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June 16, 2014
06:28 EDTSNE, FOXA, FOX'22 Jump Street' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' open strong, WSJ says
Sony's (SNE) "22 Jump Street" and 21st Century Fox's (FOX;FOXA) "How To Train Your Dragon 2" led the box office in their opening weekends, accumulating $60M and $50M, respectively, reports the Wall Street Journal. Both opening weekend numbers were higher than their predecessors. Reference Link
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April 21, 2015
07:37 EDTSNEMad Catz Interactive extends agreement with Harmonix for Rock Band 4
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06:47 EDTFOXATalal a big backer of Fox's James Murdoch, Reuters says
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns a 6.6% stake in Twenty-First Century Fox, says he "really loves" James Murdoch, the son of the company's octogenarian CEO, Rupert Murdoch. James understands the digital world and is ready to take on a much bigger role at the company, the news service quoted the prince as saying. The prince's support may be setting the stage for James Murdoch to take day-to-day control of the company "sooner rather than later," Reuters stated. Reference Link
April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTSNE, FOXA, FOXComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
14:17 EDTSNESony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
13:39 EDTSNEElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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07:15 EDTSNEMarch NPD video game software sales declined 3%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes March NPD video game software sales declined 3% year-over-year, with major titles for the month including Electronic Arts' (EA) Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne from Sony (SNE) and Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto V. Piper notes the monthly decline is the first in 2015, leaving the segment up 2% through the first three months combined. It keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts, GameStop (GME) and Take-Two.
05:53 EDTSNEWikiLeaks publishes previously hacked Sony emails, Financial Times reports
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April 14, 2015
13:20 EDTSNERecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
05:54 EDTSNESony creates unit built for local language production, Financial Times says
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April 13, 2015
08:42 EDTSNEPandora rises after Spotify reportedly valued above $8B in fundraising
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07:22 EDTFOXAWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTSNEEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
15:58 EDTFOX, FOXAComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
April 10, 2015
14:27 EDTFOX, FOXANews Corp., 21st Century Fox mull move to WTC site, NY Times reports
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April 8, 2015
10:41 EDTFOX, FOXAVivendi seeks 'transformational' deals, has 'no interest' in buying Sky, FT says
Vivendi (VIVHY) CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine says the company is currently considering "transformational transactions," The Financial Times reports. The executive says Vivendi "will not do deals just because we can do them," and will seek acquisition targets "with intrinsic value." The CEO also notes that Vivendi has "no interest" in buying Sky (SKYAY) and says that ITV is "too expensive." Reference Link
April 7, 2015
18:26 EDTFOXAVivendi says not in talks to acquire Sky, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) denied an earlier report by Reuters that it may look to acquire Sky (SKYAY), Bloomberg says. Reference Link
15:31 EDTFOXAVivendi considering potential acquisition of Sky, Reuters reports
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07:28 EDTSNESony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
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05:10 EDTFOXA, FOXDisney, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox announce Star Wars digital movie collection
As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios (DIS), Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD globally beginning Friday, April 10.

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