21st Century Fox

Gina Reitenauer, Erika Lipinski, Dwayne Ellmore


Adress/ Contact Info:

1211 6TH AVE.

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 852-7000

Key Executives:

James Murdoch Co-Chief Operating Officer

James Murdoch- CEO


Murdoch has been with the Fox corporation for over 20 years, over these years, he has held a variety of different leadership positions in the company.  He was appointed as the CEO in 2015.


Lachlan Murdoch- Executive Chairman




L. Murdoch has been in the communications industry for over twenty years.  Some of his past leadership positions for the company include: Board of Directors member, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, and Co-Chairman of the corporation.


Rupert Murdoch- Executive Chairman


R. Murdoch has served as both the CEO and Chairman of the company, a role that he had since 1979 when the corporation was known as “News Corporation” . R. Murdoch was appointed to his current position as Executive Chairman of the company on July 1st, 2015.


Reed Nolte- Executive Vice President of Investor Relations


Before becoming an executive at 21st Century Fox, Mr. Note held a variety of different financial positions at communications companies.  Most notably, he was the Assistant Treasurer at Paramount Communications.  Additionally, Mr. Nolte was previously the Vice President of Investor Relations at Viacom.



Julie Henderson- Chief Communications Officer


Ms. Henderson is the Chief Spokesperson for the company.  Her previous experience in Public Relations and the communications field extensive; she has worked as the Senior Vice President of MPRM Public Relations and also Fox Interactive Media.  Ms. Henderson has been apart of the 21st century fox team since 2012 when she took her current position.


John Nallen- Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer



John Nallen assumed his current role at 21st century fox in July of 2013.  Mr. Nallen originally joined the “News Corporation” back in 1995 after working at Arthur Andersen as a partner.


Brief Overview:

Twenty-First Century Fox is one of the largest mass media conglomerates in the world. The four major segments of this company include cable network programming, television, filmed entertainment, and direct broadcast satellite television. Twenty-First Century Fox is parent organization to many subsidiaries. For instance, Fox Entertainment Group is a subsidiary of which are many of Fox’s well-known divisions, such as FOX News Channel, Twentieth Century Fox Film, and Fox Network Group. Going even further, Fox Network Group is the parent of many other subsidiaries as well, one of them being Fox Broadcasting Company. [3]

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FOX Broadcasting Company, like other traditional television outlets, is experiencing declining viewership. This is partly due to the fact that media consumers are embracing newer digital platforms, which leads broadcasting networks like FOX to be dependent on the news and coverage of national and international events, such as the 2016 Summer Olympics, the 2016 Election, and general sports coverage. For instance, FOX is hopeful that its coverage of the Super Bowl in 2017 will boost ratings as it did in the past. [5]


Stock Price:

The stock of the 21st century corporation, has not changed much since the beginning of the year through the current fourth quarter of stock trading. The peak point of the stock price in 2016 was on April 25th, 2016 at $31.06. The lowest point of the stock price was on September 9th, 2016 when the stock price was $23.57.  Since this low point, the stock has only rebounded to the point where it is as of Mid-November (Nov 15th, 2016) at $27.45. [6]



For the fiscal year 2015, the revenue for 21st Century Fox was $28.99 billion dollars and the the revenue for the 2016 fiscal year was $27.33 billion. In Quarter 4 of 2016, the company beat expert’s estimates coming in at $6.65 billion.  This marked at 7% increase over the prior year’s Quarter 4 results. [7] As of 2016, 21st Century Fox is the 4th highest grossing media company in the world, only behind Alphabet, The Walt Disney Company, and Comcast. [8]

Current Projects/ Recent Releases:

Some Fox films in theaters now include: Trolls, Keeping Up with the Jones, and the recent release Rules Don’t Apply.

Rules Don’t Apply

Rules Don’t Apply was released by Twenty-First Century Fox on November 23rd, 2016, two days prior to Thanksgiving. There are many Thanksgiving releases this week from competing studios such as: Moana from Walt Disney Studios and Bad Santa 2 from Broad Green Pictures. We’ll see how Rules Don’t Apply performs in comparison to the films from other studios. Their last release, Trolls, was expected to gross 35 to 40 million, yet ended up grossing $45.6 million in its first week. [9]

Assassins Creed


Assassins Creed is based on the video game franchise and will hit theaters on December 21st, 2016. Several sources in the trade say that Assassins Creed won’t make money. The movie budget has not been released yet, but it is estimated to be between $100-200 million.[11] With a movie budget that high it could be hard to break even.

Listed in the image below are future releases to look out for:

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What’s happening/ News: 

On July 26th, 2016 former Fox CEO and Chairman, Robert Ailes, resigned from his position. Ailes was replaced by successor Rupert Murdoch. [13] The scandal broke out when Gretchen Carlson, an ex Fox News Anchor, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Carlson won the case and received a settlement of $20 million from Fox. Afterward, dozens of other female workers at Fox came forward also accusing him of sexual harassment. Megyn Kelley, a Fox News Journalist, writes about her experience of sexual harassment from Robert Ailes in her new book Settle For More released on November 15th, 2016. When corporate leaders are misogynistic and abuse their power, it shows a lot about the culture of the studio. The scandal has caused public-relation issues for Fox. Hopefully Murdoch assuming this position of power will end favorably. 

On another note, on Election Day 2016, FOX News debuted a new studio in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary. The studio cost $30 million. [15]

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However, despite the new glitzy studio, FOX was still outnumbered by its opponents in the news sector of election coverage ratings; FOX News averaged 3.25 million viewers, putting it in fourth place behind NBC, ABC and CBS consecutively. [17]

However, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, the co-presidents of FOX News Channel, are both certain the new studio will lead to success. After gathering colleagues in the new studio, Abernethy assured them: “Our records show that about a little over 190 people have been here from the very beginning, continuously,” Jack said. “Most of you, like me, have been here for only a portion of that time. As I get reacquainted with folks, I find tremendous amount of pride in what we do here – I can assure you that Bill and I are going to do our very best to innovate.” [18]

Future Outlook: 

An article written for Forbes suggests that three factors will spur growth for 21st Century Fox. These factors are:

  1. Increasing advertising revenue due to premium content
    • Because more than half of 21st Century Fox’s revenue comes from subscriptions and advertising, and based on recent success in ratings, it is likely that both consumers and advertisers alike will be drawn to the content. An example of a movie that indicates the recent success of the company’s content is Deadpool,
  2. The ability to stream media
    • With a 30% stake in Hulu, the company can compete with other media-streaming powerhouses like Netflix. With the addition of live streaming television on Hulu next year, FOX can expect a boost in revenue. Fox is also hoping to make streaming arrangements with Sony and Sling TV.
  3. Entertainment production (both film and television)
    • With an expected increase from  $2.3 billion within the next year in terms of licensing revenues, and 20% of Fox’s value grounded in the production of film and television series, Fox is expecting growth and loyalty from distributors as new distribution platforms continue to emerge. [19]


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[4] “Businesses.” Businesses | 21st Century Fox. Accessed November 16, 2016. https://www.21cf.com/businesses.

[5] Great Speculations. “Fox’s Broadcasting Revenue Growth Is Largely Dependent On Its Sports Programming.” Forbes. February 9, 2016. Accessed November 16, 2016. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/02/09/foxs-broadcasting-revenue-growth-is-largely-dependent-on-its-sports-programming/#65c1dd6269b3.

[6] “21st Century Fox Inc. Cl A.” FOXA Stock Quote – 21st Century Fox Inc. Cl A Stock Price Today (FOXA:NASDAQ) – MarketWatch. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/foxa.

[7] Statista. “Revenue Generated by 21st Century Fox in the Fiscal Years 2011-2016. Accessed November 27th, 2016. https://www.statista.com/statistics/262513/21st-century-foxs-annual-revenue/

[8] O’Reilly, Lara. “The 30 Biggest Media Companies in the World.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 31 May 2016. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-30-biggest-media-owners-in-the-world-2016-5/#4-21st-century-fox–1867-billion-in-media-revenue-27.

[9] “‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Roundtable with Warren Beatty and Key Crew.” IndieWire. N.p., 27 Nov. 2016. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://www.indiewire.com/2016/11/rules-dont-apply-warren-beatty-crew-roundtable-interview-1201749928/.

