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    Yes, the game was incredible. So good, you could argue that, for once, the Super Bowl commercials took a back seat to the game. But for two automakers, Audi and Hyundai, the big game was big chance to show off two big models. Audi's spot for the new R8 ran early in game and played off the famous scene in "The Godfather"...

  • Informal talks between representatives of Hollywood’s striking writers and production companies have eliminated the major roadblocks to a new contract, which could lead to a tentative agreement as early as next week, according to people who were briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak.

  • Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild strike is 12 weeks old and wreaking havoc on the TV biz. There's no new scripted programming. The Oscars are less than a month away, and with no promises yet from the WGA that they won't picket, there are serious fears it could turn into another movie-clip heavy press conference. We've got reality TV alright, tons of it--but the viewers aren't satisfied.

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    In asking you last week if now is a good time to buy a new car or truck, I was struck by how many people said, "Now, is not the time, but this spring it will be. That's when the auto companies roll out big discounts as sales slow down." Seems we've all become conditioned to expect spring sales.

  • Film and television studio Lionsgate on Thursday said it reached an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America  enabling striking Hollywood writers to work on its projects.

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    I've been talking to reliable sources, and Lions Gate is about to announce an interim deal with the Writers Guild. It makes sense for a number of reasons--it allows them to produce the next season of Weeds and Mad Men and get those popular shows on air without delay.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood was hibernating and  now there's finally a thaw. Thanks to the DGA making a deal with the AMPTP, the Writers Guild is in its third day of 'informal talks.' There were even more informal talks before this, but apparently these don't quite count as official just yet.

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    On the Ford 4th quarter earnings conference call, CEO Alan Mulally confirmed what we expected (more buyouts for Ford's hourly workers) and made it clear, this may not be the end of the cuts.

  • Hollywood

    Striking Hollywood writers will meet face to face with studio executives this week for the first time since their contract talks collapsed on Dec. 7, the two sides said Tuesday.

  • Directors Guild

    News crossed the wires last night: The DGA just announced it's made a tentative deal with the producers associations, the AMPTP. They've been in meetings since last Monday and it seemed clear they wanted to find a compromise. Though the DGA's contract doesn't expire until June 30, they wanted to get negotiations moving and everyone back to work.

  • The Hollywood directors' union reached a contract deal with major film and television studios on Thursday -- a move likely to turn up pressure to settle a 10-week-old strike by screenwriters.

  • GM logo, General Motors logo

    This afternoon, GM investors got the kind of good news they've been craving for several months. Talking with analysts in Dearborn, Michigan, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said the company plans to save an additional $5 billion by 2011.

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    The Austrian capital is the city where the old EU meets the new EU. Teeming with international organizations, it's also the city that was the first to foray into Eastern European banking and the destination for tasty pastry.

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    Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.

  • Golden Globe Awards

    Film romance "Atonement" and movie musical "Sweeney Todd" claimed the top honors at the strike-plagued Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a bare-bones news conference that lacked the usual Hollywood glamour.

  • It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?

  • Golden Globe Awards

    Hollywood's striking writers scored two victories on Monday by forcing Golden Globe Awards sponsors to cancel their traditional star-studded telecast and by reaching a deal to put writers back to work at Tom Cruise's film company.

  • Here at CES mega digital distribution deals are making headlines. Back in LA, the big news is still the writers strike--and surprise, the big news in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles are totally entwined. The writers are striking to get a bigger chunk of the revenue from the very digital deals announced at CES.

  • Jay Leno

    The late night shows had their second night return to the airwaves and the networks are glad they are back after the two month hiatus. Their first night brought whopper increases in ratings--Nielsen reporting that Jay Leno, who returned without his writing staff, had his best ratings in years, 47 percent higher than his pre-strike average.

  • A Republican, a Democrat and two bearded hosts walked into a TV studio last night ...  and so did Robin Williams, Bob Saget, Emeril Lagasse, Chingy, Helio Castroneves and three clean-shaven funnymen as the late-night TV universe tried to right itself two months into the writers strike.