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Disney's Interactive Unit Will Have a Tough Time Reaching Profitability

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Walt Disney Co.’s troubled interactive division will have a tougher time reaching profitability this year, a goal Chief Executive Robert Iger had touted to shareholders. The media conglomerate said Wednesday that its heavily hyped videogame, Disney Infinity, won’t be released in June as planned. It will instead come out on...
Disney's Interactive Unit Will Have a Tough Time Reaching Profitability

Comcast nabs rest of NBC Universal from GE, including 30 Rock properties, for $16.7b

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Global media and technology company Comcast Corporation will purchase the remaining 49 percent ownership stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric. The deal will see GE receiving approximately $16.7 billion from the purchase and give Comcast complete control over the media company. In addition to the purchase, NBCUniversal will purchase properties it used...
Comcast nabs rest of NBC Universal from GE, including 30 Rock properties, for $16.7b

ESPN, Twitter Expand Collaboration

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ESPN and Twitter Inc. are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related videos on the short-messaging service—part of a growing wave of tie-ups as TV networks and Twitter hunt for new advertising revenue. ESPN, which is majority-owned by Walt Disney Co., plans to show video-highlight clips on...
ESPN, Twitter Expand Collaboration

Comcast: VOD ad impressions set to increase “tenfold”

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The pay TV business thinks it’s about to cash in on a new revenue stream. Comcast predicts that advertising impressions served within free video-on-demand content will increase tenfold over the next year. This would be a major evolution for a nascent cable/satellite VOD programming sector that, according to a March...
Comcast: VOD ad impressions set to increase “tenfold”
Huge $1 Billion Bids For Hulu Came In Over The Weekend

Reappearing on YouTube: Illegal Movie Uploads

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Google Inc.’s YouTube has a familiar problem: Plenty of illegally uploaded movies are finding their way onto the website. Hundreds of full-length feature films including blockbusters from Walt Disney Co. and Sony Corp.’s Columbia and Tristar studios have been illegally uploaded to the world’s most popular video site, generating hundreds...
Reappearing on YouTube: Illegal Movie Uploads

Disney's ABC reportedly working on live streaming TV app

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Walt Disney Co. is said to be working on a new live streaming television app for its broadcast network ABC that will make content available to cable and satellite subscribers....
Disney's ABC reportedly working on live streaming TV app

Abrams to direct Star Wars film

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Sci-fi director JJ Abrams will head up the seventh Star Wars film, Lucasfilm owner Walt Disney Co confirms....
Abrams to direct Star Wars film
Judge orders Google, Apple to face ‘no-poach’ lawsuit

What Disney is really buying

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The Mouse House is getting much more than the rights to a few more well-loved characters. By Matt Vella, deputy technology editor FORTUNE -- Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger has transformed The Mouse House into so much more. On Oct. 31, the company agreed to acquire Lucasfilm...
What Disney is really buying

Barry Diller Argues for Right to Broadcast Online

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Television veteran Barry Diller fired a shot across the bows of cable providers Tuesday, arguing there’s room for everyone in the burgeoning business of Web video broadcasting. Reuters Barry Diller, CEO of of IAC/InterActiveCorp, has battled broadcasters and cable providers over the right to distribute video programming online. Mr. Diller...
Barry Diller Argues for Right to Broadcast Online

And Now Twitter Wants To Run Video Ads, Too

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Twitter is in talks with NBC and Viacom to bring video content and advertising to the service, Bloomberg reports: Twitter ... is racing to add video content that will get users to spend more time on the site and watch promotions. Building on its existing partnerships with Walt Disney Co....
And Now Twitter Wants To Run Video Ads, Too

Google Slowly Moving Away From Its ‘Addiction’ To M&A Earn-Outs

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Earn-outs and milestones have become common features of merger and acquisition deals in recent years - but have they outlived their usefulness? Executives from Google Inc. and Walt Disney Co. discussed earn-outs at an investing conference held by America’s Growth Capital in San Francisco Tuesday. These structures can offer protection...
Google Slowly Moving Away From Its ‘Addiction’ To M&A Earn-Outs

Disney Profit Rises 12 Percent

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Walt Disney Co.’s fiscal first-quarter profit rose 12 percent, helped by revised contracts with broadcast affiliates and increased customer spending and attendance at its theme parks. The company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations amid a decline in film revenue and essentially flat advertising revenue at ESPN. Read the rest of this...
Disney Profit Rises 12 Percent

Marissa Mayer's Yahoo In Talks To Buy Open Table And Other Tech Cos -- Media Screwed

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Marissa Mayer, who earned a reputation for decisive action and intensity during her 13-year stint at Google Inc, has spent her first months as Yahoo Inc CEO quietly moving the Internet pioneer back to its roots in technology. Long torn between whether it should focus...
Marissa Mayer's Yahoo In Talks To Buy Open Table And Other Tech Cos -- Media Screwed

Hulu seeks buyers, gets $500 million bid from former News Corp president

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Late last week, Reuters reported that former News Corp president Peter Chernin, who now runs The Chernin Group, made a $500 million bid to buy the TV streaming website Hulu. The Chernin Group owns stakes in Pandora Media Inc and the related production company Chernin Entertainment has produced films...
Hulu seeks buyers, gets $500 million bid from former News Corp president

Time Warner CEO Sends Clear Signal To Cable Operators

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By Sam Schechner and Shalini Ramachandran Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes wants the Internet version of his HBO premium channel to be available on your TV—and is railing against cable and satellite operators that are blocking it. Under the surface, the battle is one over who will control lucrative...
Time Warner CEO Sends Clear Signal To Cable Operators

Meet The 39-Year-Old CFO Of $9 Billion Twitter

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Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Ali Rowghani got a voice mail on his mobile phone from Steve Jobs on a Saturday in early 2010. The Apple Inc. co-founder wanted to keep Rowghani, then chief financial officer at Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar, from leaving to become finance chief at Twitter Inc. Jobs,...
Meet The 39-Year-Old CFO Of $9 Billion Twitter

Who is Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo’s New Interim CEO?

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European Pressphoto AgencyRoss Levinsohn, who was named Yahoo interim Chief Executive In choosing Ross Levinsohn to become Yahoo Inc.'s interim chief executive, the company is focusing squarely on its need to protect its greatest asset: online-ad sales, which make up the bulk of its more than $4 billion in annual...
Who is Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo’s New Interim CEO?

From YouTube to TV

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An online-video series funded by Google Inc.’s YouTube video site is being turned into a syndicated TV show to run on ABC stations, a sign of how made-for-Web content is finding new legs in the offline world. Everyday Health Inc., which launched the healthy-cooking series “Recipe Rehab” in April on...
From YouTube to TV

EA Opening New Los Angeles Game Studio

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Electronic Arts Inc., fresh off announcing it cut 10 percent of its workforce to trim costs, is investing in a new Los Angeles studio for its Stockholm-based DICE game developer with the goal of poaching talent from rivals like Activision Blizzard Inc. The DICE unit, purchased by EA in the...
EA Opening New Los Angeles Game Studio

Disney, News Corp. Discuss Hulu's Future

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News Corp and Walt Disney Co. have begun discussions about resolving uncertainty over their jointly controlled online video site Hulu, with one possible outcome being that one or the other company sells their stake. The two companies, which each own about a third of Hulu, have each indicated at different...
Disney, News Corp. Discuss Hulu's Future

Netflix Inks Deal for First-Run Disney Films

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Netflix Inc. has inked an agreement with Walt Disney Co. that will make first-run Disney films available to its subscribers in a pay-TV window. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Under the multi-year licensing agreement, Netflix will be the sole U.S. subscription-TV service for first-run Disney films, beginning with...
Netflix Inks Deal for First-Run Disney Films

CHA-CHING: Jason Kilar Nets $40 Million From Sale Of Hulu Stock

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Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Providence Equity Partners Inc. sold its 10 percent stake in Hulu.com back to company in a deal that values the video service at about $2 billion, two people with knowledge of the deal said. Hulu, based in Los Angeles, is borrowing the money to fund the...
CHA-CHING: Jason Kilar Nets $40 Million From Sale Of Hulu Stock

Disney announces iPad applications

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co on Thursday said it will offer applications from all of its businesses on Apple Inc's new iPad electronic tablet, offering popular TV shows, video games and interactive books....
Disney announces iPad applications

Disney Profit Declines

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Walt Disney Co.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings slipped 5.6 percent as the entertainment giant recorded lower profits at its studio business. Separately, Disney is developing films based on “Star Wars” characters, Chief Executive Robert Iger said Tuesday, in addition to the three sequels the company has already said it would make....
Disney Profit Declines

Hollywood Pressures D.C. Lobbyists To Cut Ties With Facebook

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Three of the four Washington, D.C. lobbying firms Facebook had hired abruptly terminated their contracts with the social networking giant. Citing conflicts of interest, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, the Glover Park Group and TeleMedia Policy Group have all walked away from contracts with Facebook, which upped its spending on lobbying...
Hollywood Pressures D.C. Lobbyists To Cut Ties With Facebook

Hulu's Fork in the Road

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As Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. battle it out for dominance in online video, owners of the much smaller Hulu LLC, Hollywood’s own online video service, are under pressure to decide which direction to go. Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu, has asked the site’s owners — Walt Disney Co.,...
Hulu's Fork in the Road
Judge orders Apple, Google to face ‘no-poach’ lawsuit

Hulu to Boost Spending on Content This Year by 67%

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By William Laudner Television streaming service Hulu will ramp up its spending to create and acquire content to $500 million this year, a 67% increase, Chief Executive Jason Kilar said Tuesday. Bloomberg Jason Kilar, chief executive officer of Hulu The increase in content spending underlines Hulu’s efforts to gain scale...
Hulu to Boost Spending on Content This Year by 67%
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