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  • Viacom Earnings Beat Expectations But Raise Questions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 9:54 AM ET
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    Viacom's second quarter results beat Wall Street estimates-- coming in at 64 cents per share (for earnings from continuing operations) on revenue of $3.86 billion, compared to Thomson's projected earnings of 58 cents a share on $3.55 billion in revenue.

  • Viacom's Earnings: Spotlight Is On Cable Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 1:49 PM ET
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    The big question: in this economic environment can cable ad sales hold up? Pressure is on: In May, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman lowered the company's second quarter cable ad growth forecast to between three and four percent from its previous projection of seven percent

  • Shareholders Finally Approve Clear Channel's Sale Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 2:33 PM ET

    Thursday Clear Channel Communications shareholders voted to approve the company's sale to a group of private equity investors, led by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Friday the company said a quick tally of votes indicated that 97 percent of the shares voted were in favor of the transaction.

  • ComiCon: Not Just Funny Business Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 1:25 PM ET
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    Today I'm blogging from ComiCon, the 39th annual comic book convention; it's sold out and tickets are being scalped online for over 400 dollars. This year 125,000 fans are expected to hit the San Diego Convention Center for four days of fanboy heaven.

  • With the advertising industry feeling the crunch of the economic downturn and with more demands for accountability, there's no question that digital advertising is where money is going.

  • Merck And "Sex and the City" Strategy: Did It Work? Tuesday, 22 Jul 2008 | 2:38 PM ET
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    Recently I blogged about Merck advertising its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to a captive audience during trailers for the "Sex and the City" movie.

  • This morning at the Fortune Brainstorm conference Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg took the stage to be interviewed by Fortune Magazine Managing Editor Andy Serwer.

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    This is all great news for Warner Bros. and its parent company Time Warner. The studio faltered with high-budget "Speed Racer," which bombed at the box office. It bounced back with megahit "Sex and the City", which exceeded all expectations.

  • The Ultimate Proof Sony Is Winning Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | 9:41 AM ET
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    Forget the analysts. Forget the NPD sales figures. Forget the CEO’s. I live with the ultimate expert on the video game industry—my 16-year-old son. He not only plays video games, he watches every show about them on G4, he participates in chat rooms about them on the internet, he competes in a variety of games on a variety of platforms.

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    The movie's Friday haul surpassed the previous record of $59.8 million set last year by "Spider-Man 3." "The Dark Knight" also might break the opening weekend record of $151.1 million posted by "Spider-Man 3."

  • Mamma Mia! A Hit Before It Even Opens Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 2:05 PM ET
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    Right now there are nine stage productions all around the world. Add the fact that Abba songs are insanely catchy, and that gives you a significant fan base and tons of free advertising for the Universal Pictures Musical.

  • "The Dark Knight": Just How Big A Movie Will It Be? Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 8:47 AM ET
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    This weekend the Warner Bros. flick will be in over 4,300 screens in North America, a record. There's no question "The Dark Knight will be huge." Reviews have been rave, and I can attest, it lives up to the hype. And sad as it is to say it, the untimely death of Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker brilliantly, has only generated more intrigue around the film.

  • Hollywood (Paramount For One) Is Feeling Credit Crunch Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 5:02 PM ET
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    Deutsche Bank's $450 million film financing deal with Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom is falling through. The financing deal was meant to pay for up to 30 films, with Deutsche Bank proviing a 25 percent equity stake in each movie

  • Home Video Business Doing Well Enough These Days Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
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    Forget about that doom and gloom scenario. At least the home video business is holding its own. Despite the economic downturn, the high price of gas, tighter consumer spending, and the new competition of digital distribution, DVD and Blu-ray disc sales are surprisingly strong.

  • Jolie-Pitt Have Record Breaking Celeb Photo Sale Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 4:56 PM ET

    An unnamed American publication paid for the pics, and the pay out isn't going into the Jolie-Pitt family's bank account; they're donating it to their favorite charity. While the publishing industry is suffering, the celebrity magazine business is booming.

  • Sun Valley Business And Pleasure Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 9:47 AM ET

    There's no talk of concrete deals at the Allen & Co. conference this year, but the big names continue to circulate and talk intently over meals and cocktails. The spotlight is on the Yahoo crew, everyone wondering who they're talking to, and what that could mean about the fate of the company.

  • DreamWorks Animation, Intel Team Up For Digital 3D Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 9:05 AM ET

    This new alliance aims to give both companies an advantage as the technology gains a foothold (and theaters). DWA will use Intel technology to speed up its production process and to evolve the strategies they employ to craft the digital images.

  • Google's Team Opens Up in Sun Valley Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 12:37 AM ET
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    Google CEO Eric Schmidt, along with co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin sat down to talk to journalists at the Allen and Co. conference in Sun Valley for an hour and fifteen minute no-holds barred question and answer session.

  • Sun Valley Style Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 11:08 AM ET

    When media moguls and tech startup CEOs gather for casual, culture-clashing sessions in Sun Valley, I can't help but marvel at the remarkable mix of styles. There's nothing like catching a CEO who feels safe in his pin stripes awkwardly sporting bermuda shorts.

  • Sun Valley Buzz Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    The tech titans and media moguls schmoozed and chatted through the first full day of meetings at the Allen + Co. Conference. It was a quiet day in terms of deal buzz; perhaps largely because the Yahoo folks haven't arrived yet.

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