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  • Countrywide has been very smart about figuring out ways to make money from every part of the mortgage process. Here's an example pointed out to me. Countrywide reinsures some of its mortgages. When a homebuyer puts down only 10%, he or she usually has to buy mortgage insurance from a third party (I thought mortgage insurance was dead in the age of 80-20 loans, but apparently not).

  • Writers' Strike: Spreading And No End In Sight? Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 4:56 PM ET
    CBS

    We're in the second week of the writers' strike and there's no sign of any negotiations on the horizon. I've been polling writers, actors, and producers I know and they're all already fed up. But that doesn't mean that there's any resolution in sight.

  • No Money, No Downloads, No Peace! Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 7:30 PM ET

    Who says talk is cheap! For the first time in 20 years Hollywood screenwriters walked off their jobs over pay and royalties. Is there money to be made as media moguls go head to head with script gurus?

  • Hollywood Writer's Strike A Bad "Script" For All Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 2:25 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild contract expired at midnight--though there's no strike just yet, it is NOT looking good. The rhetoric last night was so angry and stubborn on both sides, I'm predicting a strike by mid-week next week. The WGA says the producers association "refused to continue to bargain until we agree that the hated DVD formula be extended to Internet downloads." HATED? Ouch.

  • Game Plan: The Chuck Prince/Citigroup Trade Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 10:49 AM ET

    Reports are saying the CEO will step down Nov. 4. That's the best thing that could happen to the bank, as far as Cramer is concerned.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Hollywood Writers Begin Strike after Talks Collapse Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 6:36 AM ET
    The Writers Guild of America

    U.S. film and television writers went on strike Monday, after last-minute talks aimed at averting the Writers Guild of America's first walkout in almost two decades collapsed.

  • Imus Signs Deal to Return to Radio Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 6:19 AM ET

    Disgraced shock jock Don Imus, who was fired by CBS Radio six months ago in an uproar over an on-air racial slur he made, has signed a deal to return to radio Dec. 3 with a new nationally syndicated morning show.

  • CBS Profit Beats Estimates on Strong Publishing, Ads Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 5:20 PM ET

    CBS reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings Thursday, as strength in its publishing and outdoor advertising businesses overcame depressed results from its radio division.

  • SanDisk Debuts Service to Download TV Shows Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    Flash memory maker SanDisk on Monday debuted an online video service and a USB flash drive that can carry television programs and videos from a computer for playback on TVs.

  • Media Firms Team Up On Online Copyright Guidelines Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 2:20 PM ET

    Media companies including Viacom, Microsoft, News Corp.'s Fox and MySpace units and others have agreed to guidelines aimed at protecting copyrights online, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

  • CBS Signs Extension with Chief Exec Moonves Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 5:34 PM ET

    CBS Corp. said it has signed a new employment contract with Chief Executive Leslie Moonves that extends his term to 2011.

  • Political Ads: Lots Of Spending But Who Benefits? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    The numbers are in and it was a rich third quarter for candidates--Hillary Clinton's campaign raised $27 million in the third quarter, beating Barack Obama, whose campaign raised about $20 million over the same time period.

  • Excited about This Fall's TV Line-Up? Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | 2:21 PM ET

    Here's one of the safest bets you'll find this fall: one month into the new television season the media will be filled with stories about how poorly the networks are doing.

  • More Sex, Violence Shown in TV Family Hour, Study Shows Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    Americans are being subjected to more sex, violence and profane language during the traditional, early-evening "family hour" of broadcast television viewing, a U.S. watchdog group said Wednesday.

  • Fall TV Trade Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 8:46 PM ET

    This fall will bring a new TV season and the beginning of a year-long presidential cycle for the networks. The money should drop in buckets on the network and cable companies but the big question remains same – who’s going to catch it?

  • Fall TV Trade Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

    This fall will bring a new TV season and the beginning of a year-long presidential cycle for the networks. The money should drop in buckets on the network and cable companies but the big question remains same – who’s going to catch it?

  • CBS Settles with Fired Shock Jock Don Imus Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 5:01 AM ET
    Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev.Al Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Imus issued another apology for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Broadcaster CBS settled its termination dispute with fired radio shock jock Don Imus Tuesday, a possible step toward Imus reviving his multimillion-dollar career with a rival broadcaster.

  • Cwickies: Will They Be Sticky For Advertisers? Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | 8:27 AM ET

    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 Profit Slips, But Outpaces Expectations Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | 3:00 PM ET

    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 And Viacom: What Will Sumner Redstone Do? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    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.