Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera.» Read More
The Writers Guild of America is asking if its members to authorize a strike. Leaders of the powerful Hollywood guild asked its 13,000 members for strike authorization: saying that the movie studios and networks are basically giving them no choice, are refusing to engage in serious negotiations, and are rejecting all the proposals.
In a major upset, the family comedy "The Game Plan" beat the terrorism thriller "The Kingdom" for honors at the weekend box office in North America, the Hollywood studios reported Sunday.
I love these Hollywood showdowns. Media moguls know how to slap each other in the face more publicly than perhaps any other group. Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, just gave Viacom's top brass one of those slaps.
The founder of BET, Robert L. Johnson, just announced he's going into a new business--one that has very little to do with his media background. He's going to be buying and operating car dealerships in the southern and midwest regions of the country, partnering with the McLarty-Landers Automotive Group.
Today I'm flying to Wisconsin, where Friday you will see me standing knee deep in a flooded cranberry bog. How cool is that? CNBC has been berry berry good to Jane.
Just when you thought that all the advertising space was occupied on the field, here comes the folks from EyeBlack.com. The company will sell millions of pairs of EyeBlack--yes, the stuff that's supposedly used to cut down on glare--with college and high school logos on it this year.
I made the trek cross-country yesterday to front our exclusive Halo 3 release coverage from this Best Buy store at the corner of 44th and 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This is one of 10,000 retailers nationwide that'll be hosting midnight-madness sales tonight to launch Halo 3 onto store shelves.
CBS CEO Les Moonves, wanting to dispel concerns that an economic slowdown would hurt ad sales, said that CBS ad sales are up 30% in the current scatter market, at Merrill Lynch's Media conference.
Free is the big trend these days when it comes to TV and newspaper content on the web. Television networks and newspapers are adopting free, ad-supported models online. They're ditching pay-per-episode and subscription services to go after a bigger audience and higher profits. The new approach? More, more targeted ads.
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman had a point to make to investors at a media conference this week. Dauman said that losing star producers and DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen would be "completely immaterial" to Paramount and Viacom.
EBay is exploding with all things O.J. In the past week, 770 Simpson-related items have been sold compared to 337 items in the three months before that time. Not everything is going to come to market, but I thought it would be fun to throw out the best of what might one day emerge.
I'm fully aware that this story actually broke yesterday, and was picked up by a couple of competitors, but after receiving today's morning research note from Miller Tabak healthcare analyst Les Funtleyder, I couldn't resist writing this post.
Yahoo's take at Internet 2.0. Since Jerry Yang took the helm at Yahoo again, the Internet company's been trying to get back on track. And that means not just getting its ad strategy sorted out, but also starting to compete more with some of the more innovative Internet 2.0 companies, which of course means Facebook and social networking.
Since when does scandal stop anyone in Hollywood? It's certainly not stopping HBO's former CEO Chris Albrecht, who was forced to resign from the top spot after he was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend in a Las Vegas hotel parking lot.
The Emmys kicked off the awards season last night--worst dressed lists are already up and starlets have begun collecting the season's "gifting suite" loot. The Emmy 'prizes' were doled out to some of the usual suspects--"The Sopranos" team collecting the gold statuettes for 'top drama series', best writing and direction.
Jodie Foster blew away the box office competition with her vigilante thriller "The Brave One," but the poorly reviewed film's performance paled against her recent efforts.
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Media companies have a pretty clear model--they create TV and movie content, and they try to monetize that content over a number of platforms, from video-on-demand, to most notably, the Internet. Now media companies are fostering creative divisions to create significant amounts of content designed entirely for distribution online.
"High School Musical's" blockbuster success shows just how dialed in Disney is to its audience. And now the Magic Kingdom hopes to plug in that magic into a new line of consumer electronics...
With the superior fire power of Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, the Western "3:10 to Yuma" was the big shot at the weekend box office in North America, according to studio estimates issued Sunday.
Sky will find it a "challenge" to retain the rights to all of the English Premier League soccer matches, its rival BT Sport told CNBC.
China's Dalian Wanda group and Tencent said they would set up an $814 million e-commerce joint venture with Baidu.
When shopping his comedy special, Jim Jefferies chose Netflix over broadcast and cable television. And he's not the only one.
THE SKINNY: Cornell University researchers randomly assigned almost 100 undergraduates to watch one of three 20- minute sessions featuring: "The Island," a 2005 sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor; that same movie but without the sound; or the "Charlie Rose" show, a public television interview program.
Claire Enders, CEO of Enders Analysis, says the rise of BT Sport has not had a negative effect on its competitors.
John Petter, CEO of the consumer division at BT, says Sky will have a "challenge" winning rights to soccer games in the upcoming auction.