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Liberty Media Ranks as 2013’s Most Profitable Media/Entertainment Company

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Liberty Media Corp. emerged as the most profitable media and entertainment company in 2013, according to SNL Kagan’s rankings for the year. Liberty Media’s net income of about $8.99 billion came mostly after a one-time gain associated with its takeover of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, according to SNL Kagan’s survey.  Last year’s leader, Disney, dropped… Read more »

Puck Picks Up Pritzker Villa in Bel Air

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SELLER: Anthony “Tony” and Jeanne PritzkerBUYER: Wolfgang Puck and Gelila Assefa PuckLOCATION: Los Angeles, CAPRICE: $14,000,000SIZE: 12,289 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In late 2011 or early 2012—we’re not exactly sure—multi-billionaire private equity tycoon and Hyatt Hotels heir Anthony “Tony” Pritzker and his wife, Jeanne, moved with their half dozen progeny… Read more »

Jennifer Love Hewitt Lists and Leases

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OWNER: Jennifer Love HewittLOCATION: Los Angeles, CAPRICE: $12,500 per monthSIZE: 3,216 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Almost two weeks ago now it was revealed by the long-legged blond at Trulia Luxe Living that Texas-born former child star turned—ahem—actress Jennifer Love Hewitt put one of two multi-million dollar domiciles she owns in… Read more »

Hyatt Hotel Heir Tony Pritzker Lightens Load in Bel Air

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SELLER: Jeanne and Anthony “Tony” PritzkerLOCATION: Los, Angeles, CA (Bel Air)PRICE: $21,990,000SIZE: 12,289 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Late last year, usually low-profile Hyatt hotel heir Anthony “Tony” Pritzker and his wife Jeanne finally completed construction on a conspicuously colossal mega-mansion commandingly perched on a private promontory high above Los Angeles’… Read more »

At Long Last, Ringing Out the Zell Era at Tribune

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All journalists are challenged in this current digital age, but few have been as abused or ill-served as those under the stewardship of Tribune Co. since real-estate billionaire Sam Zell took over the Chicago-based conglomerate. Fortunately, that sorry chapter is one step closer to being over. Zell's hire as CEO, Randy Michaels, has finally resigned,… Read more »

Pelosi Sets “Last Call to Hold the House”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lined up for a fund-raiser on Oct. 2 at the home of Roz Wyman called "Last Call to Hold the House!" In other words, it's a siren to Hollywood Democrats a month before the election. Tickets for the event start at $300 per person, with those who donate $1,000 or… Read more »

Broadcasters’ Chief Lobbyist: A Taste of Tea Party Rhetoric

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Gordon Smith, the former Oregon senator who is now the head of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, undoubtedly has injected no-holds barred rhetoric into some of the more contentious debates raging between the the industry and federal regulators. And in a speech on Monday at the broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas, he was especially combative… Read more »

‘The Wire’ 101: Harvard Adds Show to Curriculum

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Out-frigging-standing: Harvard will add a course that uses HBO's "The Wire" to explore inner-city poverty and urban issues. Thanks to tvtattle.com for finding the Harvard Crimson link. The David Simon-produced series has rightfully been referred to as the great American novel for television, and certainly one of the best TV programs ever made, exploring the vicious cycle… Read more »

Palin’s New Profile

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Updated That, and other news, in today's Roundup and Recap. Politico's Mike Allen reports that Sarah Palin has an "inch-and-a-half thick file" of offers for pundit appearances, documentaries and other business opportunities, as well as some 950 requests for speeches. She has just signed on to the Washington Speakers Bureau. Next on "Today": Jenna Bush… Read more »

Pop, Pomposity and “Perry Mason”

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Updated That, and other news, in today's Roundup and Recap. It had to come up. At today's confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotamayor, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked the nominee how she made decisions as a prosecutor. Sotamayor cited Perry Mason. She recounted one episode: “Perry said to the prosecutor, ‘It must cause you some pain… Read more »