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  • Michael Bloomberg: Is He Hollywood's Man For White House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    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).

  • Lions Gate To Make Deal With WGA? Yes, So I'm Told Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    I've been talking to reliable sources, and Lions Gate is about to announce an interim deal with the Writers Guild. It makes sense for a number of reasons--it allows them to produce the next season of Weeds and Mad Men and get those popular shows on air without delay.

  • WGA And Producers: Will Talks Finally End Strike? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:07 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood was hibernating and  now there's finally a thaw. Thanks to the DGA making a deal with the AMPTP, the Writers Guild is in its third day of 'informal talks.' There were even more informal talks before this, but apparently these don't quite count as official just yet.

  • Sundance

    Here's hoping that the writers and producers made some progress over the long holiday weekend. Much of Hollywood is here in Park City at the Sundance film festival, where I've been since Thursday. But one person, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is notably absent--super agent Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of talent agency giant, CAA (Creative Artists Agency).

  • Sundance

    I'm here in Park City at the Wasach Brew pub at the top of Main Street, where CNBC has set up a mini studio of sorts. All the d-girls and boys (that's Hollywood-speak for "development executives") are running around in their furry boots and jeans looking to find the next big director among the four films they see a day.

  • HD DVD: No Way For It To Come Back Against Blu-ray Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:09 PM ET

    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.

  • Sony Blu-ray Disc

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Box Office Report: Jodie Foster, Billy Bob Stumble Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | 8:09 PM ET

    Jodie Foster blew away the box office competition with her vigilante thriller "The Brave One," but the poorly reviewed film's performance paled against her recent efforts.

  • 'Superbad' Is No. 1 At Weekend Box Office Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | 2:05 PM ET
    Superbad

    Bawdy comedy "Superbad" proved to be super good at the North American movie boxoffices, holding onto the No. 1 slot for the second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • There's no question that Blockbuster's livelihood is under attack--the business of driving to a store to rent a DVD and driving back when you're done is threatened from video on demand, and digital downloads, especially since both technologies are getting better and faster. So, looking to avoid going the way of the Beta Max, Blockbuster just purchased online movie downloading company Movielink for under $20 million.

  • Hollywood

    A credit crunch affects any type of leveraged buyout--debt becomes more expensive and harder to obtain, requiring more equity, making returns lower. Considering how many leveraged deals Hollywood has made, that industry should be no exception. Wall Street players--private equity, hedge funds, investment banks--have put together more than $12 billion dollars of financing for the Hollywood studios' 'slates' of films.

  • Michael Moore's "Sicko" Summer Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 12:03 PM ET
    Michael Moore

    The tables have turned. Over the past couple of years I've been to a number of pharmaceutical industry related and drug company events--where the security and paranoia have been noticeably increased over what I referred to as "The Michael Moore Effect". Ever since it became known that the documentary filmmaker was setting his sites on healthcare the companies I cover have been on heightened alert. But, at least for now, I think they can let their guard down.

  • No.1 - Death Of The DVD Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 2:07 PM ET

    The digital revolution marches forward – the latest advance involves studios potentially releasing movies on DVD and via On-Demand at the same time. What’s the trade as new technology threatens to reshape the movie biz?

  • The Word on J. Crew, Palm... Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 1:36 PM ET

    The guys go behind the headlines and give you their take on... the surge in J. Crew shares...the new "Foleo" from Palm... and more. Find out where they see fast money.

  • Grade the Trade Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Tonight, the masters of Wall Street are going face to face with some of the best business school students in the country. Students from Indiana University, Villanova, MIT and USC are bringing their A-game via the webcam.

  • CBS Chief Looking for New-Media Deals Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 4:02 PM ET

    Les Moonves says he has no plans for major acquisitions in the immediate future, but is looking to make strategic deals in the new media sector.