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Sony shakes up marketing department, HBO's Naegle exiting

September 24, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Kevin Spacey's "House of Cards" on Netflix is a game-changer.
Kevin Spacey's "House of Cards" on Netflix is a game-changer. (Assoicated Press/Jordan…)

After the coffee. Before checking out how all the new shows did.

The Skinny: All caught up on "Breaking Bad." Wish AMC put the finale on video on demand so I could watch it now. Throw in more commercials, I don't care! Tuesday's headlines include an analysis of the changing television landscape as a new season gets underway. Also, Sony shakes up its marketing department and HBO's Sue Naegle is exiting.

Daily Dose: Media analyst Craig Moffett thinks a merger of satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish Network has become highly unlikely and has downgraded both stocks to neutral. Moffett said the Justice Department's efforts to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines is a sign that the Obama administration would not look favorably at DirecTV and Dish hooking up. Moffett said even if Justice is unsuccessful in derailing that merger, it would still likely throw cold water on DirecTV and Dish.

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Making sense of it all. Sunday night's Emmys broadcast was a victory for technology. Or was it a victory for tried-and-true network television? Or was it a victory for HBO? Perhaps it was just a reflection of a changing industry and the way content is consumed and the role Netflix and other digital distribution outlets are playing in all that. The Los Angeles Times tries to read between the jokes at the Emmy Awards and look the rapid changes hitting the industry as a new TV season gets underway. 

Parting gift. Sue Naegle is leaving HBO to start her own production company that will have a first-look agreement with the premium channel. Naegle, who had been with HBO for about five years, had a lower profile than her boss Michael Lombardo, who is HBO's president of programming. Naegle's position is not expected to be filled. More on her departure from the Hollywood Reporter.

It couldn't have been the scripts. After a disappointing summer that included flops "White House Down," "After Earth" and "Elysium” Sony Pictures is making a change in its marketing department. Marc Weinstock is exiting from his role as president of worldwide marketing for the studio. I admit that I'm more familiar with TV than movies but unless the marketing guy gave the go-ahead to make these turkeys, mayby Sony is canning the wrong guy. Details on Weinstock's departure from Variety.

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Maybe they can rename NCSI. CBS is looking to make another spinoff of "NCIS," according to Deadline Hollywood. Of course, there is already "NCIS: Los Angeles" and the original "NCIS" was actually a spinoff of "JAG." The new one would be set in New Orleans. Maybe someone can just invest a cable network that would be devoted to nothing but spinoffs.

Another win. Dish has again defeated an effort to shut down its AutoHop via preliminary injunction. The AutoHop makes it easier for subscribers to skip commercials and broadcast networks contend it violates their copyright. Details from Broadcasting and Cable. Can this case just go to trial so we can settle it once and for all?

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," which debuts Tuesday night.

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