After the coffee. Before slipping out early for Christmas Eve reflecting.
The Skinny: Have you been naughty or nice this year? Either way we have a Morning Fix for you. Today's headlines on what will likely be a short day for most include a look at production company Red Granite, a profile of producer John Goldwyn and, of course, more on "Duck Dynasty." Wishing you a great Christmas. The Morning Fix will be off on Wednesday and Thursday, but back Friday to wrap up the week.
Daily Dose: One of the results of all the media consolidation in the local television industry is less diversity among owners and, especially, a lack of African American owners, according to media watchdog Free Press. The recent sale of three TV stations from Roberts Broadcasting to ION Media means that there are no longer any black-owned full power commercial TV stations, Free Press said in an analysis of Federal Communications Commission data.
Diamonds in the rough. If you're heading to the movie theater Wednesday (like me) and catch "The Wolf of Wall Street," thank Red Granite Pictures. The tiny West Hollywood-based production company helped get the movie made. First it spent years getting the rights to the story about Wall Street con man Jordan Belfort and then production got sidetracked by Hurricane Sandy. Red Granite struck a deal with Paramount to distribute the film domestically while keeping the international rights for itself. It is also producing a sequel to "Dumb and Dumber" called, appropriately enough, "Dumb and Dumber To." A look at Red Granite's movie strategy from the Los Angeles Times.
The comeback. Producer John Goldwyn, part of a powerful Hollywood family, has had his own share of ups and downs. Although his grandfather helped build MGM and his father was a legendary producer, Goldwyn worked his way up from the bottom. Then he hit the top and later tumbled down hard. Now, with his new movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" starring Ben Stiller, Goldwyn is looking for his third act. More on Goldwyn from the New York Times.
Whole lot of streaming going on. Next year may be the year of the streaming music service. Already a crowded field with Pandora, Last.fm and Spotify, now many more are in the works as record labels are starting to see the platform as a revenue generator rather than something that could keep consumers from buying music. The Wall Street Journal on what 2014 has in store for streaming music.
Still not a bad payday. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger saw his compensation package for fiscal 2013 drop 15%. But before you send him an extra gift for Christmas, keep in mind that the value was still $34.3 million. Guessing he will manage to squeak by on that. The Los Angeles Times and Reuters on Iger's pay.
Expensive duck. While fans continue to go crazy over A&E's decision to bench Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty," the hit show about his family, the business media is trying to spin the numbers to figure out what a world without "Duck Dynasty" would mean. Bloomberg on the value of "Duck Dynasty." By the way, you're not asking but ultimately I don't think the show goes away. Meanwhile, Variety weighs in on the uninformed commentary going on about the controversy.
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