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January 22, 2013
06:15 EDTNWSA, DWA, VIAB, LGF, TWX, CBS, DIS, LAMRU.S. Media sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the U.S. Media sector based on increased demand for professional content, improving 2H 2013 ad growth, and above average capital returns. As part of the sector change the firm upgraded Viacom to Buy from Neutral.
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June 29, 2015
14:21 EDTDISDisney announces realignment of Consumer Products, Interactive divisions
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07:42 EDTLGFLionsgate merger with Starz looks increasingly logical, says Stifel
Stifel says that it has become more convinced of the logic of a potential merger between Lionsgate (LGF) and Starz (STRZA). The firm thinks that such a deal would positively impact Lionsgate's cah flow, increase its leverage capacity and expand its OTT content platform. The firm says that a combination of EPIX and Starz would be positive for both platforms, and it increased its price target on Lionsgate to $42 from $39 while keeping a Buy rating on the shares.
06:00 EDTDISDisney's outgoing CFO to stay on as advisor, Deadline Hollywood reports
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTDIS, TWXUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 26, 2015
08:28 EDTDISDisney considers $1B Disneyland expansion in tax deal with Anaheim
The city of Anaheim, California said it is expected to consider an entertainment tax policy for the Disneyland Resort at its July 7 meeting as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts evaluates a significant investment in its existing operations in the Anaheim Resort. Disney is evaluating the addition of new attractions to drive attendance with a potential investment that could be valued at $1B. If Disney decides to move forward, it would have until December 31, 2024, to complete its investment under the proposed agreement. The expansion under consideration requires no City funding or bond financing. The resolution going before the Council extends a nearly 20-year agreement with Disney regarding entertainment tax policy.
June 25, 2015
09:08 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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June 24, 2015
16:20 EDTDISDisney plans semi-annual dividend, says raising dividend 15% annually
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14:46 EDTTWXHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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12:27 EDTTWXHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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08:25 EDTCBS, DISNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:43 EDTDISDisney not investing $250M to DraftKings, Re/code reports
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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCBS, DIS, NWSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
09:02 EDTLGFLionsgate promotes Tim Palen to Chief Brand Officer
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June 22, 2015
13:19 EDTDISMarvel Entertainment wins patent dispute over Spider-Man toy, Variety says
The Supreme Court sided with Disney 's Marvel Entertainment in a case involving a patent on a toy owned by Stephen Kimble that shoots web from pressurized foam string, says Variety. The Court would not overrule precedent and ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment that a patentee cannot continue to receive royalties for a patent after it expires, added Variety. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTDISRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTTWX, DISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 18, 2015
11:45 EDTNWSADow Jones to begin round of job cuts today, NY Times reports
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08:23 EDTDISDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
08:07 EDTNWSANews Corp. announces plans to initiate dividend
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08:00 EDTNWSANews Corp. amends stockholder rights plan
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