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  • Magazines

    A key sign of relief for the struggling magazine industry: monthly ad sales for August magazines jumped 10 percent. Media Industry Newsletter just reported this jump in ad pages at monthly magazines — the first month of 10 percent year-over-year growth in nearly six years.

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    Cable companies and content providers have repeatedly battled over fees, with channels getting temporarily yanked from the air during negotiations. Today 31 video distributors are partnering to form the "American Television Alliance," to address the rules governing broadcast signals and the threat of blackouts. The group says it aims to "protect consumers in today's changing TV environment" — to keep their favorite shows from being collateral damage of negotiations, as when Disney pulled ABC off Cablevision's air right before the Oscars.

  • Mel Gibson

    Looks like Mel Gibson is starring in "Lethal Weapon 5: The Mouth that Roared". Gibson's career was already on the ropes after his drunken, anti-Semitic rant during a DUI arrest in 2006. It appears, however, that he is an equal opportunity bigot. Can his career be saved?

  • Eric Schmidt

    Each of the executives we've spoken to this week has expressed some concern about the economy or deficit. But three big thinkers in the web space — Google's Eric Schmidt, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and venture investor Marc Andreesen — are taking a different, more pro-active approach to the issues.

  • The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is the  of media moguls.From television and film to video games and the Internet, industry leaders mark their calendars for this event.  They meet and greet, eat and drink, and most importantly, discuss deals.Disney's acquisition of Cap Cities/ABC, the AOL-Time Warner merger, and Comcast's pending purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal from General Electric (CNBC's parent company) all were hatched, encouraged, or negotiated during secret meetin

    The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is the biggest annual gathering of media moguls. See some of this year's Sun Valley power players.

  • Eric Schmidt

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt repeatedly emphasized to me in conversations at the Allen & Co. Conference in Sun Valley that he does not see the world as a zero-sum game. And he sees partnership opportunities even from perceived rivals.

  • Sun Valley, Idaho

    In their own 'Private Idaho', the media moguls gathered here in Sun Valley attending the Allen & Co conference are on their own discovery and having plenty to say about the economy and government regulation and what it all means for the future of their industry.

  • John Malone

    Liberty Media Group Chairman John Malone is "quite concerned" about a lot of things ... even here in Sun Valley, where he and other media bigwigs are hobnobbing at the Allen & Co. confab.

  • Linked In

    Reid Hoffman, best known as LinkedIn's Chairman, is behind more social media companies than perhaps any other attendee at the Allen & Co. conference.

  • Sun Valley, Idaho

    We caught KKR's Henry Kravis, American Express CEO Ken Chenault, News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, IAC's Barry Diller and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg heading in for today's first panel on "The Future of Entertainment in the Digital Age."

  • Sun Valley, Idaho

    The G4s are landing in Idaho and the Sun Valley resort is rolling out the red carpet for the biggest names in media, technology and private equity. Boutique investment bank Allen & Co is readying for its annual conference, nicknamed "summer camp for moguls." Media and tech titans and the private equity players drawn to them will arrive this afternoon for a week of activities and networking.

  • Gordon Gekko from Wall Street

    Was the Wall Street character right? Does greed work? Share your opinion.

  • Apple's iAd Network

    Apple's new iAd platform debuts today, but without any of the flash or excitement of Apple's gadget debuts.

  • Edward and Bella from Twilight Eclipse.

    Screenings at more than 4,000 theaters in North America brought in $30 million, beating the prior Twilight sequel's opening night.

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    This action is part of an anti-piracy initiative targeting Internet counterfeiting and piracy "Operation In Our Sites" that ICE and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday.

  • Today's six stocks worth watching.

  • Hulu Plus on an iPad

    Hulu's long-awaited premium service "Hulu Plus" just went live. The premium, HD service is available on the iPhone, iPad, and even certain TVs and costs $9.99 a month.

  • Hollywood sign

    Dead in the water: box office futures trading, years in the making, won't even launch. That's what Cantor Exchange is saying after securing approval from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission for its box office revenue derivatives.

  • Twilight Eclipse

    Twilight Saga: Eclipse is on track for a huge opening Wednesday, and along with Summit, the studio behind the series, a slew of marketing partners are hoping their investment in the movie pays off.

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    Lionsgate stock gained 3.9 percent today as it was added to the Russell 2000 index, effective as of the end of trading. The company's shares finished the week at $7.27, which is notable, considering that Carl Icahn's tender offer is priced at $7 a share. Icahn controls 31.8 percent of shares (as of his tender deadline last Wednesday).

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