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Sam Zell saw opportunity in the Tribune Co., when he took it private in April 2007, giving employees a majority stake in the debt-heavy company.
CNBC presenter Ross Westgate offers his view of how audiovisual and content companies are grappling with a financial meltdown across the globe from the Mipcom conference in Cannes.
Facing an increasingly bleak economic picture, media giant Viacom cut its financial outlook for the first year, sending its shares, and shares of other media stocks, falling.
With these studio pics running between $100k and $500k per day, an actors' walkout could mean big trouble. Some studios will wait until next year before they start shooting, but for the most part the media giants are getting back to business, because they have little choice.
Spielberg and Snider are expected to take most of their current 140 DreamWorks employees with them to their new venture financed with $1.3 billion, the equity put up by India's Reliance and the debut financing from J.P. Morgan
The research group looked at movies that opened on 1,000 or more screens between 2003 and 2007. Nine films in the $90 to $100 million range posted an average net profit of $374.7 million, and 80 films costing more than $100 million showed average profitability of $282.3 million.
It's a tough time for newspaper and magazine publishers. This week, "The Sun," the six-year old daily newspaper, printed its final paper. The conservative-oriented paper searched for new financial backers for nearly a month, and finding no private equity interest, had to shut down. Meanwhile Variety, the 103-year old Hollywood trade publication, can't find a buyer.
As I watch the markets tumble and I hear talk not just of recession, but of depression, I have to wonder whether there's any chance 75 percent of SAG members would vote to strike, which is what it takes to get authorization.
When the world's richest athletes sign endorsement deals, they are usually with blue chip companies. The thinking is always to do an advertisement or commercial that aligns with a certain class of company.
The six major Hollywood studios sued RealNetworks, parent of the Rhapsody music service, to prevent it from distributing a new DVD copying software called RealDVD which launches Tuesday.
Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio signed a deal Monday with Marvel Entertainment's Marvel Studios to distribute its next five films worldwide.
While Wall Street and Washington were working on trying to fix our economy, one of the strongest brands in Hollywood celebrated its upcoming lineup, perhaps remembering that movie going usually booms during a recession.
Michael Beasley's sticking to the line that he's been in adidas shoes his entire life. We're fine with that. But there's no reason to go out of the way to say you've been completely loyal if there are thousands of photos that suggest otherwise.
Sure, it's not boom time, but the fact that media companies are able to attract financing is impressive, and a testament to the fact that movie going is generally counter-cyclical.
Steven Spielberg and his team at Dreamworks SKG have finally completed their $1.2 billion financing deal with Indian entertainment conglomerate Reliance ADA Group. Notably, this gives Spielberg the financial backing to leave Viacom's Paramount Pictures and will likely force some sort of change or restructuring at the studio.
The volatility on Wall Street this week sent cable and satellite TV stocks down through the week, recovering a bit in Friday trading.
Let's face it, nearly every industry will be touched by the turmoil on Wall Street. And as I've reported many times, the already-suffering ad industry is sure to be further hit. There are a couple issues now in play.
Wall Street isn't so far from Madison Avenue or Hollywood Blvd. and the upheaval in the financial markets will have aftershocks reaching far into the media industry. It's sure to effect the already-suffering advertising industry as well as the film financing markets.
In the entertainment industry it's almost impossible to consistently churn out profitable hits. But Tyler Perry, a writer/producer/director/actor has done it, and this weekend he's on track to continue his wining streak.
It's a big day for CNBC's parent company, NBC Universal, aiming to move the company's TV distribution strategy to the next generation.
Only 150 will be made, celebrating the 50-year association with the movie franchise, USA Today reports.
Discussing Disney's upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" and the impact to the stock, with Barton Crockett, FBR Capital Markets media analyst.
Disney is turning its launch of new "Star Wars" merchandise—3½ months before "The Force Awakens"—into a new kind of retail holiday.
Apple is expected to introduce a TV device with more capabilities as the company seeks a bigger presence in homes.
Digital production companies heading to TV for bigger ad budgets and larger audiences.
"Key & Peele" co-star Keegan-Michael Key, appeared at this year's White House Correspondent's dinner, and is now ending its Comedy Central TV hit sketch show to begin new endeavors.