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I can't help but comment on Viacom's earnings. On Thursday, the media giant beat Wall Street estimates, thanks largely to the filmed entertainment division's profit quadrupling. But the studio (Paramount and DreamWorks) is a much smaller part of the company than the 'Media Networks' division, which includes MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, etc. I'd say Viacom's largest challenge moving forward is growing its ad revenue on these cable networks...
Viacom posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit Thursday, boosted by DVD sales and the box office hit "Shrek The Third," sending shares up 4 percent.
CBS announced second-quarter earnings that disappointed on the top line, beat expectations on the bottom line, and landed flat with growth-hungry Wall Street. Revenue disappointed--down 3% to $3.37 billion on a loss of TV revenue from shutting down UPN and the timing of the NCAA basketball tournament.
CBS Tuesday said quarterly net earnings fell 48 percent from a year ago, when it was helped by a tax benefit and the sale of its Paramount Parks, while revenue suffered at both its radio and television divisions.
Producing a morning show on a Monday is always a tricky bit of business, but what’s often saved the day for the “Squawk Box” staff is a plethora of merger and acquisition deals struck over the weekend... At precisely 6am, private equity struck again: Cerberus announced a deal to buy United Rentals for $4 billion, excluding debt. ... Also: landing Sirius' CEO Mel Karmazin on CNBC.
The conflict between Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and CBS, and daughter Shari Redstone, vice chairman of the two media companies, grew more bitter on Friday: The paterfamilias publicized his displeasure with Shari's ostensible ambition to succeed him, in a harshly-worded letter to Forbes.
Sumner Redstone, the 84 year old chairman and controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS, is negotiating a settlement with his 52 year old daughter Shari under which she would step down as a director of both CBS and Viacom and relinquish her roughly 20% stake in National Amusements, the holding company that owns a controlling stake in both CBS and Viacom.
As the network TV upfront ad sales period comes to an end -- the numbers are surprisingly strong-- back up into the range of $9 billion in advertising revenues, by some estimates up 3% over last year. ABC and CBS are pretty much done with their upfront ad deals, with ABC snagging the biggest price increases per rating point, up 8.5% to 10%. (This means that ratings aren't necessarily up, but advertisers are paying more for lower ratings.)
Viacom and CBS shareholders are better off since the company split a year and a half ago, Sumner Redstone told CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. "I would do it again and over and over again and shareholders are definitely better," said Redstone, who remains executive chairman of both companies.
A transcript of a CNBC interview with Viacom and CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone aired on June 6, 2007 during "Closing Bell."
Internet television service Joost named former Cisco senior executive Mike Volpi as its new chief executive on Tuesday, choosing a telecom veteran to lead the company as it courts big media to show programming on its site.
YouTube said on Sunday it has reached a revenue-sharing deal with Hearst-Argyle Television whereby local TV stations will be paid when users of the video-sharing site watch their programming.
The parent of MySpace is buying the media-sharing site Photobucket for about $300 million, bringing together two of the Internet's most popular hangouts.
CBS said it bought Last.fm, the online music service that allows fans with similar tastes to connect, for $280 million in a bid to attract young audiences.
The stock of DaimlerChrysler may continue the rise that began last year, freed from the burden of Chrysler, Barron's reported in its May 21 edition.
DaimlerChrysler will use the repayment of intercompany loans to reduce its debt sharply once the sale of its U.S. arm Chrysler closes, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber told a newspaper.
XM Satellite Radio Holdings said it suspended the ribald radio show "Opie & Anthony" for 30 days about one week after a guest fantasized about raping Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush.
In TV's worst spring in recent memory, an alarming number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.
The S&P 500 index closed above the 1,500 level for the first time in nearly seven years but overall gains were modest amid concern the market may be reaching a top. "There is a lot of good news out there but we caution investors that it has been quite a while since a pullback in the stock market," said Alan Skrainka, chief market strategist at Edward Jones. "That concerns us a little bit."
Media company CBS said its first-quarter earnings fell, but revenue climbed from the same quarter last year, after a tax charge related to the sale of radio stations hit the company’s bottom line.