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The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Honeywell and DreamWorks popped while Washington Mutual and VMware dropped.
It was fight night at the box office this weekend, and the "Kung Fu Panda" defeated Israeli commando-turned-hairdresser "Zohan" with an estimated three-day total of $60 million in box office sales.
It's a joint venture between two unlikely partners: Paramount Licensing Consumer Products & Recreation Group and South Korea's Daewoo Motor Sales.
"Iron Man" from Marvel and Paramount opens today, kicking off the summer movie season. With the box office expected to top $85 million opening weekend, Hollywood's pretty excited, and for good reason. The economic downturn is squeezing consumer spending, but there's one corner of the consumer pocketbook that'll emerge unscathed from the "r" word.
Media giant Viacom spacer beat Wall Street expectations with strong profits driven by its cable networks (including MTV) and its "Rock Band" video game franchise. Net income grew 33 percent over last year's quarter (excluding an investment write down) to $270 million, while revenue was up 15 percent in the period to 3.12 billion.
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).
While the world continues to reel from the news of Elliot Spitzer's scandal, this was also a big week in Hollywood's high-level legal embarrassment--the Pellicano trial. Private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano is on trial for fraud, wire tapping, bribing police officers and others, and yes, it's messy.
Viacom reports its quarterly earnings after the bell today and all eyes will be on the results of its Media Networks Division. Wall Street's expecting eight percent revenue growth from the group of cable networks that includes MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
The Toll Brothers CEO said Wednesday the constant talk of a recession may in fact put us into a recession. If that’s happening, which stocks are most likely to weather the tough times?
Nothing like a green ogre to give a company's net income a boost. In its earnings report after the bell Tuesday, DreamWorks Animation reported quarterly net income of 98 cents a share, beating analysts consensus expectations of 72 cents a share, and up from a 20 cents per share loss in the year-ago quarter.
Japan's Toshiba waved the white flag in the home movie war, giving up on its HD DVD format after losing the support of key studios and retailers to Blu-ray technology backed by Sony.
There are only a handful of franchises that can take a 19 year hiatus and return stronger than ever. I have very high hopes for Indy. The new trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" debuted on "Good Morning America" today. Joining Harrison Ford are Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf as the sidekick.
As we lead up to Super Tuesday I've been reporting on the intersection of Hollywood and politics. Hollywood plays a key role raising awareness about issues, and candidates. (Though I wouldn't say that a Hollywood endorsement is necessarily a good thing).
For years, everyone's been waiting for an indication that either Sony's Blu-Ray or Microsoft and Toshiba's Blu-Ray format would emerge triumphant and the other would go the way of the BETA deck. Today, finally, a crucial tipping point in this battle in which the $20 billion dollar home video market is at stake.
At this time of year, it's predictions, predictions, predictions. So as part of CNBC's Outlook for '08, here are mine for the media world and all that's in it--with a personal look as well! (see number 7). Here I go!!
Everyone's been talking about how DVDs are dying, and that nobody's buying the archaic discs. But guess what, you'll probably get a whole bunch as gifts this year. There were more DVDs sold this Thanksgiving than any previous year, up 6 percent from the same weekend in 2007. Now, it's important to point out, that at the same time, the overall retail revenues from DVDs has fallen thanks to the big box retailers' deep discounting.
DreamWorks principals David Geffen and Steven Spielberg have been negotiating to move their studio to NBC Universal from Paramount Pictures, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Jerry Seinfeld's "BeeMovie" had plenty of sting left during its second weekend, replacing "American Gangster" as the No. 1 choice for North American moviegoers.
Could it be a "black-and-blue" Friday for Blu-ray? There are rumblings about a big announcement coming from Wal-Mart that could give a big boost to HD-DVD. I'm hearing that the company will begin selling the Toshiba HD-A2 for $98 in a special one-day, in-store secret sale. The unit sells for $198 at Circuit City and Amazon, so this is a steep discount.