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Monday, April 8, 2019

Disney Investor Day Preview: Unanswered Questions About Disney+ by Andrew Wallenstein

As much as we already know about Disney+, there’s a lot we still don’t know. That’s about to change at an investor presentation on April 11, when Disney will give a demonstration of it…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey Won’t Seek Re-Election to Disney Board by Andrew Wallenstein

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be exiting the board of directors at Walt Disney Co., the company revealed in a regulatory filing Friday. When a new board is vo…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

What Disney Bought: A Billion-Dollar Breakdown of Assets by Andrew Wallenstein

Now that the megadeal is done and the smoke has cleared, there’s a price tag that can be put on each asset moving from Fox to Disney. Analyst estimates vary; the numbers below are deri…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fox Chief Peter Rice Ponders Media M&A With Disney Deal Looming by Andrew Wallenstein

Just because his company may be on the verge of a mega-merger doesn’t mean Peter Rice doesn’t have plenty to say about media M&A. The 21st Century Fox president and chairman/…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Disney Movies Anywhere Adds Fox, WB, Universal (Report) by Andrew Wallenstein

The industry divide between UltraViolet and Disney Movies Anywhere could be ending. But instead of merging cloud-based storage platforms, UltraViolet backers 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. a…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Analysis: For Disney, Altice Was Not Just Another Deal by Andrew Wallenstein

The prospect of TV channels going dark due to a standoff between a media conglomerate and an MVPD has become so commonplace in recent years that it barely registers anymore. And with less th…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Disney Digital Network Touts Synergies in New Structure by Andrew Wallenstein

Months after announcing that its Maker Studios division would no longer operate independently, Walt Disney Co. is putting those assets to good use inside its newly blended digital network. A…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Reveals ALS Diagnosis by Andrew Wallenstein

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the long-running hit Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has revealed that he has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS. Th…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Disney Folds Maker Studios Into Digital Division, Courtney Holt Steps Down (Exclusive) by Andrew Wallenstein

Disney has moved Maker Studios to its consumer products and interactive media division, and its top executive is shifting to a new role within the company, Variety has learned. Courtney Holt…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Barbra Streisand Slams Trump Repeatedly in Concert Tour Opener by Andrew Wallenstein

Barbra Streisand kicked off her first concert in three years Tuesday singing many of her greatest hits — and taking more than a few hits at Donald Trump. The 74-year-old chanteuse ripp…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Funny Or Die Cuts 37 Jobs, Shuts Down Silicon Valley Office (EXCLUSIVE) by Andrew Wallenstein

Funny Or Die has slashed 30% of its work force and shut down its office in San Mateo, Calif., the company announced Tuesday. Thirty-seven employees across various divisions of the comedy bra…

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Apple in Talks to Acquire Music Streaming Service Tidal (Report) by Andrew Wallenstein

Apple is in negotiations to acquire Tidal, the struggling streaming service owned by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, reported Wall Street Journal on Thursday. While talks may not result in a deal, inte…

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Variety to Publish Weekly TV and Film Fan Engagement Measurement Combining All Major Digital Platforms by Andrew Wallenstein

Committed to helping the entertainment industry understand how consumers are engaging with U.S. content, Variety will begin publishing a new measurement of  TV/film-related fan activity acr…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Disney Is Taking the Huge Risk of Buying Maker Studios by Andrew Wallenstein

By Disney standards, acquiring Maker Studios for less than $1 billion is chump change considering the eye-popping purchases the conglomerate has made over the years. But even when you consid…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Disney Launches Movie Streaming Service by Andrew Wallenstein

Walt Disney Studios is finally launching its long-awaited digital movie service, ending nearly three years of speculation as to whether Disney would join the six other major studios in suppo…

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Disney Plays It Cool With ‘Frozen’ Frenzy on YouTube by Andrew Wallenstein

Pity us parents during the winter flu season. As if the usual viruses perpetually afflicting our children this time of year weren’t bad enough, Walt Disney Co. has decided to inflict a who…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Endemol North America Taps Will Keenan to Lead New Digital Division by Andrew Wallenstein

One week after launching its new digital strategy, Endemol is putting the people in place to make it happen. Will Keenan has been hired as president of Endemol Beyond USA, the division charg…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

James Franco Gets His Own TV Series (EXCLUSIVE) by Andrew Wallenstein

Just when James Franco couldn’t seem to get any busier, he goes and tops himself. The prolific actor/writer/director/teacher and all-around polymath will star and executive produce an …

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