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July 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc. said it withstood a weak U.S. advertising market in the second quarter with a strong film slate led by "Iron Man" and strong sales of the Rock Band video game. Revenue climbed 21% to $3.86 billion, topping analyst estimates, as New York-based Viacom's movie business surged 35% to $1.77 billion. Three films -- Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as "Kung Fu Panda," which Paramount distributed for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. -- have grossed $837 million at the domestic box office.
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BUSINESS
May 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A $1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit challenging YouTube's ability to keep copyrighted material off its popular video-sharing Internet website threatens how hundreds of millions of people exchange all kinds of information, YouTube owner Google Inc. said. Google's lawyers made the claim in papers filed in U.S. District Court in New York as the company responded to Viacom Inc.'s latest lawsuit alleging that the Internet has led to "an explosion of copyright infringement" by YouTube and others.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. won the right to deliver advertising on Viacom Inc.'s network of websites for the next five years Wednesday, the latest in a series of deals demonstrating the software titan's willingness to spend heavily to establish itself as a major player in online ads. The alliance announced Wednesday gave Microsoft a big partner in trying to catch up to Google Inc., the top broker of Internet advertising. Microsoft will displace DoubleClick Inc. in showing ads to Web surfers visiting MTV.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2007 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it's also taking lessons from the online video service. In the ongoing quest to make Internet popularity pay, Viacom's Comedy Central channel today will unveil a website for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" that's designed to satisfy the most avid fans of the mock-news show with oceans of free video clips.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. head Jeffrey Katzenberg said Wednesday that Viacom Inc. shouldn't be nonchalant about the possibility of losing Steven Spielberg from its Paramount Pictures studio. The warning came a day after Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said his company was planning for Spielberg's possible departure next year amid reports that the Academy Award-winning director was unhappy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Media conglomerate Viacom Inc., which owns BET and MTV, announced a donation Tuesday valued at $1.5 million to help build a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. Viacom pledged $1 million in cash plus promotions for the memorial that will include public service announcements across the company's networks and its billboards in New York's Times Square, Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2007 | From Reuters
Viacom Inc. posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit Thursday, boosted by DVD sales and the box-office hit "Shrek the Third," sending shares up 4%. Executives at the New York-based owner of MTV Networks, Paramount movie studios and the Nickelodeon cable channels also expected U.S. cable network advertising to improve in the third quarter, from a 4% gain in the second quarter. Viacom's second-quarter profit fell less than 1% to $434 million from $437.3 million a year earlier.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2007 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
A Massachusetts state judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought against Viacom Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Sumner Redstone by his nephew, ruling that the plaintiff's allegation that he was defrauded by his uncle "arrived more than two decades too late." Michael Redstone, 50, claimed that he and his late sister, Ruth Ann, were cheated out of their shares of the Redstone family business in two stock sales his uncle engineered in 1972 and 1984.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2007 | Claudia Eller and Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writers
The conflict between media mogul Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari, broke into open warfare Friday when he publicly disparaged her as having made "little or no contribution" to the entertainment empire he built, which includes Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Redstone's comments, in a letter to Forbes magazine, and a subsequent statement issued on behalf of his daughter provide new insights into the mounting family feud over control of the media empire.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s BET Networks named Scott Mills president and chief operating officer. Mills, who joined BET in 1997, most recently served as chief financial officer and head of digital media. Michael Pickrum was named to replace him as CFO and Denmark West will become head of digital media, according to a company statement. The network is pushing for growth in its digital businesses, including websites and the sale of shows over mobile devices. Mills helped create BET Mobile.
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