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  • Six in 60

    Take a look at why these six stocks are worth watching.

  • The message from media and tech companies is clear: advertising is back in a big way. This week both Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP and Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the ad market has improved from last year and continues to improve. We've seen that demonstrated in results from a diverse group of industry players, from tech giants to newspapers.

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    Amy Fisher, who has been called many things in her life, is about to add another title – porn magnate.

  • Six in 60

    Take a look at why these six stocks are worth watching.

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    I just broke the news that Disney has staked a serious claim in social gaming — it just finalized its acquisition of Playdom for $563.2 million. Disney could pay the social gaming company an additional $200 million if Playdom hits certain performance metrics over the next few years.

  • Barry Diller

    The Obama administration has engaged in a “consistent slamming of business,” IAC Interactive CEO and chairman Barry Diller told CNBC Monday.

  • Jon Hamm

    As the fourth season of the AMC series “Mad Men” kicks off, some of the show’s fans are gearing up to play another round of a peculiar language game: trying to spot flaws in the meticulously constructed dialogue portraying 1960s Madison Avenue.

  • Lindsay Lohan's booking photo.

    In what may be one of the more obscure tie-ins to the Lohan saga, the Insurance Information Network of California ran some numbers on what it might cost Lohan to legally drive in California.

  • Actress Angelina Jolie and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura speak onstage at the 'Salt' panel during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center.

    The showcasing of “Salt,” which opens in theaters on Friday, struck many longtime conventiongoers as a tipping point.

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    The Milken Institute has released a report that finds that the flight of film and TV production from California has cost the state more than 36,000 jobs since 1997. That adds up to $2.4 billion in wages and $4.2 billion in total economic output lost in the past 13 years.

  • Fresh off its $4.2-billion acquisition of Marvel, Walt Disney has a lot riding on this year's trip to the Comic-Con International Convention. Although the acquisition brought perennial favorites like Iron Man and Spider-Man into its fold, one of Disney's biggest bets this year is on "Tron: Legacy," which will hit movie theaters in December.

  • Netflix

    The company's earnings may have grown profit 34 percent from a year ago, beating analyst expectations. But revenue fell just short of analyst forecasts and the company's average revenue per user declined 8 percent from the year-ago quarter.

  • Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner wants to “reinvigorate the brand” he created by taking Playboy Enterprises private.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

    Starz – the premium cable network spacer - is teaming up with publisher Penguin Group to create a special electronic version of Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of Earth” – and delivering it all in an interactive eBook for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

  • Magazines

    A key sign of relief for the struggling magazine industry: monthly ad sales for August magazines jumped 10 percent. Media Industry Newsletter just reported this jump in ad pages at monthly magazines — the first month of 10 percent year-over-year growth in nearly six years.

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    Cable companies and content providers have repeatedly battled over fees, with channels getting temporarily yanked from the air during negotiations. Today 31 video distributors are partnering to form the "American Television Alliance," to address the rules governing broadcast signals and the threat of blackouts. The group says it aims to "protect consumers in today's changing TV environment" — to keep their favorite shows from being collateral damage of negotiations, as when Disney pulled ABC off Cablevision's air right before the Oscars.

  • Mel Gibson

    Looks like Mel Gibson is starring in "Lethal Weapon 5: The Mouth that Roared". Gibson's career was already on the ropes after his drunken, anti-Semitic rant during a DUI arrest in 2006. It appears, however, that he is an equal opportunity bigot. Can his career be saved?

  • Eric Schmidt

    Each of the executives we've spoken to this week has expressed some concern about the economy or deficit. But three big thinkers in the web space — Google's Eric Schmidt, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and venture investor Marc Andreesen — are taking a different, more pro-active approach to the issues.

  • The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is the  of media moguls.From television and film to video games and the Internet, industry leaders mark their calendars for this event.  They meet and greet, eat and drink, and most importantly, discuss deals.Disney's acquisition of Cap Cities/ABC, the AOL-Time Warner merger, and Comcast's pending purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal from General Electric (CNBC's parent company) all were hatched, encouraged, or negotiated during secret meetin

    The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is the biggest annual gathering of media moguls. See some of this year's Sun Valley power players.

  • Eric Schmidt

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt repeatedly emphasized to me in conversations at the Allen & Co. Conference in Sun Valley that he does not see the world as a zero-sum game. And he sees partnership opportunities even from perceived rivals.

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