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March 14, 2013
07:38 EDTTWX, NWSATime Inc. may be challenged by debt, sliding revenue at outset, NYT says
Time Inc. may begin its life as a separate company with $500M-$1B in debt and will have to stem a decline in revenues, though its executives hope that they can build a company that can use profits to help its magazines transition into the digital age, rather than hand them back to parent Time Warner (TWX), according to The New York Times. The report notes that News Corp.'s (NWSA) publishing spin-off, in contrast, will have no debt. Reference Link
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September 30, 2014
12:40 EDTNWSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:10 EDTNWSAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTNWSANews Corp. sees Move, Inc. deal 'modestly accretive' in short term
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08:52 EDTNWSANews Corp. sees Move, Inc. deal to close in 2Q15
News Corp (NWSA) believes Move, Inc. (MOVE) is in a unique position and holds an important role for the company to expand in the digital real estate industry. Says this is the most significant acquisition the company has made since launching as a separate company last summer. Says this acquisition allows the company to stay committed to returning capital to shareholders. Says believes that Move Inc.'s strategy is different that that of Trulia (TRLA) and Zillow (Z). Says expects that the transaction will be very modestly EPS valued in the short term. News Corp continues to expect to generate positive cash flow regardless of the acquisition. Says Move, Inc. will improve and enhance the core media assets of News Corp. Comments made during a conference call discussing News Corp's acquisition of Move, Inc.
06:34 EDTNWSANews Corp to acquire Move, Inc. for $21 per share, or approximately $950M
News Corp and Move, Inc. announced that News Corp has agreed to acquire Move. REA Group Limited, which is 61.6% owned by News Corp and is the operator of Australian residential property website, realestate.com.au, plans to hold a 20% stake in Move with 80% held by News Corp. Under the acquisition agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the board of Move, News Corp will acquire all the outstanding shares of Move for $21 per share, or approximately $950M, via an all-cash tender offer. This represents a premium of 37% over Move’s closing stock price on September 29, 2014. REA’s share will be acquired for approximately $200M. News Corp intends to commence a tender offer for all of the shares of common stock of Move within 10 business days, followed by a merger to acquire any untendered shares. News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, "In addition to boosting Move’s subscription, advertising and software services, this acquisition will give News Corp a significant marketing platform for our media assets, which will benefit from the high-quality geographic data generated by real estate searches. We certainly expect this deal to amount to far more than the sum of the parts.” For the year ended December 31, 2013, Move reported $227M in revenues, and $29M in adjusted EBITDA5, and generated the highest revenue per unique user in the industry. Move will become an operating business of News Corp and remain headquartered in San Jose, California.
06:32 EDTNWSANews Corp to acquire Move, Inc. for $21 per share, or approximately $950M
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06:28 EDTTWXAs DreamWorks talks slow, Softbank mulls Legendary, Hollywood Reporter says
Even though Softbank (SFTBF) has slowed its deal discussions with DreamWorks Animation (DWA), it is looking to make an investment in Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures studio, according to the Hollywood Reporter, citing sources. The sources said that the Japanese company has been talking with Legendary for several weeks. Legendary has co-financed films with Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros Entertainment. Reference Link
06:25 EDTTWXFCC asks media companies for Comcast contract details, WSJ reports
The FCC is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast (CMCSA) ahead of the company's merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the FCC believes the documents contain information that would be relevant in its review. Officials from media companies including CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA;VIAB) met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice concerns about releasing highly confidential materials. Reference Link
September 25, 2014
17:50 EDTTWXCompanies receive U.S. information requests on Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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09:00 EDTNWSAGoogle responds to News Corp. criticism in blog post
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September 24, 2014
06:59 EDTTWXCNN look to debut more original series in primetime this fall, Variety reports
Time Warner's CNN plans to place a greater emphasis on original series in primetime, anticipating 12 original series in 2015, reports Variety. In a Tuesday lunch meeting with journalists, CNN Worldwide President said the original series is “the source of a lot of conversation at CNN. We have had a lot of success in this area... There are a number of people internally who think we should push more into this arena.” Reference Link
September 23, 2014
08:40 EDTTWXTime Warner defends HBO strategy amid Wall Street speculation, LA Times reports
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September 22, 2014
06:44 EDTTWX'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner's Warner Bros. struggling, NY Times says
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September 19, 2014
10:07 EDTNWSAHigh option volume stocks
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06:15 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $89 from $76.69 at Citigroup
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September 18, 2014
06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTNWSANews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
13:57 EDTTWXTNT obtains network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel films
Turner Network Television, or TNT, a subsidiary of Time Warner, has obtained the network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel Studios films, including "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Captain America 3." Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release. Reference Link
09:04 EDTTWXAmericas Media ad growth estimates lowered at Nomura
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