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Paramount looks to Disney model to recover after string of flops image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 12:13:26 PM
....With Star Trek Beyond failing to hit warp speed and Zoolander 2 and Ben-Hur bonafide box office bombs, Paramount racked up one of its biggest losses last year. The $455m (£365m) loss, the worst in the 12 years Paramount Pictures had been run by Brad Grey, prompted parent Viacom to make a change at the top and pledge to bring the studio behind Titanic, Braveheart and The Godfather back to its former glory. ...
Ferrari gives up F1 stake in exchange for Liberty Media stock image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 04:46:33 PM
....8m value on Ferrari’s options. Liberty’s F1 common stock is now listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker FWONK, and sits alongside Liberty’s other assets such as the Atlanta Braves baseball team, a 34% stake in the event promoter Live Nation and minority positions in the media giants Time Warner and Viacom. ...
Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Martin Sorrell and executives to reap $40m in F1 selloff image
....Liberty has little experience in sports management, with its main investment in this area being a stake in the Atlanta Braves baseball team. It also owns shares in event promoter Live Nation as well as media giants Time Warner and Viacom. ...
Trinity Mirror confirms talks with Richard Desmond's Express Group image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 09:26:23 PM
....5m after slashing staff and printing costs. Desmond has been thinning his media portfolio in recent years, selling Channel 5 to MTV’s owner, Viacom, for £463m in 2014. ...
Channel 5 reports first back-to-back year of profit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 03:42:12 PM
....The company also reported a healthy 19% rise in turnover to £383m, in the year to the end of September. The US pay-TV giant Viacom acquired Channel 5 from Express newspapers owner Richard Desmond for £463m in 2014. ...
Golden Globes firm bought by China film giant Dalian Wanda image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 4th of November 2016 05:58:31 AM
....Many suspect it is just a matter of time until he gets a big chunk of one of Hollywood's big six film studios. Earlier this year he got close to buying a 49% stake in Paramount Pictures from Viacom before the deal collapsed. ...
Viacom boss Philippe Dauman resigns following $72m settlement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 19th of August 2016 08:43:30 PM
. The chief executive officer of Viacom, Philippe Dauman, has resigned after a fraught, familial battle for control of the US media giant. ...
After the iPhone: Apple eyes Time Warner and TV for its next act image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of May 2016 04:49:58 PM
....And Time Warner represents an excellent investment for anyone who wants, and can afford, to take advantage of the rapidly changing media landscape. As declining viewership and cable subscriptions begin to take a toll on major media companies, players like Disney, Time Warner and Viacom are all dealing with varying degrees of shareholder concern about the future of their business models. ...
Viacom chief executive sues his boss Sumner Redstone over trust removal image
. The power struggle for control of media conglomerate Viacom escalated on Monday with the most trusted aide of the company’s chairman suing his boss, alleging he is being squeezed out of the business by the boss’s daughter. ...
Richard Desmond's firm in £25m loss after price cuts and digital investment image
....This was down on a pre-tax profit of £333. 7m in 2014, inflated by the sale of Channel 5 to MTV-owner Viacom for £463m. ...
Richard Desmond sells his adult TV channels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of April 2016 10:30:44 AM
....Desmond’s company, Northern & Shell, announced on Friday it had sold its adult broadcasting arm, Portland Television, in a management buyout worth less than £1m, 12 years after he sold his adult magazines. The deal also marks Desmond’s complete exit from the UK television industry following the sale of Channel 5 to Viacom for £463m in 2014. ...
Paramount stake up for sale by Viacom image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of February 2016 01:30:26 AM
. Viacom is planning to sell a "significant" minority stake in its film and television studio Paramount Pictures. ...
Viacom shares tumble on revenue miss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 05:06:16 PM
. Shares of Viacom - owner of Paramount Pictures movie studio - fell over 14% after the company announced a steep drop in quarterly revenue. ...
