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  1. Mergers building a media giant

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    As European TV execs wheel and deal at MIPTV, there's an elephant in the room that everyone is thinking about but few are discussing openly: the upcoming merger of pan-European media group SBS Broadcasting with leading German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1.Read more

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  2. Simonds on 'Ghost' sheet as newest EP

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    CBS' "Ghost Whisperer" is strengthening its producing team in anticipation of a third-season pickup. P.K. Simonds is poised to join the supernatural drama as an executive producer if it comes back in the fall.Read more

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  3. Adding up: CBS, WBTVG expand ad sales groups

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Television Group separately announced expansions to their advertising sales groups targeting multiplatform opportunities.Read more

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  4. news digest

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Highs and lows for Telecom Italia; Madrid sets high bar for inaugural fest; Underwood takes top honors at CMT awards ; New Yorker votes for Sanjaya on CNBC; Odenkirk comes up short for Turner; Squar directs NBC Uni brand integrationRead more

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  5. Columbus nabs 'Thief' at Fox 2000

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Chris Columbus is in negotiations to direct Fox 2000's "The Lightning Thief," the first novel in a best-selling fantasy series that the studio bought for Columbus to produce through his 1492 banner.Read more

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  6. Sens. seem unswayed

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin's attempt to sell policymakers on the merits of a satellite radio merger between his company and XM was greeted with skepticism and outright contempt Tuesday as at least one lawmaker wondered if such high-priced talent as Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey cost the companies too much.Read more

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  7. Nets stay with Tech story

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    TV news divisions Tuesday continued their heavy coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting, with all three broadcast networks interrupting programming to televise a convocation held in honor of the 32 people killed a day earlier by a lone gunman.Read more

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  8. Warner TV's comedy chief leaving the biz

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Warner Bros. Television's head of comedy Marianne Cracchiolo Mago is leaving the entertainment business to return to her native Arizona and become president of the Steele Foundation, which has been run by her father, Daniel Cracchiolo.Read more

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  9. Discovery finds a topper for TLC FtvS' Shapiro-Mathes steps in

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Fox TV Studios president Angela Shapiro-Mathes is returning to the cable world as the new president and GM of Discovery Communications Inc.'s TLC.Read more

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  10. McAdams, Bana travel with 'Wife'

    5:00 am 4/18/2007

    Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams will be time-challenged lovers in "The Time Traveler's Wife," New Line Cinema's adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger novel being directed by Robert Schwentke. Plan B and Nick Wechsler are producing the picture, for which McAdams is in final negotiations to star and Bana is already signed on. More a love story than a fantasy, the book tells the tale of a dashing librarian (Bana) at Chicago's Newberry Library who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time-travel forward and backward. During one of his episodes, he falls in love with a woman (McAdams), but the problem is that while the man's age darts back and forth depending on his place in time, the woman's progresses in a normal manner.Read more

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