Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MIKE ON KCRW: Amy Pascal, Brian Williams, Grammys and More



Another busy week at KCRW. On this Monday's edition of The Business, Kim Masters and I bantered about several topics including:
- Amy Pascal steps down from her role at Sony.

- Disney has a new heir apparent.

- Brian Williams is in trouble over a "misremembered" experience aboard a helicopter in Iraq.

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On last Thursday's Hollywood Breakdown, Kim Masters and I talked all about Amy Pascal's exit from Sony:
Even though Amy Pascal's tenure as top dog at Sony is coming to an end, she'll still be at the studio, working in a new production venture that will include movies like the new all-female Ghostbusters. Pascal has been known as one of the most talent-friendly studio heads, an attribute that sometimes got her in trouble for being overindulgent in her spending. She was also known for her willingness to take on edgy movies like Zero Dark Thirty, but may have gone too far with The Interview. The Seth Rogen comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un is the film that led to the devastating hack attack on the studio last November. The question now is who will take Pascal's place. No one has been named yet, but candidates include former studio heads Jeff Robinov and Tom Rothman.

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On Monday's Press Play with Madeleine Brand, NPR's Linda Holmes and I discussed the Grammys and more:
Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” won record and song of the year at last night’s Grammy Awards. The song’s title might also have been a meta-statement from the Grammys to viewers, who for the most part seemed unimpressed with last night’s ceremony. Ratings were down compared to last year, and the Twittersphere responded with a big, collective yawn. We talk about why the ceremony was so underwhelming, along with other small screen news, in our weekly TV roundup.

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