Beth McCann, Divya Yeleswarapu, Hugh Sims

Viacom Logo [1]


1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

(212) 258-6000



Viacom Networks [3]

American media conglomerate Viacom, Inc. is a media company home to television, cinema, online and mobile networks and brands in over 160 countries and territories, reaching approximately 700 million subscribers around the globe.

Their leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, Nickelodeon and its various channels, Comedy Central, Spike, and Paramount Channel. Viacom owns Paramount Pictures as well, which is a major producer and distributor for movies [2].



Viacom and CBS Logos [21]

Viacom got its start in 1971. Viacom acquired its various networks over the course of 30 years, purchasing various channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, and BET. In the 1990s they entered a merger with CBS [4]. However, the two separated into two companies in 2005, now known as CBS Corporation and today’s Viacom Inc. The split was made to separate radio and television from the rest of the company [21]. Today, Viacom continues to create new shows for their various networks and launch new ideas.


Recently, Viacom has been concerned with attracting younger viewers from children’s ages to young adults aged 18-25. They are trying to stay relevant in the developing world of streaming content but still trying to pull in viewers for live shows.


Rocko’s Modern Life Poster [5]

On Nickelodeon, Viacom is attempting to draw in new and old audiences alike with programming reminiscent of shows on in the 1990s. Viacom announced in August they would have an hour long special of the classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko’s Modern Life [5].

In October they announced there would be a special of Double Dare, a game show from the 1980s and 1990s [6]. They later said they would be releasing Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie to come out based off of the popular 1990s Nickelodeon show [7]. They are attempting to appeal to a younger generation who has never seen this content as well as nostalgic young adults.

Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie-Official Trailer [8]

DirectTV Now Logo [15]

Viacom is also launching some of its networks on DirecTV Now, AT&T’s streaming service. They want to deliver more content to fans in more places and allow them to stream content at their own convenience [9].

However, Viacom is also developing tactics to aid in the live viewing experience for consumers. Viacom Labs created what they called a “breakthrough television format” that they hope to launch in 2017 on MTV Music. They have created a TV format that pulls livestreams of fans in a real time feed during the scheduled television show [10]. It creates an interactive and unique experience for fans and will help to motivate people to watch shows in real time rather than stream them days later.



Philippe Dauman-Former CEO and President [11]

Within the last few months, Viacom has gone through some major changes in management. As of August 20th, Chief Executive Philippe Dauman resigned which ended the legal fight between members of the Viacom board and Redstone’s National Amusements Inc. This is a privately held company that holds 80% of the voting shares of Viacom and CBS Corp. Under the agreement, Dauman received about $72 million and was replaced by previous COO Thomas Dooley who served as interim CEO until the end of Viacom’s fiscal year [16].

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Robert Bakish-New CEO of Viacom [12]

Recently, Viacom declared that Robert Bakish will be acting chief executive replacing Tom Dooley. Bakish, a 19-year company veteran who headed the company’s international media networks, has also been named President and CEO of a newly created group called Viacom Global Entertainment Group [17]. The group will run Viacom’s most popular networks including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike and others [18].





Leslie Moonves- CEO of CBS [13]

In terms of Viacom’s future, there is a lot leaning on this merger with CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter the Viacom special committee who is working exclusively on the merger hopes to wrap everything up by the year’s end [19]. It is planned that CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves would eventually oversee the combined entity. However, the company is determined to move forward whether as a stand-alone company or in a potential combination with CBS. Newest interim CEO Bob Bakish has a lot of goals and wants to push the company forward in terms of speed, sharing, and a global outlook. He is planning to invest in new content and to deliver significant audiences on genres other than high-dollar programming. Bakish said, “We’re not going to stand still while the CBS merger is being evaluated. I believe there’s a lot of work we can do in the near-term to make us stronger, no matter what the next chapter of Viacom is. It’s time to move forward [20].”


The first day of trading since the split between Viacom and CBS Corporation showed a 2.8 percent increase in the shares of CBS Corp. to $26.20, and a 1.1 percent increase in the shares of Viacom, to $41.59 [21]. In the current year 2016, they averaged out their most recent 50-day span at $41.47 per share. As of November 2016, Viacom has a 6.1% market share and is among the top 5 competitors in the cable and entertainment industry [24]. Due to the ongoing internal management battle, Viacom’s stock performance has gone down with -8.06% in the last 90 days, compared to the industry average of -0.22%. However, in comparison to CBS Corporation, Walt Disney Company, and Comcast Corporation, Viacom’s recent one day and five day stock performance, 3.58% and 1.4% respectively, has exceeded them all [22].


Viacom 52 Week Share Price [14]

This major media company has had declining performance over the last 11 years, however, it has never made negative profits and instead managed to stay afloat, but the drop in total revenue has been alarming. Over the last year their 52 Week High was $47.17 and their 52 Week Low was $38.61 [23].