[10] Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods and Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich and James Vanderbilt. “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Independence Day: Resurgence | 20th Century Fox. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/independence-day-resurgence.

[11] “Ubisoft Doesn’t Think Assassin’s Creed Movie Will Be Very Profitable.” Screen Rant. N.p., 08 July 2016. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://screenrant.com/assassins-creed-movie-ubisoft-box-office-predictions/.

[12] “20th Century Fox Upcoming Releases.” 20th Century Fox Upcoming Releases. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/studio/chart/?view2=upcoming&view=company&studio=fox.htm.

[13] 21 CF Staff. “Roger Ailes Resigns as Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and Chairman Fox Television Stations”. 21st Century Fox Press Releases. July 21, 2016. Accessed November 22, 2016. https://www.21cf.com/news/21st-century-fox/2016/roger-ailes-resigns-chairman-and-ceo-fox-news-channel

[14] Grynbaum, Michael.ox Settles With Gretchen Carlson Over Roger Ailes Sex Harassment Claimshttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/business/media/fox-news-roger-ailes-gretchen-carlson-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-settlement.html

[15] 21 CF Staff. “FOX News Channel Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary by Introducing a New State-of-the-art Studio to Debut on Election Day.” FOX News Channel Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary by Introducing a New State-of-the-art Studio to Debut on Election Day | 21CF BLOG. October 7, 2016. Accessed November 16, 2016. https://blog.21cf.com/blog/2016/10/07/fox-news-channel-celebrates-20th-anniversary-new-studio.

[16] “Fox News Unveils Nearly $30 Million Election-Night Studio.” AdWeek. November 6, 2016. Accessed November 16, 2016. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/fox-news-unveils-nearly-30-million-election-night-studio-174405

[17] “Election Night Broadcast Numbers down a Bit from 2012: Tuesday Final Ratings.” TV By The Numbers by Zap2it.com. November 10, 2016. Accessed November 16, 2016. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/tuesday-final-ratings-nov-8-2016/.

[18]”Fox News Unveils Nearly $30 Million Election-Night Studio.” AdWeek. November 6, 2016. Accessed November 16, 2016. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/fox-news-unveils-nearly-30-million-election-night-studio-174405

[19] Forbes. “These Three Factors Could Drive Growth For 21st Century Fox In Future”. September 27, 2016. Accessed November 28, 2016. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/09/27/these-three-factors-could-drive-growth-for-21st-century-fox-in-future/#56b0884d30ae.




Youtube Logo

Youtube Logo [1]

The Founders

Co-Founder: Chad Hurley [8]

Co-Founder: Chad Hurley [8]

Co-Founder: Steve Chen

Co-Founder: Steve Chen [9]

Co-Founder: Jawed Karim

Co-Founder: Jawed Karim [10]

Current Key Executives

Susan Wojcicki

YouTube CEO: Susan Wojciki [2]

YouTube Chief Business Officer: Robert Kyncl [3]

YouTube Overview & History

Google Acquired YouTube in late 2006 [7]

YouTube is a worldwide video sharing company, which was launched in April 14, 2005 by three former PayPal employees [4].  Soon after their launch, Google purchased the company for $1.65 billion, making it the most expensive acquisition for Google at that time [5].  YouTube now operates as a subsidiary of Google.  Since it’s launch, YouTube popularity has skyrocketed, serving as the premier destination to post videos, and creating a network of channels with a significantly easier barrier of entry compared to more established mediums.  Youtube has positioned itself as a significant competitor to traditional media, with the coveted 18-49 year-old market accessing YouTube’s mobile site than any cable television network [6].  Many established networks and personalities now use YouTube as an extension to reach a much wider audience, such as  The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  With YouTube’s massive popularity, especially with the younger demographic, much of the company’s recent actions focus on profiting on their large user base.


Google's Stock plummeted after its Q1 Earnings Report [14]

Google’s Stock plummeted after its Q1 Earnings Report in mid April [14]

While Google is a publicly traded company, it is unclear what effect YouTube has on their stocks.  Google has never released the earnings of YouTube and many have speculated that the web service has focused on building a strong user base rather than creating a profit [11].  Despite YouTube announcing it’s paid subscription plan, YouTube Red, a vast majority of YouTube’s revenue comes from advertisements, taking 45% of profits from every video allowing ads [12].  However, within the past few months, Google’s stock (now known as Alphabet, but still retaining the GOOG stock market tag) has fluctuated wildly especially with the April release of their First Quarter 2016 results, reporting a disappointing net income of $5.25 billion [13].  These earnings were more than $310 million less than average expectations, causing nearly a 5% drop in stock within 24 hours of the earnings release.  Much of this can be attributed to spending that increased nearly 27%, focusing on improving YouTube’s servers and content acquisition for YouTube Red that was released in February 2016 [14].  While these numbers might be disappointing, the company seems to be doubling-down on its approach to attract viewers now, and worry about profits later, and it does seem unlikely that this will have a lasting effect on Google’s entire stock.

YouTube Red

YouTube Red, announced in late 2015, was the company’s attempt to launch into the paid subscription market.  For $9.99/month users are able to view videos without advertisements, download videos, receive a free subscription to Google Music, and gain exclusive content [15].  While there was some controversy, YouTube released the first round of their exclusive content, to very mixed results, in February 10, 2016.

A Trip To Unicorn Island

Lilly Singh stars in YouTube’s first documentary [31]

YouTube Red’s first documentary, A Trip to Unicorn Island focuses on YouTube star Lily Singh and is produced by Astronauts Wanted.  The piece focuses on Singh, holder of the YouTube account ||SuperWoman|| with more than 8 million subscribers, during her first worldwide tour [16].  The documentary is clearly targeted at her tween fanbase as she delves into her struggle with depression and preaches self-acceptance.  However, mainstream media has given the piece little to no attention and currently holds a 4.2 rating on IMDb [17].

Dance Camp

Taking from the success of made-for-tv Disney films such as High School Musical, Dance Camp is a teen musical featuring songs created by YouTubers themselves [18].  Similarly to A Trip to Unicorn Island, YouTube’s first foray into the musical world has received essentially no professional press, as has user reviews hovering around 3.5 [19].

Scare PewDiePie

Scare PewDiePie features YouTube’s most subscribed user [32]

This web series centers the most subscribed YouTuber, Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known as PewDiePie, as he navigates different sets inspired off popular horror video games.  The show format mimics what made his channel so popular; commentating and screaming the more terrified he becomes.  His name popularity seems to have garnered some of the most press as well, with episode seven offered to the public for free amassing nearly 24 million views [20].

Lazer Team

Lazer Team, created by Rooster Teeth, is the most traditional offering in YouTube Red’s launch. [33]

The most “traditional” offering of YouTube Red is Rooster Teeth‘s Lazer Team, which prior to appearing on Red’s lineup received an actual theatrical release in late January [21]. The film created notoriety in the Summer of 2014 when it received nearly $2.5 million in a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo [22].  The internet company Rooster Teeth has had a very close relationship with YouTube over the company’s life cycle, so it isn’t surprising that the sci-fi movie was brought to YouTube instead of a more traditional physical DVD release.  The movie also brings some credibility to the subscription service, since it is the only content to receive enough professional reviews to warrant a Metacritic score, receiving “mixed or average reviews” with a 42% [23].

The Future

While YouTube Red’s offerings have received very mixed critical reception, the company has plans to release much more content within 2016.  This new content seems to branch out into new demographics, while still maintaining headlining YouTube stars such as Bad Internet written by College Humor and reality show Prank Academy starring PrankVsPrank, which was just began releasing episodes in April [24].  Much of this content targets YouTube’s very young demographic, and while it might attract viewers, it still remains to be seen if they have the capital to spend $10 every month for YouTube Red, especially when Netflix and Hulu‘s offerings seem to be much more well-received.

Live and 360 Video

YouTube Gaming was launched to directly combat video game live-streaming from Twitch.tv [34]

Despite the fact that YouTube has had a chokehold in streaming archived video, the company has fallen behind in the live-streaming market.  Streaming services such as Twitch, Periscope, and even Facebook Live might not necessarily have the numbers that YouTube does, but it has left YouTube with a significantly smaller portion of that market.  To combat this, YouTube released YouTube Gaming in August 2015 to combat Twitch, and continues to expand into the live video world [25].  According to a report by VentureBeat, Google might soon be entering the mobile market as well with an app called YouTube Connect, which would directly combat the popularity of Periscope [26].  YouTube was also the host of the first live-streamed event in the 2016 election cycle, with stars interviewing candidates live onto the website [27].

