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  • 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.

  • AFTRA Actors Approve Contract: What's Next For SAG? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:37 AM ET

    While the media moguls are schmoozing in Sun Valley, all those actors who get your favorite shows on the air have been duking it out over their contract with the producers association, the AMPTP.

  • This event has sparked some of the biggest media deals, from Google's acquisition of YouTube to the Disney-CapCities merger in 1996. This year there's no avoiding the fact that the economy is in a downturn and the credit markets are tight, but it's not keeping the big names from rolling in.

  • 10 Highest Grossing 4th of July Weekend Movie Openings Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:38 AM ET
    The Macy’s fireworks spectacle is a show not to miss, but so are the movies that have opened on the Independence Day holiday weekend.  According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

    According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

  • Media Stocks Get "New" Label: Negative Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 9:23 AM ET
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    Lehman Brothers analyst Anthony DiClemente returned from July 4 weekend with a negative outlook on the media giants, downgrading the entire sector to negative. DiClemente is concerned that digital distribution changes will "disrupt the core economic models of the majority of film and TV content."

Entertainment

  • Jac Jagaciak

    One of Victoria's Secret's newest "angels," Monika "Jac" Jagaciak, talks about what it's like to be a lingerie model and her craziest shoot.

  • Candy Crush

    Mobile games are seeing huge numbers, like "Game of War," "Candy Crush" and "Big Fish Casino," according to data from NPD group.

  • hitchBOT

    A friendly robot built to study whether machines could trust humans managed to hike across Canada - only to be trashed when it got to U.S.

Television

  • AT&T bundles TV, wireless

    AT&T is rolling out a new all-in-one TV and wireless phone bundle. CNBC's Jon Fortt, and Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America, provide perspective.

  • WASHINGTON— Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. "After law school she could have gone to a big firm but instead went to work for the Children's Defense Fund. In Arkansas, she fought for...

  • NEW YORK— AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new package the company is offering after its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV 10 days ago. But Monday's announcement is "the first step of what's to come," said Brad Bentley, AT&T's chief marketing officer for entertainment and...