The Diller Network: Ratings And Retailing

Diller's new TV-retail hookup may give the big networks a run for their money

Barry Diller, the man who brought America Bart Simpson, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Movie of the Week, is working the phones. Ensconced in a sun-drenched guest house in Beverly Hills that is the makeshift headquarters of his USA Networks Inc., Diller paces behind a large circular desk as he listens to the salary demands of an executive he has been trying to recruit, grimacing at the cost. "Hang in there," he tells another caller, an executive who has been nursing a new product line for the company. "The numbers are moving in the right direction."

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