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  • Jul. 8, 2013, 7:33 AM

    Credit Suisse backs its Outperform rating on Disney (DIS) on the company's myriad of revenue drivers which include ESPN, Shanghai Disney, and Lucasfilm. The investment firm adds a buck to its price target on Disney to take it to $74. DIS +0.5% premarket to $64.12.

    | Jul. 8, 2013, 7:33 AM
  • Jul. 7, 2013, 8:20 PM
    Despicable Me 2 from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Studios made mincemeat out of Disney's (DIS) The Lone Ranger at the box office, pulling in an impressive $142.1M during the extended July 4th weekend compared to the below-estimates $48.9M for the Johnny Depp film. Though Alan Horn sits as the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, the exec is likely to be spared most of the criticism for the film's poor reception because The Lone Ranger project was inherited from the previous regime. What to watch: Horn will hang his hat on the three Star Wars movies and several Lucasfilm spinoffs on the agenda which could make Disney's big foray (+$250M budget) into westerns just a blip on the radar.
    | Jul. 7, 2013, 8:20 PM | 8 Comments
  • Jul. 7, 2013, 1:09 AM

    AT&T (T) and Chernin Group have reportedly submitted a joint offer to acquire Hulu from Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOX) and Comcast (CMCSA), although it's not clear if the previous suitors of the Internet video service made bids ahead of the deadline on Friday for binding proposals. Those suitors include DirecTV (DTV), Yahoo (YHOO), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and KKR (KKR). Chernin is led by Peter Chernin, who founded Hulu when he was a senior exec at News Corp. (Previous)

    | Jul. 7, 2013, 1:09 AM | 13 Comments
  • Jul. 5, 2013, 6:29 PM
    History repeats: Hulu's (DIS, CMCSA, NWS) old media owners are looking to place licensing restrictions in any deal with an acquirer, the WSJ reports. One source claims the owners want to place restrictions on 1 of their top 5 shows for a given season, and another in the 6-10 range. They also want a 30-day delay before shows are made available on Hulu's free service to cord-cutters, and to cap the length of content licensing deals for Hulu Plus to 2 years and free Hulu to 5 years. Naturally, the restrictions are said to be "a major factor" in how bidders such as DirecTV (DTV) have evaluated Hulu. Hulu's 2011 buyout talks collapsed in part due to squabbles over content deals. (earlier)
    | Jul. 5, 2013, 6:29 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 5, 2013, 12:14 PM
    Silver Lake will bow out of the bidding for Hulu, according to AllThingsD. Today marks the deadline for companies to submit bids to acquire the video service owned by Comcast (CMCSA +1.4%), 21st Century Fox (FOXA +2.1%), and Disney (DIS +0.1%), with DirecTV (DTV +1%) still considered the favorite.
    | Jul. 5, 2013, 12:14 PM
  • Jul. 3, 2013, 11:59 AM
    "Onerous demands" from Hulu owners News Corp. (NWSA -1.3%) and Disney (DIS +0.5%) could sabotage a potential sale of the online video service, according to industry watchers. Of the potential Hulu bidders, DirecTV (DTV +1.2%) might be in the best position due to its longstanding content agreements with the media companies.
    | Jul. 3, 2013, 11:59 AM
  • Jul. 3, 2013, 10:19 AM

    Movie studios continue to make up ground for a slow start to the year with June box office sales soaring to $1.25B to smash the previous record for the month. Disney (DIS +0.1%) and Lion's Gate (LGF +0.6%) have put up the most impressive numbers for the first half of the year, while Sony's (SNE -1.3%) studio has been a major disappointment. What to watch: A huge 4th of July weekend showdown features Disney's high-budget The Lone Ranger vs. Despicable Me 2 (CMCSA), with the resilient World War Z (VIAB) and Monsters University still big factors.

    | Jul. 3, 2013, 10:19 AM
  • Jul. 2, 2013, 3:10 PM

    Disney (DIS -1%) says it has acquired all the distribution rights that were held by Paramount Pictures (VIAB) for Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. The bit of housekeeping by Disney comes well in front of the Avengers sequel which is scheduled to be released in May of 2015.

