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  • 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.

  • Serena Williams

    Last night, Serena Williams won the U.S. Open title with a victory over Jelena Jankovic. With that, most Americans will now forget about watching tennis for another three months. But when women's tennis comes back in 2009, WTA CEO Larry Scott is changing up a whole lot of things.

  • Michael Moore

    Moore has an agenda; to convince non-voting "slackers" to head to the polls this election. And he has some support, the download distributed by Brave New Films, the production company run by political activist Robert Greenwald.

  • Gillette Stadium

    Today, we were live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with Patriots owner Bob Kraft co-hosting the show. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stopped by to talk about the state of the league.

  • Abu Dhabi Going Hollywood Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    Whip out the red carpet for Big Oil: Abu Dhabi is heading to Tinseltown. Wednesday the Emirate announced big plans to invest $1 billion in movies and new media.

  • Abu Dhabi Puts More Cash on the Line in Hollywood Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    Last September, Abu Dhabi Media Company, an arm of the government in the city-state capitol of the United Arab Emirates, reached a $1 billion deal to make movies and video games with Warner Brothers, the big Hollywood studio owned by Time Warner. A year later, the two partners have announced just one movie, but that has not stopped Abu Dhabi Media from spreading even more money around the movie busines, says the New York Times.

  • '90210' Returns: My CW CEO Interview Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 1:04 PM ET
    The new 90210

    The zip code that launched a zeitgeist and defined a generation of TV-watchers is returning to the air waves. On Tuesday September 2, the CW Network is launching a new version of the hit "Beverly Hills 90210" that ran for 10 seasons on News Corp.'s Fox. I interviewed Dawn Ostroff, the CEO of the CW, about the network's decision to resurrect the concept.

  • LPGA English Issue: Readers Respond Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 5:31 PM ET

    There's been plenty of reaction to the LPGA's English mandate that I wrote about yesterday. Here are some of the comments I received from my readers...

  • Schwarzenegger's Plan to Jumpstart Hollywood Spending Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 6:07 PM ET

    You'd think the streets of Los Angeles would be constantly buzzing with movie shoots. But right now, there's only one major film shooting in the City of Angels. Compare that to the seven films shooting last August. What's to blame?

  • The Olympics Final Gold Goes to NBC Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 12:19 PM ET

    CNBC's parent company NBC Universal did quite well with the Olympics. More than 211 million Americans watched the games -- that's more than 70 percent of the country -- making them the most-watched ever, beating the 209 million viewers who watched the 1996 Atlanta games.

  • The Presidential Candidates and their Star Power Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 11:12 AM ET
    John Mccain on The Jay Leno Show

    Barack Obama is at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with a cadre of celebrity supporters from Jennifer Lopez to Kanye West scheduled to make appearances around town. Meanwhile, John McCain is drumming up star power of his own. How does this all add up?

  • Can This Startup Turn Politics into Profits? Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 4:30 PM ET

    Barack Obama and John McCain are about to accept the formal nominations at their respective conventions. But they didn't do it on their own -- they had the help of a startup called Eventful.com.



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    Many outlets rely on snackable clips to build brand affinity. But some argue it takes away opportunities to make money.

  • Indian film company takes on streaming

    Indian motion picture production and distribution company Eros' founder and Chairman Kishore Lulla, discusses the strategy behind streaming and music service Eros Now.

  • Face of TV 'almost too good': Barry Diller

    David Zaslav, Discovery Communications CEO; Barry Diller, IAC/InterActiveCorp and Expedia, Inc. Chairman and Senior Executive; and Les Moonves, CBS chairman & CEO, weigh in on the relationship between content and distribution providers