Their total revenue has capped off at 13.05 B which is not where they want to be, considering that their profit margin is 15.85% and the typical average for a media company is usually around 23% [22]. In 2012, revenue increased about 16.7% because NBC Universal merged with Comcast Corporation, which provided Viacom with unforeseen and extra production materials, allowing mega growth through 2013 and the year-end stock price to cap off at $87.34 [23].

The revenue has seen a sharp decrease over the last five years by dropping 3.74% and ending the year 2015 with a drop of 44.36% to a monetary outcome of $6.18B as their gross income. It was the lowest value over the defined period. That left them with a free financing cash flow of $2.17B, which was a 12.75% decrease from the previous year 2014. However, the little glimmer of hope that Viacom took from its bleak financials into the current year 2016 is that the net operating cash flow has only been seeing growth over the last five years, and capped at a 17.43% increase coming in [22][24]. Therefore, this media conglomerate has cash to grow and operate its company through the many bumps in the reel.


Despite turmoil within the company and stress from the possible CBS, Viacom continues to move forward by creating new content for their networks and trying to reach as large an audience as possible.


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[2] About Viacom. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[3] Dampier, Phillip. April 1, 2014. Stop the Cap! Viacom Demands 100% Rate Increases for Hundreds of Small Cable Systems, Military Bases. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[4] Viacom Timeline. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[5] Acquire Media. August 11, 2016. Nickelodeon Brings Back Rocko’s Modern Life for Brand-New, Original One-Hour TV Special Based on the Classic ‘90s Hit Animated Series. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[6] Acquire Media. October 6, 2016. Nickelodeon Announces Brand-New Double Dare Special Commemorating Iconic Game Show’s 30th Anniversary Year, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[7] Acquire Media. October 6, 2016. Nickelodeon’s Original TV Movie Event, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Bows Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 P.M. (ET/PT). Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[8] July 23, 2016. Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie l First Official Trailer I Nick – YouTube. Retrieved November 25, 2016.

[9] Acquire Media. October 4, 2016. Viacom Networks to Launch on DIRECTV NOW. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[10] Acquire Media. October 24, 2016. First Ever Livestream-to-TV Format Pioneered by Viacom Labs, Greenlit for On-Air Series. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[11] January 15, 2015. Viacom Extends Employment Agreement with President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman Through 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[12] Senior Management. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[13] Salem, Yasir. November 19, 2015. What’s next for the TV industry? Find out from CBS CEO Les Moonves at IGNITION 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2016.

[14] Viacom, Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[15] DirectTV Now Logo. Retrieved November 16, 2016.×300.jpg?itok=Mb9HjA3j

[16] Reuters. August 20, 2016. Viacom Says CEO Dauman to Resign Post Immediately; Dooley Steps In. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

[17] Reuters. October 31, 2016. Viacom names Bob Bakish acting CEO. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[18] Yu, Roger. November 1, 2016. Viacom names Bakish as acting CEO. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[19] Masters, Kim. November 10, 2016. CBS-Viacom Merger Intrigue as Les Moonves Pushes for Clear Control. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

[20] Lieberman, David. November 9, 2016. Viacom’s Bob Bakish Vows To Accelerate Growth As It Weighs CBS Merger. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

[21] Alfano, Sean. January 3, 2006. CBS, Viacom Formally Split. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

[22] List of VIA’s Competitors and Stock Performance. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

[23]  Viacom Inc. – Stock Performance. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

[24] IBISWorld US – Industry, Company and Business Research Reports and Information. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

Amblin Partners

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by Paul Honnick

Amblin Partners

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Key Executives at Amblin Partners


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Amblin Partners: A New Company Led by a Hollywood Legend

Amblin Partners, is a new film, television, and digital content creation company that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures, and Participant brands to leverage their power and board awareness to tell stories that appeal to a wide range of audiences. The partnership was officially formed on December, 15, 2015, by Steven Spielberg of DreamWorks Studios, Jeff Skoll of Participant Media, Anil Ambani of Reliance Group, and Darren Throop of Entertainment One (eOne). [1]

Legendary director Steven Spielberg is the chairman of Amblin Partners, having invested $50 million of his own money into the venture. This is the first time Spielberg has invested his own funds into his brands since founding DreamWorks more than two decades ago, in 1994. [2]

Tech billionaire Jeff Skoll, former eBay executive and founder of Participant Media, made the single largest reported contribution, investing $200 million in the partnership. [2]

Reliance Group of India was a previous equity partner of DreamWorks Pictures and is continuing its seven-year relationship with Spielberg. [2] [5]

The fourth partner, Entertainment One (eOne) of Canada, initially discussed a $50 million investment, however, the final contribution was not disclosed. [2] eOne handles the direct distribution of Amblin Partners films in multiple territories outside of the U.S., including Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Benelux. [1]

