Cable360AM — News briefing for Monday, Nov. 12 »

Reporters in the Cable360 newsroom have been asked to work out regularly at the gym in preparation for the gluttony of the holidays. Good morning.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that some cable operators didn’t see FCC chairman Kevin Martin’s Friday offensive coming. Expect big paydays for lobbyists on both sides of the battle. [Wall Street Journal]

The New York Times on Saturday ran a good analysis of the politics behind the FCC’s attitude toward the cable industry, who stands to gain from new regulations and who is paying big bucks to lobby regulators and influence public opinion. [New York Times]

Website 24/7 Wall St. says cable operators’ biggest enemies are not competitive content distributors, but their own size and Washington’s dim view of their perceived dominance. [24/7 Wall St.]

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Foundation’s 2007 PAR Initiative named Cox Communications the recipient of the Forerunner Accolade for the Best Operator for Women in Cable, and gave Oxygen Media the Forerunner Accolade for the Best Programmer for Women in Cable. 

As screenwriters begin the second week of their strike, the New York Times looks at a study that says the biggest actors, directors and producers are making too much money, and much of those earnings are unjustified in business terms. [New York Times]

The Los Angeles Times reports that about 93% of movies on DVD sold in China are counterfeit. [Los Angeles Times]

Lifetime Networks launched myLifetime.com, which the company calls “the ultimate digital destination for women’s entertainment and escape.”

The Kearny, N.J., building used as a location for Satriale’s pork store in The Sopranos was demolished. It will be replaced by condos. [Associated Press]

Jack Klugman will be guest programmer tonight on Turner Classic Movies. He’ll be co-presenting 12 Angry Men, in which he plays a baseball-loving lout, City for Conquest, None But the Lonely Heart and Inherit the Wind.

Craig J. Garen joined Conexant Systems as SVP and 
general manager of broadband access. • Got a tip? Email sgoldstein@accessintel.com.

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