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Directv Gets Into The Movie Business

It may be less costly for DirecTV to finance its own movies than buy the rights to them from the studios. At any rate, that may well be the thinking behind the satellite company's announcement...

Winfrey's Cable Network Buys Movie In Which She Stars

The power of Oprah Winfrey to bring films before the general public that might otherwise have wound up with a short art-house run was demonstrated again on Thursday with the announcement that her OWN cable...

Fox To Air Gotham -- Minus Batman

The Fox TV network is getting into the thriving superhero business -- sort of. It announced on Tuesday that it had won the bidding for Gotham, to be produced by Warner Bros. TV, which owns...

Dish Director Resigns Over Ergen's Alleged Conflict Of Interest

An eight-year member of DISH network's board of directors resigned over the manner in which a bid for the bankrupt telecommunications company LighSquared was handled -- a bid that, if accepted, could result in millions...

Cbs Eye Is Now Wide Open On Time Warner Cable

CBS programming returned to Time Warner Cable systems at 6:00 p.m. Monday night for the first time since a carriage dispute blacked out the network on Aug. 2. The wrangle had prevented CBS programming from...

Penske Doesn't Buy Newsweek

Despite reports that a sale of Newsweek by Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive to Penske Media, owner of Deadline.com and Variety, was all but a done deal, it was announced on Saturday that IBT Media, publisher of...

Ny Times Data Wiz Silver Jumping To Espn/abc

Nate Silver, the data analyst who predicted with astonishing accuracy the outcome of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections for the New York Times, has been persuaded to jump ship and join ESPN/ABC, where he...

Legendary Entertainment Jumps Ship To Nbc Universal

In the wake of that shakeup at Warner Bros. that saw Bruce Rosenblum step down as president of Warner Bros. Television Group to become president of Legendary Entertainment's TV and digital media division, it was...

Nbc Nabs The Bible Away From History Channel

It's rare, if not unprecedented, for the second season of a TV series that began on cable to move to broadcast television. But The Bible, which NBC announced on Monday that it had picked up...

Tribune Now Nation's Biggest Tv Owner

Fresh out of bankruptcy, Tribune Co. announced today (Monday) that it has paid $2.7 billion in cash for 19 TV stations owned by Local TV, which in turn is owned by private equity firm Oak...

Netflix Buys More Originals -- This Time From Dreamworks Animation

In what appears to be an accelerating race among video streaming service to see who can offer the most original programs, Netflix announced today (Monday) that it had signed a mult-year deal with DreamWorks Animation...

Another Media Consolidation -- Young Broadcasting & Media General

In an all-stock deal, Media General and Young Broadcasting have agreed to merge. With Media General's 18 stations, and Young's 12, the combined company, which will be called Media General, will own 30 stations in...

Verizon Bets People Will Watch Football On Their Phones

There may be precious little evidence that consumers are interested in watching more than a few minutes of video at a time on their mobile phones, but Verizon Wireless apparently feels that live sports could...

Cw Network To Make All Shows Available On Apple Tv

Consumers who have purchased an Apple TV settop box will soon be able to connect to their favorite CW Network shows via an onscreen app. CNET quoted a CW spokesperson as saying, We can confirm...

British Studio To Expand To Atlanta

Pinewood Shepperton Studios, which has successfully lured many of Hollywood's blockbuster productions to its massive studio facilities in Britain, announced today (Monday) that it plans to expand onto U.S. soil by forming a partnership with...

Disney: There'll Be A Star Wars Movie Released Yearly

To those who may have wondered how Disney ever hoped to recoup the $4.05 billion that it paid to acquire Lucasfilm -- let alone make a profit on the deal -- Disney Studios Chairman Alan...

It Lost Aol. Will Time Warner Now Lose Time In Its Name?

Time Warner may follow the example of News Corp and separate its publishing unit, Time Inc., from its other media holdings, published reports said on Wednesday. As first reported by Fortune magazine, a Time Inc....

Dreamworks Animation Turbocharges Its July Release

DreamWorks Animation will get double duty out of its forthcoming theatrical release Turbo, due out in July. On Tuesday, it announced that it will create an animated series for Netflix, Turbo: F.A.S.T., that will become...

Comcast Bags The Whole Peacock

Comcast has purchased from GE the 49 percent of NBCUniversal that it does not own, giving it full control of the media conglomerate that includes the NBC Television Network, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios theme parks...

Dish Using Ads For Hopper Dvr -- Which Skips Ads

DISH Network is using advertisements to tout its anti-advertisement technology, Auto Hop. The campaign features a demonstration of the new Hopper DVR with Sling that allows DISH's subscribers not only to watch programs they have...

Netflix Acquires Serialized Dramas From Warner Bros. Tv

Continuing to focus on television, rather than flix for its principal Internet streaming content, Netflix announced today that it had licensed several full seasons of serialized dramas produced by Warner Bros. TV. They include NBC's...

Twc Dumps Current Tv After Sale To Al-jazeera

Within hours of learning that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV, Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on the channel, replacing it with a message reading This channel is no longer available. The cable company...

Anne Curry To Replace Anderson Cooper At Cnn?

Incoming CNN chief Jeff Zucker would like to replace Anderson Cooper with Ann Curry and make Cooper a roving international correspondent, according to RadarOnline.com. However, it inidcated, he faces the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of Curry's...

Anne Curry To Replace Anderson Cooper At Cnn?

Incoming CNN chief Jeff Zucker would like to replace Anderson Cooper with Ann Curry and make Cooper a roving international correspondent, according to RadarOnline.com. However, it inidcated, he faces the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of Curry's...

Cbs Eyes Hulu

CBS is not going to become a fourth owner of Hulu, joining the parents of rival networks ABC, NBC, and Fox in the online video venture, but it has reached a non-exclusive agreement to license...

Cbs Eyes Hulu

CBS is not going to become a fourth owner of Hulu, joining the parents of rival networks ABC, NBC, and Fox in the online video venture, but it has reached a non-exclusive agreement to license...

Disney Buys Lucasfilm; Star Wars Saga To Resume

In an announcement that surprised -- if not astonished -- the movie industry, the Walt Disney Co. announced on Tuesday that it has acquired George Lucas's Lucasfilm LTD in a stock-and-cash deal worth $4.05 billion....

Disney Buys Lucasfilm; Star Wars Saga To Resume

In an announcement that surprised -- if not astonished -- the movie industry, the Walt Disney Co. announced on Tuesday that it has acquired George Lucas's Lucasfilm LTD in a stock-and-cash deal worth $4.05 billion....

Nbc To Push Soccer, Signs Deal With Premier League

Anticipating that soccer may at last be on the cusp of exponential popularity in the U.S., NBC Sports Group chairman announced over the weekend that the broadcaster had signed a deal for U.S. rights to...

Nbc To Push Soccer, Signs Deal With Premier League

Anticipating that soccer may at last be on the cusp of exponential popularity in the U.S., NBC Sports Group chairman announced over the weekend that the broadcaster had signed a deal for U.S. rights to...

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