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American Idol

What’s a hit worth?

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Jerry Romano sent me a short news clipping, “19 Entertainment owns the format rights to Pop Idol, here known as American Idol, and pulls in an estimated $1 billion annually in merchandising, ad sales, sponsorships, etc.” along with a simple personal message,”WOW!”  What is more remarkable: the fact that American Idol is can gross $1B […]

Yahoo!

Yahoo! says Blog!

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Yahoo!, the number two search engine in the US is about to get into the blogging biz in a big way.  On March 29, 2005 the company will introduce a service called Yahoo 360.  Right now, you can configure your MyYahoo to read as many blogs as you wish. This competes with dedicated blog reading […]

Disney

Disney does Sony in UMD

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The home video arm of the Walt Disney Co. announced it would release movies in the newly-developed UMD format for Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Portable handheld video game and media device.   Buena Vista Home Entertainment said it would release five movies this spring: “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse […]

TiVo

TiVo’s 8-K … Comcast R Us

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The text of TiVo’s 8-K filing:   On March 15, 2005, we entered into a non-exclusive licensing and marketing agreement with Comcast STB Software DVR, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, and Comcast Corporation, as guarantor of Comcast STB’s obligations under the agreement. Pursuant to our agreement, we have agreed to develop a TiVo-branded […]

Talk Show in HD

Shooting a Talk Show in HD

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We just shot the pilot episode of our new talk show, Advanced Media Today at Rainbow Media’s 11 Penn Studios in midtown Manhattan. The set was very simple, a golden cyclorama, lit with Emmy gobos and four chairs behind pedestal mounted laptop computers.   The pilot episode came out great!  Many thanks all around, but […]

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