On April 18, YouTube also announced that it would combine live streaming with some of its newest technology: 360 degree video [28].  The company also announced that it would immediately begin to introduce spatial sound recognition into it’s 360 video, creating a more immersive sound experience.  The effect of this announcement was released to the public during Coachella 2016, where artists such as Matt & Kim and Open the Gates was live-streamed to the public with 360 degree video [29].

As the cost of producing 360 degree-quality videos has reduced in price, YouTube has put capable cameras in all of their creative studios, allowing use for all YouTube content creators [30]. While the effects of this announcement are already being felt, this could also have massive implications for the virtual reality world, where live-streaming has never been compatible with the new technology, but now could be when paired with Google’s own Google Cardboard VR device.

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Relativity Media

by Noah Mintz

Relativity Media Logo [1]

9242 Beverly Blvd #300, Beverly Hills, CA


Founded in 2004 by venture-capitalist and movie enthusiast, Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media has and continues to produce, distribute, and structure financing for more than 200 films through their Relativity Studios division. These films have successfully accumulated more than $17 billion of revenue in the worldwide box office and generated over 60 Academy Award nominations [2]. Upon its inception, Relativity Media was widely praised for reimagining the Hollywood landscape in their buying of “textured, mid-budget films… To bankers, Kavanaugh appeared to have cracked the code, having come up with a way to forecast a famously unpredictable business by replacing the vagaries of intuition with the certainties of math” [3].


RYAN KAVANAUGH, Chief Executive Officer [4]

RAMON WILSON, Interim President [4]

CAROL GENIS, Managing Director [4]


After six years of financing and distributing high-profile films for major film studios like Sony Pictures Entertainment and Universal Pictures, Relativity Media began making and distributing their own movies in 2010 with their first original film, Season of The Witch (2010). Many industry professionals predicted the company’s downfall after witnessing Kavanaugh’s proven history of financial irresponsibility [5]. Yet Relativity persevered, dealing out successful high-grossing films like Immortals (2011 – $83.5 million), Limitless (2011 – $79.3 million), and Safe Haven (2013 – $71.3 million) [6]. Ryan Kavanaugh’s algorithmic, low-risk business model finally proved to be successful. With over $560 million of assets by the summer of 2015, Relativity seemed relatively untouchable. Yet when an outstanding $330 million in debt to various lenders came due in July of the same year (not to mention the $1.8 billion of debt due in the following years), Relativity was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 30th in New York State Bankruptcy Court [5].

Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh Breaks Silence, Points Fingers in Emotional Post-Bankruptcy Interview [5]

With this major speed bump in Kavanaugh’s plan for the future of Relativity Media, the production company came out of the 2015 fiscal year on a surprisingly high note: ranking 12th amongst all other production companies in total market share with 0.6%, and grossing $74.2 million on four movie releases (making them the third largest mini-major production company) [7]. Similarly, things began to look up for Relativity Media at the start of this Spring when United States Bankruptcy Judge Michael Wiles confirmed a reorganization plan for Relativity on February 8th, 2016. With an offer from Trigger Street Productions‘ notable industry moguls Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, Relativity was set to have their debt reduced by over $630 million [8]. Although the deal included Relativity losing their television, fashion, and sports agency divisions to various lenders as a partial settlement for their egregious debt, the film division, Relativity Studios, was granted approval to release their upcoming films MastermindsThe Disappointments RoomBefore I WakeKidnap, and The Strangers 2 upon successful completion of the deal. Just one month after the negotiation was proposed on the other hand, Spacey backed out, citing his busy acting schedule as an excuse for his inability to serve as Relativity Studio’s new chairman [9][10]. Brunetti did remain on board, however, and now serves as the studio’s President of Production in both film and television operations [11]. After multiple other financial dealings fell through including the unsuccessful Trigger Street negotiation, Relativity entered bankruptcy court once again on March 19th, now with only $16 million of financial help from various capital groups, as opposed to the $100 million Kavanaugh had pledged upon filing Chapter 11 [10].

Image from The Wrap’s “Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy” [13]

On top of Relativity’s fruitless financial dealings, news broke of Relativity Media’s apparent ‘Ponzi Scheme’ in late March. According to Variety magazine’s online article, “The New York investment firm Colbeck Capital aided and abetted Relativity Media’s fraudulent acquisition of a crucial film-release loan — money that was misspent on corporate expenses and to support the high-flying lifestyle of Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh” [9]. This claim by RKA Film Financing seeks over $110 million in damages, and has the potential to put Relativity further in debt if found guilty [9].

Amongst Relativity Media and Kavanaugh’s slew of shortcomings and failures to fulfill many of its early bankruptcy pledges, Judge Michael Wiles shockingly granted Relativity Media approval to exit bankruptcy status after many negotiations and a successful $400 million refinancing plan with UK investment firm, Maple Leaf Films (of Maple Leaf Capital Group) [12]. While the investment company has an oddly shady past and limited credits in the film industry, Maple Leaf Films proved to be a significant life saver for the drowning Relativity Media. In the meantime, as they begin the post-bankruptcy reorganization phase, Relativity must face RKA Film Financing and FTI Consulting in court. In the coming months, Relativity will attempt to resolve RKA’s ‘Ponzi Scheme’ claim against the company, and FTI’s fee dispute that began in the summer of 2015 and could cost Relativity an added $4 million of debt [9].


Upon Relativity Media’s ultimate emergence from bankruptcy, Ryan Kavanaugh and his newly diminished team of industry professionals will continue in their attempt to regain the reputation that was lost in the summer of 2015. With the help of Maple Leaf Films’ convenient endorsement and Judge Wiles’ thoughtful compassion in bankruptcy court, Relativity looks to rebound with its upcoming films Masterminds (which was postponed from its original 2015 release), The Disappointments RoomBefore I WakeKidnap, and Strangers 2. After a full year without a release, Relativity needs a break. While these upcoming releases do not necessarily ensure a future of success for Relativity, the big-named high-profile comedy, Masterminds, looks to be the company’s one saving grace. With Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis as the headlining cast, the 2016 comedy earned a 96% in the “Want to See” category on Rotten Tomatoes [14]. While it falls under the throw away genre of stupid comedies, it is likely to make Relativity some much needed cash. Check out the trailer below.


There is no certainty when it comes to the future of Ryan Kavanaugh and his brainchild, Relativity Media, but on Relativity’s website dedicated to the company’s reorganization, the CEO and Chairman of the board said it best. While their shaky past two years have further diminished the reputation of a company once recognized as a revolutionary force in the film industry, Kavanaugh promised that “the Relativity that emerges from the Chapter 11 process will be better capitalized and have greater financial flexibility” [15].

Finally, here’s a sneak peek of Realtivity Media’s upcoming film slate directly from their website.

Screenshot of Relativity Media's upcoming film slate direct from their corporate website [16].

Screenshot of Relativity Media’s upcoming film slate direct from their corporate website [16].


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[2] “Relativity Corporate Site – Leadership: About.” Relativity Media. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[3] Wallace, Benjamin. Janruary 25, 2016. “The Epic Fail of Hollywood’s Hottest Algorithm.” Vulture Magazine. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[4] “Relativity Corporate Site – Leadership.” Relativity Media. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[5] Siegel, Tatiana. August 05, 2015. “Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh Breaks Silence, Points Fingers in Emotional Post-Bankruptcy Interview (Exclusive).” The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[6] “Box Office By Studio – All Time: Relativity.” Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[7] “Studio Market Share – 2015.” Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[8] Gardner, Eriq. February 08, 2016. “Judge Officially Confirms Relativity’s Reorganization Plan.” The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[9] Rainey, James. March 10, 2016. “Colbeck Capital Aided Ryan Kavanaugh’s ‘Ponzi Scheme,’ Film Lender Claims.” Variety Magazine. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[10] Rainey, James and Lang, Brent. March 15, 2016. “Without Kevin Spacey or New Equity, Relativity Now Must Face Judgment Day.” Variety Magazine. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[11] Lang, Brent and Littleton, Cynthia. March 13, 2016. “Relativity Relaunch: Kevin Spacey Nixes Chairman Role, Dana Brunetti Sets Deal.” Variety Magazine. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[12] Rainey, James. March 17, 2016. “Relativity Media Claims Lifeline From Obscure Maple Leaf Films.” Variety Magazine. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[13] Cunningham, Todd and Donnelly, Matt. July 30, 2015. “Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.” The Wrap. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

[14] “Masterminds (2016).” Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on: April 22, 2016.

