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  • Mipcom Grapples with Funding Crisis Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 4:16 AM ET

    CNBC presenter Ross Westgate offers his view of how audiovisual and content companies are grappling with a financial meltdown across the globe from the Mipcom conference in Cannes.

  • Viacom Helps Push Media Stocks' Tumble Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 3:10 PM ET

    Facing an increasingly bleak economic picture, media giant Viacom cut its financial outlook for the first year, sending its shares, and shares of other media stocks, falling.

  • Spielberg Finalizes Split From Paramount Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 1:47 PM ET
    Steven Spielberg

    Spielberg and Snider are expected to take most of their current 140 DreamWorks employees with them to their new venture financed with $1.3 billion, the equity put up by India's Reliance and the debut financing from J.P. Morgan

  • SAG Pushing For Actor's Strike In Hollywood? Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Screen Actors Guild

    As I watch the markets tumble and I hear talk not just of recession, but of depression, I have to wonder whether there's any chance 75 percent of SAG members would vote to strike, which is what it takes to get authorization.

  • Paramount Fills Spielberg Void with Marvel Superheroes Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | 6:38 PM ET

    Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio signed a deal Monday with Marvel Entertainment's Marvel Studios to distribute its next five films worldwide.

  • New Digital Music Payments: Are They Enough? Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:04 PM ET
  • Spielberg, India's Reliance ADA In $1.2 Billion Deal Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 5:16 PM ET

    Steven Spielberg and his team at Dreamworks SKG have finally completed their $1.2 billion financing deal with Indian entertainment conglomerate Reliance ADA Group. Notably, this gives Spielberg the financial backing to leave Viacom's Paramount Pictures and will likely force some sort of change or restructuring at the studio.

  • Stock Picker: Familiar Names, New Opportunities Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 2:40 PM ET

    Fund manager Ted Moore has found some unexpected opportunities for investors in a couple of familiar Wall Street names.

  • 'Tropic Thunder' Remains Top Movie Over Weekend Sunday, 31 Aug 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Action film parody "Tropic Thunder" clung to the top spot at the North American box office for a third straight week as the summer moviegoing season sputtered to a lackluster close, Hollywood studios reported Sunday.

  • IPhones, Videogames & The New War For Music Royalties Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 5:41 PM ET

    If you're a music lover, you'll fall for Pandora, an online music service that allows its 1 million daily listeners to custom-create the equivalent of a radio station tailored to their taste.

  • Tom Cruise And His Studio Shake Up Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 4:24 PM ET
    Tom Cruise

    Cruise and Wagner haven't had such a stellar track record. Their one film so far, "Lions for Lambs," had an A plus cast list, but it brought in only $15 million at the box office though it cost $35 million to produce.

  • Digital 3-D Movies Coming To A Theatre Near You? Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    The third dimension is coming soon to a theater near you. No I'm not talking about a movie, but rather a high-stakes drama involving the biggest movie studios and theater chains, enmeshed in a battle over who and how the transition to digital 3-D will be financed.

  • In The Midst Of Media Earnings-- Ads Are The Focus Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 3:10 PM ET

    We're mid-way through media earnings, and a distinct trend is emerging: weakness in local ad markets is now spilling over to national cable and broadcast advertising. The media industry is facing all sorts of hurdles. Particularly unfortunate sector challenges at a time when the ad cycle is at a low.

  • Viacom Earnings Beat Expectations But Raise Questions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 9:54 AM ET

    Viacom's second quarter results beat Wall Street estimates-- coming in at 64 cents per share (for earnings from continuing operations) on revenue of $3.86 billion, compared to Thomson's projected earnings of 58 cents a share on $3.55 billion in revenue.

  • Viacom's Profit Boosted by Two Box Office Hits Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    Viacom, the owner of MTV Networks, posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, boosted by box office hits "Iron Man" and the latest "Indiana Jones," but U.S. cable network ad sales growth fell below the company's projections

  • Viacom's Earnings: Spotlight Is On Cable Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 1:49 PM ET

    The big question: in this economic environment can cable ad sales hold up? Pressure is on: In May, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman lowered the company's second quarter cable ad growth forecast to between three and four percent from its previous projection of seven percent

  • Market Insider: Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 9:33 PM ET

    Tuesday has all the makings of another choppy session with little economic data but more fretting about the financial sector and plenty of earnings news.

  • Web Extra: Colgate, Coach and More Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 7:08 PM ET

    In Monday’s Web Extra the traders reveal how to play Colgate, Coach, Viacom and more.

  • A Real Tear Jerker Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    We’ve seen some real tear jerkers in our day but this story looks unusually sad. On Monday Lehman Brothers cut the stock ratings on Disney, Time Warner, CBS and News Corp.

  • Best Trades Now: Retail, Financials, Pharma & More Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 4:24 PM ET

    To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the market experts for their best trades now.