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  • Tribeca Film Fest: Comedy, Drama & Tax Incentives Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:48 PM ET

    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.

  • Nike's Earth Day Spokesman: Steve Nash Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 3:49 PM ET
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    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.

  • Parker Signs With Adidas and Gatorade Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    Former University of Tennessee standout and WNBA top draft pick Candace Parker has signed her first two endorsement deals, CNBC has learned.

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    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 Digital Creating New Wave Of Web/TV Programming Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 1:58 PM ET
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    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.

  • 3-D Coming To A Television Near You Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
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    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).

  • American "Idol" Chatter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 9:34 AM ET
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    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.

  • Get Ready To Channel Surf On Your Mobile Phone Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 8:40 AM ET
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    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

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    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.

  • Barry Manilow Sings The Mortgage Blues--Sort Of Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:19 PM ET
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    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":

  • Pellicano Trial Puts Hollywood Biggies In Spotlight Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 3:09 PM ET
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    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.

  • Disney's Movie Line Up: Big Plans For Big Profits Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 9:17 AM ET
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    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.

  • 'Leatherheads' Drops the Ball at the Box Office Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 | 7:04 PM ET
    Director John Moore, actor Bruce Willis and actor Jai Courtney attend the dedication and unveiling of a new soundstage mural celebrating 25 years of 'Die Hard' at Fox Studio Lot.

    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's New Best Franchise: The Jonas Brothers Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 12:58 PM ET
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    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.

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    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.

  • Under Armour

    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.

  • '21' Rakes in $23M Box-Office Jackpot Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 2:34 PM ET

    New gambling movie "21" was the weekend's box-office high roller with a $23.7 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • WaMu's "Whoo-Hoo": Not "Woo-Hoo" As That's Homer Simpson Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 10:35 AM ET
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    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 with its Online Movie Service Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 5:29 AM ET

    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.

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    At the Future of Television conference Tuesday my attention shifted from the tech players to the content providers. Transitioning from traditional revenue streams of TV commercials and theatrical movie distribution, they're all trying to figure out how to monetize digital distribution.

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  • A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls, Slated For Fall 2015.

    DC, Warner and Mattel are launching a new brand of entertainment, books and toys to get girls excited about superheroes.

  • Mattel discontinues 'SeaWorld Trainer Baribie' due to animal rights backlash.

    Mattel will stop making the SeaWorld Trainer Barbie doll, along with all its SeaWorld-related merchandise, NBC News reports.

  • Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, goes through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Va., April 24, 2015.

    On Thursday, stock of Arris went up 20 percent because they announced an inversion deal. The company sponsors Carl Edwards in Nascar.

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