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  • Philippe Dauman

    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.

  • The Best O.J. Memorabilia Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 2:37 PM ET
    O.J.'s Gloves

    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.

  • "Star Wars": Chewbacca's Revenge on Pfizer Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET
    Chewbacca

    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 New Internet 2.0 Strategy Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 1:57 PM ET
    Yahoo

    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.

  • Former CEO Albrecht Finds Life After HBO Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 5:31 PM ET

    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. 

  • Emmys: Nice To Get, But Do They Matter? Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 4:48 PM ET

    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.

  • Box Office Report: Jodie Foster, Billy Bob Stumble Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | 8:09 PM ET

    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.

  • Recession -- for Ads Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 4:00 PM ET

    This is the first paragraph/short story.

  • Sony, Time Warner Going Online In Major Way Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 11:03 AM ET
    Sony Online Entertainment

    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.

  • Disney Creates Magic Kingdom of "Technoland" Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 9:59 AM ET

    "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...

  • Crowe's "Yuma" Is Top Gun at Box Office Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | 2:35 PM ET

    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.

  • Toronto Film Festival: Battle For Oscar Begins? Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

    I'm here at the Toronto Film Festival, a key market for Hollywood studios to buy indie films to fill out their slates. Everyone's looking for the next 'Crash' or 'Thank you for Smoking', two low-budget, high-grossing films that both sold here in Toronto in previous years. It's these low budget acquisitions that can, if you're lucky, yield the highest margins for the media...

  • Apple's 'Beat' To Go On Tomorrow (Be Here!) Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    Apple Inc. calls the gathering "...And the Beat Goes On," but investors wonder whether the news coming Tuesday at the invite-only special event will be enough to pump these shares even more. Speculation abounds at just exactly what Apple will unveil: the big money bet is on a redesigned family of iPods...

  • "Halloween" Slashes Holiday Box Office Record Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 7:43 AM ET

    A re-imagining of the classic slasher movie "Halloween" broke the record for a new release during the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

  • Gizmos, Apple And Star Wars Top CB-TC! Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 3:34 PM ET
    Apple Ipod Nano

    This week's Tech Check during "Closing Bell" offers a nice cross-section of gizmo headlines and a look at the news that's likely to come from Apple next Wednesday. Get ready for a re-designed iPod, the first major changes of the device in two years. Lots of rumors about a full touch-screen, no buttons, bigger memory, the Mac OS on board, and maybe even wi-fi downloads.

  • Hollywood Strike: U.S. TV Gets Real Foreign Flavor? Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 9:57 AM ET
    Just For Laughs

    The TV networks are really good at looking overseas for ideas--they remake "The Office" and endless gameshows and reality TV concepts. In fact, European shows are on every time you turn on the TV, just with American accents. (Plus, plenty of companies like Ben Silverman's Reveille and Fremantle make fortunes selling U.S. shows back overseas).

  • Hulu: NBC And Fox Hope It's a Real "Lulu" Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    NBC Universal (owned by GE, which is parent company of CNBC) and News Corp are collaborating on a online video site to compete with YouTube, and today we learned its name: Hulu. (Go to hulu.com) to check out some of the video the on-demand service will be providing--you'll see that Fox's "24" and NBC's "My Name is Earl") are prominently featured.

  • Cadbury: Social Networking "Sweetens" Business Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 8:24 AM ET
    Cadbury Wispa Bar

    On Friday, I reported about Nielsen's upcoming social networking site, 'Hey! Nielsen.' The idea is to mine online buzz to find out what movies, music, tv, and online video people are talking about online, with the idea to eventually turn that buzz into relevant numbers for advertisers. Nielsen won't be the first to look to social networks for insight.

  • Mortgage Song Parodies: The Day The Loan Died Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 8:13 AM ET
    "American Pie" - Don McLean

    People, you need to start recording these on video and sending them to me...forget YouTube. Mortgage advisor Andrea S. says this song parody of Don McLean's "American Pie" came from a branch manager at a very, very big mortgage lender you may have heard of which is having trouble lately:

  • Nielsen Rates Social Network Site A Must See Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 5:15 PM ET
    Hey Nielson

    Social Networking is so hot right now, Nielsen is launching a social network to FIND OUT what's hot. It's all very meta. Nielsen is launching 'Hey! Nielsen,' a social network to act as a buzztracker for what in the entertainment world is hot on the web. The idea is to tap into the wisdom of crowds--or more specifically the wisdom of the "IN crowd" who wants to be webchatting about all the hottest TV, music, movies and web videos.

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  • Game of Thrones actress Hannah Murray

    Tencent Holdings is partnering with HBO network to stream its TV shows, which may draw scrutiny from Chinese authorities.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest Black Friday bargain: a 65 "Vizio television at Walmart for $648. Unit sales are already up this year so far, says Stephen Baker, vice president for industry analysis at NPD Group, which tracks TV sales. Best Buy is featuring a 50 " Panasonic for $199.99.

  • BEIJING, Nov 25- Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd is partnering with Time Warner Inc's HBO network to stream its TV shows, which are known for their provocative content and may draw scrutiny from the country's authorities. Tencent will be the exclusive online provider of HBO series such as "Game of Thrones"- which features gore, nudity, and incest- "True...