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May 28, 2014
06:20 EDTSNE, DISVubiquity acquires FilmFlex Movies from Sony, Disney
Vubiquity announced that it had acquired UK-based FilmFlex Movies, formerly a joint venture between Sony (SNE) Pictures Television and Disney (DIS), provides digital storefront and video on demand services to connected consumers throughout the UK. The company has licensing agreements with major US studios and many independent distributors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Reference Link
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March 2, 2015
12:00 EDTDISFCC probing Comcast, Time Warner Cable, The Verge says
The FCC is investigating whether Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable (TWC) limited or restricted companies' ability to access streaming video services, according to The Verge, which cited an FCC document. Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Viacom (VIA) were among the companies approached by the FCC about the matter, The Verge stated. Reference Link
07:44 EDTSNESony mobile president seeking profitability first, WSJ reports
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, president of Sony Mobile Communications Hiroki Totoki stated he recognizes the company "should become a meaningful source of profit to the group... The business canít be justified if the profit margin is low." Totoki wants to stay in the mobile business for the next cycle of innovation, saying that "we wonít tie ourselves only to smartphones or even hardware" and adding that the unit is "open to tie-ups with thirds parties." Totoki also sees potential for the brand in India. Reference Link
06:31 EDTSNEJAKKS Pacific announces licensing, master toy agreement for Smurfs franchise
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06:18 EDTSNESony to test latest wearables in B-to-B market, WSJ reports
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February 27, 2015
08:59 EDTSNESony fires Sony Pictures Digital president, Variety says
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06:07 EDTDISTiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
08:45 EDTSNEEros International announces content partnership with Sony Television
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February 24, 2015
13:01 EDTSNETom Rothman to replace Amy Pascal at Sony Pictures, FT reports
Former Fox Filmed Entertainment (FOXA) co-Chairman Tom Rothman will replace Amy Pascal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures (SNE), The Financial Times reports. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has extended his contract, the publication notes. Rothman has run Sony's TriStar label since 2013. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the companyís consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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07:27 EDTSNESony breach underscored failings in corporate, government cooperation, WSJ says
A Wall Street Journal review of the hack attack on Sony Entertainment shows that the companies and government agencies fighting the hackers based some decisions on little information or consultation since the parties often held too closely to their own interests, illustrating major shortcomings in how the government and companies work together to respond to such attacks. The Journal cites interviews with executives, U.S. officials and people briefed on their conversations in its report. Reference Link
February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 20, 2015
06:11 EDTSNESony may be contemplating replacing CEO Hirai with CFO Yoshida, NY Post says
Sony may be considering replacing CEO Kaz Hirai with current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, reports the New York Post, citing several Hollywood sources. Yoshida has received heavy media praise for his restructuring efforts and is currently set to add the title of executive deputy president in April. The article emphasizes that this is speculation among Hollywood figures. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
09:14 EDTSNESony Pictures co-chairman position may be split into multiple roles, FT says
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06:57 EDTSNESony to release high-end audio memory card, WSJ says
Sony will release a high-end, audio-focused memory card next month, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson comments. The 64gb micro SD card will sell for $160 in Japan -- which the paper notes is roughly five times the average price for standard 64gb cards -- and produces less electrical noise when reading data. A Sony spokesperson stated, "We arenít that sure about the productís potential demand." Reference Link
February 18, 2015
12:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
06:00 EDTSNESony plans to split out Video & Sound unit, others thereafter
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05:58 EDTSNESony sets FY17 ROE target of more than 10%
Sony held its Corporate Strategy Meeting and unveiled a mid-term strategy that charts the path forward for the company over the next three years. Sony said it will position Return on Equity as its primary key performance indicator and has set a target for consolidated ROE of more than 10% and a target for consolidated operating profit of more than 500B yen for the Sony Group in FY2017, the final year of its mid-range corporate plan.
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