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  • The volume of ads marketers are buying has increased, and the amount they're spending on each ad is higher as well. This strength in the first quarter bodes well for the Upfront ad sales period, when networks look to sell a big chunk of their ad inventory for the coming year.

  • Shrek Princesses

    DreamWorks Animation is bringing Shrek and Kung Fu Panda to Gaylord Entertainment's family resorts. The company just announced that it's licensing its characters to Gaylord's four upscale hotels in Nashville, the Orlando area, Dallas area, and in Maryland.

  • About 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 have released information on executive compensation. With data from Capital IQ, CNBC.com ranked the highest paid CEOs in 2010. The final figure shows total calculated compensation, which includes salary, bonuses, estimated stock and stock option awards as well as other incentives. Note that the salary breakdown in this report only displays major sources of compensation, whereas other incentives, such as increases in retirement or pension funds are not

    About 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 have released information on executive compensation. With data from Capital IQ, CNBC.com ranked the highest paid CEOs in 2010.

  • Katie Couric

    Moonves wouldn't weigh in on the Charlie Sheen controversy, but he did comment on rumors that Katie Couric is considering leaving the network when her contract expires.

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    C.E.O. pay is increasing at companies like Capital One and Goldman Sachs, which survived the economic storm with the help of all those taxpayer-financed bailouts, the New York Times reports.

  • Gavel

    Time Warner Cable and Viacom have been fighting over whether TWC can stream Viacom's channels to its iPad app in consumers' homes -- now they're turning to judges to decide. This is the latest development in what promises to be an ongoing battle between content creators and distributors -- who controls what?

  • Tom Freston

    Today Freston announced an investment in Vice, along with the news that he's coming on board and will act as an advisor on the company's growth, focusing on content and international expansion.

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    The battle for your home entertainment dollars is heating up. Now cable and satellite TV companies are moving forward with plans to give consumers even more control over how and when they access entertainment as they look to keep subscribers from "cutting the cord."

  • Call of Duty Black Ops

    It wasn't that long ago that Activision-Blizzard was an also-ran in video game industry. But these days, the company is responsible for five of the 10 highest grossing games of all time.

  • Hollywood sign

    Despite the upheaval roiling the markets, Wall Street analysts continue to issue upbeat reports about media companies, and even the negative reports don't mention the headlines — they simply don't have the exposure to Japan and the rest of the market instability as many other sectors.

  • Netflix

    Netflix is taking a big step to compete directly with premium movie channels like HBO by moving into original programming. Netflix is in discussions to buy exclusive rights to a series called 'House of Cards,' directed by David Fincher, starring Kevin Spacey.

  • Mars Needs Moms Movie

    “Mars Needs Moms” is shaping up as a miss so disastrous that it will send signals to broad swaths of Hollywood, the New York Times reports.

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    Investors and startups here can't stop talking about cloud computing. With the explosion of the amount of data out there and growing demand to access that, both companies and consumers are turning to the cloud, an opportunity for a number of fast-growing startups.

  • Oscar Awards

    There will be plenty of ties in office Oscar pools this year: The Academy Awards were just as predictable as they possibly could have been.

  • Just Dance 2 Wii

    It's no surprise that video game sales continue to fall — off 5 percent in January. And as expected Activision Blizzard's "Call of Duty: Black Ops" topped the list. The big surprise is the fact that dance games are thriving, with three dance games in the list of the top ten bestsellers.

  • Justin Bieber

    It's been a brutal winter for the box office — year to date box office sales are down 23.8 percent and attendance is off 25 percent, according to Hollywood.com.

  • Justin Bieber

    There's something about Justin Bieber's overnight success, natural talent, humble beginnings, and funny hair, that's struck a chord amongst tween and teen girls around the world (and their moms). Now this 'Bieber Fever' is heading to movie theaters with "Never Say Never," a 3-D documentary concert film.

  • Superbowl XLV Logo

    This Sunday's Super Bowl could draw the highest ratings of any game, and it could also break records as the biggest advertising event ever.

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    Strength at Viacom's cable channels wasn't enough to offset declines in home entertainment.