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A&E Television Networks – Max Redinger

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A+E Networks Logo

A+E Television Networks Logo / Source: aframe.com [1]


235 E 45th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 210-1400




“cultivating…the human experience” – A+E



A majority of A+E Networks portfolio of over ten original cable channel brands / Source: Hearst.com [4]

Founded in 1984 as The Arts & Entertainment Network, A+E Networks is an award-winning, global media company whose programming reaches more than 330 million homes in 160 markets and 39 languages with its diverse 62 channel feeds. [3] When it began broadcasting on February 1, 1984, the network was seen on 1,500 cable systems with nine million subscribers.[5] Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 1994, the company officially changed its name to A+E and redefined its range of programming. It would focus on three themes: original biographies, mysteries, and specials. [5] [6] The company is a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and Disney-ABC Television Group. The content is distributed through its portfolio of channel brands, History, A&E, Lifetime, LMN, H2, Crime + Investigation, FYI, LRW, BIO, Military History, History en Espanõl and is licensed to third party broadcast television clients. [1] [3] By 1999 the A+E Network reached more than 78 million cable subscribers, while The History Channel was viewed by more than 70 million households in over 50 countries, making it the fastest growing cable network since its launch. [5] As of 2014 A+E Networks is valued at $26 billion. [7] A+E Networks main competitors are Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, and Turner Broadcasting System. [19]


Nancy Dubuc - President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks

Nancy Dubuc – President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks / Source: aenetworks.com [2]

Robert DeBitetto - President, Brand Strategy, Business Development and A+E Studios, A+E Networks

Robert DeBitetto – President, Brand Strategy, Business Development and A+E Studios, A+E Networks / Source: aenetworks.com [2]

- Melvin Berning - President, Chief Revenue Officer

Melvin Berning – President, Chief Revenue Officer / Source: aenetworks.com [2]







- David Granville-Smith - Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer, A+E Networks

David Granville-Smith – Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer, A+E Networks / Source: aenetworks.com [2]

Michael Feeney - Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

Michael Feeney – Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications / Source: aenetworks.com [2]












Vice Media LLC logo / Source: adweek.com [10]

A+E Networks will turn its H2 channel into Viceland, a 24-hour cable network programmed by multimedia company Vice Media. [8] Launching in early 2016, Viceland will be distributed in approximately 70 million homes, and will feature hundreds of hours of new lifestyle and documentary programming developed by the youth-centric brand. [9] Oscar-winning writer/director and Vice creative director, Spike Jonze, will oversee all aspects of the new channel’s development. Over a year ago, A+E Networks made a $250 million investment in Vice, bringing its stake in the company to 15%. [11] A+E Networks will handle distribution and technical operations and have put complete trust in Vice, handing over all programming rights. A+E has suffered an audience decline over the last year as ratings from reality TV hits, such as Duck Dynasty, have fallen to moderate numbers. [8] A+E is making smart decisions utilizing Vice to win back and incentivize younger audiences with new original programming. Viceland will launch with a full slate of prime-time shows, including Gaycation (with Ellen Page) and Huang’s World (with Eddie Huang). [10] A+E is committed to expanding H2 internationally, distributing it into over 68 territories, as well as its production of informational-based historical content. [9]


A+E's new digital content brand Asterisk's logo / Source: realscreen.com

A+E’s new digital content brand Asterisk’s logo / Source: realscreen.com

A+E launched new digital brand called Asterisk, a website featuring stories examining contemporary culture through a historical lens. The site is aimed at a younger millennial demo, posting articles that include videos, photos, quizzes and BuzzFeed-esque lists etc. [13] According to A+E, the brand features premium content “created for sharing across the social web,” [14] and also offers marketing partners “native advertising” solutions customizable for specific products. The site analyzes 10 cultural categories: life skills, sports, food and drink, people, ideas, arts and entertainment, work, style, travel and tech. [13]

Check out this fun article exemplifying Asterisk’s take on history comparing Southern Democrats LBJ and Frank Underwood, the devious politician from Netflix’s House of Cards, which reveals the real American president as the bigger badass.


President LBJ and Spacey’s Francis Underwood battle for the title of most “badass” president on A+E’s new digital platform, Asterisk / Source: theasterisktoday.com



The communications giant, Liberty Global’s, logo / Source: libertyglobal.com [17]

A+E Networks has signed an extended distribution deal with British-based telecommunications and television company, Liberty Global, for exclusive carriage of its channels across Europe. A+E Networks branded content can now be located on Liberty Global networks in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. [15] Liberty Global is the largest cable company in the world, with 27 million customers across 14 countries. [16] Lifetime and H2 will be available in the UK and Ireland for the first time. Also under the terms of the new deal, all current A+E Networks UK channels have to remain on their existing Liberty Global platforms, which already reach over 15.5 million subscribers regularly. [15] Ultimately, this deal gives A+E Networks channels and content across all platforms greater access to new subscribers and markets. [16]



Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards respective show logos before combing into one award show / Source: Deadline.com

Beginning next year, A+E Networks will combine the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards into one three-hour event. A+E partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association in 2014 to obtain exclusive broadcast rights for the 2015 and 2016 awards. [12] The new show, the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, will be cast live January 17 on A+E Networks’ A&E, Lifetime and LMN simultaneously. Last year, The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards drew 1.92 million total viewers and the Television Awards, after moving from the CW, drew 522,000 total viewers. Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment will produce the new show. [12]


Over the last few fall months, A+E Networks has experienced significant corporate restructuring, promoting valued executives and ushering in a new president.


Jana Bennett / Source: tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com

A+E Networks has promoted Jana Bennett to President and General Manager of History. Bennet joined A+E as President of FYI and LMN in 2013 and will oversee all strategic planning, programming, marketing and brand development for History and sister, H2. Under Bennet’s leadership, FYI and LMN became two of the fastest growing networks in television. FYI experienced a double-digit ratings growth in its first year on air thanks to new series Married at First Sight, Arranged and Seven Year Switch. [24]

Arturo Interian / Source: Variety.com

Arturo Interian / Source: Variety.com [22]

History promoted A+E veteran Arturo Interian to Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming. Interian recently served as Vice President, Original Movies for A+E’s sister network Lifetime, spearheading the Emmy Award nominated miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, and Marilyn. In 2002, Interian joined the company after serving as Director, Movies for Television and Miniseries for CBS. He is currently heading the upcoming series Roots and History’s hit drama series Vikings season four. [20]

Stacy Green / Source: Variety.com

Stacy Green / Source: Variety.com [23]

Stacy Green has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Facilities for A+E Networks. After joining A+E in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, she modernized A+E Networks’ employee benefits plans and policies. [21] As the new Executive Vice President, Green will place a focus on culture and people to be reflected in the workspaces of employees, throughout all A+E Network divisions. [21]


A+E Television Networks is a privately traded company.



