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  • HD DVD Vs. Blu-ray: Who Will Win on Black Friday? Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 2:26 PM ET
    Black Friday

    Black Friday is a big day for DVD and player sales but some people may be confused. If you buy "Ratatouille" in high def, you've gotta have a Blu-ray player. If the new high def "Transformers" is your thing, that Blu-ray player on your PS3 is totally useless, you need an HD DVD player.

  • Spielberg "Moving" DreamWorks To Universal? Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 2:25 PM ET

    Steven Spielberg has very fond feelings for his home of 30 years at Universal Studios. So much so, that he never moved offices. Even though his DreamWorks studio is owned by Viacom, he never made the move over to the Paramount lot. Now the fact that he kept his studio at Universal may prove convenient.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Third quarter advertising numbers are in and the good news is that online newspaper advertising grew 21 percent to $773 million according to the Newspaper Association of America. The bad news is that even that growth couldn't overwhelm the downward trend in the industry, overall ad revenue dropped 7.4% in the quarter.

  • Writers/Producers To Talk: Why Strike May Be Settled Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 1:54 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    There's hope in sight! The Writers Guild and the Producers association, the AMPTP, is planning to resume formal negotiations on November 26. That's the Monday after Thanksgiving, so maybe everyone will be so stuffed with Tryptophan (a chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy and happy) that they'll be in good moods to strike a deal.

  • DreamWorks Negotiating Move to NBC Universal: NYT Sunday, 18 Nov 2007 | 12:17 PM ET

    DreamWorks principals David Geffen and Steven Spielberg have been negotiating to move their studio to NBC Universal from Paramount Pictures, the New York Times reported Saturday.

  • Striking Screenwriters, Studios Agree to Renew Talks Sunday, 18 Nov 2007 | 11:39 AM ET

    With the worst Hollywood labor crisis in 20 years headed for its third week, striking screenwriters and major studios have agreed to renew contract talks, offering the first glimmer of hope their deadlock can be broken.

  • Beowulf Movie

    The reviews for the new blockbuster-in-the-making Beowulf, released today, have been pretty good these last few days, but when it comes to the ground-breaking technology used to make the film, the reaction has been nothing short of overwhelming.

  • Facebook introduced a new ad platform last week, and since then dissent in the media has been slowly growing. After all the buzz about the hot Internet 2.0 company, it remains to be seen if Facebook will fall flat when it actually comes to delivering promised ad revenue.

  • Sony Ready To "Crackle" The Web Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    The entertainment divisions of every media company will suffer from the writers' strike. But media giant Sony is rather well positioned because it's so diversified. I chatted about the strike with Sony CEO Howard Stringer last week and he said if there's a void of new content on TV

  • It's not funny business in Hollywood. A guerrilla labor action is happening today on location in Pacific Palisades, west of Los Angeles, where Eddie Murphy is filming a movie called "Nowhere Land." A source tells me producers got the Teamsters to line up trucks in a "circle the wagons" move to keep picketing writers from getting onto the set.

  • WGA And Studios: Is Strike Getting Nasty Now? Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    A video made by the Writers Guild is circulating the web. As of now it's been seen 111,000 times on Youtube. It dramatically argues that the studios are cashing in on digital distribution and the writers aren't getting a penny. It starts with Disney CEO Bob Iger saying that Disney has about $1.5 billion in digital revenues.

  • Writers' Guild Strike: An All-Star Cast On Picket Line Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 10:37 AM ET

    I've spent quite a bit of time reporting on the strike, and being posted in front of the picket lines is perhaps the most surreal environment to be reporting from. I'll admit, I watch a fair amount of TV and it was kinda weird to be jammed in the middle of a sweaty crowd of all the actors from all my favorite shows.

  • O Canada! Why We Shouldn't Take You For Granted Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 9:14 AM ET
    Canadian Flag

    So I'm in Canada. Vancouver, to be exact. Cold. Brrrrr. Canada is like the quiet brother you love but ignore. Then one day he comes home with a brand new Porsche and a red hot girlfriend. Maybe you should have been paying attention.

  • Writers' Strike: Spreading And No End In Sight? Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 4:56 PM ET
    CBS

    We're in the second week of the writers' strike and there's no sign of any negotiations on the horizon. I've been polling writers, actors, and producers I know and they're all already fed up. But that doesn't mean that there's any resolution in sight.

  • Marc Andreessen

    If you've been following the Writers' Strike gripping Hollywood--and how can you not since it might be the single biggest entertainment business story of the year--or even if you're somebody who just watches TV, sickened that a strike will cut short your favorite shows like "Grey's Anatomy" or "24", you're not alone.

  • Seinfeld's 'Bee Movie' Flies High at Box Office Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 12:30 PM ET

    Jerry Seinfeld's "BeeMovie" had plenty of sting left during its second weekend, replacing "American Gangster" as the No. 1 choice for North American moviegoers.

  • Missing Your Favorite TV Show? Try The Internet Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

    Ok, this is not funny. I don't watch that much TV, but every January I watch "24," and every Thursday night I watch "The Office." That is, I record them, I don't actually watch them live. This way I can skip through the ads, which, I guess, is part of the problem with making money in television these days.

  • Disney Is Still The Mouse That Roars! Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 8:08 PM ET
    Disney

    I just reported on Disney earnings, and once again it's double digit earnings growth for the mouse house. Disney beat analyst expectations, reporting 42 cents a share, excluding a tax benefit. It was across-the-board growth: strong performance in the media networks--operating income in the division up 23 percent--driven by ESPN and the Disney Channel, especially overseas.

  • Michael Eisner: Hollywood Writers Should Strike Apple Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:07 AM ET
    Apple

    I'm here at the Media and Money conference, hosted by Nielsen and Dow Jones. Michael Eisner is speaking on the future of content, and about running his investment firm, the Tornante Company. But here's what else he said. He thinks the Hollywood writers are misguided and they shouldn't have gone out on strike: "This is a stupid strike."

  • Dems Back Writers' Strike, Just Not A Long One Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:41 AM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild is marching on, as it's day three of the strike. But they're not alone, as the top three Democratic presidential candidates are coming out in favor of labor. This is not the first time the party has supported workers, but one might argue Hollywood writers are the least blue collar of any guild.

Entertainment

  • After receiving numerous complaints, Apple has made it easier for users to delete the U2 album it had given to iTunes subscribers.

  • The option to download "Destiny" rather than buy the physical game likely helped drive record sales, says Activision's CEO.

  • Contemporary artist Domingo Zapata, and Scott Gerber, Gerber Group CEO, discuss the launch of "Studio" at the W New York Union Square hotel. Zapata used the lounge as his personal canvas to paint his interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland."

Television

  • NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.

  • NEW YORK— Nicholas Sparks' romance-drama novels have already found a second life as film adaptations. Sparks is executive producer of the TV movie " Deliverance Creek," premiering Saturday on Lifetime. "Deliverance Creek," starring Lauren Ambrose, is a departure for Sparks because it isn't a romance and isn't set in North Carolina.

  • CNBC's John Harwood preparing for his cameo on the set of Amazon's new series "Alpha House." He is standing next to actress Evie Colbert, wife of Stephen Colbert.

    CNBC's John Harwood got a chance to play himself on Amazon's new series "Alpha House." This is what he learned.