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AFTRA, SAG TO BEGIN MERGER TALKS

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Merger committees of the two principal actors unions, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, plan to meet together for the first time in Washington over the weekend of June 17-19, according to trade reports on Thursday. SAG and AFTRA later confirmed that the meeting is scheduled to take […]

AOL ACQUIRES HUFFINGTON POST

February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was barely a shadow of the deal that AOL founder Steve Case made in 2000 when AOL acquired Time Warner for $164 billion, but the Internet company, now divorced from Time Warner, is back on the acquisition path. In a surprise announcement today (Monday) AOL said that it had agreed to buy the HuffingtonPost.com […]

AFTRA-SAG MERGER MOVES CLOSER

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One day after the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) authorized the union’s leaders to continue working with their counterparts at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to create a merged union, SAG’s board voted on Sunday to allocate up to $70,000 in additional funds to help cover the costs of […]

FCC CHAIRMAN TO VOTE FOR COMCAST-NBC MERGER — IF…

December 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Thursday that he is likely to vote in favor of Comcast Corp.’s proposed merger with NBC Universal provided that it agrees to a package of conditions. In particular, Genachowski insists that Comcast not be allowed to prevent the online availability of NBC and Comcast-produced programs. For example, one of Genachowski’s […]

NBC-COMCAST MERGER DEAL EXTENDED TO MARCH

December 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although NBC Universal and Comcast executives have repeatedly insisted that they expect a merger of the two companies to be completed by the end of this month or in early January at the latest, they said in an SEC filing on Friday that they have extended their agreement to March 3. The extension comes as […]

ICAHN A LION TAMER?

November 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Activist investor Carl Icahn may be turning out to be a more influential figure in the resurrection of MGM than earlier reports had indicated. According to today’s (Thursday) New York Post, besides securing for himself a seat on the MGM board (which had been widely reported), Icahn succeeded in obtaining an agreement from MGM’s debtholders […]

COMCAST SEES 275,000 SUBSCRIBERS FLEE

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, laid out an array of reasons Wednesday for a third-quarter, 8.2-percent plunge in earnings. First of all there were all of the legal and administrative costs associated with its efforts to merge with NBC Universal. Then there was a drop in fees paid by subscribers for pay-TV programming as […]

NBC PROMISES NOT TO MOVE SUPER BOWL TO PAY-TV

August 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As federal regulators consider the possible antitrust implications of the NBC Universal-Comcast merger, NBC is assuring them that it will not move the Super Bowl and other major sports events from broadcast to cable TV if the merger is approved, MediaPost.com reported Thursday. The website said that it had obtained a summary of an August […]

FCC DELAYS DECISION ON NBC-COMCAST MERGER

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For a second time, the Federal Communications Commission has stopped the 180-day “clock” that limits its review of the Comcast-NBC merger. The commission said on Thursday that neither Comcast nor NBC had used the correct electronic format in responding to requests for additional information. Several legal experts noted, however, that the FCC’s decision did not […]

GOVERNORS OF THREE STATES BACK COMCAST-NBC MERGER

May 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After receiving mostly negative comments about the proposed $30-billion merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, the FCC today (Tuesday) received a letter from the governors of New York, California and Pennsylvania expressing support for the deal, which would give Comcast a 51-percent controlling interest in the merged company. NBC Universal is headquartered in New York […]

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