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NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP INC (NXST)
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., a television broadcasting company, engages in the acquisition, development, and operation of television stations in medium-sized markets in the United States. The company owns, operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 44 television stations affiliated with the NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, or UPN television networks, as well as a independent television station in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Montana, and Maryland. As of March 31, 2005, it owned and operated 29 television stations. The company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
LIN TV Corp. engages in the ownership and operation of television stations in the United States and Puerto Rico. As of April 11, 2005, the company operated 25 television stations in 14 markets. As of the above date, it owned approximately 20% of KXAS-TV in Dallas, Texas and KNSD-TV in San Diego, California through a joint venture with NBC Universal, a subsidiary of General Electric Company. As of April 11, 2005, LIN TV was a 50% nonvoting investor in Banks Broadcasting, Inc., which owned KWCV-TV in Wichita, Kansas and KNIN-TV in Boise, Idaho; a one-third owner of WAND-TV, the ABC affiliate in Decatur, Illinois; and had interests in WNDY-TV, the UPN affiliate serving Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as WWHO-TV, the UPN affiliate serving Columbus, Ohio. The company provides over-the-air broadcasts of its programming to communities, it is licensed to serve. It provides daily local news coverage, public service announcements, and political advertising time to candidates. LIN TV was formed in 1997. It was formerly known as Ranger Equity Holdings Corporation and changed its name to LIN TV Corp. in 2002. The company is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.
CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD (CETV)
Central European Media Enterprises, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the investment, development, and operation of national and regional commercial television stations and networks in central and eastern Europe. The company along with its local partners, operates Nova TV in Croatia; TV Nova in the Czech Republic; PRO TV, Acasa, and PRO CINEMA in Romania; Markiza TV in the Slovak Republic; POP TV and Kanal A in Slovenia; and Studio 1+1 in Ukraine. Central European Media Enterprises was formed in 1994 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.
GRAY TELEVISION INC (GTN)
Gray Television, Inc., a communication company, provides news and entertainment services. It engages in broadcasting, publishing, and paging operations in the United States. The company operates wireless messaging and paging business in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. As of December 31, 2004, Gray Television operated 31 television stations, comprising 16 CBS-affiliated television stations, 8 NBC-affiliated television stations, and 7 ABC-affiliated television stations serving 27 television markets. As of the same date, it owned and operated five daily newspapers, of which four were located in Georgia and one in Goshen, Indiana. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (EVC)
Entravision Communications Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries, a diversified Spanish-language media company, operate television, radio, and outdoor advertising assets, reaching Hispanics in the United States. It owns and/or operates television stations; 54 radio stations; and approximately 10,900 outdoor advertising faces located primarily in urban areas of Los Angeles and New York. The company also has rights to market advertising on public buses in Fresno, California. Its television stations primarily consist of affiliates of the television networks of Univision Communications, Inc. The company was co-founded by Walter Ulloa and Philip Wilkinson. Entravision Communications is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP INC (SBGI)
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., a television broadcasting company, engages in the ownership or provision of certain programming, operating, or sales services to television stations in the United States. It owns, provides programming and operating services, or provides sales services to 62 television stations in 39 markets as of December 31, 2004. The company broadcasts free over-the-air programming to television viewing audiences through its local television stations. It provides programming, which consists of network provided programs and news produced locally, as well as syndicated local sporting events and syndicated entertainment programs. Sinclair Broadcast Group was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
PLAYBOY ENTERPRISES INC (PLA)
