After the coffee. Before the holiday parties start.
The Skinny: Caught up with "The Walking Dead" last night. Pretty intense stuff. Now I need to catch Sunday's "Homeland" although that show jumped the shark for me awhile ago. Tuesday's headlines include the mysterious benching of a popular radio personality. Also, Netflix is making a big push for kids, and the financial news channels are not enjoying the benefits of an improving stock market. Lastly, did a TV station go too far in having Ron Burgundy host its local news?
Daily Dose: Production company Core Media ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") is making some staff cuts, people close to the company confirmed. The moves are related to the company's recent sale of Elvis Presley Enterprises and Muhammad Ali Enterprises. The cuts are fewer than a dozen people in Core Media's sales, branded entertainment and digital units. The firm has a total staff of 115 people.
One of our deejays is missing. Top rated Spanish-language disc jockey Ricardo Sanchez has been missing from his morning show on KLAX-FM Los Angeles. He's still showing up for work, just not getting on the air. Why? Well, that depends on who you ask. Sanchez's manager says he's been pulled as part of a contentious contract negotiation. The station and other sources say a probe by rating service Nielsen into accusations of "ratings tampering" is the cause. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
Rules? What rules? There's been a couple of eyebrow-raising incidents in the world of TV news lately. First, a North Dakota TV station turned over its newscast to Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character as part of a promotional effort for "Anchorman 2." Then on Monday, CNN morning show host Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- about Sunday's commuter train crash in the Bronx. Now, the governor's answers probably wouldn't have differed if someone else interviewed him, but what about the appearance of a conflict? More on Burgundy's stint as a real anchor man from the New York Daily News, while the New York Times looks at the issue of one Cuomo interviewing another.
Making an endorsement? Normally we here at the Morning Fix don't get too excited about movie development. But we will make an exception for a Deadline Hollywood story that says Lionsgate is in early talks to back a movie about Hillary Clinton. Of course, CNN and NBC also wanted to make Clinton shows, only to end up pulling the plug later. So until something starts shooting and has a release date, don't get too excited.
Boom market. Box office in China has topped $3 billion and is poised to double from just three years ago. Besides an appetite for American movies, the growth in the sheer number of movie screens has also driven box office revenue. The Hollywood Reporter on China's big movie year.
Change in forecast. Sam Champion, the longtime weatherman for ABC's "Good Morning America," is joining the Weather Channel to anchor a morning show it is planning to launch early next year. Champion will also serve as managing editor of the cable network, which will give him a senior role in overseeing editorial decisions. ABC will replace Champion with Ginger Zee. Are all weathercasters required to have cool names to work on "Good Morning America?" Details from TV Newser, CNN and the Los Angeles Times.
Ratings don't follow stocks. CNN's ratings tend to shoot up when there is breaking news, but a hot stock market hasn't done a whole lot for CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg (though Bloomberg doesn't let Nielsen report its ratings). The Wall Street Journal looks at the competition among the three financial networks and how they are trying to boost ratings. Curiously the story did not address Maria Bartiromo's recent move from CNBC to Fox Business. More curious, CNBC refused to talk for the story.
The children are our future. Netflix wants to get kids hooked young. The streaming service is making an aggressive push into kids programming. On Dec. 24, Netflix will debut "Turbo F.A.S.T" as part of a deal with DreamWorks Animation, which made the movie "Turbo." USA Today looks at the kids strategy at Netflix and why it's a hit with parents. (Here's a hint: no commercials.)
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Times scribe Amy Kaufman remembers Paul Walker.
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