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Animation glut? NPR chief Gary Knell heads to National Geographic.

August 20, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Turbo" didn't hit fourth gear in its U.S. release.
"Turbo" didn't hit fourth gear in its U.S. release. (DreamWorks Animation )

After the coffee. Before finding a way to check out Al Jazeera America.

The Skinny: I want to watch Al Jazeera America but alas am a Time Warner Cable subscriber and it doesn't have a deal to carry the news channel, which launches today. I need to get a friend with DirecTV to record some shows or invite me over. I'll bring the chips. Tuesday's roundup includes a look at whether there are too many animated movies out there. Also, Gary Knell steps down as the head of National Public Radio and Demi Lovato takes a role on "Glee."

Daily Dose: The Weinstein Co. has signed an output deal with Netflix. Starting in 2016, Netflix will have the exclusive subscription window for movies from Weinstein Co. and Dimension films. CBS' pay channel Showtime has the subscription window with Weinstein Co. but that contract is up at the end of 2015. Netflix already has pay-TV rights for Weinstein Co.'s documentaries and foreign films.

Animation glut? There will be almost a dozen animated movies released this year, which is almost double from a decade ago. Since not every animated movie can be "Despicable Me" and some recent releases -- including "Turbo" and "Planes" -- have been disappointments, there is some concern that there is an animation glut in the industry. The Los Angeles Times looks at the animation landscape and whether Hollywood could be headed for a rude awakening.

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Déjà vu all over again. After less than two years on the job, National Public Radio Chief Executive Gary Knell said he is resigning to take over the National Geographic Society. Knell's contract with NPR is up in the fall but the organization was still taken aback by the news. Knell had brought some stability to NPR management after previous CEO Vivian Schiller resigned amid controversies over the exit of commentator Juan Williams and anti-tea party remarks made by another senior executive there. More on Knell's exit and NPR from the New York Times and Washington Post

Deep thoughts. As the CBS-Time Warner Cable feud enters its third week (I have no idea what's going on under that darn dome), pundits are starting to weigh in with their take about what the standoff says about old media vs. new media and the role or lack thereof lawmakers can play in these disputes. Here are takes from the New Yorker's Ken Auletta and Wall Street Journal columnist Gordon Crovitz.

Enterting the 20th century. Other than using email instead of phones and faxes, the process of selling television advertising remains remarkably unchanged over the last five decades. But now, according to the Wall Street Journal, advertising giant Interpublic is working with several big media companies,  including radio giant Clear Channel and cable programmer A&E Networks, on a new automated approach to buying ad time. The WSJ says the new approach will "allow a media buyer to go into a computer system to see what inventory each TV or radio outlet has available and select the best ad placements based on data that the ad buyer has on its customers and their media habits." That sounds logical.

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Something to sing about? Normally, the Morning Fix stays away from casting stories but we'll make an exception today regarding the news that Demi Lovato will appear on several episodes of "Glee." There is a lot of interest in what direction "Glee" will head in after the death of costar Cory Monteith. Lovato is one of the judges of Fox's musical talent show "The X Factor." More on the casting from TV Line.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Richard Dreyfuss returns to the big screen in "Paranoia."

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