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  • I snagged Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone for a sit down interview during Allen & Co's day of tech panels. I was glad to catch him as last night, as Google Chariman and CEO Eric Schmidt told a bunch of reporters asking about Viacom's lawsuit against Google--that Viacom has "built its business on lawsuits."

  • Google Takes Swipe at Viacom, Talks Social Networks Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 2:11 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google took a swipe at media conglomerate Viacom, which is suing the Internet search leader and its video sharing site YouTube for $1 billion over "massive copyright infringement."

  • Buffett, Murdoch, Among Allen Conference Biz Leaders Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 11:46 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    It's been a whirlwind here at the Allen & co. Conference--watching and interviewing all the biggest names in the media world. Everyone's paying close attention to Rupert Murdoch. He rushed into the Sun Valley Inn Wednesday morning just in time for breakfast. .

  • "Transformers" Help Paramount Shift Gears Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 5:25 PM ET
    Transformers

    "Transformers" took the box office by storm this weekend, bringing in a total of $152 million at the domestic box office since it opened on Tuesday, and a total of about $250 million worldwide. This isn't just a nice summer opening--this is huge news for Paramount, which is going to get a huge boost from this hit: not just from its take on this film, but also from the fact that it's Paramount's first potential franchise since Mission Impossible. And unlike the MI series, they're not relying on a huge star (Tom Cruise), nor are they paying him a huge chunk of gross.

  • The media world loves to get revved up about elections and this year the issue is voter registration. Norman Lear is spearheading a campaign called "Declare Yourself." And no surprise, Lear, perhaps one of the most successful television writer/producer in TV history, is using his contacts and his expertise, turning TV humor into a tool. He's gotten two of the stars of "Reno 911" to create four videos to get what they're calling "the target demographic" to vote.

  • Transformers

    I attended the "Transformers" premiere Wednesday night--and my first star spotting epitomized the importance of the film for its parent company. It was Sumner Redstone (he qualifies as a star for the CNBC set) and he was slowly retreating from the hubbub of the red carpet and (surrounded by bodyguards) slipping into a black car.

  • "Evan Almighty" did not live up to its name at the weekend box office in North America.

  • Yahoo Should Pitch Itself as the "Non-Google"--Analyst Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 6:05 PM ET

    Scott Kessler, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Yahoo can successfully pitch itself as the "non-Google" counterpoint to Google.

  • The Controversy Over Trojan Condom Ad Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 8:18 AM ET
    Trojan

    So, there's this new Trojan TV commercial premiering Monday. It shows a bar filled with hot women and big fat pigs (www.trojanevolve.com). The hot women reject the men, disgusted, until one of the guys goes to the bathroom and buys a condom. He emerges as a hot guy, and the girl at the bar is thrilled to talk to him. .

  • Visible World: Answer To TV's Advertising Prayers? Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | 5:08 PM ET

    The TV ad market has lost millions of dollars of ad revenue to Internet ads, which are more targeted and flexible. But now a new technology company called Visible World, is making TV ad minutes be more valuable than ever. Visible World's Inteli-spot technology allows channels to automatically customize their ads to the time of day, channel, and show they're airing on.

  • Blockbuster to Rent Blu-Ray HD Discs Only Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | 7:43 AM ET

    Blockbuster will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format in 1,450 stores when it expands its high-def offerings next month, dealing a major blow to the rival HD DVD format.

  • Fantastic Four

    Hollywood's superhero foursome is still fantastic at the box office.

  • Viacom and CBS shareholders are better off since the company split a year and a half ago,  Sumner Redstone told CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. "I would do it again and over and over again and shareholders are definitely better," said Redstone, who remains executive chairman of both companies.

  • Interview Transcript: Sumner Redstone Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 5:23 PM ET

    A  transcript of a CNBC interview with Viacom and CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone aired on June 6, 2007 during "Closing Bell."

  • No.1 - Death Of The DVD Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 2:07 PM ET

    The digital revolution marches forward – the latest advance involves studios potentially releasing movies on DVD and via On-Demand at the same time. What’s the trade as new technology threatens to reshape the movie biz?

  • Joost Names Former Cisco Executive New CEO Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | 3:30 AM ET

    Internet television service Joost named former Cisco senior executive Mike Volpi as its new chief executive on Tuesday, choosing a telecom veteran to lead the company as it courts big media to show programming on its site.

  • YouTube, Hearst-Argyle Agree Local TV Deal Monday, 4 Jun 2007 | 3:00 AM ET

    YouTube said on Sunday it has reached a revenue-sharing deal with Hearst-Argyle Television whereby local TV stations will be paid when users of the video-sharing site watch their programming.

  • CBS Buys Online Music Network Last.fm for $280 Million Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    CBS said it bought Last.fm, the online music service that allows fans with similar tastes to connect, for $280 million in a bid to attract young audiences.

  • Viacom to Sell Famous Music to Sony/ATV Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 10:27 AM ET
    Eminem performs during the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday, June 4, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Viacom said on Wednesday it will sell its Famous Music publishing unit to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

  • Viacom Inc. said Wednesday it will sell its Famous Music publishing unit to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  The total value of the deal is $400 million, including $370 million in cash and debt of $30 million, according to a source familiar with the talks.