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  • Writers Guild of America

    What you don't see on CNBC-TV are all the calls, meetings, emails, etc, initiated by reporters and producers and bookers and anchors, all trying to convince people to come on our air. I've been going 'round and 'round for a week to get the head of the Writers Guild of America West, Patric Verrone, to come on our air for a live interview.

  • Dry Cleaners: The New Economic Measuring Stick? Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 3:31 PM ET

    Out in La-La Land, when the going gets tough, the tough quit dry cleaning. I've created the CNBC Dry Cleaner Economic Index. After all, what's the first thing you stop spending money on when you need to cut back on expenses? And in Southern California, a lot of people are having to cut back.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood is a funny business. But no one's laughing right now. Nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association--the group behind the Globes--has yet to get a waiver from the Writers Guild of America to let writers write the awards broadcast January 13th.

  • And The Golden Globe Goes To....??? Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 1:50 PM ET
    Golden Globe Awards

    It's that time of the year again, and no, I'm not talking about the holidays. It's Awards Season, and despite the hangover of the Writers Guild strike, which continues to drag on, there's still plenty of fanfare about the the Golden Globes Nominations which were announced today, which as far as I'm concerned, marks the very beginning of the run-up to the Oscars.

  • Google's Zeitgeist: The Hottest Cultural List Around Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 3:07 AM ET

    Talk to Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and the company's first female engineer and she'll tell you "Zeitgeist," by definition, is "the spirit of the times. And it really tries to capture the moral, ethical and the popular cultures of the day."

  • Writers, Producers Turn To Parodies In PR Battle Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:29 PM ET

    We're well into week six of the Writers' Guild strike, and I can say from first hand experience that it's creating quite a weird holiday season here in Hollywood. You can't buy a latte in Beverly Hills without a barista complaining about the fact that the picketing is dragging on.

  • Funny Business with Jane Wells Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:55 PM ET

    Fake Jane is very excited about 2008! She hopes to afford major reconstructive surgery which will turn back the hands of time. Or maybe she can at least afford better skincare products. Maybe she'll even go on a date! She's very optimistic that, even if she doesn't meet Mr. Right, she'll meet Mr. Desperate. Yes!

  • Media Money with Julia Boorstin Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:09 PM ET

    At this time of year, it's predictions, predictions, predictions. So as part of CNBC's Outlook for '08, here are mine for the media world and all that's in it--with a personal look as well! (see number 7). Here I go!!

  • The Office Christmas Party

    Sad. There are no new episodes left of "The Office" because of the strike, which means we will instead have to experience the real-life insanity of communing with colleagues at the holiday office party.

  • Writers' Strike

    It's week six of the Writers Guild strike and talks have totally broken down. Now the producers association, the AMPTP, has walked away from negotiations, squelching hopes of a quick resolution before the holidays. Here's what happened: The AMPTP gave the writers a revised proposal on Friday afternoon, including a slightly more generous deal for the writers on streaming of movies.

  • 'Golden Compass' Disappointing But Still Top Film Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | 2:34 PM ET

    "The Golden Compass," a $180 million family fantasy starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, did not meet expectations at the North American box office, opening at No. 1 but with weekend ticket sales of just $26.1 million, its distributor said Sunday.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch's media empire is shaking up the management structure, and putting son James Murdoch in a bigger job that sets him up to succeed his dad. Here's the news: 34-year old James Murdoch was appointed head of Europe and Asia, and replacing his dad as chairman of BSkyB, where until now he was CEO. So, yeah, James is really young, but his experience sets him up for this job quite well.

  • The possibility of U.S. Postal Service surcharges on DVD mailers caused one analyst to reiterate his "sell" rating on online video rental company Netflix, which ships over 1.6 million DVDs per day.

  • Writers' Strike: Still No Offers Anyone Can't Refuse Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 1:29 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    There's good news--the Writers Guild said the last two days of talks with the AMPTP (the producers association) were "substantive." Among the topics they made progress on--the issue of whether the union should have jurisdiction over made-for-Internet content and for reality TV.

  • "Sam Walton Was A Hillbilly" Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    How many of you have ever met Levi Strauss? How about J.C. Penney, the man, not the store? Did you ever call Sam Walton a "hillbilly" and an "s.o.b." in print? The answer of course is, no. But "Papa Jack" Weil has done all three and lived to tell about it. He's lived 106 years.

  • WGA Strike: Math Not "Adding Up" As Shows Disappear Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 12:45 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    Now that the press blackout has been lifted on the Writers Guild strike talks, we're getting some insight into the ongoing haggling over offers and counteroffers. Last night the WGA released analysis of the producers association, the AMPTP's deal, saying that it would cost the companies $151 million over three years, and some studios would pay very little--MGM would pay only an additional $320,000 per year to writers.

  • Netflix

    Netflix revolutionized the way we rent movies; its TV commercials boast more than a billion rentals already. And while its stock has suffered a choppy performance through its history, the company has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts recently. But a new report out from Citigroup this morning could put the brakes on Netflix's good cheer.

  • TV Writers, Studios Return to Negotiations Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:49 AM ET
    Writers' Strike

    The TV industry braced Tuesday for what could become a long strike by writers, even as both sides returned to the bargaining table.

  • DVDs Not DOA Just Yet! Expect One For Christmas Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:13 PM ET
    DVD's for sale

    Everyone's been talking about how DVDs are dying, and that nobody's buying the archaic discs. But guess what, you'll probably get a whole bunch as gifts this year. There were more DVDs sold this Thanksgiving than any previous year, up 6 percent from the same weekend in 2007. Now, it's important to point out, that at the same time, the overall retail revenues from DVDs has fallen thanks to the big box retailers' deep discounting.

  • Fantasy 'Enchanted' Leads Ailing Box Office Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | 1:43 PM ET

    The Walt Disney family fantasy "Enchanted" enjoyed another fairy-tale weekend at the North American box office Sunday, but overall sales succumbed to the traditional post-Thanksgiving blues.

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