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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTVIA, CVC, VIABCablevision files antitrust suit against Viacom over bundled programming
Cablevision Systems (CVC) announced it filed an antitrust lawsuit against Viacom (VIA, VIAB) in federal court in Manhattan. Cablevision alleges Viacom illegally forced it to carry and pay for 14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to carry must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. Cablevision's complaint asserts that Viacom engaged in a "per se" illegal tying arrangement in violation of the federal antitrust laws. Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit also asserts that Viacom has engaged in unlawful "block booking," which is a form of tying that conditions the sale of a package of rights on the purchaser's taking of other rights. Cablevision said Viacom's conduct also violates the Donnelly Act in New York State Law, which parallels federal anti-trust laws. The complaint was filed under seal and a public version is not yet available. Cablevision said it is seeking a number of remedies including: Declaratory relief voiding the December 2012 carriage agreement; a permanent injunction barring Viacom from conditioning carriage of any or all of its core networks on Cablevision's licensing any or all of Viacom's ancillary networks; to effectuate the permanent relief, a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement; treble damages and legal fees. Cablevision indicated that there would be no immediate disruption in programming offerings pending the resolution of this matter.
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November 20, 2014
05:12 EDTVIA, VIABViacom signs 180K-square foot lease at Columbia Square development in Hollywood
Kilroy Realty (KRC) said it has signed a long-term lease with Viacom (VIAB, VIA) for approximately 180,000 square feet of space at KRC’s 685,000-square-foot, mixed-use Columbia Square development located in the heart of Hollywood. The New York-based company plans to relocate and unite the West Coast operations of Viacom media networks including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Spike TV, VH1 and TV Land currently based in Santa Monica and in other Los Angeles offices into Columbia Square’s 250,000-square-foot Gower Building. The six-story, dual-core glass and steel Gower Building is the larger of two new office buildings totaling 350,000 square feet currently under construction as part of KRC’s $420M mixed-use project located on Sunset Boulevard. Designed by Rios, Clementi, Hale Studios, Columbia Square will also feature 93,000 square feet of renovated, historical creative office and studio space, 30,000 square feet of retail space, 200 luxury residential units and a five-level subterranean parking structure. Viacom is expected to take occupancy in phases starting in late 2016.
November 14, 2014
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07:14 EDTVIAViacom multiple compression overdone, says RBC Capital
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06:43 EDTVIAViacom CEO: Nielsen's ratings haven't kept up with trends, NY Times says
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