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  • NBC's Results Revive Speculation About Sale by GE Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 11:58 AM ET
    NBC

    NBC Universal's first-quarter performance fell far short of parent General Electric's expectations, again raising questions over whether the broadcast network belongs within the industrial conglomerate.

  • Adobe's New Media Player: Will It Play With Users? Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 4:31 PM ET
    Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Today, Adobe unveiled its new media player with the idea of tapping into the market for online video that's been growing by double digits year-over-year. The key to this new player? It works online and offline, and it's based on Adobe's new "Air" technology that works with any platform, Mac or PC.

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • Online advertising is the fastest-growing segment of the ad industry. Standard offerings like TV commercial and print ads are all trying to keep advertisers interested, but it's online ads that are measurable, offering complete accountability.

  • Cable Companies Making News And Making Deals? Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    I met up with several Wall Street analysts last night and everyone was talking about cable properties being on fire. Everyone taking a close look at the cable entities driving the media giants--like ESPN--and the ones now on the auction block.

  • 'Horton Hears a Who!' Tops Weekend Box Office Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | 4:59 PM ET

    The computer-animated adaptation "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!" trampled its rivals at the North American box office Sunday with weekend sales of $45.1 million, the biggest opening of the year.

  • 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.

  • Will Ferrell Shoots Air Ball with Movie 'Semi-Pro' Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 | 3:24 PM ET

    Will Ferrell stumbled at the North American box office Sunday with his latest sports comedy, "Semi-Pro." The basketball spoof narrowly took the No. 1 spot with disappointing ticket sales of $15.3 million, its struggling distributor New Line Cinema said

  • Stocks Log Fourth Straight Down Month Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

  • AIG, Dismal Economic Data Smack Stocks Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

  • As I'd expected, it was a rocking quarter for Viacom: its fourth quarter profit increased more than 16 percent. The two divisions undergoing a turnaround--the media networks division and its movie studio, Paramount--showed strong results.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Economic Worries Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 10:52 AM ET

    Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

  • Viacom Profit Rises 16%, Led by MTV, Video Games Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 5:10 PM ET

    Cable network and movie studio owner Viacom said Thursday fourth-quarter profit rose 16 percent on higher advertising sales at its MTV Networks and strong sales of its "Rock Band" video game and "Transformers" DVDs.

  • Viacom Has Street Expecting Gains From Cable Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 1:03 PM ET

    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.

  • Cramer Teaches Ellen Investing Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 12:48 PM ET

    The Mad Money host brings his Wall Street wisdom to the hit talk show.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 4:11 AM ET

    Thursday may feel like a replay of Wednesday in the markets, when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke starts to speak to Congress, shortly after the market open.

  • Take-Two Rejects Electronic Arts' $1.9 Billion Offer Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 1:13 PM ET
    The Electronic Arts headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    U.S. video game giant Electronic Arts Sunday said it had made an unsolicited $1.9 billion offer for "Grand Theft Auto" publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, escalating its battle with Activision for the title of biggest video game maker.

  • 'Vantage Point' Hits Target at Box Office Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | 7:47 PM ET

    The new assassination thriller "Vantage Point" shot to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America while Oscar nominees "Juno" and "There Will Be Blood" enjoyed solid sales ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

  • Toshiba Quits HD DVD, Surrenders in Format War Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 12:46 PM ET

    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.