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Is Google going Hollywood?

The New York Post suggests that Google’s appointment of former Disney/Pixar exec Ann Mather to its board of directors indicates the the company may be preparing for a Yahoo-like move on Hollywood.

Mather’s appointment is a “potential harbinger” of things to come, as the major entertainment and Internet companies warily begin to embrace each other, said UBS Internet analyst Benjamin Schachter.

“Mather’s appointment gives Google’s board a media perspective that it currently lacks,” said Schachter. “This is the first person on the board without a purely technological or academic background.”

Of course, Google-rival Yahoo already employs Terry Semel and Lloyd Braun, two high-profile ex-studio-bigwigs. So: while Hollywood gets more internetty, the internet gets more Hollywoody. Hypothetical question: If Icebox.com (or DEN, or any of those other companies) launched now instead of when it did several years ago, would it succeed? I think quite possibly maybe.

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