January 29, 2010 |
Cable giant Comcast Corp., in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission seeking regulatory approval of its $30-billion deal to take control of General Electric's NBC Universal, said it didn't expect the transaction to significantly change the media landscape. The 145-page document accompanying a joint request by the companies to transfer control of NBC's TV station licenses, argued that there was "no plausible basis for claims that the proposed venture will have anti-competitive effects."
December 4, 2009 |
The proposed marriage of Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable and broadband provider, with NBC Universal, a Hollywood powerhouse, presents the Obama administration with its first big chance to weigh in on the controversial issue of media consolidation. The deal, announced with fanfare Thursday at NBC Universal's Rockefeller Center headquarters in midtown Manhattan, had politicians and consumer activists calling for an intense review in light of the perceived market domination the new entity would enjoy when it comes to ownership and distribution of movies, TV shows and cable networks that get piped into the home.
July 28, 2009 |
Barry Diller, who warned last week at a media industry conference that the transition from old media to new media would be "bloody," is turning to Ben Silverman for help with triage.
June 15, 2009 |
In 2006, Shane Felux was on a makeshift set near his home in northern Virginia producing a Web video when he received an out-of-the-blue phone call from Barry Jossen, who was then executive vice president of production for Disney's ABC Studios.
June 4, 2009 |
The California Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over how to handle a $15.6-million jury verdict won by a model who discovered his face on a jar of Taster's Choice coffee. The case is being closely watched by the entertainment and media industries. The Motion Picture Assn. of America and the Los Angeles Times have sided with Nestle USA Inc.
May 7, 2009 |
Finishing up a dismal earnings season for media companies, News Corp. reported a 70% drop in net income and a 16% decline in revenue last quarter, with its broadcast TV, newspapers and MySpace divisions leading the way down and only its cable unit bucking the trend. Rupert Murdoch's media empire earned $300 million, excluding one-time events, on $7.38 billion in revenue. The numbers were a bit below analysts' estimates, but investors seemed pleased that News Corp.
March 17, 2009 |
Visitors to Austin's South by Southwest conference arrived Friday to a sky like a wet blanket. A cold, wet blanket. We traipsed our way from panel to panel, grumbling from beneath convenience-store umbrellas, wondering about the possibilities for eating barbecue in a rainstorm. In the same kind of way, discussion at the new media portion of this year's conference was shot through with a chilly strain of winter.
March 1, 2009 |
As the goods in our daily lives transform from analog to digital, it's hard not to wonder: Where did all our stuff go? We take photos, but the leather albums remain empty. The music collection bulges but requires no space next to the stereo. When "War and Peace" lives on electronic reading devices, it can no longer serve as a doorstop or a sign of being well-read.
November 11, 2008 |
Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other media properties as well as the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, said Monday that it lost $121.6 million in the third quarter as newspaper advertising revenue fell. The privately held company's net income a year earlier was $152.8 million. Revenue fell 10.5% to $1.04 billion from $1.16 billion, the company said.
August 11, 2008 |
It wasn't so long ago that Tina Brown and Bonnie Fuller were busy transforming entire magazine genres. They lived on opposite ends of the taste spectrum -- Brown edited Vanity Fair and the New Yorker; Fuller revamped Glamour, then reinvented the celebrity gossip concept at Us Weekly and later Star -- but the two had a similar formula: a willingness to throw out the old model, a feel for where the culture was heading and a forward-driving tenacity that...