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The Olympics are ending but that doesn't mean there's nothing on TV. Shark Week, celebrating its 25th anniversary, starts Aug. 12. Reuters' Peter Lauria takes a look at Discovery's flagship marathon and how it has influenced TV. (August 9, 2012)
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NBC is introducing its massive Olympic audience to previews for some of the 16 shows it's launching in the upcoming season in an effort to boost the network's ratings. The big question according to Reuters' Peter Lauria, is whether this strategy will work. (July 26, 2012)
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Cable networks dominated the Emmy nominations, shutting the broadcast networks out of the best drama category, for instance. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria explains the connection between the nominations and advertising revenue. (July 20, 2012)
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What used to require the purchase of a paper and influence over an editorial board, News Corp's Rupert Murdoch can now achieve simply by logging into Twitter. When Murdoch tweets, people listen. (July 2, 2012)
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Forget re-runs. Cable networks are rolling out new shows this summer that they hope will steal viewers from NBC's Olympics extravaganza. Mediabistro Senior Editor Alex Weprin picks the shows that will sizzle. (June 29, 2012)
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Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Will Ferrell, creative minds behind next year's "Anchorman 2" seem to be hinting that the main character, Ron Burgundy, is headed to foreign lands to cover the news. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria tells us why it may score box office success overseas. (June 22, 2012)
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Facebook needs women to play a central role its growth, says Needham & Co. Senior Internet Analyst Laura Martin. In this Media Bite, Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria explores the online power of women. (May 31, 2012)
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Hollywood is taking high-stakes movie-making to a new level. It has produced five summer films with production budgets of $200 million or more, including this weekend's "Men in Black 3." That means they need to make $2.5 billion just to break even. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria explores Hollywood's expensive gamble. (May 24, 2012)
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The video game makers are investing millions in massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs, and the gambit is paying off so far. Reuters' correspondent Liana Baker explains why the companies believe this is the right path and examines the risks in pursuing the strategy. (May 11, 2012)
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ABC's "Good Morning America" had more total viewers than NBC's "Today Show" for the first time in 16 years. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria speaks with Horizon Media Executive Brad Adgate about what this really means to the morning ratings war. (April 19, 2012)
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Cable network viewership is taking a beating, prompting Citigroup to lower its ratings on several media firms. Reuters Peter Lauria explains why people are turning away from cable shows and how the trend may affect the stocks of big players like CBS, Disney, News Corp and Discovery. (April 16, 2012)
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The Harvey Weinstein championed documentary film "Bully" opened last weekend to a strong per-screen showing, despite being released without an MPAA rating. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria talks with the film's director, Lee Hirsch, in this edition of Media Bite. (April 3, 2012)
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Former Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has distinguished himself as one of the most successful pro-athletes-turned-businessmen ever and is now taking on his biggest deal yet: buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion, a record sale price not only for Major League Baseball but for any sports franchise anywhere. (March 29, 2012)
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In this week's Media Bite Peter Lauria tells Oprah and Discovery to disown the $300 million investment that is the OWN network. With flat ratings, layoffs and the cancellation of "The Rosie Show," is there anything left to OWN? (March 21, 2012)
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The future of James Murdoch as News Corp. CEO is up in the air. His resignation from News International raises serious questions about whether James will succeed his father. In this edition of Media Bite, Peter Lauria reports on the power shift at the news giant and what it means for Rupert's kin.
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Whitney Houston's untimely death sells records, AMC could be a huge seller thanks to brain-eating zombies, and Linsanity struts its stuff on Wall Street. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria breaks down the week in media business news for you in this week's Media Bite.
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Jay-Z and Kanye, Adele, Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne or Foo Fighters: Who will be the big winner at this year's Grammy Awards? Peter talks to Jeff Rabhan, former manager of Kelly Clarkson and Jermaine Dupri, about which performers he thinks will cash in both at the awards and the bank.
