June 04--After the coffee. Before getting John Mellencamp's new CD. (Yes, I still buy CDs.)
The Skinny: I was all set to watch some pilots last night when I finally got home around 9, but instead I got caught up in "American Reunion" on HBO. It wasn't that bad a movie. Tuesday's stories include how some movie theaters are making the screen as big as the popcorn. Also, the latest on Deadline Hollywood editor Nikki Finke's squabbles with her boss and a big deal between Viacom and Amazon. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live, please send me a note.
Daily Dose: "It's 'Jeoprady' or 'Wheel of Fortune" says sports radio host Dan Patrick on what game shows he'd be willing to host. Patrick, who rose to prominence at ESPN and how hosts a show for DirecTV and NBC Sports Network on radio and TV, is often mentioned as a potential game show host. He said on his show Tuesday that he had already passed on "The Price is Right," which went to Drew Carey. Patrick conceded that it might be a personality adjustment for him because game show hosts always have to be happy. "Here I can be in a bad mood," he said.
Big screen gets bigger. Popcorn and sodas are not the only things getting bigger at the movie theater. Now some of the big chains are making the screens bigger too. This fall, the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood will debut its 94-foot-wide Imax screen, and Cinemark has its own 72-foot screen rolling out soon. Of course, these new screens mean higher prices for customers. The Los Angeles Times looks at the movie screen growth spurt.
Let the haggling begin. While Fox has started cutting deals with advertisers for commercials in this fall's TV season, CBS, NBC and ABC are still in negotiation mode. According to Variety, many advertisers are balking at rate increases that the networks are seeking and have hit the "pause" button on negotiations. Fox, meanwhile, has already cut several deals but it is not being as aggressive in seeking rate increases.
Will her next TOLDJA be about herself? Nikki Finke is used to breaking big news about the entertainment business on her Deadline Hollywood site. But now she's gone from reporter to subject as speculation is swirling that she may leave the site she turned into a Hollywood must-read. Finke, who has as many detractors as she does fans, has been clashing with Jay Penske, who bought Deadline Hollywood in 2009. More on Finke and Deadline from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
Apple radio. Apple is getting ready to launch its much anticipated music streaming service, dubbed iRadio. The service, which would compete with Pandora, Spotify and other outlets, has been held up as Apple haggled with record labels for rights. Universal and Warner now appear to be on board, but Sony/ATV is still holding out. Details from the New York Times.
Not playing around. Zynga, which makes online games, said it is reducing its workforce by almost 20%. Once a hot company, Zynga has seen its popularity fade over the past few years as its online games have lost some of their appeal and its mobile efforts have fallen short. The Wall Street Journal on Zynga's woes.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Popular Viacom TV shows will be available on Amazon Prime as part of a big deal between the two companies. David Lazarus on the latest way movie theaters have found to take money out of your pocket.
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