Highlights of A+E Networks new slate of original programming across its portfolio



A+E channel A&E’s logo / Source: aetv.com [25]

  • A&E Networks has slated a six-episode hour-long mystery crime drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) premiering next year. [26]

  • On December 8, A&E’s new six episode hour-long original docu-series Born This Way, following a group of seven young adults born with Down syndrome, premieres. [27]



The History Channel logo / Source: history.com

The History Channel logo / Source: history.com [29]

  • History will premiere a eight-part docu-drama series in 2016, Barbarians Rising, about the 700-year empire. The series is a global production spanning more than 185 territories. [30]

  • The channel has also ordered 16 episodes of Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, a half-hour comedy show in which host, Craig Ferguson, debates provocative and timely topics with a panel of guests and history experts. [31]

  • History, A&E and Lifetime greenlight the scripted remake series ROOTS, a historical portrait of American slavery spanning multiple generations, to be simulcast for a new generation of viewers in 2016. [32]


A+E channel Liftime's logo / Source: mylifetime.com

A+E channel Liftime’s logo / Source: mylifetime.com [33]

  • On January 18 Lifetime will premiere the limited series even War & Peace, reimagined for a new generation, starring Paul Dano and Gillian Anderson. [34]

  • Premiering January 5 at 10pm, Pitch Slapped, a new eight hour-long docu-series analyzing the competitive nature of high school a cappella. [35]




A+E channel FYI's logo / Source: fyi.tv [36]

A+E channel FYI’s logo / Source: fyi.tv [36]

  • On December 8, FYI will air its new hour-long ten episode original series #BlackLove, which follows five black women from NYC on a journey to find love. [37]

  • Eight one-hour episodes of Khloe Kardashian’s new non-traditional talk show, Cocktails with Khloe, is set to premiere on December 9. [38]





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[27] “A&E NETWORK TO PREMIERE NEW ORIGINAL DOCU-SERIES ‘BORN THIS WAY’ TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 10:00 PM ET/PT.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[28] “A&E NETWORK PREMIERES SEASON FOUR OF SCRIPTED CRIME DRAMA “UNFORGETTABLE”” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[29] “History.com.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[30] “HISTORY® Greenlights Docu-Drama ‘Barbarians Rising’ Revealing the True Stories of Legendary Warriors.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[31] “HISTORY® GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES ‘JOIN OR DIE WITH CRAIG FERGUSON’.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[32] “HISTORY®, A&E AND LIFETIME GREENLIGHT ROOTS.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[33] “Lifetime TV & Movies, Full Episodes, Games & Sweepstakes.” Lifetime TV & Movies, Full Episodes, Games & Sweepstakes. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[34] “WAR & PEACE REIMAGINED FOR A NEW GENERATION PREMIERES ON LIFETIME, A&E AND HISTORY JANUARY 18.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.


[36] “FYI Network – Shows, Schedules, Full Episodes & Videos.” FYI.tv. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[37] “FYI’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “#BLACKLOVE” PREMIERES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 10:15PM ET.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

[38] “FYI™ PREMIERES PRIMETIME TALK SHOW “KOCKTAILS WITH KHLOÉ” WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 10PM ET.” A+E Networks – Life Is Entertaining. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

Paramount Pictures


Source: www.paramountguilds.com (1)

5555 Melrose Ave.,Ste. 121 Hollywood, CA 90038
Phone: (323)956-5000
Website: www.paramount.com


Paramount Pictures is a feature film production and distribution company.



Brad Grey – Chief Executive Officer Grey is responsible for all aspects of feature film development.  (2)


Rob Moore – Vice Chairman: Worldwide Marketing, Distribution, Home Entertainment, Digital, Interactive, Television, Licensing, and Business Affairs Divisions. (4)


Frederick Huntsberry – Chief Operating Officer: Worldwide Strategic Planning and Operations. (3)


Marc Evans Portrait
Marc Evans – President of Motion Pictures Production (5)

Amy Powell – President of Paramount Television : Financing and Developing Television Content for Broadcast, Premium Cable, Cable and Online Audience. (6)

The Rise to Film Prominence

More than a century ago, in 1912, Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky and Cecil B. DeMill founded Paramount. (7) Paramount contributed to the Golden Age of Cinema in the 1950s with movies like A Place in the Sun in 1951 and The Ten Commandments in 1956. (8) The company birthed The Godfather series in the 1970s to further their prominence in Hollywood. (9) Paramount continued to churn out money-making films through the 1980s and 1990s including Top Gun, but also produced films which enjoyed critical-acclaim at the turn of the century, such as No Country for Old Men. (10) Paramount shattered industry records in 2011 by releasing “six consecutive movies grossing more than $100 million dollars at the domestic box office”. (11) Whether it be comedy, drama, action or suspense, Paramount has been highly regarded as a top player in the industry, but lately struggles to stay ahead of its competitors.

2015 Q3 and Beyond : Recent Financials

Paramount has finished another successful third quarter with a total gross of 585.5 Billion. As of November 22nd, Paramount holding 6.2% of the market share. However, the company’s revenues have declined from 19.2% of the market share in 2011. (12)

Paramount has stayed busy ending the summer season moving into the fall. Terminator: Genisys opened in July and closed in September. The movie grossed $440 million worldwide on a production budget of $155 million. The DVD was released on Blu-ray November 10th, 2015. (13)

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation was another summer smash-hit, which grossed a huge $682 million worldwide, and is available on Blu-ray December 15th. (14)

Yet, Paramount remains successful not only courtesy of summer blockbusters, but also thanks to cheaper film series. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension opening just in time for Halloween delivers timely scares to its established fan base. With a production budget of only $10 million and a $77 million worldwide gross, the movie proved to be mildly successful venture. (15)

On Halloween, Paramount released yet another timely, and audience specific movie. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, is a wacky but funny horror-comedy movie, aimed at a younger audience. The movie failed to make its production budget of $15 million by only grossing $14 million worldwide. (16)

All of these movies besides Mission Impossible, only made the production budget back thanks to large grosses from international markets. This displays Paramount’s need to cater to not only a domestic U.S. market but also an international one.

2015 Q4: Marching into the Holiday Season

After a slow start in the fourth quarter with Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Paramount remains optimistic with a few key theatrical releases.

  • The Big Short will be released December 11th, 2015 and boasts huge star-power. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt team up in a drama based on true events of the international banking collapse of 2008. (17)

  • On a lighter note, Paramount is re-releasing one of their classic romantic-comedies, Roman Holiday , staring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, this December. (18)

  • Finally, Paramount, once again appeals to star-power in Daddy’s Home, staring Will Farrell and Mark Walberg. This comedy pits stepdad vs. biological dad against one another. (19)

Steady March Slows: Reports Viacom

Paramount has been pulling in less and less revenue since a spike in 2011 of a huge $1,736 million. This displays that Paramount has clearly fell in prominence.

Source: Box Office Mojo (20)

Source: Box Office Mojo (20)

  • Viacom, Paramount’s parent company, continues to support the film company despite, “disappointing revenue”. The studios sales in the box office fell from 20 percent since Q4 of 2014. Despite the recent dip in revenues, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, believes that the industry is cyclical and that Paramount is ready to make a big comeback in 2016. (21)
Philippe Dauman- Viacom CEO (source)

Source: The Wrap Philippe Dauman- Viacom CEO (22)

  • Paramount, among other tactics, has retained good relationships with talent such as  Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams and intents to collaborate in the near future. (23)

2016: Looking Forward

  • In January 2016, Paramount plans to release The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. (24) The action-drama looks promising, especially since movies in the genre, like American Sniper have done incredibly well in the past. This may be a step in the right direction for Paramount to make 2016 a more successful finical year than 2015.

  • Paramount also plans to release Zoolander 2, the sequel to the comedy about male modeling, Zoolander, starting Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. (25)

  • Possible Reuniting of Scorsese and Monahan in Evel Knievel Film
    • The writer director duo of The Departed, which was financial and critically successful, are being sought after by Paramount in hopes of producing a feature film about the fearless Evel Knievel. (26) The possibility of the pair reuniting has excited Paramount, and the studio has continued to negotiate. The movie has all the ingredients for becoming wildly successful.
Evel Knievel Source: Deadline (source)

Source: Deadline Evel Knievel (27)

Paramount Adapts to Changing Times

  • Paramount Embraces World of Streaming
    • Paramount has long been known for producing high-quality, critically acclaimed movies as well as blockbuster hits. In a media industry facing loss of revenues from piracy and streaming, Paramount has found a way to embrace current technological advancements. Starting in October of 2015, Paramount has made available the, “Paramount Vault”. (28) The studio has made available select feature films for free. Paramount is now showcasing all of their film successes to a young, technological savvy audience, which only further builds their reputation.
  • Increased Distribution to TVOD
    • Paramount signs licensing deal to expand offerings on TVOD, in foreign markets, with Youku Tudou Inc. (29) In an age of increasingly prominent OTT services, film distribution companies often search for an outlet exhibit. Youku has struck a deal with paramount agreeing to showcase classic titles such as Transformers, Shrek, and Star Trek. (30) Paramount has also made a deal with UltraFlix, which would allow for UltraFlix subscribers to view classics like Forrest Gump, Saving Privet Ryan, and The Godfather. (31) Paramount continues to reach large diverse audience even in increasingly difficult times.
Source: http://www.youku.com/ (source)

Source: http://www.youku.com/

Source: https://www.ultraflix.com/ (source)

Source: https://www.ultraflix.com/

  • Changing Distribution Tactics
    • Paramount has shortened the digital release of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. “Scouts” was a flop. By challenging the norms of digital release windows of feature films, Paramount aims to test shortened time of digital release. (32) The movie would be available for digital release two weeks after leaving the theaters. The deal forced the hand of exhibitors like Regal and AMC who refused to show the movie in their theaters, further contributing to its failure. (34) Paramount is pushing conventional limits, when movies flop in theaters, “arbitrarily keeping those movies out of circulation is just bogus,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s president of world-wide distribution.

