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  • 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.

  • Writers And Producers Can't Seem To Get On Same Page Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:14 PM ET
    Writers' Strike

    Oh darn, the buzz in Hollywood was so optimistic when the writers and producers returned to the bargaining table on Monday. It seemed sure they'd wrap everything up by Christmas, in time for a nice Hollywood ending. But this must be the third act, things just took a dramatic turn, making it unclear how it'll all end.

  • Go Writers, Go! Have You "A Cat In The Hat?" Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    The young guard in Hollywood are taking the strike to heart--it's truly infiltrating every part of the social world here--even parties. But at least everyone is still writing, Dr. Seuss-inspired poems, that is. And the sense of humor still seems to be good.

  • Studios Send New Proposal to Striking Writers Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 9:56 PM ET

    Hollywood studios presented a sweetened contract offer to striking film and TV writers, and negotiators requested a four-day recess to consider it, the producers' organization said.

  • New Media: Movies, Books Now Coming "Directly" To You Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 4:59 PM ET

    One trend I'm seeing throughout the media industry is the cutting out of the middle man. Call it dis-intermediation, call it democratization: content distribution is being transformed. You can sell a song, publish a book, or even distribute a movie, without ever talking to one of the big old media companies.

  • Writers Guild of America

    While the WGA and Producers Association continues to negotiate, the TV networks are thinking about all the reasons they'd like this strike to wrap up. For one, if the strike drags into next year, advertisers may demand some of their money back. Here's how it usually works: TV networks guarantee advertisers a certain number of eyeballs.

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  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Justice Samuel Alito is no longer recusing himself from two upcoming U.S. Supreme Court business cases, including a challenge by broadcast networks to online TV startup Aereo Inc..

  • Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013.

    Relativity Media has offered up to $1.1 billion to buy Maker Studios, whose shareholders are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bid by Disney.

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