Sumner Redstone resigns as executive chairman of Viacom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:28:30 PM
....Media mogul Sumner Redstone relinquished control of his media empire on Thursday amid continuing rumors of his ill health. Redstone, 92, has given up his role as executive chairman of Viacom, the company announced. ...
Redstone steps down from CBS board image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 01:24:27 AM
....He will be replaced by CBS's president and chief executive Leslie Moonves. There is now speculation that Mr Redstone will also step down as chairman of Viacom, which owns MTV, Nickelodeon and other media assets. ...
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein takes 4% cut in compensation for 2015 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 10:07:37 PM
....CEO pay is increasingly under scrutiny as the market weaves back and forth between impressive rallies and losing streaks; anyone perceived as unable to steer the ship through rough waters is suspect. Sumner Redstone, executive chairman of Viacom, saw his pay reduced by 85% by the company in 2015 as a shareholder lawsuit sharply criticized the 92-year-old billionaire and claimed he was no longer able to run the company. ...
It will be a grand prize for its buyer – but where is the formula to put a value on Channel 4? image
.... Even without major changes to the broadcaster’s remit, that looks way below the mark. Its sales are more than double the figure reported by Channel 5 the year it was sold to Viacom for £450m. ...
Express owner Desmond accuses Trinity Mirror of 'smoke and mirror' tactics over deal image
.... . Mr Desmond, who first made a fortune in pornographic magazines before expanding into mainstream publishing and broadcasting, sold Channel 5 to Viacom last year for £450m. ...
Sumner Redstone, the Viacom and CBS mogul, is 'a living ghost', says law suit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 04:04:05 AM
. Sumner Redstone, the 92-year-old executive chairman of Viacom and CBS, is a “living ghost” and prone to uncontrollable crying fits, according to a lawsuit which questions his ability to run the media companies. ...
TV must push back against Apple and Netflix, says Discovery boss image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 05:34:53 PM
.... . The company, which is focused on basic pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasting, was in the running to acquire Channel 5 but lost out to Viacom. ...
Rise of online TV will rock ITV and Sky, warns Viacom chief image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of September 2015 08:09:01 PM
. The embattled chief executive of the Hollywood giant Viacom has warned British companies such as ITV and Sky that the same trends that have wiped billions of dollars from the Wall Street valuations of media companies will cross the Atlantic. ...
Man Group's China chair in talks with authorities over shares turmoil image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of September 2015 03:45:58 PM
.... Man Group bought GLG in 2010. Before working at GLG, Li was managing director of MTV Networks in China, and also worked as chief representative at the Chinese business of the US media company Viacom, which owns MTV. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Saturday 8th of August 2015 12:23:47 AM
....Earlier this week Disney boss Bob Iger flagged an expected decline in its television division, home to ABC and ESPN, as viewers moved towards online TV streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The warning sparked a sell-off in Disney, Viacom and other media stocks – one that reached British shores yesterday. ...
ITV shares knocked by weak earnings in US image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 7th of August 2015 05:24:39 PM
.... . ITV felt the effects of weak earnings reports from US media companies, which saw Viacom report lower-than-expected quarterly revenue on Thursday due to weakness in its cable business. ...
ITV shares hit by US media sell-off image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of August 2015 08:13:12 AM
....(Close): ITV shares fell as the impact of the sell-off in US media stocks was felt across the Atlantic. In the past couple of days, shares in US media giants Viacom and 21st Century Fox have tumbled on signs that their cable TV businesses are struggling. ...
How a Mickey Mouse sell-off of Disney is bad news for the BBC image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 6th of August 2015 05:50:03 PM
.... . Nobody was safe: 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, Discovery Communications, CBS, Charter Communications, AMC Networks and Viacom all took a largely indiscriminate beating that continued yesterday. ...
