Disney (DIS) needs additional hit content for its Disney+ streaming platform. The streaming game is a scale game. Production houses that own their own streaming platform (Netflix, Disney, Comcast, Warner Bros. Discovery), need to ensure they have sufficient "hit" content to drive profitable streaming operations. Ideally those content producers want to achieve streaming profitability primarily … Continue reading Disney Should Acquire Warner Bros. Discovery
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Disney’s Next Deal
Disney CEO Bob Iger's end game for the house of mouse does not necessarily have to be a sale to Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN) or Google (GOOGL), nor does it have to be a merger of equals with someone such as Comcast (CMCSA, the leading candidate to acquire WWE). Batman to the rescue. An acquisition … Continue reading Disney’s Next Deal
Bob Iger’s Mission? Sell Disney.
I am not buying the talk that Bob Iger's mission is to identify his successor at Disney (DIS). A sale will most likely be Iger's final act as Disney CEO. Iger already whiffed once with his selection of Bob Chapek as his successor. Iger will not make the same mistake twice. Rather than name a … Continue reading Bob Iger’s Mission? Sell Disney.
Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO
It is hardly a surprise that Bob Iger is back as Disney (DIS) CEO. One of the first operational changes that former Disney (DIS), CEO Bob Chapek made was to put management layers between himself and Creative which was far from the optimal leadership structure for churning out consistently great content - a prerequisite for … Continue reading Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO
What’s Next For Netflix?
We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?
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?
Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term
A WarnerMedia sale is not likely to happen before Q4 2021. A WarnerMedia sale is likely to occur, but not before calendar Q4 2021. The WarnerMedia business unit is a significant drag on AT&T's (tkr: T) ability to invest in its core, capital intensive, distribution/data/fiber business. Disney (tkr: DIS) is the natural buyer. Apple (tkr: … Continue reading Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term
Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business
Disney's Parks business is preventing the "Content" side from realizing its full valuation potential. Look no further than Netflix as a proxy. Disney's (tkr: DIS), "Content" business is significant. "Parks" is large enough to stand on its own. A simple run rate calculation on Disney's December quarter "Content" Operating Income figure of $1.9 billion implies … Continue reading Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business
Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?
Disney CEO Bob Iger stepped down from his CEO post effective immediately and will remain Executive Chairman through December 2021. Bob Chapek has been named Chief Executive Officer. Our expectation was that Kevin Mayer - Chairman Direct-to-Consumer & International - would be named Mr. Iger's successor. Does this abrupt CEO change foreshadow a larger transaction? … Continue reading Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?
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