Where does Paramount Stand?

Paramount is among the oldest, most successful, film studios in the United States, and have been raking in the money and academy awards since 1912. Though the studio has seen some successes in 2015, Paramount has fallen out of dominance they enjoyed in the mid-2000s. Paramount, recognizing the blip, has taken measures, such as key theatrical releases, the use of star-power and alternative distribution techniques, to hopefully make 2016 a more financially bountiful and critically acclaimed year.


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MGM Studios

Created by: Jess Kunkel



MGM Studios Inc.
245 N Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [2]




MGM studios, fully known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Productions was formed in 1924 when Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions combined to become the company we know so well today [5]. The company began strong and only when multiple changes in power happened in the sixties did things begin to get rocky [5]. Including their file for bankruptcy in the year 2010, the company remained a player in the game, often sharing projects with other large media companies similar to themselves to sustain and finance their more recent work efforts [8]. Nevertheless,  MGM and its never-failing Lion originally named “Slats” have undeniably created some of the greatest and best acclaimed pictures of all time.

The company was always known for the number of huge stars that it had in its early days, often referred to have “More stars than there are in the heavens”. With an astounding 175 Academy Awards the corporation is responsible for masterpieces such as The Wizard Of Oz (1939), West Side Story (1961), Rocky (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Dances with Wolves (1990), and many more. 

MGM Through The Years


The Collection

MGM is known to have one of the most extravagant collections of film to date with more than 4,000 titles in their Library.

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Gary Barber

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Jonathan Glickman

Motion Picture Group, President

Roma Khanna 

Television Group and Digital , President

Kenneth J. Kay

Chief Financial officer


Although MGM filed for bankruptcy in the year 2010, the picture company has managed to remain. In 2015, MGM has financially had  a much more active year than in 2014. Compared to Q1-Q3 of last year, MGM has seen a 246% change in the their cash flow [21].  While in 2014 the cash flow was noted to be at 170.1 (millions) by the end of the third quarter, the cash flow for 2015 had increase to more than double what it was at the same time last year, at a whopping 417.9 [21].

Since 2013 MGM has dropped 9% in their third quarter revenue, with it marked at 96% in 2014 with proceeds of 233.5 (in millions), and then down even further to 91% in 2015 with revenue noted at 212.1 (in millions) [21]. However Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Net income was on the upswing this third quarter. Compared to the increase of 172% from Quarter 3 in 2013-2014 with net income rising from $16.6 million to $28.6 million the third quarter took an even larger leap in 2015 [21]. With their third quarter net income rising from $28.6 million to $124 million MGM saw a 434% change from the previous year, a very positive sign for the business of MGM [21].

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  Today

Today MGM focuses most of their work on producing and distributing television and film around the world [3]. Their main focus as of late it to keep creating new content, and to keep  acquiring new scripts to produce, and or often is the case Co-produce, as well as to distribute.[23]. MGM is also making new deals to further distribute their films with businesses such as Tubi TV [51]. 

Recent Releases


On November 25th, 2015 MGM, partnered with Warner Brothers Studios released the film Creed (2015). The picture is a continuation of the extremely popular Rocky film series. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the sports drama made $29.6 Million in its opening weekend and was able to snag the 10th largest opening of all time [26]. In its first week, the film has already made $42 million, surpassing its budget which is noted to be at around $35 Million [26]. Creed (2015) will continue to be released around the world until early March 2016. 

As the seventh film in the Rocky series (1976), the film endeared many a Rocky fan to watch. Throughout the opening weekend it played for a 66% male crowd, and 62% being over twenty-five, and 26% aging from 35-49 years old [27]. Creed is said to have the potential for an oscar running, delightful news for the young director Coogler, and yet another Academy Award for MGM.



Only slightly earlier in the year on November 6th of 2015 MGM studio’s, partnered with Sony Pictures released the highly anticipated film Spectre (2015) [28]. Categorized as an action – adventure – thriller, the film is a continuation of the James Bond 007 franchise [28]. Spectre was directed by Sam Mendes and starred Daniel Craig as James Bond. The film took in $70.4 million in it’s domestic opening weekend at the box office, putting Spectre in the spot as the second highest debut weekend revenue for a Bond film, falling behind Skyfall (2012) and yet slightly ahead of Quantum of Solace (2008) [30]. Having only been out a few weeks, the domestic revenue is totaled at $176.8 million as of November 30th [30]. With the Bond Franchise acquiring so many fans across the world most of the revenue is expected to come from the foreign releases of the film, from which it has already made 76.4% of it’s total revenue at $575.3 million [30]. With it’s budget at around $245 Million, the total worldwide revenue of $750 million thus  far puts MGM in a very good place moving into the weeks to come [30].


Things to Come

Being such a company, with a history of so many monumental films Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is hoping to continue the legacy of the company’s name, looking towards the future with many new films to come having 39 titles currently in development [33].

To Name a few

Me Before you : A film based off of an acclaimed novel is expected to debut in March of 2016 [33]. The story entails a small town girl and her unlikely paralyzed friend to whom she tends, with the screenplay also being written by Jojo Moyes,the very author of the novel that originated the story [32]. The film is to be directed by Thea Sharrock, and will star Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman




Ben Hur: Currently in development at MGM is the remake of the original1959 film Ben Hur Set to debut in August of 2016, the film,  directed by Timur Bekmambetov is currently in post production. Starring Jack Huston, the film tells the tale of “A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.” [40]


Going In Style: Yet another film set to debut in 2016 for MGM studios is Going in Style (2016). The film is a comedy about three retired men who plan to rob a bank, and its cast is loaded with stars including Joey King, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine [42]. The movie is a remake of the 1979 original, and is to be directed by Zach Braff.


Other upcoming titles include: The Magnificent Seven (2016), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), The Belko Experiment (2016), A Movie Life (2016) just to name a few and many more [33]!


While the company has not fully recovered from it’s low point in 2010, executives remain confident in the strides that the company is making. While Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is also exploring the realms of new types of media in other ways, the company is continuing it’s legacy of film and attempting to renew MGM back to it’s great esteem starting with more products being created by the company [3].


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Warner Bros. Pictures




-Warner Brothers Logo- Courtesy of housepr.com

Corporate Headquarters

4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522

Phone: (818)- 954- 6000



Founded by Albert, Sam, Harry, and Jack L. Warner on April 4, 1923, Warner Bros. Entertainment is a fully integrated, broad based entertainment company that leads the industry in feature films. Warner Bros. Pictures first saw success in 1927 when the four brothers The Jazz Singer, the first synchronized-sound feature film. The company is a subsidiary of Time Warner and produces 18-22 films each year, creating little risk and maximizing productivity. Warner Bros. has released many popular films ranging from Goodfellas (1990) to classic series movies such as Star Wars (1977-2005), Harry Potter (2001-2011), and Academy Award-winning films such as American Sniper (2014), which grossed 347,300,219 domestically.

Key Executives


-Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO


-Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution


-Paul Broucek, President, Music


-Chris deFaria, President, Animation, Digital Production and Visual Effects


-Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution


Warner Bros. Pictures maintains worldwide distribution rights as they fully finance or co-finance their films with companies such as Village Roadshow Pictures. Currently, Warner Bros. is at the top of the list for distributors as they currently have 21.1% of the market share with their overall gross being 621.2. The top grossing movie was American Sniper which grossed 345,881,971 playing in 3.885 theaters. Warner Bros. Pictures also experienced a 7 percent rise in the last quarter. In 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures made 1.56 billion domestically in the box office, totaling a 4.73 billion globally. Both of these surpassed the billion-dollar mark for the 14th year in a row.


