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Media mogul Barry Diller popularized the TV miniseries with Roots, cofounded the Fox network, and owned shopping channels QVC and HSN.
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including shows like
Jerry Springer and
Xena Warrior Princess.
Fierce resistance to the uninvited Internet guest on the part of Lycos' shareholders, however, torpedoed the deal several months after it was announced. Nevertheless, even without a major portal site, Diller's prowess at combining content and commerce, demonstrated with the success of the Home Shopping Network, seems well suited to the new media world, and he shows no signs of easing up his quest to meld old and new media into one empire.
To date, Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch's integrated family of sites includes Ticketmaster Online, Citysearch, Match.com, CityAuction, LiveDaily (an entertainment news site), and Astro Abby (an astrology site). In August 2000, Diller negotiated a $500 million merger of the e-commerce enabler Styleclick.com with USA's Internet Shopping Network.
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