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Disney and Time Warner Chase AMC, Soap’s Second Life on Internet, Google+ Brand Pages

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2011 at 6:43AM

After AMC Network spun off from Cablevision last week, such buyers as Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. have made a run at purchasing the network, reports AdAge. One fund manager at GAMCO, who oversees some four million AMC shares, says that the network would benefit from a sale because of its current popularity due to acclaimed shows Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (pictured). In addition to AMC, AMC Networks also controls IFC, WE TV and the Sundance Channel.
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After AMC Network spun off from Cablevision last week, such buyers as Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. have made a run at purchasing the network, reports AdAge. One fund manager at GAMCO, who oversees some four million AMC shares, says that the network would benefit from a sale because of its current popularity due to acclaimed shows Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (pictured). In addition to AMC, AMC Networks also controls IFC, WE TV and the Sundance Channel.

Google+, the new social network that is AdAge describes as “97% similar to Facebook’s product,” will follow in Facebook’s footsteps with product pages.

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Google+ emphasizes its key difference from Facebook: it allows users to compartmentalize friends, colleagues, and interested parties into different groups. AdAge Reports that Google will bring this model to the product page realm of the site, and allow users to specify product categories that interest them, like luxury goods, discounts, or new trends. Google+ is currently offering a beta program for product pages.

One Life to Live has been granted one more life, writes the NY Post, this time in the Internet realm. ABC confirmed that it had licensed two of its long-time running soap operas, 43 years and 41 years respectively, One Life to Live and All My Children, to a production company that will turn both of these television programs into web series shows to stream online. Prospect Park, the production company, is contractually obligated to run the shows at 60 minutes, with the same production values.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.