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  • So Cal Fires Turn Insurance Agents Into "Heroes"  Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 9:40 AM ET

    Haven't had much time to blog as I'm out here covering the California wildfires. Wish I could tell you all I've seen but here's at least one slice. For all the problems people sometimes have with their insurance companies, here in Southern California, right now those agents are heroes.

  • Celebs, Moguls Caught Up in Malibu Flames Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    Malibu is so beautiful, and so far from the grind of LA traffic, it's a natural fit for Hollywood moguls and celebrities who want peace and quiet on their private beach, and the ritziness of the local Malibu Country Mart, which of course is home to a Nobu sushi restaurant. The dozens of high powered Hollywood honchos and are now suffering from the terrible wildfires.

  • Microsoft's Xbox 360: Has Its Time Finally Arrived? Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    Microsoft has momentum as its friend when it comes to the game console business. Finally. Halo 3 has been like a magic elixir for Xbox 360, by some measures tripling console sales in the wake of the title's release, and for the first time, Microsoft beat sales of Nintendo's Wii during the month of September, selling an average of 105,600 units a week last month.

  • MySpace's Own TV Show And Murdoch's Future Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    Fox knows how to produce content--and now its interactive division is producing a special kind of content for the web. But, these aren't just ordinary 'mobisodes:' this is a show created solely for MySpace TV, which is of course owned by News Corp.

  • Hollywood Writers: Strike Or Treats This Halloween? Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The Hollywood screen and TV writers have all cast their votes on whether or not to strike--the deadline was yesterday. And today, at about two or three pm pacific time, the WGA is expected to announce that they've gotten authorization to strike--a nice threat to have in their pocket when they go into the 11th day of negotiations with the Producers on Monday.

  • Digital Creature Creations Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 6:19 AM ET

    Do you remember the bug scene in King Kong (the 2005 version) where the heroes get dumped by Kong into the bottom of a ravine filled giant insects?  Well, one of those creepy crawlies might just have been a weta.

  • Ad Free: Can That Be A Money Maker In TV? Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 3:11 PM ET

    "Mad Men," a TV show from Lions Gate about Madison Avenue AdMen in 1960, has been a hit among a very small audience. It airs on a division of Cablevision, Rainbow Media's AMC, which has only 90 million subscribers.

  • Disneyland's California Adventure was never a hit like the rest of the parks, largely because it lacked the draw of Disney's brands. Now a $1.1 billion overhaul aims to fix all that, starting by tapping into the power of Pixar with a "Cars World" theme, pegged to the successful digitally animated feature.

  • O.J. , Useless Food Holidays And My Ann Coulter Tease Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 2:03 PM ET

    I've been blown away by the response I've gotten to my blog yesterday about Ann Coulter. More of it can be read in my next post! (Notice how I worked her name into the headline). Meantime, I'm too shallow to swim in deep thoughts for long, so let's get back to more ridiculous topics, like O.J.

  • Best Sports Halloween Costume: The Winner Is... Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 3:15 PM ET

    Even though an O.J. Simpson mask made in the mid 90s sold for nearly $300 on eBay a couple weeks ago, this blog is happy to say we're confident that this year's pick for best sports Halloween costume isn't O.J. And it's not going to cost you $300 either.

  • I Vent (On Ann Coulter) And You Respond! Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

    The response to the Ann Coulter blog streams in! From Roald M: "Miss Wells states very well what christians believe. Ann Coulter, as is her style, put christian beliefs in a way that meant to bring on discussion or comment, but believe me, was not mean spirited..

  • Tyler Perry Winning Through Box Office Slump Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 2:21 PM ET
    Tyler Perry

    The domestic box office has been disappointing the past two weekends, especially compared to last year's boffo openings of "The Grudge 2" and "The Departed." But actor/director Tyler Perry came out smiling, his "Why Did I Get Married" comedy from Lions Gate bringing in $21.5 million on what must have been a very small production budget.

  • Ann Coulter Doesn't Speak For Me Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 9:57 AM ET
    Ann Coulter

    This is a challenging blog to write. It’s very personal. The funny thing about being a Christian in this country is that, while Christianity is the dominant religion, I find it difficult to say, “I am a Christian.” I feel some people jump to conclusions, few of them flattering.

  • Al Gore Taking Next Media Step For His Cause Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 9:42 AM ET

    How many people have won a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar. And how many people have won the former for the very movie that won them Hollywood's biggest prize? It's Al Gore's use of the media--the entertainnment of a compelling documentary and his own star power--to spread his message.

  • Jack Welch, Former CEO & Chairman, GE Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Discussing leadership, motivation and career success with Jack Welch, former General Electric chairman & CEO.

  • My Farm Report Names: The List So Far Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic.

  • Hollywood 'Striking' Itself Down? Could Be Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    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.

  • 'Game Plan' Surprise Champ at U.S. Box Office Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 | 1:04 PM ET

    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.

  • DreamWorks Vs. Viacom: A Real Throw Down Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 10:47 AM ET

    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.

  • BET's Johnson 'Drives' Into New Business (Cars) Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    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.

Entertainment

Television

  • Verizon argues Netflix's mismanagement of its video streaming traffic has led to slower speeds for users. CNBC's Kayla Tausche, and Re/code's Kara Swisher, provides perspective.

  • Dish Network said it plans to participate in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction which could position it to offer mobile services, Re/code reports.

  • Richard Greenfield, BTIG media and technology analyst, discusses his new advertising note called "Ad Nauseam" where he addresses online and TV ad strategies.