How Far Can Barry Go? Very Far, It Seems

Barry Diller has become the Ross Perot of Hollywood: rich, unpredictable, and a source of boundless curiosity. Like Perot, some thought that Diller would be sidelined when he traded Fox Broadcasting Co. for QVC Network Inc. But then the legendary programmer served notice that his home shopping channel would be a vehicle for innovations in multimedia. Suddenly, Diller became a guru of the new media age. Now, people from Wall Street to Wilshire Boulevard want to know: Where is Barry going?

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