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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Halts Disney Titles | Brady’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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Amazon Halts Some Disney Movie Preorders (WSJ)
Amazon.com Inc. has halted preorders for some DVDs and Blu-ray discs from media giant Walt Disney Co., including popular titles such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in an apparent contract dispute. CNET However, preorders of digital versions on Amazon Instant Video are still available. The situation is reminiscent of an apparent dispute between Amazon and Warner Home Video in which preorders of discs for The Lego Movie, Transcendence, and 300: Rise of an Empire vanished from the site earlier this summer. Amazon hasn’t publicly commented on that situation, but it’s thought that the move is intended to apply pressure on Warner to gain greater margin on each sale. Time Amazon has been engaged in an increasingly acrimonious dispute with Hachette over eBook pricing, with Amazon restricting the sale of Hachette books until the two parties arrive at terms. More than 900 authors, including Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen King, have signed an open letter criticizing Amazon’s policies. Amazon hasn’t yet publicly commented on the apparent dispute with Disney. Variety Disney, on its U.S. homevideo site, is directing customers to Walmart and Best Buy for pre-orders of Maleficent and other upcoming releases. Muppets Most Wanted also is available for pre-order from Target. Deadline Hollywood Discussions will be continuing between Amazon and Disney throughout the week to try to resolve the pricing issue.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tribune Rebrands | Gannett to Split, Buy Cars.com

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Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split (TVSpy)
Tribune Company began operating under a new, but similar, name Monday: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding came as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split. TVNewser Tribune Media Company includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures and Tribune Real Estate. Variety The overhaul comes with a new logo and corporate website. Tribune has labored under the cloud of bankruptcy and plunging ad revenues for years, leading to its fissure into two companies. Tribune’s papers, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, will begin trading Tuesday as a new company, Tribune Publishing. It will be listed under the symbol TPUB on the New York Stock Exchange. It has been saddled with $350 million in debt and faces a cloudy future as revenues and readership of newspapers continue to decline. THR Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori has said the separation will allow investors to put money into either the broadcast or print assets of Tribune, or both. The spinoff is mindful of the split of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and 21st Century Fox. USA Today Tribune’s shareholders receive a quarter of a share of Tribune Publishing’s common stock for each Tribune share they own. After years of management turmoil and dealing with heavy debt, Tribune, based in Chicago, emerged from a four-year bankruptcy process in early 2013 with the intent to focus on broadcasting. In July 2013, Tribune announced early plans to spin off the publishing unit that would operate on its own without affecting the financial performance of its other, more profitable businesses.

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NBC Says Brokaw Does So Write His Own Books

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Jenny Tartikoff of NBC emails us about our recent post about Tom Brokaw and the cheapo scholarship:

The scholarship program was established to honor Tom Brokaw’s 30 years of service to NBC News. It’s just one scholarship opportunities offered to NBC/GE employees by NBC News, not Tom Brokaw.

Okay, we were wrong. It’s NBC News that’s cheap, not Brokaw.

The scholarship has already helped 18 students. It’s a highly competitive award and a great honor to receive.

It started in 1998 as a $5,000 award and increased last year to $7,500

So, after 10 years, NBC kicks in another $2500? We’d heard that GE wasn’t happy with NBC’s profit performance.

Lastly, Tom Brokaw has written all of his books and any suggestion ortherwise is categorically untrue.

We linked to Tabloid Baby, who quoted James Brady in Forbes. There must be more history to this.

Forbes‘ James Brady Edges — Creepily — Into Teen Oblivion

brady_head_fbny.jpgReading Forbes‘ serial namedropping media columnist James Brady‘s columns has become one of FishbowlNY’s favorite weekly rituals. A guilty pleasure, if you will. So you can imagine our feverish excitement when we read the title of this week’s Brady gem:

Bimbos or Sweet 16

We, of course, were ready for a creepy cringefest of a column. We were almost disappointed. Almost:

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Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup

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James Brady has, like, lost it, man:

“Forgotten Hemingway” | James Brady, Forbes

Forbes’ resident namedropper is at it again: “I’ve long been a contributor to Parade magazine, along with Norman Mailer, David Halberstam, Bill O’Reilly, Gail Sheehy, Jim Webb, the late Ben Hecht, Carl Sagan, Dick Schaap, Peter Maas, James Thurber. Only recently did I learn Ernest Hemingway was also on the masthead.” Oh, really? The rest of the column serves as Brady’s own meta media column on Hemingway — Ernest Fucking Hemingway! — gleaning media insights from, oh, 1941, which, like his column, are quickly forgotten. GRADE: D

  • Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup
  • James Brady Uses Occasion Of Dirt To Dish From His Own Sordid, Checkered Media Past

    james_brady_head_fbny.jpgForbes.com media columnist James Brady has a few ideas culled from his glory days to improve FX’s Dirt:

    Since I was the guy who created Page Six, wrote high-flown gossip for New York magazine and was the editor of what was then called The National Star, now directed by [Bonnie] Fuller, I have a few ideas about juicing up Dirt. Start with the gin mills where Courteney [Cox]‘s staffers hang.

    When I took over as editor of the Star (I was also to write the gossip column under a pseudonym, “Winston Daniel”), owner Rupert Murdoch gave me one crucial bit of advice: “Don’t drink in the same bar where your reporters drink.”

    The bar that Star reporters then frequented was Tim Costello’s, presided over by Freddie the bartender. Freddie was famous for deftly squashing cockroaches on the bar with his thumb, then wiping the residue on his apron, to resume mixing drinks. But the featured players at Costello’s were my guys, led by chief reporter Steve Dunleavy, whose career began as a “tea boy” at the South China Morning Post.

    But Brady saves his best, awkward gem for last:

    I’d been hired by Murdoch out at his rented beach house on Further Lane. Following lunch, we talked money during a swim. Up and down we went, treading water and haggling. He was offering 50 grand, and I was holding out for 75. “50!” “75!” “50!” “75!” Then Rupert asked if we had sharks in these waters. “Yes, but why?” “I think I just saw one,” he said. “I’ll take 50!” I shouted, swimming rapidly toward the beach. Anything there for you in all this, Courteney?

  • ‘Dirt’ On TV [Forbes.com]