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Fox tried to buy Time Warner for $80 billion

Rupert Murdoch, owner of 21st Century Fox (the movie and TV divisions) and News Corp. (home of Fox News) has made an offer to Time Warner (which Time Warner’s rejected) to buy the entire company for $80 billion. Supposedly, he’s mainly interested in the home of Bugs Bunny, Superman, and CNN for HBO: Fox tried to buy Time Warner — and HBO — for $80 billion. As for the idea of CNN controlled by the purveyor of Fox News, Murdoch/Fox would sell off CNN to make the…

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DC Comics to relocate to California

On Tuesday came news that DC Comics, who’s been based in the nation’s publishing capital of New York City since its founding in the 1930s, is shutting down its Big Apple headquarters in 2015. At that point, they’ll relocate to southern California to join its recently-created parent company, DC Entertainment (a subsidiary of Time-Warner). More on this development in this Comics Alliance article. One one hand, I can see why DC might want to relocate to California. It’ll be near its Time-Warner brethren, both the…

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Nickelodeon and SpongeBob worse than DC/WB and Batman?

As we all know, DC Comics (and their parent company Time-Warner) rely heavily on Batman like a crutch. In a previous post, I wrote that by my count, about 42% of DC’s “New 52″ comics tie into Batman (or a Batman-related character, setting, etc.) in some way, shape or form. Not to mention the large number of Batman-related TV cartoons and forcing the Dark Knight into what’s supposed to be a Superman sequel. But it turns out that there’s one company that’s even more one-note…

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The return of “Warner Communications?”: Time Warner to spin off Time, Inc.

Some might recall the big merger between Warner Communications (owners of Warner Bros. studios) and Time, Inc. (publishers of “Time,” “Life,” and other magazines) back in the late 80s. After almost 25 years of “matrimony,” it looks like Time Warner is looking to spin off its Time, Inc. side, in the name of pushing its TV/video/motion picture side of things as future money-makers versus, well, print media like “Time.” Despite that Time wasn’t losing money, apparently the “print media is dead” meme, general corporate profit-mindedness,…

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Teletoon Retro holds favorite cartoon characters poll (for Canadians only)

Canadian cable channel Teletoon Retro is currently running a contest (limited to Canadians only, unfortunately) to vote for your five favorite cartoon characters. Teletoon Retro is a companion channel to Canada’s Teletoon (Cartoon Network’s Canadian analogue), airing reruns of older classic cartoons, similar to the US’ Boomerang. In Teletoon Retro’s case, however, they seem to air a larger variety of programming than Boomerang, as well as put more effort into promotional efforts, such as this contest. Per Canadian content requirements, Retro also airs several Canadian-made…

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Looney Tunes to return to Cartoon Network (not a hoax, dream or imaginary story)!

After looking through online TV guide Zap2It.com, I’ve discovered that after several years’ absence from American TV airwaves, Looney Tunes is finally coming back to Cartoon Network. Not only are we getting a six-hour marathon of the shorts on Sunday, November 15 (from 1 PM to 7 PM EST), but they’re also being aired on a weekday morning slot from 11 AM to noon EST starting Monday, November 16. I have no idea if this is permanent, or just a one-week affair. Still, the return…

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While I was gone…

Here’s a few items I missed the chance to remark on while I was gone this week:- More rumors of what the newly-revised iPods will look like. I’d assume Apple won’t be going with a “rotate the unit for a wider screen” bit a la the Sandisk Sansa e200 line unless they redesign the scroll wheel somehow or somehow make a Nano version of the iPod Touch… – On the success of MeTV in Chicago/Milwaukee, Weigel broadcasting of Chicago is pairing up with MGM to…

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Superman’s creators’ heirs reclaim part of Supes’ copyright

A court has just given the heirs/estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the co-creators of Superman, partial copyright control over the character: Ruling Gives Heirs a Share of Superman Copyright – New York Times While this seems to settle (barring the inevitable attempt by Time-Warner to overturn this decision) the Superman lawsuit, there’s still the Superboy one to be settled—particularly whether or not “Smallville” is considered a Superboy series or just a show with, erm, “young Clark Kent before he became Superman” (which, well,…

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Court TV becomes “Tru (Generic) TV”

An article (Update, 12/30/12: article deleted) about CourtTV as of January 1st becoming “TruTV”, with various remarks “justifying” this move toward yet another cable channel becoming as generic and bland as TBS and TNT have become (“clear identities”? I suppose, if rerunning “Home Improvement” and “Law and Order” 8 times a day counts…). Of course, CourtTV/TruTV is also owned by Time-Warner, the same people who’ve managed to run Cartoon Network into the ground and generic-ize it as well (via running live-action programs and movies), so…

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