Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has been tapped for jury duty. (AFP/Getty Images / February 28, 2013)



















Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Company Town Blog (click here).





After the coffee. Before seeing if Virgin will bump me to first class on my flight to D.C. just because I'm a good guy.



The Skinny: I finally got a new BlackBerry. Laugh away, but I like having a keypad. Today's stories include the start of a civil war in the TV business, a look at new Dodgers owner Guggenheim Partners, and DreamWorks taking a big write-down. I know I've plugged it before but you really should be watching "Nashville." Catch up now while the show is on a break for a few weeks! Thursday's headlines include Steven Spielbergbeing tapped for a good kind of jury duty and the latest chapter in the spat between CBS and Dish Network.


Daily Dose: While most of Wall Street is cheering all the big deals Hollywood is doing with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger has a new report out warning the TV industry about the potential pitfalls that come with this new revenue stream. Writes Juenger: "Very rarely in life can you have your cake and eat it too; even more rarely do you get something for nothing. Viewers streaming hours of SVOD (subscriptioin video-on-demand) content are almost certainly NOT watching hours of something else. If TV ratings decline, that leads immediately to loss of advertising revenues for the networks (and over the long-term, it could even impact affiliate fees)." This, he said, is a material risk for the industry. Meanwhile the battle among business news channels is heating up. In recent weeks, CNBC bookers (the folks who line up guests) have been telling people they can't come on CNBC if they also go on Fox Business or Bloomberg. Now Fox Business is running an advertisement mocking CNBC: "Does CNBC really think they can order CEOs around?" it asks. Can't they all just get along.

Steven Spielberg testing angles and shots using an Indianna Jones Scene model.
Jury duty. Steven Spielberg has been tapped for jury duty but we're pretty sure he won't be looking to get out of it. The jury he'll be on is for the Cannes Film Festival and the director will also be the chair. The festival starts in May and once again I won't be there. More on Spielberg's appointment from the Hollywood Reporter.

Hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Jimmy Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, seems to be the logical choice for the tricky job of Oscar host.
Jimmy Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, seems to be the logical choice for the tricky job of Oscar host.
Hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Plan early. The Oscars just ended and ratings were up. But host Seth MacFarlane, who already said he has no interest in an encore, is getting beat up in some circles for jokes perceived to be sexist and racist. So who should do it next year? Variety wonders. Personally, I think it's a little too soon to worry about who will host a show happening a year from now but hey, we all have to pump up Web traffic. 

Deep pockets. Guggenheim Partners, the investment firm that shelled out more than $2 billion for the Dodgers and close to $400 million for Dick Clark Productions, is still hungry for sports and entertainment companies. Fortune goes behind the scenes of Guggenheim and also reveals that its ties with former junk bond king Michael Milken are raising eyebrows with regulators.








PR move. The movie and television industry are launching a public relations campaign designed to inform parents of all the different ways they can monitor what their kids are watching. This comes in the wake of several mass shootings which have led to calls for greater scrutiny of what, if any, role entertainment and video games may play. More on the campaign and the motivations behind it from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Jack The Giant Slayer Bill Nighy- H 2013
Warner Bros.
"Jack the Giant Slayer"



Giant slayed? If you're like me, you've seen ads for the movie "Jack the Giant Slayer" and wondered, "What the heck is this?" Apparently a lot of folks around town are wondering the same thing. The Warner Bros. movie, which opens this weekend, is not tracking very well, and the folks behind it may be looking for a beanstalk to climb to hide out for a while. The Hollywood Reporter on whether "Jack the Giant Slayer" will make a big impression.


