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BUSINESS
August 13, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a bid to vastly expand its Internet business and tap into the craze on Wall Street for Internet stocks, Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. is expected to announce plans today to merge the online ticketing arm of its Ticketmaster Group with CitySearch, a Pasadena-based company that creates online city guides.
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2000 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA Networks said Tuesday that it will combine its Ticketmaster Corp. unit with its Internet cousin Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch in a deal that underscores the increasing overlap between online businesses and their real-world counterparts. Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster Online were split in August 1998, when investors were clamoring for "dot-com" stocks and companies were anxiously spinning off their Internet operations to cash in on the frenzy.
NEWS
May 11, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA Networks Inc., facing resistance from shareholders of Lycos Inc., is preparing to abandon its plan to purchase the nation's third-ranked Internet search service, executives close to the company confirmed Monday. The proposed $21.5-billion merger has been closely watched since it was announced in February because it is one of the first to challenge the highflying values of the Internet sector.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1993 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Both scenes are set in a steamy locker room. In one version, a woman drops her dress and exposes her naked body as she and her equally naked lover writhe on a bench. In the other version, the camera angle changes after she reaches for her dress; all that can be seen of the lovers is a grainy close-up of their faces. Same show, different TV channels.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
USA Network has come a long way, slowly, from the days when its main contribution to the culture was "Night Flight," an omnibus of music videos, reruns and camp ephemera that kept insomniac kids company back in the 1990s. Now it is the network that "Monk" made, with a small but strong-for-its-size roster of comicdramas that play nice turns on the old big genres — cops and spies and lawyers and doctors: "In Plain Sight," "Burn Notice," "White Collar," "Psych," "Fairly Legal," "Royal Pains.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCA Inc. and Viacom Inc. terminated settlement talks Friday over the control of USA Network and will head back to Delaware Chancery Court on Monday to resolve their legal dispute. Neither party provided details on why negotiations broke down, but sources close to the situation said tax issues could not be resolved. After five days in court, the trial was postponed last Monday so the parties could negotiate a settlement. Under its terms, Viacom would have paid $1.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Just when you thought bromance was dead, here comes "White Collar," a crime drama premiering on USA tonight that lifts the genre to a new and dazzling level. Sparkling, snappy, bursting with energy and good clean heist fun, the first episode of "White Collar" may, in fact, be the most perfect pilot to air in a long, long time. Sure, there are shameless echoes of "It Takes a Thief," the show that launched Robert Wagner's television career, but who cares? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and "White Collar's" creator, Jeff Easton, promises only improvement, and with a pitch-perfect cast that comes together to create that cinematic Holy Grail: chemistry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having dropped off NBC's radar screen two years ago, the naval drama "JAG" has resurfaced to become a consistent Tuesday night performer for CBS--a turnaround that demonstrates how a show canceled by one network can sometimes thrive on another. The ratings for "JAG" have been anything but staggering, but the show has been steadily building, even winning its time period several times in March and April.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Matt Nix always thought he'd be a screenwriter. But after spending nearly a decade doing adaptations and rewrites for film projects that fell apart just before a studio gave them the greenlight, he found himself at a crossroads. "I realized I could waste my whole career writing things no one would ever make," he told me over lunch the other day. His agent encouraged him to try television. Nix lucked out with the first pilot he penned, "Burn Notice. "Now in its sixth year on the USA Network, the Miami-based adventure series about a former covert-ops agent trying to discover who blacklisted him is a powerhouse, routinely turning up as the top-rated Thursday night cable TV show.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vivendi Universal Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier said Tuesday that he is in serious talks with Hollywood mogul Barry Diller to buy USA Networks' entertainment division. For Vivendi, the world's second-largest media company, the move is an attempt to mollify U.S. analysts and investors who have faulted the company for its lack of a U.S. outlet for the company's movie and television properties.
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