Disney shares plunge on profits fall image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of August 2015 08:06:25 PM
Channel 4 chief  prepares for privatisation battle image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of June 2015 06:00:05 PM
.... . It would be, Abraham says, the “end game” for consolidation of UK television, following deals such as the acquisition of All3Media by the cable mogul John Malone and Viacom’s takeover of Channel 5. ...
Disney to shoot new drama in George Osborne's constituency after he gives tax break to kids' TV image
....A fortnight later, Osborne announced a new tax break designed to encourage production companies to make live-action children’s shows in the UK. Arley Hall in Cheshire will be the setting for Evermoor Manor - as it was for last year's four-part mini-series (Disney) The tax credit, which amounts to a 25 per cent saving on 80 per cent of the UK production spend, is intended as an incentive for US children’s television powerhouses such as Disney and Viacom to make shows in Britain. ...
MTV parent Viacom pays off thousands of interns in $7.21m lawsuit image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 12th of March 2015 05:00:51 PM
. Viacom, the media company owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, has agreed to pay $7. ...
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Kid's TV and orchestras are to benefit from tax breaks to encourage UK creative industry image
. The Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact) said it would encourage investment from existing broadcasters such as Disney and Viacom, as well as from new players such as Netflix and Amazon. ...
UK corporate activity falls to lowest level on record image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of December 2014 03:27:45 PM
.... Foreign companies bought 19 British companies in the third quarter, matching a 25-year low set in the first three months of 2013. Recent deals of this kind included US media company Viacom’s acquisition of Channel 5 and the purchase of Italian restaurant chain Pizza Express by China’s Hony Capital from Gondola Holdings. ...
Market report: Mining rally boosts FTSE 100 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 13th of October 2014 05:51:13 PM
....2p. Viacom, which took ownership of Channel 5 last month, has backed a campaign by ITV and Channel 4 calling for the introduction of so-called retransmission fees, a move that “gives the story further momentum”, Liberum told clients. ...
Viacom chief ready to tune into growth on Channel 5 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 12th of October 2014 09:40:23 PM
. As the third owner of Channel 5 in four-and-a-half years, Philippe Dauman, the chief executive of Viacom, is first of all keen to steady the ship. ...
Channel 5 owner joins call for pay-TV bill image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 11th of October 2014 06:29:58 PM
. Viacom, the US media giant that took control of Channel 5 last month, has thrown its weight behind an ITV and Channel 4 campaign to extract total annual fees of more than £150m for access to their main channels from pay-TV operators such as BSkyB and Virgin Media. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of October 2014 01:56:12 PM
....The new American owner of Channel 5 has vowed to overtake Channel 4 in the ratings and claimed its bigger rival’s recent attack on US broadcasters buying up British TV firms was motivated by fear of “competition”. Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman told the Broadcasting Press Guild that his ambition to overhaul Channel 4 to become the second biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster in Britain was only “the first step”. ...
Channel 5 dividend payout in £69m for Northern & Shell image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of October 2014 12:30:25 AM
.... It means Mr Desmond’s Northern & Shell made a £433m profit in just four years of owning Channel 5. The media mogul bought Channel 5 for £99m from Luxembourg’s RTL, owner of X Factor production company Fremantle Media, in July 2010, and sold it for £463m to MTV owner Viacom in May 2014. ...
....Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets is a forthcoming four-parter from Channel 5 which is being billed as “the real-life Game of Thrones”. What’s more interesting about the show, hosted by historian Dan Jones, is that it is part-funded by advertisers and media agencies – the latest in a series of such deals cut by the broadcaster that Viacom recently acquired from Richard Desmond. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Sunday 14th of September 2014 11:44:34 PM
....Proposals to privatise Channel 4, drawn up by the Government earlier this year, were blocked by the Lib Dems. Tory-led Coalition departments such as the Treasury and Department of Culture, sought to capitalise on demand for TV assets from US groups Discovery, Viacom and Scripps. ...