Tweeting at the hand that feeds you. Kaley Cuoco, a star of the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," may have gotten in hot water with her network after agreeing to tweet a paid endorsement for satellite broadcaster Dish Network's new DVR called the Hopper, which makes it easier to skip commercials. CBS and the other networks are all suing Dish over its commercial-skipping feature. Dish thinks CBS got the tweet pulled. More on tweetgate from the Wrap and the Verge


Another delay. The Federal Communications Commission is again putting on hold plans to relax rules regarding the ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same city. The regulatory agency wants to make it easier for one company to own both a print outlet and a broadcast station, but media activists are concerned about consolidation. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the commission will wait for a study by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council on the effects relaxing that rule would have on media diversity. Details from Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek

Chutzpah. CNBC's new booking policy, which basically says that guests who appear on CNBC agree not to go on one of its competitors (Fox Business, Bloomberg TV) within 24 hours even applies to public officials. Politico reports that CNBC threatened to drop Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski from a show after learning he was also going on a rival. According to Politico, Genachowski acquiesced and canceled the other appearance. Got to give it to CNBC for having the chutzpah to risk annoying the man who oversees regulation of its industry. Still, that sounds shortsighted on their part.

 Norm Pattiz
Norm Pattiz, the founder of radio syndicator Westwood One, is launching PodcastOne. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / February 28, 2013)

Radio guru turns podcast curator




Norman J. Pattiz, who created and turned Westwood Oneinto one of the biggest and most recognizable radio networks in the country, is this week launching PodcastOne.com, a one-stop site that offers shows from hundreds of online broadcasters for listeners to browse and download.
"You can't look at radio as a bricks-and-mortar operation, and consumed on a radio over a certain frequency," Pattiz said. "That's a recipe for disaster. So much of radio is being consumed online, and on the Internet."

With Podcast.One, Norman Pattiz aims to package talk shows to gain listener and advertiser interest. 




'Rise of the Guardians'
"Rise of the Guardians" caused a financial fall for DreamWorks Animation. (DreamWorks Animation)


Bad dream. DreamWorks Animation said it was taking an $87-million fourth quarter write-down on its movie "Rise of the Guardians," which turned out to be a big disappointment for the studio. DreamWorks also took a charge of $54 million related to putting the movie "Me & My Shadow" back in development. That move follows plans to cut staff by as much as 20% in connection with pulling the plug on "Me & My Shadow." More from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.



Former Overbrook Entertainment executive Ken Stovitz begins work at talent agency Paradigm on Thursday.
Former Overbrook Entertainment executive Ken Stovitz begins work at talent agency Paradigm on Thursday. (Paradigm)





















Ken Stovitz is returning to the agency business after six years as a producer.
Stovitz, who formerly was a longtime agent at Creative Artists Agency until leaving to become a partner at Will Smith's production company, has joined Paradigm as a senior agent.
At the Beverly Hills based agency, Stovitz will serve on Paradigm's five-person management committee, which oversees day-to-day operations. Chief Executive Sam Gores also sits on the committee.
During his tenure at Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, the company produced such movies as"Hancock" and "Seven Pounds," as well as "The Karate Kid," which starred Jaden Smith, the son of Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith remains a client of CAA's, while Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith are following Stovitz from other agencies to Paradigm. Stovitz begins work at the agency on Thursday.
Before  joining Overbrook, where he was a partner with co-founders Smith and producer James Lassiter, Stovitz was at CAA for 18 years. His clients included Will Smith, "Zero Dark Thirty" directorKathryn Bigelow and "Clueless" director Amy Heckerling, among others.
“Sam is giving me the opportunity to work side by side with him and the management committee to grow the agency at a time when the cycle is shifting in favor of the artist,” Stovitz said in a statement. 
Gores praised Stovitz in a statement, saying, "He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation and we share a vision for the agency’s future, which he will be a key architect in building."


"Vikings"
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is ready for battle in "Vikings." (Jonathan Hession / History)



Inside the Los Angeles Times: Norm Pattiz, a pioneering radio executive, has a new business. A look at the History Channel's "kinder gentler new dramatic series "Vikings." Oscars producers Craig Zaden and Neil Meron reflect on Sunday's broadcast.
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