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  • Washington Post's Profit, No Thanks to Newspapers Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 2:52 PM ET

    The Washington Post Company reported that its quarterly earnings swung to a profit from a loss a year ago, but don't take that as an indication that newspapers are rebounding. The print journalism business is still suffering from the industry-wide downturn in advertising. It's also falling prey to a shift of newspaper readers from the paper to online, where they yield much less advertising revenue and for the most part, no subscription revenue.

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    Cost cutting and strong brands helped Disney moderate the effects of the downturn and beat analyst expectations. The weak ad market and slower consumer spending on everything from theme park extras to DVDs took their toll.

  • Disney Profit Tops Forecasts, but Revenue Falls Short Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 5:39 PM ET

    Walt Disney reported lower quarterly earnings that topped analysts' forecasts, but the company's shares declined in extended trading as its revenue missed predictions.

  • What Will Disney Earnings Say About The Economy? Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 2:48 PM ET

    Disney reports its fiscal third quarter earnings after the bell today, and the economy downturn is likely to be felt across all its divisions. The weak ad markets will surely take their toll on ABC and the ad-supported cable networks, even ESPN.

  • Stocks End Lower Despite Late Comeback Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 5:21 PM ET

    Stocks finished lower Wednesday despite a late comeback attempt as the weight of disappointing economic news and a weak Treasury auction dragged down major indexes.

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    It's been a year in the making, and now finally Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to take on Google's dominance in search. Alone neither Yahoo nor Microsoft had a chance against Google, but the tech and web giants 10 year search ad deal gives them a real opportunity to compete.

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    Time Warner is moving towards a new streamlined, content-focused model, and though it's suffering from the ad downturn, that core content business is thriving.

  • Stocks Slide After Weak 5-Year Auction Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 2:18 PM ET

    Stocks declined Wednesday as weak demand for today's Treasury auction and a sharp drop in oil prices dragged on the market. A disappointing durable-goods report didn't help either.

  • Stocks Slide After Durable-Goods Report Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 11:03 AM ET

    Stocks declined Wednesday after a report showed a much sharper drop in durable-goods orders than expected. Plus, a sharp selloff in China dragged on oil prices, which also weighed on the market.

  • Cost Cutting Works for DreamWorks Animation Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 9:57 AM ET

    DreamWorks Animation has the benefit of not being exposed to the weak ad market - but now the weak ad market is actually going to help the film studio cut costs and grow margins.

  • Futures Slide After Durable-Goods Report Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 8:46 AM ET

    Futures tumbled Wednesday after a report showed a much sharper drop in durable-goods orders than expected. Plus, a sharp selloff in China dragged on oil prices, which also weighed on the market.

  • Viacom Hit Hard by Economic Downturn Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 11:21 AM ET

    It was a tough quarter for Viacom, which struggled the economy, namely the weak ad market and lower video game sales of its "Rock Band" game. Plus, Sumner Redstone's media giant had fewer movie releases and tough comps with last year.

  • 'G-Force' Topples 'Harry Potter' at Box Office Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 | 2:45 PM ET

    An elite squad of guinea pigs has worked its own brand of magic at the box office, taking the No. 1 spot from boy wizard Harry Potter.

  • Biz Stone on Twitter Revenue Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 11:05 AM ET

    Twitter is the talk of the Fortune Brainstorm conference. Everyone agrees it's a hot, powerful, popular new tool. But there's zero consensus about its profit potential.

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    While Technology is the topic of the Fortune Brainstorm TECH conference in Pasadena, Ca, where I'm reporting from today, media companies are front and center here.

  • Entertainment Biz in a Slump Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 2:15 PM ET

    The booming box office is deceiving — movie studios are topping the $1 billion mark earlier this year than in years past and movies like Harry Potter continue to break opening-weekend records. But behind all those upbeat numbers, the industry is struggling.

  • Michael Jackson's Next Big Sale Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 6:50 AM ET

    AEG Live is looking to recoup the $30 million-plus it spent producing Michael Jackson's unrealized concert tour, and now it's selling off the rights to the rehearsal footage. Sources tell me that Sony Pictures Entertainment has bid $50 million to acquire the distribution rights.

  • Sony Bids $50 Million for Jackson Rehearsal Film Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 2:13 PM ET
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    Sony's movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series.

  • A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    In the three years since she started Deadline Hollywood Daily, a daily blog about the entertainment business, her combination of old-school skills — she is a relentless reporter — and new-media immediacy has made her a must-click look into the ragingly insecure id of Hollywood.

  • What's Next For MGM? Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 3:00 PM ET
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    Historic studio MGM has been the subject of lots of rumors and speculation about its financial health.



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  • Nov 25- Tegna Inc, the broadcast and digital company that split from Gannett Co Inc earlier this year, has assembled a group of employees to make local broadcast television, including news, more interesting to a younger audience. The McLean, Virginia- based company is also trying to create more original programming and discussing ways to better integrate its...

  • Bidding war for Thursday Night Football

    The NFL has been talking about selling its rights for Thursday night games, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.