Jan 29- Viacom Inc, owner of movie studio Paramount Pictures Corp and cable network Nickelodeon, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as weak U.S. advertising spending more than offset the box-office success of "Interstellar". Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar had forecast a 0.2 percent drop in advertising across cable networks in the...» Read More
Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan kicked off Wednesday night with the premiere of Universal Pictures "Baby Mama," staring Saturday Night Live comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. This year the movie studios have 62 comedies scheduled for wide release, up from 52 wide-release comedies last year. The economy may be suffering, but Hollywood is bullish on comedies...
The seventh annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday morning, with a big press conference at which New York Governor David Patterson announced that he signed a bill increasing New York State tax credits for TV and movie production from 10 to 30 percent.
Earth Day: And there is no athlete more perfect for this day for Steve Nash. The guy has endorsement deals with Arizona Power Company, Canadian Company BC Hydro (a hydroelectric utility), Energy Innovations (renewable energy) and drives a Lexus Hybrid! He also has a big endorsement deal with Nike -- which today is re-releasing Steve Nash's Trash Talk shoe in limited quantities.
Former University of Tennessee standout and WNBA top draft pick Candace Parker has signed her first two endorsement deals, CNBC has learned.
Ever since media mogul Sumner Redstone split Viacom and CBS into two separate companies (he's chairman of both), they've become increasingly competitive. And just this Sunday, Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio said it's no longer going to distribute movies to CBS' Showtime.
NBC Universal Digital Studio relaunched on Thursday and now it's focusing on branded made-for-the-web content. It already has projects and sponsors in the works. The digital studio is teaming up with a division of ad giant Omnicom, OMG Digital, to create episodic content around certain products for distribution online.
It seems like everything looks better with a 3rd dimension so why not watch TV in 3D if you can? Well, you'll be able to soon. The NAB conference hall was abuzz about 3-D: the new 3-D cameras from Sony called the F23 and F35 (names that sound like fighter planes).
If you don’t watch “American Idol,” move on. The other 30 million of you—let’s dish. Here are my thoughts on last night’s show. Email me yours and I’ll post them. The audience is still booing the departure of Michael Johns, or maybe they're still booing Ryan for cruelly leaving the Aussie hanging a few moments last week.
Who says broadcasting is all about TV? One of the hot topics at the National Association of Broadcasters convention is broadcasting to your mobile phone. Media companies are eager to get their content onto your phone--to allow you to channel surf, and take in commercials, just like you're sitting in your living room
Thursday the government wrapped up its prosecution of sleuth-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano, and today the defense starts calling witnesses. For years Pellicano listened in on the controversial conversations of Hollywood's rich and famous.
Gregory Greenway of Brew City Mortgage (LOVE that name), sent me his new lyrics for the Manilow hit "I Write the Songs," called "I Closed the Loans":
Anthony Pellicano's trial for wiretapping and fraud is the largest of its kind. And certainly the most dramatic when it comes to Hollywood--implicating the biggest names in the biz from movie stars to top entertainment industry lawyers and executives.
When Disney unveils movies, it's not just revealing what it expects to provide a revenue pop, it's giving insight into what brands could become profit engines moving forward. So, Disney has unveiled its 4-year animation slate and Pixar has announced their animation lineup through 2012.
George Clooney's "Leatherheads" failed to make a touchdown at the weekend box office, losing the top spot to reigning champ "21." The estimated score: Leatherheads--$13.5 million, 21--$15.1 million.
Disney has shown that its strategy of inexpensively building a franchise on its Disney Channel to exploit across all platforms is pure gold. The company did it with "High School Musical," the runaway hit made-for-Disney Channel TV movie.
I'll admit it: along with everyone else in Hollywood I have serious strike fatigue. And I'm really hoping--or the sake of my favorite TV shows as well as for the Los Angeles economy--that we do NOT have an actors strike.
Sentimental people might have been hoping for Davidson to pull out the upset last night, but CBS really wanted to Kansas. Why? Because Cinderellas don't draw. We have the proof.
New gambling movie "21" was the weekend's box-office high roller with a $23.7 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Washington Mutual has started a new billboard campaign (see images). "Whoo-hoo!" has folks in its hometown of Seattle asking "Whoo-what?" "Whoo-why?" Even aside from the question of what it means ("You're upside down in your mortgage? Whoo-hoo!"
Netflix expects to lead the market for movies delivered over the Web despite growing competition from Web giants like Apple and Amazon, Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday.
Taylor Swift Inc. takes a new turn this week, and instead of hacking, she's now putting copyright on her favorite lyrics.
Nickelodeon on Thursday said it plans to launch a direct-to-consumer subscription service, Dow Jones reported, citing Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.
Singapore casinos haven't lived up to the hype, but Marina Bay Sands results suggest those writing off growth may need to write it back in.
Randall Bacon gets paid to be the stunt double for Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson in commercials
Dish has technology that lets customers completely skip ads. For the Super Bowl, though, it's letting them skip the game.
HONG KONG, Jan 28- China's Hunan TV& Broadcast Intermediary Co Ltd has agreed a deal with U.S. studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp that will see the two firms invest a combined $1.5 billion in film making, marking the latest inroad by a Chinese firm into Hollywood. Lions Gate, known for producing movies such as "The Hunger Games", and Hunan TV plan to invest the $1.5...