After the coffee. Before deciding whether to see "Nymphomaniac" now or wait for the edited version on cable.
The Skinny: Caught Sunday's "The Walking Dead" last night where the Lizzie character got Fredo'd. Godfather fans will get the reference. Tough to watch, but she had to go. Wednesday's roundup includes a recap of Disney's annual meeting and Viacom's settling of a long legal fight with Google's YouTube. Also, a profile of NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
Daily Dose: Not only will non-Time Warner Cable subscribers probably be unable to see the Dodgers season opener from Australia on Saturday morning, they also won't get a replay of the game from the Major League Baseball network, which is also showing the game. MLB Network often replays games it airs several hours after their conclusion but not this time. With the season's start just a few days away, no deals for SportsNet LA by DirecTV, Dish, Cox and others are likely.
Grand plans. Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and Chief Executive Bob Iger talked about some of the bigger movies in the works, including another "Cars" sequel and the new "Star Wars" flick. The company's shareholders approved the company's executive compensation plan, while Disney threw a small bone to folks concerned about one person holding both the chairman and CEO titles. Annual meeting reports from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Also, BuzzFeed speculates that maybe Iger won't step down in 2016 as planned.
Peace at least. Viacom settled its seven-year legal battle with Google's YouTube, which was once seen as a huge fight between the freewheeling online video world and traditional media. Viacom contended that YouTube was not aggressive enough (or aggressive at all) about taking pirated material down from its site. YouTube countered (and initial verdicts agreed) that it was enough for them to take pirated fare down when alerted as opposed to being more proactive. While technology has made it easier for such material to be found, I can still catch plenty of unauthorized clips of TV and movies on the site. More on the settlement from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Variety.
Who you gonna call? The search is on for a director for "Ghostbusters 3," the long-anticipated next chapter of the 1980s hit movies. Ivan Reitman, who manned the first two, is taking a pass. Of course, since Bill Murray is also not interested and now Harold Ramis is gone I'm not sure why Sony is still pushing to make this. Reitman tells Deadline why he's not interested.
One step at a time. We can't catch every story out there and somehow this Wall Street Journal profile of NBC Entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt from a few days ago slipped by me. It's a look at the roller coaster ride Greenblatt has been on for the past couple of years as he tries to rebuild NBC and worth a read.
RIP. John Agoglia, a senior NBC business executive during its 1980s and 1990s glory days who was known for his blunt negotiating style with talent, died at the age of 76. Agoglia played a key role in the decision to choose Jay Leno over David Letterman after Johnny Carson retired. He also handled cast negotiations for NBC on its hit comedies and dramas. Variety remembers Agoglia.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: After taking a few years off from the big screen, Uma Thurman is back (sort of) with a brief but most memorable appearance in "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1." Al Jerome is stepping down as head of Los Angeles public TV station KCET.
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