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Aug 31, 2014

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ wins weekend, tops this year’s box office universe

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – The “Guardians of
the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over
the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero
“Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie
of 2014.

“Guardians” rang up $16.3 million in U.S. and Canadian
ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, topping weekend charts
for the third time since its Aug. 1 debut, according to
estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. Total domestic sales
climbed to $274.6 million, surpassing the $259.8 million earned
by April release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Aug 26, 2014

Broadcasters and basic cable prove staying power at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Basic cable channel AMC was rewarded at the Primetime Emmy awards for “Breaking Bad” and broadcasters landed top honors, while pioneering streaming service Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was shut out of the major categories on Monday.

Premium cable channel network HBO again dominated with 19 awards in total, 15 of them in creative arts categories handed out earlier this month. Its only major acting award on Monday went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for political comedy “Veep.”

Aug 26, 2014

Twitch gamers lead online march to live video streaming

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc
tracked Twitch’s evolution from scrappy guerrilla
startup to one of the Internet’s hottest media properties. On
Monday, it announced a near-$1 billion acquisition to get into
one of the fastest-growing online arenas: live-streaming video.

Amazon’s $970 million bet – its largest ever – underscores
how a loyal and fast-growing following for live-streaming video
has grabbed the attention of big brands. Some believe live and
interactive streaming, in which Twitch is a pioneer, is the new
frontier in online video.

Aug 21, 2014

Disney brings the Force with ‘Star Wars’ game, TV show push

LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co is
ramping up its first major push to promote the “Star Wars”
franchise it purchased from George Lucas in 2012, blitzing
consumers this year with a mobile game, animated TV show and an
expanded line of toys and clothes.

The anticipated rush of light sabers, Wookiees and other
“Star Wars” mainstays is Disney’s attempt to cash in on its
$4.05 billion acquisition of LucasFilm, which gave the company a
popular yet aging franchise that has not produced a new feature
film in nine years.

Aug 20, 2014

Online video stars mobilize for U.S. net neutrality

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Online video personalities are joining together to advocate for equal treatment of Internet traffic, aiming to stop the U.S. government from allowing what they worry will be fast and slow lanes for delivering content.

The video creators are signing an online petition that will be submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, which is now considering new “net neutrality” rules governing how broadband providers route Internet traffic. Some stars have posted videos about the issue to rally their legions of fans.

Aug 10, 2014

‘Turtles’ beats Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ at US, Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) – The return of the
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” earned $65 million in ticket
sales at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters over the weekend,
easily winning a box office battle with Marvel’s outer space hit
“Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“Ninja Turtles,” a reboot of a franchise born in 1980s comic
books and popularized in TV cartoons, rang up another $28.7
million in international markets for a global debut of $93.7
million, according to distributor Paramount Pictures which
wasted no time in announcing a sequel, set to open June 3, 2016.

Aug 10, 2014

Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ beats ‘Turtles’ at US, Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) – The return of the
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” earned $65 million in ticket
sales at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters over the weekend,
easily winning a box office battle with Marvel’s outer space hit
“Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“Ninja Turtles,” a reboot of a franchise born in 1980s comic
books and popularized in TV cartoons, rang up another $28.7
million in international markets for a global debut of $93.7
million, according to distributor Paramount Pictures which
wasted no time in announcing a sequel, set to open June 3, 2016.

Aug 6, 2014

Dish chairman says bid for T-Mobile possible now Sprint is out

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp
Chairman Charlie Ergen said it makes sense for the
satellite operator to consider making a bid for T-Mobile US Inc
now that Sprint is out of the picture.

“Certainly to the extent that Sprint either dropped out or
wasn’t interested or the government wouldn’t allow it … then
T-Mobile is something that we would have an interest in,” Ergen
said on Wednesday on a conference call after Dish reported
quarterly results.

Aug 6, 2014

Disney toy division’s focus on franchises makes it a star

By Lisa Richwine and Ronald Grover

(Reuters) – Shoppers entering a Walt Disney Co retail store these days can see company CEO Bob Iger’s franchise strategy on display: walls packed with products linked to the company’s famous characters, ranging from Mickey and Minnie to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Iron Man and Doc McStuffins.

Ten years after being sold off and six years after Disney bought them back, Disney’s 336 retail stores have helped make its consumer products division among the fastest-growing of the media company’s five segments. In the quarter that ended in June, the unit earned $273 million, a 25 percent increase from a year ago.

Aug 6, 2014

Analysis – Disney toy division’s focus on franchises makes it a star

By Lisa Richwine and Ronald Grover

(Reuters) – Shoppers entering a Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) retail store these days can see company CEO Bob Iger’s franchise strategy on display: walls packed with products linked to the company’s famous characters, ranging from Mickey and Minnie to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Iron Man and Doc McStuffins.

Ten years after being sold off and six years after Disney bought them back, Disney’s 336 retail stores have helped make its consumer products division among the fastest-growing of the media company’s five segments. In the quarter that ended in June, the unit earned $273 million (162.1911 British pound), a 25 percent increase from a year ago. It was the unit’s fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth, Iger said when the company announced its results on Tuesday.