By Richard Smirke, Billboard
Speaking at the launch event, Ecclestone spoke of his excitement at launching F1 Rocks and described partnering Formula One with the music business as "something that we've been talking about doing for an awfully long time."
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he turned over Discovery Kids to Hasbro, Discovery Health to Oprah Winfrey, and this is in that vein.
(Under the 50-50 joint venture with Hasbro, for instance, Discovery will handle advertising sales and distribution, while Hasbro will provide studio-produced programming.)
Problem with this strategy is that the follow-through has been lacking.
Each of the joint ventures looks great on paper and in joint press releases but is having a hard time getting off the ground re management, programming, and so on.
There are even rumors that Oprah will put out of chaotic OWN, which has seen management change after management change, and that would be a big blow to Zaslav's plans.
Unlike a lot of media companies, the niche cabler is doing well with its stock price up a whopping 80% this year -- something Zaslav is obsessed by.
Today, Discovery Communications reported its 2nd-quarter profit quadrupled (in part because of that 50% sale of Discovery Kids) as the cable-television network operator saw a 12% jump in overall ratings at its holdings.
Discovery even saw 1% ad-revenue growth in its U.S. networks business.
Revenue dipped slightly.
MORE AGENCY WAR: WME Loses Rachel Weisz To CAA, Gains John C Reilly From CAA
I hear actress Rachel Weisz fired her longtime Endeavor/WME agent Jenny Rawlings to go to CAA.
Even rival agents are calling it "a move of ingratitude, disloyalty, and stupidity".
Rawlings reportedly "killed herself" to get Weisz the Mummy series which made Weisz millions, and the part in 'Constant Gardener that got Rachel the Oscar, and the new Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones.
"Weisz can now join all of the other 40+ actresses that CAA represents who don't have their next job either, such as Kidman, Bullock, Bening, Pfeiffer, Watts, and Winslet," one competitor emailed me.
Weisz's husband, Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky, is repped by CAA.
Meanwhile, WME has signed John C Reilly from CAA.
Jennifer Aniston On Being "The Lonely Girl"
Jennifer Aniston strikes a sexy, open shirtl pose for the September Elle and says she doesn't mind that her romantic history has left her known as "the lonely girl."
"If I'm the emblem for 'this is what it looks like to be the lonely girl getting on with her life,' so be it.
I can make fun of myself.
And I'll bring it up as long as the world is bringing it up," she told the mag.
"I'm not going to ignore the pink elephant in the living room," the 40-year- old cracked.
"It's fine. I can take it," she says.
She also says she has always relied on humor.
"I remember being 7 and asking my mom if I was as pretty as [my best friend] Monique," she recalls.
"And with all the love in the world, my mom looked at me and said, 'Oh, honey, you're so funny.'
So, she doesn't lie to me . . .
She answers the question by not answering and instead tells me what she thinks is my greatest strength."