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July 24, 2014
06:46 EDTFOXA, FOX, TWXFox COO pushed to keep role amid Time Warner deal, Reuters says
Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) president and COO Chase Carey could be up against pressure from both CEO Rupert Murdoch and from Time Warner (TWX) to maintain his role for several more years as Murdoch aims to purchase Time Warner, according to Reuters, citing one person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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February 27, 2015
06:07 EDTFOXATiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
10:15 EDTTWXTime Warner calls active on speculation of a large investor stake
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10:01 EDTTWXRumor: Time Warner active on speculation of a large investor stake
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTTWXAnalysts 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.
February 24, 2015
13:01 EDTFOX, FOXATom 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
06:56 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly mounts defense of disputed statements, NY Times reports
Bill O'Reilly, the host of a popular prime time show on 21st Century Fox's Fox News, yesterday defended himself against accusations that he had falsely claimed to have reported on the Falklands war and to have covered "active war zones," according to The New York Times. O'Reilly, who says he covered violent demonstrations in the aftermath of the war, last night played footage of violent protests in Argentina following the conflict and spoke with a former NBC News bureau chief who said there were tanks in the streets of Buenos Aires when OReilly was there, the newspaper stated. The website Mother Jones and a number of O'Reilly's former CBS colleagues have disputed his accounts, The times reported. Reference Link
06:10 EDTTWXSalem Media Group, CNN to team up for three GOP presidential primary debates
February 23, 2015
11:35 EDTTWXAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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09:12 EDTFOXADiscovery volatility flat into 21st Century Fox denied it held talks
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08:55 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly defending statements, NY Times reports
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08:33 EDTFOXA, FOX'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:38 EDTTWXComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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07:00 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox says 'no truth' in rumors of Discovery talks, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox, Discovery held preliminary merger talks, AFR reports
21st Century Fox (FOXA) executives met with their counterparts at Discovery Communications (DISCA) nearly two weeks ago to discuss a possible takeover offer, The Australian Financial Review reports, citing sources. According to the sources, discussions were "nascent" and talks are in the "very, very early days." A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has denied talks took place. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
08:15 EDTTWXWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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07:25 EDTTWXCable nets speed up shows to add more ads, WSJ says
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February 17, 2015
17:29 EDTFOXABerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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13:18 EDTTWXOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:56 EDTFOXADecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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07:15 EDTFOXA, FOX'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
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