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May 27, 2014
10:40 EDTSNE, NFLX, STRZANetflix picks up Sony animated films from Starz, CNBC reports
Netflix (NFLX) has agreed to acquire the earliest home video rights to Sony's (SNE) animated films, reports CNBC. According to a person familiar with the matter, the deal will be effective immediately for several years, carving out the animated features Sony films currently air on Starz (STRZA). Reference Link
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February 26, 2015
09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTSTRZAStarz downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTNFLXAnalysts 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.
11:19 EDTNFLXNetflix to premiere five new shows for kids
Netflix announced that it is adding five new animated and live-action comedy series to its selection of kids and family entertainment. These include Danger Mouse, planned for Spring 2016, Inspector Gadget in March 2015, Some Assembly Required in Summer 2015, Bottersnikes & Gumbles in Spring 2016 and SUPER 4, a new CGI animated series inspired by PLAYMOBIL, which makes its U.S. premiere in April exclusively on Netflix.
08:45 EDTSNEEros International announces content partnership with Sony Television
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07:37 EDTSTRZAStarz reports Q4 EPS 74c, may not compare to consensus 53c
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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
10:01 EDTNFLXNetflix teams up with Judd Apatow for 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday'
Netflix will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman. Judd Apatow and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Production is slated to begin in early 2015.
07:15 EDTNFLXNetflix may enter Russia within two years, Hollywood Reporter says
Netflix' head of communications in Europe, Joris Evers, says the company hopes to make its entrance in Russia within the next two years, The Hollywood Reporter says. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
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 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
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
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
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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12:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
09:37 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
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.
February 17, 2015
05:52 EDTSNESony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link
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