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July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTFOXA, FOX, SNI, DISCA, AMCX, VIA, VIAB, CBS, 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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October 13, 2014
17:25 EDTAMCXAMC's 'The Walking Dead' premiere draws 17.3M viewers, WSJ says
AMC Networks' “The Walking Dead” recorded 17.3M viewers Sunday night, setting a ratings record for the show, says the Wall Street Journal. Last seasons premiere had 16.1M viewers, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
09:06 EDTCBSNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTCBS, FOXANielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:05 EDTFOX, FOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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08:03 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global form content joint venture
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07:04 EDTTWXAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:42 EDTFOXA, TWXTime Warner CEO to be questioned on growth plans, NY Post reports
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05:18 EDTTWXTime Warner to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on October 15 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
October 9, 2014
09:06 EDTDISCADiscovery obtains exclusive TV rights to Hasbro film
Discovery's (DISCA) Family Channel - formerly Hub Network - has obtained the exclusive broadcast rights to Hasbro's (HAS) animated film "My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks" to air on October 17.
07:17 EDTAMCXIAC in talks to buy Korean web video service DramaFever, Re/code reports
Korean web video service DramaFever is looking to either sell the company or raise a round of funds, and IAC (IACI) has held talks to buy the company, Re/code reports. DramaFever has also talked to AMC Networks (AMCX) about helping the programmer launch its own Web video subscription services. Valuations for DramaFever have ranged between $80-140M. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
13:27 EDTFOXASoftBank no longer talking to DreamWorks, Buzzfeed reports
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07:25 EDTVIA, VIABViacom threatens to remove channels in Canada over unbundling, Globe & Mail says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is threatening to remove its stations off Canadian cable systems and onto an online streaming service if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission forces carriers to offer channels on a “pick-and-pay,” or unbundled, basis, reported The Globe and Mail. Reference Link
07:13 EDTFOXAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:04 EDTFOXA, FOXFox Sports Radio, DirecTV announce partnership to launch Rich Eisen Show
FOX Sports Radio (FOXA) and DIRECTV (DTV) announced a partnership to launch The Rich Eisen Show into national radio syndication. Eisen will debut as part of FOX Sports Radio’s national weekday lineup in the noon to 3 p.m. ET timeslot, beginning November 3. FOX Sports Radio/Premiere Networks will also provide exclusive radio ad sales representation for The Rich Eisen Show.
08:31 EDTVIAAOL names Dermot McCormack as president of AOL Video and AOL Studios
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08:05 EDTCBSCBS risk/reward attractive at current levels, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital believes weaker September quarter TV trends and downward estimate revisions have pushed CBS shares into "value territory." The firm views the current risk/reward on shares as attractive and keeps an Outperform rating on CBS with a reduced price target of $71.
07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $90.
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