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8 BARRY DILLER A break-up of Vivendi Universal could leave him in control of a new company comprised of valuable assets from the Universal universe.

7 VANITY FAIR Destination for jaw-dropping media stories. Follows up Ted-Turner-forces-ouster-of-Jerry-Levin piece with Mike Ovitz's Hollywood-"gay mafia"-ruined-me humdinger.

5 SUMMER SCANDALS Last year, Lizzie Grubman and Gary Condit drove TV viewing and magazine coverage during dog days. This year media executives must secretly be thanking Martha Stewart.

3 INFOMERCIALS BET ginzus them from the net, while the "World Beer Games" that looked to be in prime time on FX banished to the overnight block.

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