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The Morning Fix: RIP Ray Bradbury. Silver to land at Universal.

June 07, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91.
Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91. (Associated Press )

After the coffee. Before sneaking out early to catch the Celtics-Heat game.

The Skinny: Thursday's headlines include an appreciation of science fiction genius Ray Bradbury, producer Joel Silver is near a deal with Universal Pictures and a close look at Netflix's content deal with CBS, which could mean headaches for the streaming service.

Daily Dose: Next week, Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney will jet to beautiful Monte Carlo so Prince Albert II can present her with the "Golden Nymph" prize at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. This won't be the first time the two have hung out. Oscar watchers may have noticed that the Prince had a great seat at this year's awards show (broadcast on ABC) in the very same row as Sweeney.

Ray Bradbury RIP. Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who wrote more than 25 novels and literally hundreds of short stories and served as an inspiration to television and movie producers for generations, died Wednesday at the age of 91. Steven Spielberg said of Bradbury: "In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination, he is immortal." A look at Bradbury's incredible career and influence from the Los Angeles Times

Playing games. New Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has already done something his predecessors Howard Stringer and Nobuyuki Idei never did -- attend the E3 video game conference. Hirai, who ran Sony's video game division before rising to the top of the struggling media and consumer electronics company, is not going to forget his roots as he tries to fix the company. The Wall Street Journal looks at Hirai's plans to make video games a key part of his efforts to straighten out Sony. 

New home. Movie producer Joel Silver, whose long relationship with Warner Bros. is coming to an end soon, will land at Universal. According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal is near a deal to distribute a dozen Silver films. Deadline says Ron Meyer stayed out of the decision-making process because his daughter works for Silver. I'm sure the folks under Meyer who made the deal had no idea. Ah, Hollywood.

Reading the fine print. Variety scrutinizes Netflix's content deals with CBS and other companies and offers details on a little known perk. Netflix will have to take TV shows it didn't necessarily want. When Netflix did a deal for old CBS-owned shows such as "Star Trek" and "Cheers,"  which was valued at $200 million, it also included a clause to pick up streaming rights to any canceled series, such as "CSI Miami." That could end up being very costly to Netflix.

If you think the puck is hard to find, try finding the channel. The Stanley Cup Final, which will go on for at least one more game, is giving some fans a workout on their remote control. NBC, which holds the rights to the NHL, split the games between its broadcast network and its cable channel NBC Sports Network. But on most cable systems, the NBC Sports Network isn't the easiest thing to find. In Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable has it on channel 267. The New York Times looks at NBC's split channel strategy for the finals.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on NBC's summer drama "Saving Hope." A small market broadcaster apparently isn't too happy with Dish Network's new commercial skipping feature called the AutoHop.

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