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  • Screen Actors Guild

    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 Finalizes Split From Paramount Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 1:47 PM ET
    Steven Spielberg

    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

  • New Study: Bigger Movies Make Bigger Bucks Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 2:45 PM ET

    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.

  • Publishers Struggling in This Economy Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 5:28 PM ET

    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.

  • SAG Pushing For Actor's Strike In Hollywood? Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Screen Actors Guild

    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.

  • Alexander Ovechkin

    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.

  • Hollywood Studios And RealNetworks Trade Lawsuits Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 9:58 AM ET

    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.

  • Paramount Fills Spielberg Void with Marvel Superheroes Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | 6:38 PM ET

    Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio signed a deal Monday with Marvel Entertainment's Marvel Studios to distribute its next five films worldwide.

  • Disney And Its New Star-Studded, 3-D Lineup Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 2:05 PM ET

    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.

  • Beasley Continues With Adidas Story Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 11:12 PM ET

    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.

  • Wall Street Finance "Banking" On Hollywood? Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    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.

  • Spielberg, India's Reliance ADA In $1.2 Billion Deal Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 5:16 PM ET

    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.

  • Wall Street Crisis And The Cable "Connection" Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The volatility on Wall Street this week sent cable and satellite TV stocks down through the week, recovering a bit in Friday trading.

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    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 Crisis Reaches Madison Avenue And Hollywood Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 1:12 PM ET

    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.

  • Tyler Perry: His Money Machine Is At It Again Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    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.

  • NBC Universal Makes Big New Media Deals Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 | 9:07 AM ET
    NBC Universal

    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.

  • Branding Changing The Face Of Online Advertising Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 4:35 PM ET
    Seth MacFarlane

    It looks like a win-win-win: content creators get a new forum for their business, sponsors get to entertain their consumers, slipping in some positive associations with their brand, while Google gets to expand it's Ad Sense content network's reach and importance.

  • Microsoft Zune and Radio Broadcasters Team Up Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    Microsoft is trying to make gains against Apple's iPod, and the radio industry is trying to find new ways to boost listeners to help their bottom line. Voila: Microsoft and major radio broadcasters, including ClearChannel and CBS Radio, are working together to bring listening to the radio into the digital age.

  • Real DVD: Upload Movie Discs On Your Computer Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | 2:23 PM ET

    With this $50 software (the introductory rate is cheaper) users can upload unlimited DVDs onto one hard drive. This allows someone who's constantly on the go to load up all their favorite DVDs onto their laptop for entertainment on those long flights.



  • Creators of "The Lego Movie", Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, have joined forces with Fox 21 TV Studios, to option the rights to the Serial podcast.

  • Sept 30- MTV, the music and reality-TV focused television network owned by Viacom Inc, on Wednesday named veteran media executive Sean Atkins as its president. He also has executive experience at HBO and Yahoo Inc, MTV said. Viacom has been plagued by declining ratings for its youth-centric TV channels such as MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, and advertising revenue has...

  • Zoe Saldana

    New over-the-top service Go90 is slated to be a one-stop video shop for younger viewers.