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  • Redstone Says No To Annointing Daughter Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 11:51 AM ET

    Sumner Redstone, the chairman and controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS says he loves his daughter Shari, but she doesn't have what it takes to succeed him in his role.

  • Redstone Says No to Anointing His Daughter Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 11:15 AM ET

    Redstone apparently reignited a long-running dispute with his daughter, Shari, over future control of the family media empire as father and daughter challenged each other’s version of events.

  • Sun Valley Style Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 11:08 AM ET

    When media moguls and tech startup CEOs gather for casual, culture-clashing sessions in Sun Valley, I can't help but marvel at the remarkable mix of styles. There's nothing like catching a CEO who feels safe in his pin stripes awkwardly sporting bermuda shorts.

  • Sun Valley Buzz Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    The tech titans and media moguls schmoozed and chatted through the first full day of meetings at the Allen + Co. Conference. It was a quiet day in terms of deal buzz; perhaps largely because the Yahoo folks haven't arrived yet.

  • This event has sparked some of the biggest media deals, from Google's acquisition of YouTube to the Disney-CapCities merger in 1996. This year there's no avoiding the fact that the economy is in a downturn and the credit markets are tight, but it's not keeping the big names from rolling in.

  • 10 Highest Grossing 4th of July Weekend Movie Openings Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:38 AM ET
    The Macy’s fireworks spectacle is a show not to miss, but so are the movies that have opened on the Independence Day holiday weekend.  According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

    According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

  • Media Stocks Get "New" Label: Negative Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 9:23 AM ET
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    Lehman Brothers analyst Anthony DiClemente returned from July 4 weekend with a negative outlook on the media giants, downgrading the entire sector to negative. DiClemente is concerned that digital distribution changes will "disrupt the core economic models of the majority of film and TV content."

  • YouTube Data Court Order Fans Privacy Fears Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 6:28 AM ET
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    A U.S. judge's order to Google to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom sparked an outcry Thursday from privacy advocates in the midst of a legal showdown over video piracy.

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    Hollywood is looking at another intense third act; the tough guys are pulling out the big guns. The Screen Actors Guild is the last of the entertainment industry's guilds to renegotiate its contract, and let's just say, it's not looking like a fairytale ending.

  • WALL-E Cleans Up at Box Office Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 8:33 AM ET

    Animation giant Pixar scored its ninth consecutive No. 1 Sunday with its robot love story "WALL-E," while Angelina Jolie achieved a personal best with her violent assassination thriller "Wanted." "WALL-E," bolstered by near-unanimous critical praise, sold an estimated $62.5 million of tickets in its first three days, said Pixar's Walt Disney Co parent..

  • 'Guitar Hero: Aerosmith' Breaks New Gaming Ground Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 9:21 PM ET
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    "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith,"  Activision's latest installment of their video game franchise, launched Friday at Time Square's Hard Rock Cafe release party n New York. It's the fourth game in the best-selling title, but the first based on a specific band.

  • Why Media Stocks Look So Ugly Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    Media stocks have tanked. A chart of the media conglomerates performance over the past 12 months is flat-out ugly. They're all in the red, and all but Disney have underperformed the Dow, and it's still down about five percent over the past 12 months.

  • Bollywood-Hollywood Crossover Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
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    The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.

  • Spielberg And Co. Look To India To Finance Next Move Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

    DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen are looking for their next move, and India may play a starring role. Their deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures expires at the end of this year, and Hollywood has been buzzing about conflict between the famous director and Viacom's top brass.

  • Hulu Grabs Users And Headlines Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 3:12 PM ET
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    Forgive me for tooting the NBC horn for a moment, but it looks as though the company's online digital downloading service might be an unabashed success. At least according to the LA Times which has an extensive article today detailing the success of this thing.

  • Scripps Too Finds Breaking Up Is Easy To Do In Cable Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 2:35 PM ET
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    The SEC just approved the plan to split the company's fast and slow growing divisions. A common strategy in this media landscape where old media seems slow and archaic compared to dynamic web-fueled growth.

  • Steven Spielberg

    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).

  • 'Panda' Karate Chops 'Zohan' at the Box Office Sunday, 8 Jun 2008 | 12:33 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.

    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.

  • 'Sex' Sells at Theaters in America, Europe Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | 10:08 PM ET
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    "Sex and the City" fashioned a surprisingly strong opening at the North American box office on Sunday, as frenzied female fans used the romantic comedy as an excuse for a big party.

  • Comcast Web Unit on Target For Profit Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 11:25 AM ET
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    Comcast 's digital unit is on target to turn profitable this year as revenues from search and advertising partnerships with Google and Yahoo exceed expectations, senior executives said.