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July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTCBS, AMCX, FOX, VIAB, DISCA, FOXA, VIA, SNI, TWXMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
Media stocks are rallying after Time Warner (TWX) confirmed that it rejected an offer made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) to combine the media giants. WHAT'S NEW: Both Time Warner and 21st Century Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Twenty-First Century Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Twenty-First Century Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Time Warner advanced 16.5% to $82.70, while Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares are down 5% to $33.45. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other media stocks were trading higher after the news. Discovery Communications (DISCA) rose 6%, Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) gained 3%, AMC Networks (AMCX) added 3.2%, Viacom class B shares (VIAB) increased 4% and CBS (CBS) advanced 1.5%.
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September 1, 2015
07:00 EDTVIA, VIABMTV VMA viewership down despite airing on more networks, LA Times says
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August 31, 2015
16:08 EDTCBSBarrington to hold a conference
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08:44 EDTFOXA, FOX, VIANetflix confirms that it will not renew agreement with Epix
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05:37 EDTVIAHulu, Epix announce extensive multi-year agreement
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August 30, 2015
18:51 EDTFOX, VIA, VIAB, FOXANetflix to lose access to certain high profile movies, Re/code says
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17:13 EDTVIA, TWX, VIAB'Compton' leads again as 'We Are Your Friends' stumbles at box office
Hip hop biopic "Straight Outta Compton" continued its domestic box office dominance while Christian drama "War Room" outpaced analyst estimates and electronic dance flick "We Are Your Friends" fizzled. U.S. WEEKEND LEADER: Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" grossed $13.2M domestically for the weekend of August 30, securing the top box office spot for a third consecutive week. In a record-breaking performance for musical biopics, the gangster rap film has earned $134.1M in the U.S. since opening earlier this month. Though Warner Bros.' (TWX) "We Are Your Friends" was predicted to challenge "Compton" with sales ranging $8M-$10M, the Zac Efron-led electronic music film flopped at just $1.8M. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Produced with an estimated budget of $3M, Sony's (SNE) faith-based drama "War Room" debuted at $11M against expectations for $5M-$8.5M after leading in advance ticket sales. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) subsidiary Paramount's "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" relinquished its grip on second place with an $8.3M gross for the weekend, while Weinstein Company's action thriller "No Escape" opened in fourth place at $8.29M. "Sinister 2" from Comcast subsidiary Focus Features rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $4.7M.
August 28, 2015
10:43 EDTVIA, TWX, VIABFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead box office for third week
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06:28 EDTFOX, FOXAProsecutor wants to summon Murdoch, others in Deutsche Bank case, Reuters says
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August 27, 2015
10:01 EDTCBSCBS and TEGNA renew affiliation agreement
CBS (CBS) and TEGNA (TGNA) have announced a comprehensive deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 10 TEGNA Media markets nationwide. The markets renewed cover over nine percent of the U.S. and serve more than 10 million households. The new deal also includes TEGNA's participation in CBS All Access, the company's digital subscription, video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service. The addition of all TEGNA CBS-affiliated stations will expand the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to 85 percent of U.S. households by year-end. The agreement includes renewals for TEGNA-owned CBS affiliates: WUSA in Washington, D.C.; WTSP in Tampa, FL.; WFMY in Greensboro, NC; KTHV in Little Rock, AR; WLTX in Columbia, SC; WMAZ in Macon, GA; KREM in Spokane, WA; KHOU in Houston, TX; KENS in San Antonio, TX; and WWL in New Orleans, LA.
06:40 EDTFOXA, FOXNielsen to start tracking for online streaming shows, WSJ reports
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August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTFOX, FOXATV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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10:57 EDTCBS, TWX, FOXAHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:01 EDTCBSCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
06:07 EDTTWXWarner Bros. in talks with China Media Capital to form film JV, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTFOXA, FOXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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06:30 EDTDISCADiscovery exec: Group in 'hand to hand combat' with Netflix, Guardian says
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTVIA, FOX, VIAB, TWX, FOXA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
13:11 EDTFOXA, FOX, VIAB, VIAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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08:53 EDTCBS, TWX, FOXAAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
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