "Companies like Sinclair are closing newsrooms, laying off journalists — and in many cases, airing the same broadcast on multiple stations in a single market. In these communities, viewers can change the channel, but they'll find the exact same anchors and stories," Free Press said.
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