Media mergers Tag

By Meg James July 27, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox Inc. shareholders on Friday overwhelmingly approved Disney’s proposed $71.3-billion takeover of much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox — a milestone in a merger that is expected to dramatically reshape the entertainment industry. The deal’s contours began to form nearly a year ago over wine between Disney Chief Executive...

By Cynthia Littleton Jul 19, 2018 | As it moves closer to completing its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, Disney is preparing to overhaul the leadership of Disney/ABC Television Group. 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice and Fox Television Group chairman Dana Waldenare slated to relocate to Disney in senior posts overseeing TV operations. Current Disney/ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood is expected to transition to a new role at...

By Gerry Smith and Anousha Sakoui July 19, 2018 | Following a bidding war with Disney, Comcast concluded that the price for the Fox assets was too high, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the decision process was private. Another hurdle was the regulatory requirement to divest Fox’s regional sports networks as part...

By Joe Pompeo July 15, 2018 | As a result of the never-ending AT&T-Time Warner combination, John Stankey has gone from being Richard Plepler’s suitor to becoming his boss. (On Thursday, despite the deal’s closure, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal a federal verdict that approved the sale.) Subsequently, the media world has become endlessly fascinated by how a...

By Cynthia Littleton July 12, 2018 | SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Jeff Bezos had the Allen & Co. conference crowd transfixed on Thursday morning as the Amazon CEO spoke about the evolution of his company, what he looks for in leaders, and his ambitious plan to develop the world of outer space for the betterment of humanity. Bezos was the headliner of Day 3 of...

By Dino-Ray Ramos July 8, 2018 | AT&T executive-turned-head of Warner Media John Stankey spoke at a town hall in New York and addressed the changes to come for HBO after the  $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Although Stankey didn’t mention streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there were hints that he wanted to pave a road to be more of a streaming giant considering the...

By Paul Bond June 27, 2018 | Amazon should buy CBS so that its Prime Video subscription service can give Netflix a run for its money, an analyst said in a research note he distributed to clients this week. "Despite all of Amazon's many accomplishments, Prime Video appears to be lagging in both usage and reach," wrote Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson, an independent...

By Ben Munson June 22, 2018 | The Walt Disney Company is promising to sell off even more Fox assets if its $71 billion deal for the company’s studio and cable network businesses earns regulatory approval. In a filing with the SEC, Disney said that it would be willing to part ways with Fox assets representing up to $1 billion in total EBITDA. That’s an...

By Dade Hayes and Dawn C. Chmielewski June 20, 2018 | Disney CEO Bob Iger said changes in consumer habits are driving the company’s aggressive pursuit of 21st Century Fox studio and network assets. Facing historic levels of competition from Netflix and other digital players, traditional media powers have no choice but to act, he said in a conference call this morning with Wall Street analysts. “Direct-to-consumer distribution has actually become an even more...

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...