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June 23, 2014
06:45 EDTFOXA, DIS, TWXVice Media has many suitors, NY Times reports
Vice Media, which produces video programming, is in talks to partner with and possibly sell a large stake in itself to 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), and Disney (DIS), according to The New York Times. The companies value Vice for the connection it has established with young men, and any agreement is likely to value the company at $1.5B-$2.5B, the newspaper stated. 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
February 27, 2015
06:07 EDTFOXA, DISTiVo, 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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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 EDTTWX, DISAnalysts 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 EDTFOXATom 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
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 company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
11:35 EDTDIS, TWXAmazon 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'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 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox says 'no truth' in rumors of Discovery talks, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTFOXA21st 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 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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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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