Category: Media & Entertainment

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEOs ought to operate their companies in such a manner that their integrity and work ethic may not be questioned. Take the example of Unity (ticker: U) CEO John Riccitiello who is named in this lawsuit. If the allegations are true, it speaks to horrible behavior on Mr. Riccitiello's part. Setting the allegations aside for … Continue reading CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Tickers mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) In May we wrote about Amazon potentially acquiring MGM. That deal was subsequently announced and will be reviewed by the FTC (per the WSJ) under new FTC Chair Lina Khan. We recently mentioned Ms. Khan as being tough on Big Tech. The FTC's … Continue reading Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Endeavor Should Spin-Off The UFC

Endeavor Should Spin-Off The UFC

Newly public Endeavor Group (tkr: EDR) is valued at $13 billion. The spin transaction that we recommend is of Endeavor's "Owned Sports Properties" or "OSP", segment which primarily consists of the UFC led by UFC co-founder and president Dana White. That segment grew March Q revenue by 22% Y-O-Y to $284 million (see table below) … Continue reading Endeavor Should Spin-Off The UFC

Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?

Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?

Based on the inbound traffic to our CEORater and TEK2day properties our best guess is that M&A due diligence is taking place for a deal between some combination of Fiserv (FISV), FIS Global (FIS) and Global Payments (GPN). The last time we saw this type of activity on our platform was in the several months … Continue reading Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?

Amazon & MGM? Bezos & Bond?

Amazon & MGM? Bezos & Bond?

Amazon has likely done the math and concluded that acquiring a proven film library (MGM owns the rights to the Bond franchise) has a superior risk reward as compared to building a content library from scratch. It remains to be seen how competitive such a prospective deal would be as Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger … Continue reading Amazon & MGM? Bezos & Bond?

AT&T Took Our Advice But It Does Not Solve The Scale Problem

AT&T Took Our Advice But It Does Not Solve The Scale Problem

Will Apple, Disney or Netflix pursue an acquisition of NewCo? Last year we wrote that AT&T should sell WarnerMedia. On Monday AT&T (tkr: T) led by John Stankey agreed to spin-off its WarnerMedia asset and to combine it with John Malone's Discovery (tkr: DISCA) in a new, publicly-traded company led by Discovery CEO David Zaslav. … Continue reading AT&T Took Our Advice But It Does Not Solve The Scale Problem

Federal Unemployment  Benefits Will Be Extended In September

Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

We doubled down on our bet that Federal unemployment benefits will be extended beyond September 6th after listening to Joe Biden tell us that the sky is not blue. The longer these enhanced Federal unemployment benefits remain in force the longer the Labor Participation Rate will remain below 2019 levels. This will continue to impact … Continue reading Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider

YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider

One of the tricks Google's YouTube unit leverages to drive operating margins is to store and playback premium video content purchased as "HD" content at some resolution less than High Definition (1080 resolution per YouTube's service level agreement qualifies as "HD"). When Google Support was contacted I was told that YouTube has identified a technical … Continue reading YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider