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Jul 21, 2012

“Dark Knight Rises” ends Batman franchise for Warner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release of Warner Bros.’ movie “The Dark Knight Rises” brings to an end one of Hollywood’s most enduring franchises, as the studio searches to find a new one capable of matching Batman’s box office success.

Forecasts for opening weekend ticket sales were thrown into doubt after a shooting in Colorado on Friday at a midnight screening of the film. Twelve people were killed.

Jul 20, 2012

Colorado shooting brings sad end to Warner Bros ‘Batman’ franchise

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – High box office
expectations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in
Warner Bros’ Batman franchise, were clouded Friday by a shooting
at a Colorado midnight screening of the film which killed 12
people.

The incident, in which a masked gunman opened fire on
moviegoers, including children, brings a tragic conclusion to
one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, as Warner Bros bids
to find a new movie franchise capable of matching Batman’s box
office success.

Jul 20, 2012

After Batman, Warner Bros. hunts for next super hero

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Warner Bros. movie “The Dark Knight Rises” is expected to do big business when it hurtles into theaters this weekend, ending an era for one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises.

For the studio’s executives, it’s also a superhero-sized challenge to find a new movie franchise capable of wearing Batman’s cape.

Jul 19, 2012

PBS bags a surprise 58 Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (Reuters) – Public television network
PBS surprised Hollywood by landing 58 Emmy award nominations on
Thursday, the third-highest total among all the nets, thanks to
the critically acclaimed drama “Downton Abbey” and a Sherlock
Holmes miniseries.

Cable network HBO topped the list for the 12th straight year
with 81 nods, including best drama series nominations for “Game
of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” CBS came in second and led
broadcast channels with 60 programs, including comedy “The Big
Bang Theory” and contest “The Amazing Race.”

Jul 17, 2012

Viacom blackout on DirecTV boosts Disney Channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Kids and their parents shut out from watching Viacom Inc’s Nickelodeon on DirecTV appear to be turning to The Disney Channel, which is enjoying a ratings boost that could help the network even after a fee dispute ends.

Ratings for Viacom-owned Nickelodeon fell 20 percent last week when two dozen Viacom networks came off the DirecTV satellite service a week ago due to a fight over programming fees, according to Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger.

Jul 14, 2012

Politics, economics weigh on moguls’ minds at Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 14 (Reuters) – The 30th edition of
the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on
Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election
as they heard from business and political leaders, including a
finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The annual summer retreat in Sun Valley is typically a venue
for dealmaking among media and technology companies, but the
transactions can take months to come to light. For now,
executives talked mostly politics to reporters on the sidelines,
given the approach of the Nov. 6 election and concerns about how
the outcome will affect the economy, deficits and debt.

Jul 13, 2012

Despite Turmoil, Murdoch family looks relaxed at Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho (Reuters) – “Good morning, good morning,” was all Rupert Murdoch had to say to reporters on his way into the Friday morning sessions at Allen & Co’s annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The News Corp Chairman can be forgiven for his press shyness. After all, this is the second straight year he has attended the event while his $53 billion company is in turmoil.

Jul 12, 2012

Google CEO Page recovering, was in office this week

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 12 (Reuters) – Google Inc
CEO Larry Page, absent from the Internet company’s biggest
public events for weeks, is recovering from an unspecified
ailment that caused him to lose his voice and was in the office
on Monday, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.

Page has stayed out of the public eye since last month, when
he was a no-show at an annual shareholders’ meeting after having
“lost his voice,” Schmidt explained at the time. His prolonged
absence has raised questions about the health of the 39-year-old
Google co-founder and the mystery condition affecting his voice.

Jul 12, 2012

Media execs at Sun Valley weigh in on Diller’s Aereo win

SUN VALLEY, Idaho July 12 (Reuters) – Barry Diller, the
consummate Hollywood dealmaker who revamped the TV business in
the 1980s, is back in the media spotlight after a federal judge
threw out an injunction against Aereo, the online TV service he
backs.

Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had sought to
stop Aereo from streaming free-to-air programs to phones, tablet
computers and other devices for $12 a month. But on Wednesday
the judge rejected the bid, setting the stage for a trial.

Jul 12, 2012

Moguls at Sun Valley weigh in on Diller’s big Aereo win

SUN VALLEY, Idaho July 12 (Reuters) – Barry Diller, the
consummate Hollywood dealmaker who revamped the TV business in
the eighties, is back in the media spotlight after a New York
judge threw out an injunction against Aereo, the online TV
service he backs.

Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had sought to
stop Aereo from streaming free-to-air programs to phones, tablet
computers and other devices for just $12 a month. But the judge
on Tuesday rejected the bid, setting the stage for a trial.