Ministers blocked bid to privatise Channel 4 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of September 2014 07:36:00 PM
.... . It is understood that ministers sought to capitalise on demand for television assets from stock market investors and strategic buyers, such as the American media groups Discovery, Viacom and Scripps, which has pushed valuations up. ...
Channel 4 and BSkyB disappointed as C5 rules out ad deal image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of September 2014 07:01:25 PM
. Viacom, the new owner of Channel 5, has ruled out shutting down the station’s in-house advertising sales team in favour of outsourcing, in a move that is likely to disappoint BSkyB and Channel 4. ...
Vice Media valued at more than $2.5bn after $500m cash injection image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of September 2014 10:02:50 AM
....” . A+E, which is jointly owned by Disney and the magazine publisher Hearst, and TCV, which also made late-stage investments in Facebook and Netflix before they floated, join 21st Century Fox, the British advertising group WPP, the media merchant bank Raine group and former Viacom chief executive Tom Freston as minority shareholders in Vice. ...
City Diary: Channel 5 deal looks like a big bargain image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of August 2014 04:00:38 AM
. Eyebrows were raised in May when Viacom agreed to pay Richard Desmond £450m for Channel 5, even though the entrepreneur behind Northern & Shell (N&S) had been seeking £700m. ...
Do high valuations for Uber, Snapchat and BuzzFeed herald a new tech bubble? image
....And if Snapchat, the vanishing-picture service, could turn down a $3bn offer from Facebook in November 2013 (according to the Wall Street Journal) and was in talks last month with China's Alibaba over funding that could value it at $10bn, isn't that evidence of a bubble?. Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, defended BuzzFeed's funding as an example of a new-media company being built on an emerging technology – past examples include Time Inc, CBS and Viacom. ...
Buzzfeed got $50m in venture capital. What happens next? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of August 2014 03:32:04 PM
....So how should we take the news that Andreessen Horowitz, set up by two of the figures behind the Netscape browser – that “web thing” which helped put newspapers in the calamitous state they’re mostly in – is investing $50m in Buzzfeed, the online publisher?. Chris Dixon, one of the Andreessen Horowitz partners, is joining Buzzfeed’s board, and says in a blog post that “many of today’s great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies”, citing Time (colour printing), CBS (radio) and Viacom (cable TV). ...
BuzzFeed raises £30m to become a 'preeminent media company' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of August 2014 06:52:39 AM
.... Examples include Time Inc. which was built on color printing, CBS which was built on radio, and Viacom which was built on cable TV,” he wrote. ...
Thirst for control of hit shows puts ITV in prime takeover territory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:05:39 PM
.... Following the acquisition of a controlling stake in Eurosport, a move which some observers believe could be a precursor for joining the next Premier League TV rights auction later this year, Discovery made a move on Channel 5. The company, which runs a hybrid model of free and pay channels across its European operations, lost out to MTV's owner, Viacom, which paid a pricey £450m to buy the broadcaster from Richard Desmond. ...
Who else could bid for Time Warner after Rupert Murdoch walked away? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 7th of August 2014 05:30:42 PM
.... The online retail goliath has been aggressively pushing into the delivery of content. It has cut deals with CBS, Viacom and other top producers and opened Amazon Studios, which takes online submissions from creators and turns them into comics, movies and television shows projects. ...
ITV plays down John Malone drama as its profits jump 40 per cent to £250m image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of July 2014 11:48:36 PM
....Liberty, owned by the US mogul John Malone, has ruled out a bid in the short term. But analysts at Investec believe a takeover of ITV is “on the agenda” amid a frenzy of deals, with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox bidding for Time Warner and merging all Sky’s European assets, while MTV owner Viacom is buying Channel 5. ...
Fox, Time Warner, and Rupert Murdoch's last game of thrones image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of July 2014 11:05:55 PM
....But even if he pulls it off, will this be a deal to really ensure his legacy? There's a reason media moguls aren't what they used to be – the companies they run are less powerful too. Disney, Fox, Time Warner, Viacom – are all big businesses, but Google and Apple are each worth more than the combined market values of the media firms. ...
