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Microsoft is the new Hollywood. At least, in the same way that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others are trying to create original programming to draw paying subscribers. The company recently opened the Xbox Entertainment Studio in Santa Monica, with former CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem at the helm.

The Xbox started out as a gaming machine, but now the majority of the 76 million users worldwide spend more time viewing entertainment than playing game, said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft. Mehdi and Tellem

Snapshots of dealers and vendors taken at the PRO Group 2012 Spring Meeting, held at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, Calif. (Photos by Nancy Klosek)

PRO Group COO Dave Workman opened the buying group’s 2012 Spring meeting Wednesday in Dana Point, Calif., calling for vendors and retail membership to deal with their common profitability problems through “active, open dialogue” on the issue of channel management.

The Consumer Electronics Association is preparing to host its 13th annual Consumer Electronics CEO Summit. The event, expected to be attended by the CEOs of Best Buy, RadioShack, Sears, Wal-Mart, Sony and more, is scheduled to take place June 17-20, at the St. Regis-Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif.

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