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  • SAG And AMPTP To Meet: Strike PR Battle Begins Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 4:19 PM ET
    Screen Actors Guild

    Today at 2 pm pacific the Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP (the producers association) are meeting to discuss the "Last Best Offer" the AMPTP made hours before SAG's contract expired at 12:01 Tuesday morning.

  • Nike “Air McFlys” Finally Hit Store Shelves Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 10:23 AM ET
    Nike Hyperdunk sneaker

    The “Back to the Future” movie franchise, which produced three movies from 1985 to 1990, generated an impressive $935 million in gross box office receipts. Nike will be releasing their new Hyperdunk in a teal version to make it look like the “Air McFlys.” Shoe collector shop Undefeated in Santa Monica will get first dibs as they’ll sell less than 100 pairs today.

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    Hollywood is looking at another intense third act; the tough guys are pulling out the big guns. The Screen Actors Guild is the last of the entertainment industry's guilds to renegotiate its contract, and let's just say, it's not looking like a fairytale ending.

  • Hollywood

    On the heels of the writers' guild strike that cost the Los Angeles economy billions, the last thing Hollywood needs is another strike, especially an actors strike that could really cripple an industry already going through too much turmoil.

  • Sony's Latest "Play" For Your Living Room Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 12:32 PM ET
    Sony CEO Howard Stringer

    Sony's CEO Howard Stringer has unveiled the company's three year plan and one key to its growth strategy is a new video service called the PlayStation Network. Stringer said at a news conference: "Our mission is simply to be the leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment."

  • Morgan Fairchild sent me an email on yesterday's post about the SAG/AFTRA infighting: "Thanks for pointing out the insanity of what’s going on with these unions. And please vote for the AFTRA contract...BTW, I’m not a liberal, I’m a moderate, especially by Hollywood standards."

  • Why Media Stocks Look So Ugly Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    Media stocks have tanked. A chart of the media conglomerates performance over the past 12 months is flat-out ugly. They're all in the red, and all but Disney have underperformed the Dow, and it's still down about five percent over the past 12 months.

  • Newspapers' Record-Breaking Bad News Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 8:19 PM ET

    Newspapers are breaking records -- and it's not a good thing. A double-digit drop in newspaper ad revenue, the third consecutive year of declines, and record margin contraction makes this the industry's worst year ever. The newspaper industry's ad revenue is down 12 percent this year, on top of last year's already dismal 8 percent drop.

  • Ed Asner, Sandra Oh, 'Seinfeld' -- & ME Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:12 PM ET
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    One week until the SAG contract expires, and a deal appears highly unlikely. This as the Screen Actors Guild celebrates 75 years of butting heads with the studios. But Tom Hanks is among those actors telling SAG to butt out of another union’s contract offer...

  • Bollywood-Hollywood Crossover Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
    Bollywood

    The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.

  • Why I Ended Up Bailing on Trains Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    Los Angeles has a beautiful train station ... pity it lacks a key modern touch.

  • Disney Launches Its Latest Tween TV Movie Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
    Disney

    Yesterday afternoon I flying back from a shoot, seated next to a girl who seemed about ten, who spent the flight pouring over tween magazine articles about the Jonas Brothers.

  • Apple, Google, RIM, Amazon Starting To Shine Again Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    Tech Shines

    Wall Street can be a fickle place, and as investors wonder where they ought to park their money while they ride out the economic volatility gripping the country right now, they may want to harken back to some oldies but goodies: Apple Inc., Google, Research in Motion and Amazon.

  • Spielberg And Co. Look To India To Finance Next Move Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

    DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen are looking for their next move, and India may play a starring role. Their deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures expires at the end of this year, and Hollywood has been buzzing about conflict between the famous director and Viacom's top brass.

  • Disney's New Toy Story Ride Ready To Amuse Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    Toy Story Ride

    I'm writing from Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim California, where the Toy Story Mania attraction just opened. The same ride is also opening today in Orlando at Disney Hollywood Studios.

  • Scripps Too Finds Breaking Up Is Easy To Do In Cable Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 2:35 PM ET
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    The SEC just approved the plan to split the company's fast and slow growing divisions. A common strategy in this media landscape where old media seems slow and archaic compared to dynamic web-fueled growth.

  • Disney's Retail Business Booms Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET
    Bell

    Retail sales of licensed Disney merchandise is expected to break records and top $30 billion in global retail sales, up from $27 billion last year, and up from $13 billion just five years before that.

  • Steven Spielberg

    The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).

  • Network Upfronts Wrap Up--TV Ad Market Not So Grim? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
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    A big surprise considering the economic downturn and the challenges and new competition network TV faces. The broadcast networks are bringing in about $9.2 billion for their primetime lineups, up slightly from last year, while analysts expected total sales to be flat to down.

  • Viral Video: Is Disgruntled Office Guy Real? Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)

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  • NEW YORK— AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago. The package announced Monday largely amounts to a $10- a-month discount for getting TV and wireless services at any level on the same bill.

  • Aug 3- The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc said it will bundle its wireless service with DirecTV's pay-TV offerings after the $48.5 billion deal was approved last month. The newly expanded AT&T leapfrogs the biggest U.S. cable company Comcast Corp Corp.. The company said it would serve more than 55 million customers in the United States, Latin America and the...

  • AT&T and DirecTV

    After merging with DirecTV, AT&T is offering bundled wireless and television services to consumers.