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'Skyfall' rises again! G4 to get new look. RIP Jenni Rivera

December 10, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • "Skyfall" returned to the top spot in this weekend's box-office standings.
"Skyfall" returned to the top spot in this weekend's box-office… (Columbia Pictures )

After the coffee. Before stopping this cold before it gets started.

The Skinny: My voice is hoarse from yelling during Sunday's Redskins game. Fortunately it was worth it. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the marriage between college sports and cable TV, and an appreciation of singer Jenni Rivera.

Daily Dose: Bounce TV, a broadcast network aimed at African American viewers, has struck a deal with Univision to be distributed on several of the Spanish-language broadcaster's digital channels. Markets that are part of the agreement include San Francisco, Boston, Miami and Denver.

The Butler didn't do it. The James Bond movie "Skyfall" reclaimed the top spot at the box office with $11 million in ticket sales. In second place was "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," which made $9 million. The big flop of the weekend was Gerard Butler's romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps." Even though it was a ho-hum weekend, the industry still had something to smile about as ticket sales were up 10% compared to the same weekend in 2011. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter

Working on a dream. Michael Francis, a former president of J.C. Penney, has been tapped as chief global brand officer for DreamWorks Animation. In that role Francis will be tasked with finding ways to exploit DreamWorks Animation characters across multiple platforms including television and theme parks. DreamWorks Animation movies include "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda." More on the big hire from the Los Angeles Times.

Higher education. College football has found a sugar daddy in cable television. Not only are many conferences starting their own networks (Pac-12, Big Ten), ESPN is spending big as well on conference coverage and bowl games. The Wall Street Journal looks at the relationship between college and cable and what's at stake for both.

Not so fast. Broadcast networks are pushing advertisers to embrace seven days of ratings (live plus recorded viewing) for TV shows vs. the three-day standard the industry currently uses. But Rino Scanzoni, a top advertising executive, thinks that will be a hard sell for many on Madison Avenue. Advertising Age chats up Scanzoni on the three-day vs seven-day fight. 

Bravo for men. NBCUniversal is going to overhaul G4, its struggling cable network that focuses primarily on video-game culture. Deadline Hollywood says  NBCUniversal is in talks with Esquire magazine publisher Hearst Corp. about teaming up on an overhaul of the channel, positioning it for upscale men. Discovery already has a channel aimed at rich guys called Velocity. But that one is for rugged guys, while NBCUniversal wants metrosexuals. I don't fit either demographic.

Are David Caruso's shades part of the deal. Want to own a piece of the "CSI" franchise? Well, now's your chance. Goldman Sachs is looking to unload its 50% stake in the "CSI" shows. According to Variety, the bids that have come in are in the neighborhood of $400 million. You may be wondering how Goldman Sachs came to own a stake in one of TV's biggest shows. It got the stake when it acquired Alliance Atlantis, which used to produce the "CSI" shows with CBS.

New teammates. NBC Sports and Yahoo struck a content-sharing agreement for their Web operations in hopes of making competition tougher for ESPN. Yahoo has already built up a strong sports news operation. More on the pact from the Associated Press.

Pink Friday. Radio giant Clear Channel, the nation's biggest owner of stations in the country, got a little smaller last week. According to the New York Post, Clear Channel laid off nearly 600 staffers from its stations, which represents about 3% of its work force. So much for a Merry Christmas.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Randall Roberts on Jenni Rivera, the singer who is feared to have perished in a plane crash over the weekend. "The Master" cleaned up at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

Follow me on Twitter before I put up a pay wall. @JBFlint.

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