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April 24, 2013 | By Jason Song
Goodbye Hogwarts, hello Universal Studios. After a bumpy 17-year process that once proposed developing thousands of homes on its famous Hollywood back lot, NBCUniversal won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a plan that lets it expand its Universal Studios theme park. And a Harry Potter attraction is coming with it. Company executives said the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which will feature a re-creation of the Hogwarts Castle and other locations from the books and movies, will bring droves of visitors to the park.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Like Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown just when he's about to kick it, the owners of Hulu have once again pulled the plug on selling the popular online site. Those lying flat on their back include satellite broadcaster DirecTV, cable operator Time Warner Cable and the Chernin Group, which was partnering with AT&T on a bid. This is the second time in less than two years that Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox have gone through an elaborate auction process to sell the site only to get cold feet . Hulu's third owner -- Comcast's NBCUniversal -- is a silent partner in the site.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications Commission has ruled in favor of Bloomberg Television in its bitter fight with Comcast Corp. over where its business channel was carried on the cable giant's systems. In a ruling issued by the agency's Media Bureau on Wednesday, the FCC agreed with Bloomberg that Comcast is required to place the business network in the same neighborhood as other news channels, particularly those owned by Comcast, including CNBC and MSNBC. "We agree with Bloomberg that the plain language of the condition suggests that the commission intended that the condition would apply to Comcast's existing channel lineups," the FCC said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
David Letterman isn't going away just yet. The CBS late-night host has extended his contract through 2015. His deal had been set to expire in 2014. In a statement, Letterman cracked that he had a conversation with CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and they both agreed that "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Letterman has been with CBS since 1993. Though he currently trails rival Jay Leno in the ratings, CBS is optimistic that will change when Leno steps down and is replaced by Jimmy Fallon early next year.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts has made a mission out of perfecting a new-generation remote control to help customers seamlessly find TV programs they want to watch. Now, Roberts is turning to Twitter to help him do just that. Comcast and Twitter on Wednesday announced they are teaming up to try to capitalize on the hundreds of thousands of conversations about TV shows that unfold each day on the popular micro-blogging site. The two companies have struck a strategic partnership to introduce a feature designed by Comcast engineers called "See It" that will connect consumers with TV shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After weeks of speculation, NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in the spring of 2014. As part of the switch from Leno to Fallon, “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank to New York City. Leno has served as host of “The Tonight Show” for more than two decades and has been in first place in the ratings during much of that run. Fallon, who hosts the show that currently follows Leno, recently signed a new deal with NBC. No replacement for Fallon has been named but there is talk that Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is the leading candidate.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
NBC has looked west for its next entertainment president - all the way west to Century City. The Comcast Corp.-owned network, in the midst of a top-to-bottom overhaul, has tapped longtime 20th Century Fox Television executive Jennifer Salke as president of NBC Entertainment. As a studio executive, Salke helped develop the hits "Modern Family" and "Glee. " Salke is close friends with Bob Greenblatt, who took over the network this year as chairman after cable giant Comcast purchased NBCUniversal from General Electric Co. Greenblatt is charged with reversing years of market-share losses and restoring the fabled network's programming luster.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Despite the PR pitch by Time Warner Cable and Comcast explaining why their $45-billion merger is good for you, the consumer -- More innovation! Faster broadband! Better service! -- one of the real driving factors in the deal emerged in a regulatory filing by Comcast on Thursday: Time Warner Cable's CEO, Robert Marcus, stands to walk away with $80 million if the merger closes. That's what Marcus will receive in salary, bonus and stock as a "golden parachute," assuming he moves on as a result of the change in control.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before rooting for the Tigers to beat the A's.  The Skinny: How do the St. Louis Cardinals do it? Every year they are in the running. That is some smart management and the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them. Thursday's headlines include a deal between Comcast and Twitter, clouds over Katie Couric's daytime show and CBS overhauls its struggling Monday night lineup. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Communications is in another spat with a broadcaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Potential suitors for the Tennis Channel might want to wait and see what the referees have to say about the cable network's serve before making any deals.  Speculation is again heating up that the Tennis Channel, owned by several private equity firms including Apollo Partners and Bain Capital, may be on the block. Last week, the New York Post reported that Al Jazeera Media Networks is interested in the network. People close to the Tennis Channel and Al Jazeera downplayed that story.
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