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Even as it snares significant ratings, NBC Olympics coverage has been overwhelmed by a small but vocal minority of dissatisfied viewers. But instead of engaging them, NBC's PR team had only alienated and enflamed them with a Twitter suspension and tone deaf executive interviews. (August 2, 2012)
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The press isn't invited to the meetings but big media deals often happen at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference.
Peter Lauria explains how to read the tea leaves to figure out what's happening as the titans gather. (July 9th, 2012)
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Disney is fighting back against Universal's gains into the theme park business it dominates this summer. It's Cars vs Harry Potter and things could get ugly. Reuters' Peter Lauria handicaps the battle. (June 15, 2012)
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Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is setting his sights on Rush Limbaugh's empire, going after the reigning conservative talk radio king's affiliates to stage a palace coup. Thomson Reuters Media Correspondent Peter Lauria explains. (March 19, 2012)
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Jan. 19, 2012 - Harvey Weinstein wins - but not at the box office; NBC tries to Smash its competitors; Fox Television wants the L.A. Dodgers. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria breaks down the week in media business news for you.
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Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft each unveiled two-screen gaming at the E3 Convention in Los Angeles. In this Media Bite, Reuters Correspondent Liana Baker looks at whether another screen is just an unnecessary extra or a real game changer. (June 8, 2012)
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Advertising dollars are won every year at the television "UpFronts." This year, online video providers are going after those same funds in the first ever "NewFronts." Reuters media editor Peter Lauria speaks about the race for dollars with MyDamnChannel CEO Rob Barnett. (April 27, 2012)
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Billionaire Ron Burkle finally gets his foot in the door at Hollywood studio and it only cost him 800 million dollars. Reuters Editor Peter Lauria takes on Burkle's big investment, reveals the true cost of an Oscar and asks -- will Hollywood abandon Kodak?
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Lions Gate goes into the arena with "The Hunger Games." The studio is betting an estimated $120 million that the best-selling trilogy will be a film success. And Disney licks its wounds after the abysmal failure of "John Carter" in this week's Media Bite.
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Billionaire Phil Anschutz announced he is selling AEG, which has vast assets in sports teams and entertainment venues such as the Staples Center and L.A. Kings. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria explores which buyers might step up to get a piece of the action. (September 20, 2012)
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Dish Network's Hopper is a digital video recorder that allows you to skip commercials automatically when you play back your favorite shows. This has the major, advertising-driven TV networks crying foul. Peter Lauria says Dish's Charlie Ergen is the one man who can torch the current television model. (May 17, 2012)
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Jan. 10, 2012 - Tim Tebow tries to become TV ratings royalty, while Beyonce and Jay-Z make everyone wonder about how much their baby pics will sell for. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria breaks down the week in media business news for you.
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With the season premiere of "Mad Men" Sunday, Media Bite's Peter Lauria wants Hollywood to get cool again, with some help from Don Draper and Roger Sterling. (March 23, 2012)
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George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Rooney Mara are all up for Oscars this Sunday at the 2012 Academy Awards, but who will actually win one? Peter Lauria has some fun picking faves with film buff Tony DiSanto, the man behind MTV hits "Jersey Shore", "Teen Mom","16 & Pregnant" and "The Hills".
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News Corp's deputy chief operating officer, James Murdoch, is scheduled to appear before Britain's parliament on Thursday to address the phone hacking debacle his company is embroiled in. Peter Lauria, Editor-in-Charge of Technology, Media, Telecom at Thomson Reuters, tells us what Murdoch needs to do in order to survive this scandal, make good with the public and successfully succeed his father as head of News Corp.
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Reuters media reporter Liana Baker discusses the implications of a National Hockey League lockout on NBC Sports. (September 7, 2012)
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Cash-rich ESPN's big-money rights deals with Major League Baseball and the National Football League have left other networks struggling to catch up. Reuters Media Editor Peter Lauria explains how the sports network is able to bid so much and why it's pursuing this knockout strategy. (Aug. 30, 2012)