Readings, Week 4, Additional Notes

THE BIG SIX (or is it FIVE?) today

  • Comcast, new owner of NBC Universal
  • Disney, whose subsidiaries include ABC, Miramax, Pixar, Touchstone, Walt Disney Studios, and Walt Disney Theatrical (Robert Iger) {also: Steve Jobs [Pixar] }
  • Viacom, which owns Paramount, MTV Networks, and DreamWorks (CEO: Sumner Redstone) {also: Philippe Dauman; Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg [Dreamworks];
  • CBS Corporation: CBS Entertainment (Leslie Moonves}
  • General Electric, which owned NBC Universal until January 2010 (CEO: Jeffrey Immelt)
  • Time Warner, parent company of Warner Bros., HBO, half of the CW (co-owned with CBS Corp.), CNN, and AOL (CEO: Jeff Bewkes)
  • News Corporation, owner of 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, MyNetworkTV, FX Networks, and MySpace (CEO: Rupert Murdoch; also: Peter Chernin).
  • Bertelsmann, whose holdings include Sony and BMG Music Publishing (CEO: Carl Bertelsmann) {also: Sony America CEO: Howard Stringer}
  • Sony: Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Ericsson and Sony Financial Holdings.

OTHER PLAYERS

SOURCES

VIDEO CLIPS:

A History of the Hollywood Sign. (2006). YouTube.

MEF. (2006). Behind the Screens: Hollywood Goes Hypercommercial. w/ Robert McChesney

PBS. (2001). The Monster that Ate Hollywood. Frontline.

Rose, Charlie. w/ Anderson Cooper. (2006). The Road to Innovation. PBS. Blip.

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