-Courtesy of Google Finance

In Theaters

“Focus” (2015)

-“Focus” is a romantic dark comedy film written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.


The dark comedy film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie took the #1 rank during the opening weekend releasing in 3,323 theaters garnering a total of $18,685,137. The film has grossed a total of 53,415,316 domestically in addition to the 94,800,000 domestically. Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX announced they would also release the re-mastered version of the movie on February 27, 2015. The film released made 13 million in the UK, 3.1 million in Russia, and 1,765,832 in the Netherlands. This came out to a total gross of around 12 million being released in the theaters of 39 markets of other territories in the same opening weekend.

“Get Hard” (2015)


“Get Hard” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had a domestic gross of 72,872,676, along with 13,400,000 foreign totaling a gross amount of 86,272,676 with their budget being at 40million. In it’s opening weekend “Get Hard” took the number 2 rank behind Home (52.1 million) as the comedy grossed 33.8 million. Ferrell’s third highest opening for an action film, it was released in 3,175 theaters for the opening weekend with each theater averaging around $10,647, taking the total percent of the total gross to 46.4%. “Get Hard” premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 27th.

Recently Released 

“American Sniper” (2014)

“American Sniper” opened with a limited release on December 25, 2014 playing at four theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, earning 850,000 during this limited release. The limited release was successful as it was nominated for numerous academy awards among many other awards including best picture, best actor, and best adapted screenplay. The movie won an academy award for best sound editing and an American Film Institute award for top 10 films of the year among many others. The movie the next weekend had an average of 169,277 at each venue, which proved to be the second-biggest weekend average for an action movie. The limited release was extremely successful for Warner Bros. Pictures because it earned $3.4 million in only three weekends. The film then took North America by storm on January 16 in 2015 as it grossed 30.5 million on its opening day at 3,555 different theaters. In addition to that, the movie also set an IMAX record as it earned a total of 10.6 million in the month of January. The film then expanded and reached out to 3,705 theaters and set the record for eighth largest second weekend gross. BoxOfficeMojo predicted “American Sniper” would be the highest grossing film in 2014 in just its second week released. The film remained at the top through its third week earning $30.66 million in gross earnings. Although the movie did extremely well, Warner Bros. Pictures suffered some controversy with many people believing it celebrated the bloodshed during the Iraqi war and turned it into a fairy tale. In light of the criticism, the movie received strong reviews including a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.



A comedy film based off the HBO TV series starring Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven, will be released on June 5, 2015. Directed by Doug Ellin, Entourage follows the career of a movie star named Vincent Chase along with his group of friends from home, and their lives in Hollywood. The movie’s previous release date was June 12, 2015 but Warner Bros. moved it up a week.

“Arms & the Dudes”

Warner Bros has undergone principal photography on a new movie staring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Miles Teller directed by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (Borat). The story chronicles two friends in their early 20’s living in Miami during the Iraqi war that make money by bidding on U.S Military government contracts. Phillips co-wrote the script along with Jason Smilovic and Stephen C. Chin based off of a rolling stone article. Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing the film under their company 22nd & Green Productions along with Mark Gordon under The Mark Gordon Company. This film is a promising project for Warner Bros. Pictures as many prominent people who have had recent successful films are involved in the movie, which gives it a great chance to become another success for Warner Bros. Productions.

Projections for Warner Bros. Pictures

With American Sniper being named the highest grossing film of 2014 and receiving numerous academy award nominations, Warner Bros. Pictures is looking towards an amazing upcoming year with the buzz that has already been created for this year. The upcoming year has already had stellar moves released by Warner Bros. including American Sniper, Focus, and Get Hard among many others. Warner Bros. The studio has numerous upcoming movies that will be sure to create a buzz including Entourage, Magic Mike, Tarzan, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Tarzan, and King Arthur. Tsujihara has also come up with an expansion plan that has Warner Bros. releasing three LEGO-branded films over the next four years coming off of the $468 million worldwide box office success that was “The Lego Movie”.


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20th Century Fox (film only)

[20] 20th Century Fox Logo

[20] 20th Century Fox Logo


Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, or 20th Century Fox, is one of America’s top six film studios and a film distributor overseen by 21st Century Fox. The corporation was formed in 1935, after the Twentieth Century Pictures and the Fox Film Corporation merger. William Fox, a film distributor, founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1914. When the Great Depression hit, the Fox Film Corporation had trouble financing its high-tech equipment, prompting the merger. Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck founded Twentieth Century Pictures in 1933. In 1981, Marvin Davis, who eventually sold it to publisher Rupert Murdoch in 1985, bought the corporation. Murdoch consolidated both his film and television companies into Fox Inc., which was under News Corporation. In 2013, it split into two publishing and television/film companies, News Corporation and 21st Century Fox respectively. Its two highest grossing films were both of James Cameron’s Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) [1].


James N. Gianopulos, Chairman & CEO

James N. Gianopulos, [2]        Chairman & CEO

Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman

Stacey Snider,                                         [3] Co-Chairman


In 2014, 20th Century Fox released 24 films domestically. The films are produced and/or distributed by the following companies: Twentieth Century Fox and Fox2000 (mainstream audiences), Fox Searchlight Pictures (specialized audiences), and Twentieth Century Fox Animation (animated films). Fox International Productions, Inc. co-produces, co-finances and acquires local-language motion pictures for international distribution. This year, the corporation plans to release 26 motion pictures total.

The corporation generates revenue through film distribution for theatrical exhibition in America, Canada and international markets, the distribution of films and other programming in various media formats, the distribution of films and other programming for exhibition on premium pay and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), and through the distribution of films on free television networks and other broadcast program services.

In 2014, the corporation released approximately 1,249 produced and acquired titles, up from 1,230 the previous year. The Corporation also had 1,004 international releases, up from 934 the previous year. 20th Century Fox also continued its arrangement to distribute DreamWorks Animation’s new release animated films and other catalog motion pictures and programming. It plans to distribute three DreamWorks films in 2015. Last year, 20th Century Fox also continued its worldwide home video distribution agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lions Gate Films Inc. (Lions Gate) (U.S. only) and Anchor Bay Entertainment, LLC (Anchor Bay) (U.S. and Canada) [4].


“Kingsman: The Secret Service”

The action/adventure drama stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn and is based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The film follows a spy organization with a new and young recruit and outside technological threats [5].

The film was released on February 13, 2015. Its opening weekend (President’s Day Weekend) grossed $36.2 million and received a #2 rank in 3,204 theaters, averaging 11,300 per theater, 29% its total gross. It grossed $124.7 million domestically and $266.8 overseas ($391.6 worldwide) [6]. The film is especially popular in South Korea, with a record-breaking $40 million at the box office, out-grossing James Bond and Jason Bourne. It’s Korea’s biggest hit since Avatar [7].


Home is a 3-D animated comedy, distributed by 20th Century Fox that stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin. The film was directed by Tim Johnson and is based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. The film follows a runaway alien who ends up on planet Earth and finds a friend in search of adventure as well [8].

The film was released on March 27, 2015 and grossed $52.1 million its opening weekend. DreamWorks Animation, which produced the film, estimated an opening gross between $30-35 million. The film opened at #1 in 3,708 theaters, averaging $14,053 per theater, 39.8% its total gross [9]. Home also pulled in an international gross of $25.4 million, higher than its projected $24 million. The film’s domestic total is $130.8 million and $112.6 overseas ($243.5 million worldwide) [10].

“The Longest Ride”

The romantic drama based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. and follows the lives of two couples from different time periods facing the same relationship troubles [11].

The film was released on April 10, 2015 and grossed $13 million its opening weekend ranking #3. It opened in 3,366 theaters and averaging $3,868 per theater, 86.6% its total gross. Its domestic total is $15 million and $2.8 million overseas ($17.8 million worldwide) [12]. This is a good opening weekend for a Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation. The Longest Ride is above last year’s The Best of Me ($10 million), and is grossing similar figures as The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe. The film is projected to earn $30 million against a $34 million budget [13].


