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By Keach Hagey and Erich Schwartzel June 20, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. raised its offer to purchase most of 21st Century Fox to more than $71.3 billion in cash and stock, topping an unsolicited offer from rival Comcast Corp. and escalating the bidding war for the coveted media properties. Disney’s new offer is far higher than its original deal, $52.4 billion in stock, and surpasses...

By Gerry Smith and Scott Moritz June 15, 2018 | HBO’s new owner is looking to devote more money to the network behind “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” John Stankey, the incoming head of AT&T Inc.’s entertainment division, plans to boost the service's original-programming budget to keep pace with deep-pocketed rivals like Netflix Inc. AT&T took over HBO and the rest of Time Warner Inc. on...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes June 14, 2018 | Comcast is prepared to make concessions, including shedding Fox’s stake in the online streaming service Hulu, in order to win regulatory approval for its $65 billion offer to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, according to sources. The U.S. cable giant, in a competing bid submitted yesterday, promised to match any of the remedies...

By Peter Kafka June 12, 2018 |  Verizon? Go right ahead. Charter? You, too. Amazon and other tech companies with billions to burn? Go for it. That’s the message from a federal judge, who has ruled today that AT&T can buy Time Warner — and, crucially, didn’t apply any restrictions to his decision. That clears the way for other “vertical” mergers, which means other...

By Stewart Clarke June 5, 2018 | The British government gave the green light Tuesday to 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky, on condition that Sky News be offloaded to a third party such as Disney. The government also cleared a rival bid for Sky from Comcast, paving the way for the two U.S. media giants to battle it out for Europe’s biggest pay-TV company. Read more on...

(Above)  'Dear Dictator' is a new release from Cinedigm, which is pushing into China.   By Stephanie Prange and Erik Guenwedel May 27, 2018 | In a marketplace dominated by major studio blockbusters and digital goliaths, indie film suppliers are holding their own in home entertainment. These scrappy companies are showing resourcefulness and cunning, embracing technology and industry consolidation, while staying true to their...

By Dade Hayes May 29, 2018 | “Comcast must be looking into the 10-year future,” veteran media analyst Todd Juenger, of Sanford Bernstein, writes, “and has concluded: 1) there will only be a handful of global, entertainment video services, 2) most of those slots are already taken (Netflix, Amazon, Google/YouTube, Facebook?, Apple?), 3) likely only one company from ‘old media’ can make it...

By Pamela McClintock May 28, 2018 | Lucasfilm and Disney are facing a moment of reckoning. Solo: A Star Wars Story's initial performance marks a rare loss for Disney. Moreover, it is forcing the studio to reexamine its strategy for the iconic Star Wars franchise, which Disney took over when it bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012. Most box-office analysts say the...

By Shalini Ramachandran and Erich Schwartzel May 23, 2018 | Comcast Corp. is escalating its threat to disrupt Walt Disney Co.’s megadeal to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s assets, a potential move that could reshape the power structure in the entertainment industry. The cable giant said on Wednesday it is in advanced stages of preparing a cash offer that would top Disney’s all-stock,...

By John Archer May 22, 2018 | The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format has taken another important step forward today with the announcement by Redbox that it’s starting to include 4K titles in its disc rental service. The first 4K Blu-ray titles will be appearing initially in 2,500 Redbox kiosks in six test markets across the US: Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New...