The videogame industry takes its franchises even more seriously than Hollywood.
Goldman Sachs has put its 50% stake in the lucrative "CSI" franchise on the block, and the investment bank is seeking at least $500 million, industry sources say.
With the final "Twilight" movie opening this week, Lionsgate is primed to capitalize on its momentum with investors and take its place alongside Hollywood's majors at long last.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is moving to amp up the "Men in Black" brand.
Of the lengthy list of hit shows produced by Magical Elves, the "Top Chef" franchise is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to ratings.
Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger has been preaching the power of franchises for the Mouse House for years.
Disney plans to spin off Pixar's "Cars" franchise first with "Planes," that features a cast of new airborne characters.
A quick glance at the summer release schedule points up this anomaly: The hot franchise movies this year are mostly chick flicks -- "Sex and the City 2" and the new "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."
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