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  • CBS Earnings Preview: Hoping for Good Reception Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:52 PM ET
    CBS

    Ratings could be better, so could the economy and advertising spending. What is CBS doing to halt the tumble in it stock price? Stay tuned.

  • Week Ahead: Watch the Fed -- And a Lot More Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 7:16 PM ET

    You may think it's all about the Fed in the week ahead, but other key economic news will keep the markets on edge. Data to watch includes first quarter GDP Wednesday; Friday's jobs report for April; another big rush of corporate earnings reports, including from big oil and media companies. Other economic data: consumer confidence for April, released Tuesday, and the S&P Case Shiller report on housing prices.

  • Must-See TV Trades Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    Earnings season turns the spotlight on Time Warner, Viacom and other big media names next week. How should you trade it?

  • Clank of America Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    The Dow pulled back Monday after a weaker-than-expected profit report from Bank of America stirred concerns about the health of corporate earnings. What's the "Word on The Street?"

  • Paramount Ready to End Movie Sales to Showtime Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 1:39 PM ET

    Paramount said it would join forces with two other studios, MGM and Lionsgate, to introduce a premium channel and video-on-demand service beginning in the fall of 2009

  • Ever since media mogul Sumner Redstone split Viacom and CBS into two separate companies (he's chairman of both), they've become increasingly competitive. And just this Sunday, Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio said it's no longer going to distribute movies to CBS' Showtime.

  • Media Malaise Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 7:16 PM ET

    Media companies are floundering as investors fear recession and, more importantly, the unknown implications of the digital age. Are there buying opportunities amid the rubble?

  • 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.