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It's become a matter of convention

Nov 10, 2006
Fan cons, like those attracting Star Trek followers, are a big part of the $4 billion consumer-show business. Joal Ryan reports on how the TV show took that industry where it had never gone before.
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You can't always get what you want . . .

Nov 10, 2006
But you just might find you get what you need. That's what Rolling Stones fan and commentator Graham Thomas Shelby discovered recently when deciding whether to pay to see the band in concert.
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Disney makes a deal with UK telecom

Nov 10, 2006
The UK's largest telecom operator has bought the right to screen movies from Disney when it launches its on-demand video service next month. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment

Cold hard comedy

Nov 9, 2006
Comedies have become critical to studios' bottom lines. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Jon Gertner about his article on the economics of funny films for this weekend's New York Times Magazine.
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A risky move for Microsoft?

Nov 9, 2006
Microsoft's Zune music player is due out next week. It'll sell for $250 — with a small cut to the record labels. Host Scott Jagow asks analyst Michael Gartenberg if that's smart business.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

House of Blues . . . sold

Nov 7, 2006
The venue known for its cry of "Unity in Diversity" has given way to the forces of consolidation. The last major holdout in the live events industry sold for $354 million — probably bad news for bands and concertgoers. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
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DeBeers to call for 'blood diamond' crackdown

Nov 6, 2006
The world's largest diamond trader will reportedly join a delegation of human rights organizations calling for a crackdown on trade in blood diamonds. And it could have a lot to do with the Leonardo DiCaprio film hitting theaters next month.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment

Disney closing in on cable deal

Nov 6, 2006
The Mouse House is reportedly close to wrapping up multi-year negotiations with Comcast and Time Warner over billions in licensing fees. Janet Babin reports.
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Hollywood: Show us the money

Nov 3, 2006
Host Mark Austin Thomas and Daily Variety managing editor Michael Speier discuss why TV and movie companies have been so hesitant to make deals with YouTube and other digital newcomers.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Will Hollywood play nice with YouTube?

Nov 3, 2006
Media companies <i>are</i> feeling the pressure to make deals with Google to get on board YouTube, but Financial Times reporter Aline Van Duyn says those companies are conflicted.
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