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Apr 15, 2012

“Hunger Games” rings up 4th box office win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games” dominated box office charts for the fourth weekend in a row, outselling three new releases at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Lions Gate Entertainment Corp drama about a televised teen death match brought in $21.5 million at domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

Apr 9, 2012

Three in a row – ”Hunger Games” leads box office

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Movie sensation “The Hunger Games” survived fresh competition from the “Titanic” and the gross-out “American Pie” gang to notch its third domestic box office win over the weekend.

“Hunger Games” took in $33.5 million at U.S. and Canadian theatres from Friday through Sunday and lifted its domestic sales through three weekends to $302.8 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Apr 9, 2012
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Three in a row: ‘Hunger Games’ leads box office

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Movie sensation “The Hunger Games” survived fresh competition from the “Titanic” and the gross-out “American Pie” gang to notch its third domestic box office win over the weekend.

“Hunger Games” took in $33.5 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday and lifted its domestic sales through three weekends to $302.8 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Apr 5, 2012

Oprah’s next mission: Win advertisers with OWN vision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey appears in New York on Thursday before her most important audience: potential advertisers who will decide how many more seasons her struggling cable network has to promote her mantra to “live your best life.”

The “queen of talk,” having admitted in a CBS interview this week to “101 mistakes” in launching the Oprah Winfrey Network last year, must convince the media buyers who will crowd Lincoln Center that her formula of uplifting programs will attract more viewers than it did in its first year.

Apr 1, 2012
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‘Hunger Games’ feeds fan cravings with 2nd box office win

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Filmgoers brought big appetites for “The Hunger Games” to box offices over the weekend as the blockbuster movie added $95.9 million in global ticket sales and pushed the worldwide total since its record-setting debut to $365 million.

The Lions Gate Entertainment <LGF.N> movie about teenagers forced into a deadly survival match ranked No. 1 for the second straight weekend on domestic charts. Ticket sales in the United States and Canada reached an estimated $61.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. 

Mar 29, 2012

Santorum video evokes horror classics to bash Obama

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A squawking crow. A single shoe turned on its side. Dark skies. A slow-spinning carousel on an empty playground. All the ingredients of a horror movie come together in a Rick Santorum presidential campaign video that depicts a terrifying “Obamaville”.

The video has grabbed attention for its use of scary themes and images in the world of political ads. It was released at a time when Santorum lags Mitt Romney in the Republican race to find a challenger to President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Mar 26, 2012

‘Hunger Games’ gorges on $214 mln global debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Post-apocalyptic action movie “The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, the highest domestic opening for a movie that isn’t a sequel, and established what may become one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises.

Internationally, the Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) drama about an oppressive society’s teen death match added $59.3 million from 67 markets for a global haul of $214.3 million.

Mar 25, 2012

“Hunger Games” gorges on $214 million global debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Post-apocalyptic action movie “The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, beating Hollywood’s lofty expectations and making history as the third-highest domestic film opening.

Internationally, the Lions Gate Entertainment drama about an oppressive society’s teen death match added $59.3 million from 67 markets for a global haul of $214.3 million.

Mar 23, 2012

Environment ripe for U.S. TV station deals

March 23 (Reuters) – A confluence of factors ranging
from a robust advertising market to the growing importance of
retransmission fees and more funding for deals, is setting the
stage for a new wave of television station mergers over the next
12-24 months.

Newport Television, a group of 56 stations owned by buyout
shop Providence Equity Partners, is the latest company to hit
the auction block. Citing sources familiar with the matter,
Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that Providence had
retained Moelis & Company to “explore strategic alternatives,”
including a possible sale of the company.

Mar 23, 2012

Exclusive: Providence Equity shopping Newport Television

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Providence Equity Partners is shopping Newport Television, the group of 56 television stations it acquired in 2008, to potential buyers, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

According to the sources, the private equity firm has retained Moelis & Co to “explore strategic alternatives,” including a possible sale of the company. One of these sources described the process as in its “real early stages” and said it was premature to talk about bidders or valuation.