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Brooks Barnes covers media for The New York Times, including the movie studios and movie theater chains; the Walt Disney Company and its many parts; and broader Hollywood issues like piracy and financing. Mr. Barnes joined The Times in June 2007 after eight years at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the television business, white-glove art auctioneers and museums, and the tourism industry. Before joining The Journal, he worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Barnes, born and raised in Montana, earned an undergraduate degree in English from Marquette University and a masterâ€™s in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University. He lives in Los Angeles.