City awaits ITV takeover bid as Liberty Global takes £481m stake image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 18th of July 2014 12:44:34 AM
....”. American companies are eyeing UK media assets, with the MTV owner Viacom buying ITV’s British rival Channel 5 for £450m earlier this year. ...
Rupert Murdochs Time Warner bid: media giants bulk up for digital battle image
....US firms such as Discovery have also targeted growth in international markets, particularly the UK. Discovery came close to buying Channel 5 – MTV owner Viacom trumped it in a £450m deal – and has previously looked at deals including UKTV, owner of channels including Gold and Dave. ...
Virgin Media owner Liberty Global says no plans for ITV takeover bid after acquiring BSkyB shares image
.... The market is consolidating as companies seek global scale. America’s Viacom, owner of MTV, bought Channel 5 earlier this year. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 11th of July 2014 07:10:24 PM
.... Benefits Street and Gogglebox aside, the broadcaster must work harder to demonstrate its unique difference, how it keeps the BBC honest, and why it shouldn’t be tampered with. Its defenders say that with the American broadcaster Viacom snapping up Channel 5, a sell-off of Channel 4, with the risk of it falling into overseas hands, would be a catastrophe for Britain’s cultural landscape. ...
Mainstream tries to get a grip on Vice image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of June 2014 11:00:00 PM
....Mr Murdoch's 21st Century Fox bought a 5 per cent stake in Vice last year for roughly $70m and Murdoch's son James sits on the Vice board. Other shareholders include Sir Martin Sorrell's advertising and marketing giant WPP; Tom Freston, the former chief executive of Viacom; and Raine, an investment bank that has the backing of big investors in entertainment and technology. ...
Could Britain get more bang for its public service broadcasting billions? image
.... Ofcom is to examine if it has the muscle to compete with larger global media operators, while also expressing concern about the "compelling alternatives" online companies pose in luring away its highly sought-after youth audience. In reality the competition question is partly code for assessing the impact of Channel 5, now owned by US giant Viacom, which promises a complete overhaul of its programming. ...
Skins and Hollyoaks producer sold for £550m image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 8th of May 2014 02:42:57 PM
.... ITV spends $800m on Real Housewives maker . Viacom pledges higher quality on Channel 5 . ...
Richard Desmond in the money with sale of Channel 5 image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 2nd of May 2014 11:43:06 AM
. The media mogul Richard Desmond was last night celebrating as he more than quadrupled his money by selling Channel 5 to America’s Viacom for £450m – less than four years after buying it. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 2nd of May 2014 12:08:36 AM
....ITV was boosted by two thumbs-up from Liberum yesterday. The broker thinks Viacom’s plan to buy Channel 5 is unlikely to pose a challenge. ...
Viacom pledges higher quality on Channel 5 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 1st of May 2014 05:05:27 PM
. The American media giant Viacom has pledged to increase investment in quality programming on Channel 5 after buying the station from Northern & Shell for £450m. ...
Viacom to buy Channel 5 for £450m image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of May 2014 11:54:06 AM
. US media group Viacom has agreed to buy the UK's Channel 5 for £450m, it has been announced. ...
Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5 to Viacom image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of April 2014 11:02:53 PM
. Richard Desmond is set to sell Channel 5 to Viacom for up to £450m as the US broadcaster gears up for an assault on the UK’s free-to-air television market. ...
Bids for Channel 5 expected to be less than half £700m asking price image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of April 2014 05:03:02 PM
.... The deadline for binding final bids set by Barclays, which is handling the auction, is April 14. Only two American prospective owners, Discovery, the factual media group part-owned by John Malone, and Viacom, the conglomerate behind MTV and controlled by Sumner Redstone, are believed to remain involved. ...

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