Playboy Enterprises, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development and distribution of multimedia lifestyle entertainment for adult audiences worldwide. It operates through three segments: Entertainment, Publishing, and Licensing. The Entertainment segment develops, produces, acquires, and distributes various feature films, magazine-format shows, reality-based and dramatic series, documentaries, live events, and celebrity and playmate features for its domestic and international television networks, Web-based entertainment experiences, wireless content distribution, e-commerce, worldwide DVD products, and online gaming under the Playboy and Spice brand names. As of December 31, 2004, it owned, operated, or licensed 22 Playboy, Spice and locally branded TV, and movie networks in Europe, New Zealand, and the Pacific Far East, as well as had equity interests in 7 additional networks in Japan, Latin America, and Iberia through joint ventures. It also offers multiple subscription-based Web sites and online video-on-demand theaters under the Playboy and Spice names. The Publishing segment publishes Playboy magazine, special editions, books, and calendars, which include candid interviews with high profile political, business, entertainment, and sports figures; pictorials of famous women; and content by leading authors. This segment also licenses the right to publish 17 international editions of Playboy magazine to local partners. The Licensing segment licenses the Playboy name, the Rabbit Head design and other images, trademarks, and artwork, as well as the Spice name and trademarks for various men's and women's apparel, men's underwear and women's lingerie, accessories, collectibles, cigars, watches, jewelry, fragrances, small leather goods, stationery, music, eyewear, barware, and home fashions. The company was founded by Hugh M. Hefner in 1953. Playboy Enterprises is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
FISHER COMMUNICATIONS INC (FSCI)
Fisher Communications, Inc., an integrated media company, engages in the ownership and operation of television and radio stations in the United States. The company also owns and operates Fisher Plaza, which enables companies to distribute analog and digital media content through numerous distribution channels, including broadcast, satellite, cable, Internet, and broadband, as well as other wired and wireless communication systems. As of December 31, 2004, the company owned and operated 9 network-affiliated television stations and 27 radio stations, as well as owned 50% interest in a company that owns a tenth television station. Its television and radio stations are located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Fisher Communications was founded in 1910 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: Television, Radio, Outdoor, and Publishing. The Television segment consists of CBS Television comprising the CBS Network; 40 owned broadcast television stations; television production and syndication operations; Showtime Networks; and CSTV: College Sports Television, a cable network and online digital sports media business. The CBS Network distributes schedule of news and public affairs broadcasts, sports and entertainment programming, and feature films to domestic affiliates. The television production and syndication business includes the production, acquisition, and distribution of programming, including series, specials, and made-for-television movies. The Showtime Networks business owns and operates three subscription television program services. This segment also has The CW., a broadcast network and 50/50 joint venture with Warner Bros. Entertainment. The Radio segment owns and operates radio stations in the United States. It provides a range of programming formats, such as rock, oldies, all-news, talk, adult contemporary, sports/talk, and country. As of March 1, 2007, this segment owned and operated 144 radio stations serving 31 the U.S. markets. The Outdoor segment sells advertisement space on various media, including billboards, posters, transit shelters, buses, rail systems, mall kiosks, masts, and stadium signage. The Publishing segment publishes and distributes consumer books under imprints, such as Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Scribner, and Free Press. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
Grupo Televisa, S.A., a media company, primarily produces Spanish-language television programs, and owns a library of Spanish-language television programming. The company operates in nine segments: Television Broadcasting, Pay Television Networks, Programming Exports, Publishing, Publishing Distribution, Sky Mexico, Cable Television, Radio, and Other Business. Television Broadcasting segment includes the production of television programming and broadcasting of television networks in Mexico and the United States. Pay Television Networks segment provides programming services for cable and pay-per-view television companies in Mexico, other countries in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Programming Exports segment licenses television programming internationally. Publishing segment publishes Spanish-language magazines in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. Publishing Distribution segment distributes Spanish-language magazines, and other consumer products in Mexico and Latin America. Cable Television segment operates a cable television system in the Mexico City metropolitan area. Radio segment operates 6 radio stations in Mexico City and 11 other domestic stations owned by the company. Other Business segment provides sports and show business promotion, paging services, feature film production and distribution, Internet, and dubbing services for Mexican and multinational companies. The company was incorporated in 1990 and is based in Mexico City, Mexico.
HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION INC (HTV)
Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of network-affiliated television stations in the United States. The company owned 25 television stations, and managed an additional 3 television and 2 radio stations, as of December 31, 2004. The company, through its local television stations, provides free over-the-air programming to its television viewing audiences. It offers programs produced by networks with which it is affiliated, such as ABC Television Network and NBC Television Network; locally produced programs, such as news and entertainment; and syndicated programs acquired by it, such as the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil. In addition, Hearst-Argyle's television stations provide public service announcements and political coverage, as well as sponsor community service projects and other public initiatives. Further, each of its stations operates a local Web site, which provides its audience with news, weather, sports, and informational content. The company was formed in 1994 with the merger of the broadcast group of The Hearst Corporation and Argyle Television, Inc. Hearst-Argyle is headquartered in New York City. Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. is majority owned by The Hearst Corporation.
YOUNG BROADCASTING INC (YBTVA)
Young Broadcasting, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of television stations in the United States. As of May 6, 2005, it owned 10 network affiliated stations, of which 5 stations were affiliated with the ABC Television Network, 3 with the CBS Television Network, and 1 with the NBC Television Network, as well as operated an independent station. The company's stations include WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee; WTEN-TV in Albany, New York; WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia; WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee; WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin; WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan; KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana; KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa; and the independent station, KRON-TV in San Francisco, California. Its also operates separate UPN Network stations using its digital broadcast facilities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as Rockford, Illinois. Young Broadcasting was co-founded in 1986 by Adam Young and Vincent Young. The company is based in New York City.
ION MEDIA NETWORKS INC (ION)
ION Media Networks, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a network television broadcasting company that engages in the ownership and operation of broadcast television stations in the United States. The company's stations offer entertainment programming, which primarily consists of television series, sports, and feature films, as well as paid programming, programming produced by third parties, and local public interest programming. As of December 31, 2006, it owned and operated 60 broadcast television stations. ION Media distributes its programming through broadcast television stations, as well as through cable television systems, satellite television providers, and independently owned network-affiliated broadcast stations. The company was founded in 1993. It was formerly known as Paxson Communications Corporation and changed its name to ION Media Networks, Inc. in 2006. ION Media is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. As of June 18, 2007, ION Media Networks, Inc. was taken private.
CTC Media, Inc. operates television network that offers entertainment programming in Russia. It operates CTC Network targeted principally at 6-54 year-old viewers and the Domashny (Home) Network targeted principally at 25-60 year-old women. The company offers Russian series and shows, foreign movies, foreign series, animation, and other programming, such as documentaries. The CTC Network's signal is carried by approximately 330 television stations and local cable operators, which include 17 owned-and-operated stations and 19 unmanned repeater transmitters. The Domashny Network's signal is carried by approximately 210 television stations and local cable operators, including 8 owned-and-operated stations and 7 unmanned repeater stations. The company's CTC Network covers approximately 100 million and the Domashny Network covers 58 million people. As of December 31, 2006, it had contractual programming rights for approximately 9,700 hours of programming. CTC Media was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Moscow, Russia.
ACME COMMUNICATIONS INC (ACME)
ACME Communications, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of television stations in medium-sized markets in the United States. As of March 31, 2005, the company operated nine broadcast television stations, which are network affiliates of The WB Television Network and UPN. Its programming includes The WB Network prime time programming; The UPN Network prime time programming; Kids' WB!; syndicated programming; The Daily Buzz, a three-hour morning news program; and local programming. ACME was formed in 1997 by Jamie Kellner, Doug Gealy, and Tom Allen. The company is based in Santa Ana, California.
WPT ENTERPRISES INC (WPTE)
WPT Enterprises, Inc. engages in the development, production, and marketing of televised programming and live events based on gaming themes. It offers World Poker Tour, a television show based on a series of poker tournaments. The company licenses its products to companies in poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware businesses. WPT Enterprises also sells consumer and home entertainment products featuring its World Poker Tour brand. In addition, it operates an online gaming Web site, WPTonline.com. WPT Enterprises has a strategic partnership with Chipleaders, Inc. to host an interactive global network of poker players and enthusiasts, combining the social networking technology with poker-related features, powered by Chipleaders' software. The company was founded by Steven Lipscomb in 2002. It was formerly known as World Poker Tour, LLC and changed its name to WPT Enterprises, Inc. in 2004. The company is based in Los Angeles, California.