1FADE IN:EXT. SACRAMENTO - SKYLINE - AFTERNOONOffice buildings poke through the blanket of winter fog.Each is topped by a lighted holiday decoration—star, wreath,tree, bell.EXT. SACRAMENTO - OFFICE BUILDING - AFTERNOON A neon sign at the top sizzles against the mist. It reads:"KSAC – The Voice of the Valley." Below it, a smaller, neonsign reads: "An AOL Time Warner Company." A polyethylene banner unfurls, cascading down to cover thesmaller neon sign. The new banner reads: "SYNAPSECORPORATION – Media for Life. A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary ofthe D.B. Norton Group."INT. KSAC – OUTER OFFICE - AFTERNOONIt's surprisingly quiet for the middle of the work day. EMPLOYEEStry to work in their cubicles, but spend as much time lookingaround the office as they do working.INT. CONNELL'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON ANN MILLER stands, arms crossed, staring hard across the desk atHENRY CONNELL, a no-nonsense, veteran of the business. Connelltakes a sip from a glass of milk.CONNELLFireworks. ANNFireworks.CONNELLD.B. Norton owns this station now. Hewants fireworks. ANNNo fireworks, no job, is that it?CONNELLIt's all about ad revenue, Mitchell. Nolisteners, no ads—no ads, no revenue.No fireworks, no listeners. ANNI'm a good reporter, Mr. Connell. Youhaven't been around here long enough toknow that.