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Nov 28, 2012

CNN to tap ex-NBC boss Zucker for turnaround – source

Nov 27 (Reuters) – Jeff Zucker, a former head of
NBCUniversal and the producer of Katie Couric’s talk show, will
be named president of Time Warner Inc’s ratings-starved
CNN cable news channel, a source close to the situation said on
Tuesday.

Zucker will succeed departing CNN Worldwide President Jim
Walton, who said in July he was leaving the once-dominant news
network after nine years in the job amid a recent ratings slump.

Nov 21, 2012

Exclusive: TV networks start seven-day ratings push with advertisers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. television broadcast networks are taking the first steps to persuade advertisers to pay for commercial viewership that occurs up to seven days after a program airs, a shift that would provide a new revenue stream to help combat ratings erosion.

The networks argue that the rising popularity of digital video recorders is pushing a sizeable number of viewers to delay watching their favorite programs beyond the first three days, the time period most often used for calculating ad payments.

Nov 20, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: TV networks start 7-day ratings push with advertisers

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) – U.S. television broadcast
networks are taking the first steps to persuade advertisers to
pay for commercial viewership that occurs up to seven days after
a program airs, a shift that would provide a new revenue stream
to help combat ratings erosion.

The networks argue that the rising popularity of digital
video recorders is pushing a sizeable number of viewers to delay
watching their favorite programs beyond the first three days,
the time period most often used for calculating ad payments.

Nov 18, 2012

“Twilight” sendoff starts with huge $341 million worldwide

By Andrea Burzynski and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

Nov 18, 2012

‘Twilight’ sendoff starts with huge $341 mln worldwide

Nov 18 (Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final
chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie
ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking
spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest
franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an
estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the
weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural
romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

Nov 16, 2012

Final “Twilight” dawns with $30 million from late-night shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bella and Edward’s big-screen farewell lit up box offices with $30.4 million in late-night ticket sales for the finale of the blockbuster “Twilight” vampire series, production studio Summit Entertainment said on Friday.

The U.S. and Canadian box office receipts for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ beat initial sales for each of the previous four films in the franchise, though the final installment got a boost from late Thursday night previews.

Nov 16, 2012

Final ‘Twilight’ dawns with $30 mln from late-night shows

LOS ANGELES, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Bella and Edward’s
big-screen farewell lit up box offices with $30.4 million in
late-night ticket sales for the finale of the blockbuster
“Twilight” vampire series, production studio Summit
Entertainment said on Friday.

The U.S. and Canadian box office receipts for “The Twilight
Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ beat initial sales for each of the
previous four films in the franchise, though the final
installment got a boost from late Thursday night previews.

Nov 15, 2012

Hollywood thirsts for young adult films as ‘Twilight’ ends

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Reuters) – As vampires Bella and Edward
take their last bites on the big screen, Hollywood studios are
on the hunt for the next “Twilight,” a movie that plays on
teenage angst and, more importantly, lights up the movie box
office.

The first four “Twilight” movies earned $2.5 billion at
theaters worldwide, propelled by passionate fans of a book
series about a vampire-and-werewolf teen love triangle. Box
office watchers project “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ will haul in
$150 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, one of
the year’s biggest film debuts.

Nov 11, 2012

James Bond soars to box office record with “Skyfall”

By Chris Michaud and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – James Bond can don the tuxedo and break out the Dom Perignon after the super spy returned to theaters in record fashion at the weekend, blowing away box office rivals with $87.8 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canadian debut of new movie “Skyfall” for the biggest opening in the franchise’s history.

The best North American opening for the 50-year-old Bond franchise adds to a strong tally of $428.6 million for “Skyfall” overseas. Globally, the movie starring Daniel Craig as 007 has now earned $518.6 million since first hitting international theaters on October 26, distributor Sony Pictures said.

Nov 9, 2012

Disney profit meets expectations, lifted by parks, ESPN

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Media giant Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted higher quarterly profit on Thursday, lifted by an increase in visitors to its theme parks and revenue gains at sports juggernaut ESPN.

The company that recently announced a blockbuster deal to buy “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm reported diluted earnings per share of 68 cents. That matched expectations from Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.