Poltergeist (May 22, 2015)

The supernatural thriller is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name and stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris and Rosemarie Dewitt. The film was directed by Gil Kenan and follows a suburban family living in a haunted home with their daughter held captive [14].

Spy (June 5, 2015)

The action comedy stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Stratham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney and Jude Law. The film was directed by Paul Feig and is about an unlikely CIA analyst who goes on the agency’s most dangerous missions and tries to halt a global disaster [15].


On April 11, 2015, 20th Century Fox passed the $1 billion box office mark. This is the fastest time the company reached this since 2010 after Avatar was released. Kingsman: The Secret Service and Home have been major assets, and are still in 31 and 69 markets respectively [16].

20th Century Fox is currently teaming up with Hasbro to create a Play-Doh movie, based on the manufacturer’s modeling clay. The corporation is in contact with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and screenwriter Jason Micallef for the project [17].

The corporation also seeks to expand its international YouTube presence. 20th Century Fox plans to do this through a deal with U.K. based tech group, Rightster [18]. Rightster currently manages the corporation’s branded content in Europe and Latin America. The  two-year deal will let Rightster manage 20th Century Fox’s YouTube marketing strategy for 35 of its channels. This will focus on channel management and audience  development, with execution of content and influencer-driven viral marketing campaigns [19].


[1] “20th Century Fox Film Corporation: American Motion-Picture Studio.” Britannica. 20 Aug. 2014. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

[Image, James] Lang, Brent. “Fox’s Jim Gianopulos Leads Studio Through Uncertain Times.” Variety. 19 Aug. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[2] “Management.” 21st Century Fox. Web. 9 Aug. 2014.

[3] “Stacey Snider Joins 20th Century Fox Today As Co-Chairman.” Deadline Hollywood. 3 Nov. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[4] “Annual Reports.” 21st Century Fox. Web. 13 Aug. 2014.

[5] “Kingman: The Secret Service.” IMDb. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

[6] “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Box Office Mojo. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.

[7] Cunningham, Todd. “How ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Blew Away Bond, Bourne in South Korea.” The Wrap. 23 Mar. 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

[8] “Home.” IMDb. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

[9] “Home.” Box Office Mojo. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

[10, 13] Subers, Ray. “Weekend Report: ‘Furious 7’ Repeats, Sets Opening Day Record in China.” Box Office Mojo. 12 Apr. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[11] “The Longest Ride.” IMDb. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[12] “The Longest Ride.” Box Office Mojo. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[14] “Poltergeist.” Movie Insider. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[15] “Spy.” IMDb. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

[16] Busch, Anita. “Fox Hits $1B International Box Office Mark.” Deadline Hollywood. 6 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

[17] Siouty, Michelle. “20th Century Fox and Hasbro in Talks to Create Play-Doh…the Movie.” Movie Pilot. 17 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

[18] Harrington, John. “Rightster Group Deepens Relationship with 20th Century Fox.” Proactive Investors. 17 Apr. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.

[19] Jarvey, Natalie. “20th Century Fox Pacts With Rightster to Bolster YouTube Presence Abroad.” Hollywood Reporter. 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.

[20] “20th Century Fox Logo.” Fox Movies. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.

DreamWorks Studios


DreamWorks Studios

DreamWorks Studios is a production company based in Universal City, California, and they are most widely known for producing feature films, however, they also produce television programming, music, and video games. The founders of DreamWorks studios are Jeffery Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, and David Geffen. They founded the company in 1994 and the current CEO is Stacey Snider. DreamWorks has produced films such as Shrek (2001), American Beauty (1999), Meet the Fockers (2004), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Cast Away (2000).

When DreamWorks was founded in 1994, all three male founders, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, were already industry royalty and paired together knowing they were about to create something great. Geffen confidently stated that it was the first time in his career that he actually wanted to work with partners.

Shrek was the first franchise that really turned DreamWorks Studios into the booming company the Katzenberg always wanted, but not in the way he intended. The film incorporated a celebrity cast, a boy-friendly narrative, obnoxious pop-culture references, and more, and eventually lead to the company producing all of the recognizable crazy-funny, talking-animal type films, but this was not the artistic direction in which the founders had wished the company would pursue.

As of Fall 2004, DreamWorks Studios is no longer affiliated with DreamWorks Animation. Dream Works Animation spun off into a publicly traded company that solely produced animated feature films and TV programs. DreamWorks Studios’ founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, moved with DWA and currently holds their position of CEO.

Here is a video by Ethan Jones of Movie Munchies of the variation of the DreamWorks logo as it progressed and the turned into the DreamWorks Animation logo after the separation in 2004.

In late March, it was announced that Steven Spielberg is signed to direct “Ready Player One”, a screenplay of the original Science Fiction novel written by Ernest Cline, the only catch is, this film is being produced by Warner Bros., not Dreamworks Studios. So the question is why did Spielberg make this temporary move and what effect will it have on Dreamworks?


According to this news clip by Jeff Sneider, a film reporter for The Wrap, Spielberg may be the perfect fit to head this project because he was raised as a gamer and the plot of the movie is based around ‘80’s pop culture. Although Spielberg did not grow up in the ‘80’s, he certainly had a hand in creating the pop culture of the time. So those reason may have to do with Spielberg’s choice to take a leave of absence from his own studio, leaving it temporarily in the hands of Michael Wright and Halle Berry.

Bloomberg Business also fills us in on Spielberg’s collaboration with Walt Disney Co. to produce Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Walden Media is a principle investor in the Vancouver-based production of this film about everyone’s favorite big friendly giant. One of the reasons that Spielberg is helping Disney out with this project is that Disney is currently taking care of all DreamWorks Studios distribution deals, and has lent DreamWorks $156 million with another $90 million coming this September to help with their company debt. Michael Wright, DreamWorks Studios’ CEO says,

“Over the years, we have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Disney in this expanded capacity on ‘The BFG,’”

As of last year, Disney had distributed 11 DreamWorks Studios films, and this collaboration will only lead to continuing future endeavors between the two companies.

So with DreamWorks Studios going through these tough times with little to no feature films in production over the past few months and temporarily losing their founder and top director, Steven Spielberg, what have they been doing?


DreamWorks has been very busy negotiating and making plans with The Foundation for Investment in the Riviera Maya to build an amusement park in the popular tourist city of Cancun in Punta Maroma. The new park will be modeled similarly to the other DreamWorks Studios amusement park located just outside of New York. There will be restaurants, commercial spaces, theaters, and aquatic attractions themed around Madagascar, Antz, Shark Tale, Puss in Boots, and of course, Shrek.

Puss in Boots Roller Coaster

This is not the only amusement park endeavor that DreamWorks Studios has been working on recently. In Singapore, DreamWorks is launching it’s first ever suspended roller coasted themed around one of their famous characters, Puss in Boots.

Hollywood Reporter also tells us that there are also plans being made by DreamWorks executives to collaborate with the same trio of Chinese production companies that developed Transformers: Age of Extinction in conjunction with Paramount. Jiaflix, China Movie Channel, and 1905 Pictures are all joining with DreamWorks Studios to put into action their plans for the Need For Speed sequel. Jiaflix president, Marc Ganis, confidently stated,

“We expect this partnership, which brings together a winning brand like Need For Speed with the team that propelled Transformers 4 to unprecedented success, will create one of the next great franchises for movie fans around the world.”

The film does not have a cast, writer, or director yet, but the proposal from these three companies has been made to DreamWorks, and they are eagerly awaiting a response.

Need For Speed

Another production deal that is underway but being kept a very big secret is a Netflix original series produced by DreamWorks called Dinotrux. Rotoscopers tells us that this project has been in production for some time now and is set to be released in Summer 2015. Other than the projected release date, and a promotional Facebook page containing only graphic images, no more information has been released.


DreamWorks has been having a seemingly quiet year, however that has not been the case. There have not been many feature films released in the last few months nor have many been put into production, but the efforts of the studio to stay afloat despite their recent downward spiral are prevalent. The company has invested in various projects as stated above and is making sacrifices where necessary. In example, temporarily carrying on without their founder and primary director, Steven Spielberg, while he partners with companies that will help DreamWorks with their debt. All of these smaller projects and partnerships will hopefully help DreamWorks Studios find it’s way back to producing feature films.

DreamWorks Studios