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Netflix stock soars. Nancy Dubuc gets big job. Drama on 'Revenge.'

April 23, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Netflix says "House of Cards" was a hit.
Netflix says "House of Cards" was a hit. (Netflix )

After the coffee. Before building a soundproof bedroom.

The Skinny: I'm going to be groggy all day. I live behind a large apartment building and last night my annoying neighbors woke me up at 2 a.m. until I screamed for them to shut the you-know-what up. It worked. Tuesday's headlines include Netflix's strong first-quarter results and how Hollywood is going after older viewers.

Daily Dose: Aereo, the start-up company that distributes broadcast TV signals via the Internet, said it will officially launch in Boston on May 15. Aereo has been in an ugly legal battle with CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and other broadcasters which claim it is stealing their signal and potentially undercutting their business. Boston joins New York as the only markets where Aereo is available. Aereo has not said how many subscribers it has in New York.

No house of cards. Netflix stock jumped Monday after the entertainment company said it had surpassed a billion dollars in revenue in the first quarter of this year. The company also credited its new series "House of Cards" with helping drive subscriber growth. At the same time, Netflix also acknowledged it would become more selective in what programming it acquires as many of its purchases haven't exactly paid off. Coverage of Netflix from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

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Job of a lifetime. Nancy Dubuc, the architect behind making History Channel a red hot cable network, has been promoted to president and chief executive of  A+E Networks, the parent of History, A&E and Lifetime. Jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., A+E Networks is one of the larger cable programming companies in the industry. Dubuc, previously head of entertainment for A+E, will now have responsibility for its business operations as well. This should take her name off the usual suspects list whenever a big TV job opens up. Abbe Raven, who had been chief executive, will become chairman. More on Dubuc from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

Old gold. Hollywood is slowly starting to embrace older movie goers. The Motion Picture Assn. of America noted that the number of people over 50 going to movies rose last year. Typically, Hollywood's obsession with action movies keeps older viewers away. Now, though, younger viewers can be harder to land as well since they have so many different entertainment options. USA Today looks at how the movie industry is wooing back baby boomers. Wait, you mean Hollywood finally realized that money is the same no matter whose wallet you take it from?

Plot twist. Mike Kelley, the executive producer of ABC's prime time soap "Revenge," is leaving the show after clashing with ABC Studios, which makes the program. "Revenge" had a strong freshman season but stumbled somewhat this season in a higher-profile Sunday night time slot. One of the issues was Kelley's desire to do fewer episodes per season. Deadline Hollywood and the Hollywood Reporter on Kelley's exit.

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If I can make it there... Los Angeles is still stinging from news that NBC's "The Tonight Show" will defect to New York next year. Variety looks at how the Big Apple is wooing so much television and movie production away from the City of Angels. Here's a hint: better incentives.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: News Corp. settled a suit against its board of directors and will reap the benefits from the settlement as well. KCRW's new strategy may annoy Harry Shearer fans. Randall Roberts on the legacy of folk singer Richie Havens, who died Monday at the age of 72.

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