Rumor Mongering


Variety is reporting that NBC Universal and Disney are close to a deal to put the NBC comedy series Scrubs for sale in iTunes. How is Disney involved? Well, Scrubs is produced by Touchstone Television, a Disney company. The deal, which is said to be the first deal of its kind between any two conglomerates like this, is said to split the profits of the season 5 (the current one) 50-50 between the two companies through August 31 when the rights would fully revert back to Touchstone. Touchstone would also receive all of the profits from sales of previous seasons.

Variety goes on to say that one of the reasons this particular series is even able to be considered for iTunes is that Scrubs is already in syndication and, thus, selling the show in iTunes isn’t considered a threat to the overall long-term profitability of the show. They also go on to say that while no one knows for sure what other series are being negotiated in this fashion, industry insiders consider My Name Is Earl (broadcast on NBC, produced by 20th Century Fox) and House (broadcast on FOX, produced by NBC Universal) are possible candidates. I don’t know if I fully agree with those candidates, especially given FOX’s technophobic tendencies lately, but you just never know.

(Thanks, TV Squad!)

I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t exactly hold Google Video in high esteem. So, I find it interesting to note this rumor from Briefing.com (paid reg. req.) that suggests that Google may be interested in partnering with Apple for video. It seems about as off-the-wall as last week’s rumor that Disney may be interested in purchasing a stake in the iTMS (and it’s from the same source), but it’s still an interesting idea nevertheless. The very idea that Google could be suffering that much from its venture into video that it would seriously be considering dumping its own product to work with Apple’s well-tested iTMS is intriguing.

(Thanks, MacDailyNews)

Walt DisneyWell, in lieu of actual news, here’s an oddball rumor for you. MacDailyNews is reporting (via Briefing.com paid reg. req.) of a rumor being floated around that Disney could purchase a stake in the iTunes Music Store as a preface to an eventual IPO for iTunes. It almost feels like an extension or variation of the classic Apple-Disney merger rumors back when Apple still carried the “beleaguered” label. There doesn’t seem to be any real backing for this rumor, but it’s interesting nonetheless and it’s a slow news day, so there you are.

MTV LogoiLounge is reporting that MTV‘s teen soap opera series Laguna Beach is available through the iTunes Music Store. This is despite the fact that no formal announcement has been made by either Apple or MTV, nor is the series being promoted within the TV shows section of the iTunes Music Store. Apparently, it was available only by utilizing the search feature, where it was available for preview and purchase. (I have been unable to duplicate this.)

However, since this has been spotted in the iTunes Music Store, it is probably safe to assume that an announcement of some sort will be forthcoming. There has been no prior mention of MTV seeking a content partnership with Apple. However, this raises some interesting potential content possibilities as MTV Networks also owns Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central and Country Music Television.

Related link: Wikipedia profile on Laguna Beach.