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  • Jul. 12, 2013, 1:26 PM
    Hulu's old media owners (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have decided not to sell the company, or even a stake in it, and will instead provide a $750M cash infusion while maintaining their current equity positions. Reported demands for a slew of streaming/licensing restrictions likely helped scuttle buyout/investment talks with the likes of DirecTV (DTV), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and AT&T/Chermin (T), much as they helped scuttle 2011 talks. Netflix (NFLX +4.4%) is probably pleased. (previous)
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  • Jul. 9, 2013, 3:31 AM
    Hulu has reportedly received acquisition offers from DirecTV (DTV) and a consortium comprising Guggenheim Digital Media and private-equity firm KKR (KKR), as well as from a group made up of AT&T (T) and Chernin. Time Warner Cable (TWC) offered to acquire a stake and become an investor alongside Hulu's owners, 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA). There's no word on bid amounts, although DirecTV has offered over $1B in the past.
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Jun. 13, 2013, 12:02 PM
    A deal which will see DirecTV (DTV +0.1%) purchase Hulu (CMCSA, DIS, NWS) by the end of the month is imminent, sources tell PandoDaily. The acquisition would fill a large void in DirecTV's offerings which would be difficult to build from ground up and also allow it to play some defense against Hulu falling into a rival's hands.
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  • Jun. 6, 2013, 11:13 AM
    AT&T (T) has reportedly joined the ranks of companies weighing bids for Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS): sources tell Kara Swisher Ma Bell is in talks with a company run by former News Corp. COO Peter Chermin to make a joint offer for the online video site. But before investors start mulling the potential U-verse and mobile implications, it should be noted Yahoo, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Guggenheim Partners have also been named as interested parties in recent weeks. (previous)
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  • Jun. 2, 2013, 2:53 AM
    Satellite operator DirecTV (DTV) and two other unidentified suitors have reportedly bid over $1B each to acquire Hulu. The owners of the online video service, which are News Corp (NWS), Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA), have received seven offers for the company, and intend to cut the shortlist down over the next few weeks. Previous reports have said that other bidders include Yahoo (YHOO), KKR (KKR) and Time Warner Cable (TWC).
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  • May 17, 2013, 4:11 PM
    DirecTV (DTV) has joined the ranks of companies weighing a bid for Hulu (DIS, NWS, CMCSA), with an eye towards expanding its arsenal of TV Everywhere content, the WSJ reports. The scoop shortly follows a report Time Warner Cable and other MSOs are talking about a possible bid.
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  • May 7, 2013, 9:19 PM
    Marissa Mayer (YHOO) held a preliminary talk with Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS) execs about a bid for the video site, "numerous sources" tell Kara Swisher. Amazon (AMZN), Guggenheim Partners, and ex-News Corp. COO Peter Chermin (previous) are also said to be weighing bids. Yahoo was one of the companies offering to buy Hulu back in 2011, and with the French government having thwarted its Dailymotion bid, Hulu and its 4M+ premium subs might not be a bad backup plan. But much likely depends on the content rights Hulu's risk-averse old media owners are willing to give.
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  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:24 AM
    Chewbacca meets the Incredible Hulk: Disney's (DIS) deal to snap up the Star Wars franchise for a cool $4.05B has the entertainment industry buzzing and analysts chatty. Barclays says the company will monetize the property and roll it through the Disney ecosystem, while both JPMorgan and Wells Fargo call the purchase positive for future earnings. By all accounts, the relationship between 2%-Disney owner George Lucas and the House of Mouse will remain positive with Lucas adding creative input, but not calling the shots on scripts. DIS +2.5% premarket.
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  • Oct. 30, 2012, 5:34 PM
    Mentioned during the Disney-Lucasfilm call: Disney (DIS) is (naturally) looking for ways to further profit from Star Wars merchandising and other non-film opportunities. There are some restrictions on what Disney can do in terms of "exploiting" Star Wars characters, but not as many as there were for the Marvel deal. Disney thinks 3D will allow the upcoming movies to gross more than the prequel. No value was assigned to Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones rights due to existing ties with Paramount. (live blog)
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  • Oct. 30, 2012, 4:04 PM
    Disney (DIS) announces it will buy Lucasfilm in a transaction valued at $4.05B. The company will pay half of the purchase price in cash and issue close to 40M shares at the closing to account for the rest.
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  • Oct. 14, 2012, 6:10 AM
    Providence Equity Partners has reportedly sold its 10% holding in Hulu back to the online video service for $200M in a transaction that values the company at $2B. Hulu is taking a loan to fund the acquisition, which leaves News Corp. (NWS), Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS) as the remaining owners. Separately, Hulu's CEO is poised to receive $40M.
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  • Jun. 6, 2012, 6:35 AM
    News Corp. (NWSA) buys out Disney's (DIS) stake in Asian joint venture ESPN Star Sports for an undisclosed amount - a move which will undoubtedly lead to a new name for the Asian sports network. Disney plans to use other branded ESPN networks it operates to air sports in Asia.
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  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:28 PM
    Meredith Corp. (MDP -2%) deepens its foray into the women-focused media space by acquiring FamilyFun magazine and related assets from Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) publishing arm for an undisclosed sum. The magazine, which has an audience of about 6M, targets mothers with children ages 3 to 12 and focuses on family activities, such as cooking, crafts and travel.
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  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:05 AM
    Disney (DIS) is acquiring Babble Media, a "leading online parenting platform featuring more than 200 mom bloggers," and plans to integrate Babble's blogs with its existing family-focused content. A BI source claims Disney paid $40M-$45M for Babble.
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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.