    | Jul. 2, 2013, 3:10 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 2, 2013, 1:05 PM

    Univision continues to turn heads in the TV industry with ratings of its Despierta America morning show jumping 28% in a year. The Spanish-language network - which notably bumped NBC (CMCSA) down to 5th place during the Sweeps Week - is now seriously challenging ABC's (DIS) Good Morning America and NBC's Today for the younger audiences coveted by advertisers. Univision operates as a subsidiary of privately-held Broadcast Media Partners.

    | Jul. 2, 2013, 1:05 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 2, 2013, 10:53 AM
    Disney (DIS) could lose $100M on The Lone Ranger if holiday weekend sales are as weak as some estimates, according to Cowen & Co. The expensive film is having a tough time getting out of the gate with early reviews tipping toward the negative side amid tough competition from family movies Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University. (Reviews: The Hollywood Reporter says it "wobbles and thrashes all over the place" - while The New York Post calls it a "bloated, misshapen mess.")
    | Jul. 2, 2013, 10:53 AM | 14 Comments
  • Jul. 1, 2013, 4:22 PM

    Bob Iger will remain Disney's (DIS) chairman and CEO through June 30, 2016, per the terms of a new contract. Iger, who has withstood challenges to split the roles of chairman and CEO and criticism of his compensation, was previously set to step down as CEO on April 1, 2015, while remaining chairman for another year. (PR)

    | Jul. 1, 2013, 4:22 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 1, 2013, 9:21 AM
    ABC (DIS) is the first major broadcast network to offer a streaming version of its traditional broadcast with Watch ABC rolling out to many markets, including L.A. and New York. Working out online access for ABC involves Disney striking deals one at a time with cable operators. What to watch: Turner Broadcasting (TWX) and Fox (FOXA) are reported to have streaming services of their networks in the works.
    | Jul. 1, 2013, 9:21 AM
  • Jul. 1, 2013, 7:21 AM

    Box office report: Disney (DIS) movie Monsters University dominated the weekend box office as the Pixar movie took in $46.1M during the film's second weekend for U.S. audiences. Fox (FOXA) film The Heat took second place to surprise, while Sony's (SNE) summer of discontent continued with White House Down debuting with a disappointing with a $25.7M weekend. Time Warner's (TWX) Man of Steel lost more momentum with the field crowded, and could fall short of analyst estimates for summer box office sales.

    | Jul. 1, 2013, 7:21 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2013, 9:09 AM

    More on Hulu (DIS, NWS, CMCSA): Bidders (DTV) doing their due diligence on acquiring the company found a bit of a landmine as language in programming contracts with major networks prevents Hulu from airing new episodes for up to month. The development complicates the value of Hulu to several potential acquirers because they may have thought the required window was much shorter. (Previous: Hulu bidding heats up)

    | Jun. 28, 2013, 9:09 AM
  • Jun. 28, 2013, 9:01 AM
    Hulu (DIS, NWS, CMCSA) extends the deadline for the second round of bidding to acquire the company in order to give DirecTV (DTV) time to line up financing, according to The New York Post. DirecTV is expected to offer close to $1B for the streaming service in a move that may close out Yahoo and several P-E firms which are believed to have come in with low-ball offers.
    | Jun. 28, 2013, 9:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 24, 2013, 7:44 AM

    Disney (DIS) and Sony (SNE) are testing a fresh approach in South Korea by allowing consumers to rent movies on demand while they are still in their first run at theaters. The results of the initiative will be closely watched by U.S. theater operators (CKEC, CNK, RGC) which have been taking a firm stand on not running films without a guaranteed 90-day window before films hit home entertainment systems.

    | Jun. 24, 2013, 7:44 AM | 2 Comments
Company Description
Walt Disney Co together with its subsidiaries is a diversified entertainment company with operations in five business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive.