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OUT AT NBC

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NBC's entertainment chief announced Monday he will be leaving NBC following the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. In an e-mail, Jeff Gaspin wrote that he...

Broadcasters Are the Big Winners Again This Election Season

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

Why don't we see any stories about the broadcasters feasting at the trough each election year? Simple: They own the stations that would air those stories. And they're not about to assign them, either.

Netflix, NBC Universal Deal Brings New Shows To Streaming Service

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — Online movie rental company Netflix Inc. and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution have expanded their license deal that cov...

Jeff Zucker Leaving NBC

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker told the New York Times' Bill Carter that he will leave the network when the company is acquired by Comcast. Zucker ack...

Spotters for Starter Uppers: Helping CEO's Make the Pitch

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

On one of the last sweltering days of summer in New York, a group of 21 eager entrepreneurs gathered for an all day boot camp on how to position their fledgling companies to attract investors.

Sen. Franken to the Netroots: Only You Can Stop the Corporate Takeover of Free Speech

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Over the weekend, Sen. Al Franken made the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's acquiescence to these corporations, frighteningly clear.

I Love America Because No One Murdered Jay Leno

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Kelly

As I watched the fireworks with my kids on the Fourth, I realized I still believe in this system. If the people in charge were really as evil as the cynics and the conspiracy nuts say, Jay Leno would be dead as an unfunny doornail.

All That Glitters Is Green: First-Ever Christie's Green Auction

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Christie's celebrity-studded green auction was a great concept, taking what has traditionally been a bastion of the elite and putting their vast resources to work for a good green cause.

Redbox To Delay Rental Movies From Fox, Universal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Redbox, the leading $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk operator, said Thursday it agreed to delay renting movies from 20th Century Fox ...

Amid Dismal Summer, Studio Execs Now Considering 'Originality'

deadline.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Top agencies like CAA and WME are hosting intimate confabs with 20th Century Fox (Tom Rothman and/or Emma Watts) and Warner Bros (Jeff Robinov and/or ...

NBC's 'Behavior Placement': NBC Pushes Eco-Friendly Messages Through Shows

Wall Street Journal | By AMY CHOZICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The tactic--General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal calls it "behavior placement"--is designed to sway viewers to adopt actions they see modeled in their...

The 'Green Zone' Debacle: Universal Seeing Red

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It's no secret that Universal is going to take a bath on "Green Zone," which cost upwards of $100 million to make -- Time's Richard Corliss has it at ...

Irina Krupnik, Ex-Model, Sues NBC Universal Over Use Of Old Photo In "Couple's Retreat"

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

NEW YORK — A former model says she's appalled that her nearly decade-old bikini photo became a randy prop in the film "Couple's Retreat." Irina...

NBCU's Jeff Zucker Launches Charm Offensive

deadline.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Within the next hour, Jeff Zucker will be sitting down with Los Angeles-based showbiz journalists for one of his annual off-the-record sessions. But t...

Comcast NBC Deal: Feds Promise Tough Review

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are pledging rigorous reviews of Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of NBC Universal to ensure that it would not ...

AWOL on the Comcast/NBC Merger: Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz, Matthews

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

When it came to Citizens United, the news media expressed righteous indignation. Where was the outrage in 1996, when the Telecommunications Act triggered a wave of media ownership consolidation?

Comcast, GE Rain Campaign Cash In Anticipation Of Merger Hearing

The Hill | Kim Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Comcast and NBC Universal's parent company have showered campaign contributions on members of two panels holding hearings Thursday on the cable giant'...

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Host Tonight Show?

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

O'Brien has been the leader in late night with the 18-to-49 year-old viewers this season, while Leno, on the other hand, has been struggling to garner any viewers for his prime-time show.

NBC Universal Profit DOWN 30%

AP | STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

General Electric Co.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 19 percent, but the industrial bellwether is seeing signs of stability as it moves into a key re...

GE 4Q Profit Falls 19 Percent

AP | STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Electric Co.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 19 percent, but the industrial bellwether is seeing signs of stability as it moves into a key re...

Mark Cuban defends Jeff Zucker's experiment at NBC Universal. But, has Zucker given-up on the experiment too soon?

Jarvis Coffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jarvis Coffin

Mark Cuban goes on a tear over at Paid Content about the flip-flop on Jay Leno's primetime show at NBC. His contention is that NBC Universal CEO, Jeff...

Does Anyone at NBC Have a Grip?

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Conchita Sarnoff

Everyone understands and appreciates the need for comedy-it is part of being in show business. However there are limits. At stake is the reputation a...

Universal Studios Unfazed By Comcast Deal

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Almost everywhere you look at Universal Studios Hollywood, there are signs flaunting the 5-year-old marriage of NBC and...

GE, Vivendi Reach Tentative Deal For NBC Universal

AP | DEBORAH YAO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PHILADELPHIA — General Electric Co. has reached an agreement to buy the 20 percent stake in NBC Universal held by French media conglomerate Vive...

Comcast-NBC Deal Close, Could Be

New York Times | MICHAEL J. De La MERCED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

General Electric and the cable giant Comcast have moved closer to a deal giving control of NBC Universal to Comcast, and a formal announcement could b...