from Breakingviews:

Déjà vu all over again for Comcast and NBC

October 1, 2009

There's a strong sense of déjà vu about the U.S. entertainment industry. Six years after NBC and Vivendi merged their US media assets, the two companies are at the centre of renewed speculation.

from MediaFile:

NBC, News Corp practice Olympic hedging

September 16, 2009

Big media executives are developing a new Olympic sport -- hedging. Two of the best contenders are NBC-Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.

from MediaFile:

Time to determine how the media biz is faring

July 17, 2009

Media companies report their quarterly results during the next few weeks, time that should help us determine the state of advertising. Has it stabilized? Is it growing? Or is spending still trending down?

from MediaFile:

Sun Valley: When will YouTube make a profit?

July 10, 2009

That question has got louder and louder from investors and Wall Street analysts concerned that YouTube owner Google is racking huge profit-hindering costs to be the free online video platform for the world. It seems Google's top guys don't know the answer either -- or if they do, they're choosing not to share it with reporters on Thursday.

from MediaFile:

CBS chief digging Leno’s move to primetime

May 7, 2009

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves doesn't sound particularly worried about NBC's decision to put Jay Leno in the 10:00 pm timeslot five nights a week. In fact, he sounds a bit giddy about the whole thing.

from MediaFile:

NBC says upfront market too tough to call

May 4, 2009

Las Vegas should have a line on the upfront market, particularly this year. What's the over/under on total dollars? What are the odds the networks will hold back big chunks of inventory? How quickly will everything be decided?

from MediaFile:

NBC Universal’s Zucker: Olympics still a winner

May 1, 2009

News broke this week that Anheuser-Busch has told NBC that the brewer will spend only about half as much on advertising packages during the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and 2012 Summer Games in London, compared to previous years.

from MediaFile:

Bravo back with more housewives, fashionistas, crazies

April 14, 2009

Bravo unveiled its new TV lineup at its upfront breakfast on Tuesday-- and it's chock full of more of those grating characters and train-wreck scenarios that have proved so successful for the cable network.

from MediaFile:

Now showing: The cable show

March 31, 2009

The big story in the media for the rest of the week is the annual National Cable Telecommunications Association Show, or "the cable show," as its commonly called.

from MediaFile:

Twitter invites all shades of green

March 26, 2009

Twitter is now free for all, but it may not be for much longer. According to co-founder Biz Stone, the micro-blogging site plans to offer commercial accounts for businesses to pay a fee to receive an enhanced version of Twitter starting some time this year.