The partnership also secured a $500 million line of credit through half a dozen lenders arranged by J.P. Morgan Chase and Comerica Bank. J.P. Morgan Chase has financed DreamWorks Studios since its inception in 1994. [1] [2]

Amblin Partners is led by CEO Michael Wright, and President and Co-CEO Jeff Small, who previously served as CEO and COO of DreamWorks respectively. Wright joined DreamWorks Pictures in 2014 and signed a four-year contract extension in February. [8] Small, who has been with DreamWorks for the past nine years, was originally named COO when the partnership was formed in December, but was quickly promoted to President and Co-CEO in February. Small also signed a contract extension. [9]

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg and Skoll said that the partnership will produce films appealing to adults through the DreamWorks label, while focusing more on family entertainment through the Amblin label, and Participant will focus on projects with socially relevant themes and messages. While the partnership will release some Participant branded films, Participant Media will remain a separate company and continue making documentaries and some scripted films on its own. [1] [4]

Amblin Partners also struck a multi-year deal with Universal Pictures to market and distribute their films produced domestically and in select international territories. Under this agreement, Universal Pictures and Focus Features will handle four to seven films per year, the first film being “The Girl on the Train,” scheduled to be released in October 2016. [3] The Universal deal also represents a chance for director Steven Spielberg to continue doing business with the company where he launched his Hollywood career and defined the modern blockbuster with such films as “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park.” [3] [7] Spielberg has also maintained offices on the Universal Studios lot throughout his career. However, the deal with Universal is strictly for marketing and distribution. Universal did not invest in Amblin Partners, and reportedly charges a commission of more than 7% per film under the terms of the deal. [3] [4]

Amblin Partners’ distribution deal with Universal effectively ends Spielberg’s and DreamWorks Pictures’ previous partnership with Disney, which is set to expire in August. However, under the legacy deal, Disney will distribute two Amblin Partners productions, “The BFG,” and “The Light Between Oceans.” [1] [6] At the conclusion of the partnership, Disney will retain the library of films produced by Spielberg during his tenure with Disney, including the upcoming “The BFG.” [2]

Upcoming Films

Films in various stages of production include “The BFG,” “The Light Between Oceans,” “The Girl on the Train,” “A Dog’s Purpose,” which is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2017, and “Ready Player One,” a co-production between Amblin Partners and Warner Bros. Pictures that is scheduled to be released in December 2017. [1]

 “The Girl on the Train,” scheduled to be released on October 7, is to be the first film distributed under Amblin Partner’s new deal with Universal. The film is based on the New York Times best seller novel by Paula Hawkins and stars Emily Blunt (Sicario), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Luke Evens (Furious 7), Allison Janney (Mom), Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) and Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie). The film is about a recently divorced woman who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she witnesses something shocking and becomes entangled in a mystery. [10]

Principal photography began on “Thank You For Your Service” in February. It is based on a novel by David Finkel and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Beulah Koale (The Last Saint), Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Brad Beyer (42), Omar Dorsey (Selma) and Jayson Warner Smith (The Birth of a Nation). The film revolves around a group of soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life while dealing with the traumas of war. The film also marks the directorial debut of Jason Hall. [11]

Shooting is expected to commence this Spring for the upcoming holiday comedy “Office Christmas Party,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, and Kate McKinnon. Will Speck and Josh Gordon are set to direct the film about a group of people who have to deal with a holiday office party gone awry. The film is expected to be released in December through Paramount. [12]

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures official Facebook page:

Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost in the Shell.” Image sourced from Paramount Pictures official Facebook page

Production began in April on a live-action adaptation of the famous Japanese manga series “Ghost in the Shell” in Wellington, New Zealand. The film stars Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). The film will also star Japanese actor Takeshi “Beat” Kitano in his first U.S. role since 1995’s “Johnny Mnemonic.” Johansson plays a special-ops, human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9 devoted to stopping dangerous criminals and extremists in the sci-fi adventure. The film, scheduled to be released March 31, 2017, is a co-production between Amblin Partners’ DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, with Paramount distributing the film. [13] [14]


  1. Amblin Partners. Dreamworks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One Form Amblin Partners, A New Film, Television and Digital Content Creation Company. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  2. Rainey, James. Variety. December 30, 2015. Steven Spielberg Puts His Own Big Bucks Into the New Amblin Partners (Exclusive). Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  3. Lang, Brent and Rainey, James. Variety. December 16, 2015. Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Bring Amblin Partners to Universal. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  4. Masters, Kim. Hollywood Reporter. Steven Speilberg, Jeff Skoll Talk Amblin Partners Deal: “We Are Hitting the Ground Running” (Exclusive). Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  5. Lang, Brent and Rainey, James. Variety. December 10, 2015. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  6. Masters, Kim. Hollywood Reporter. September 2, 2015. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Split From Disney, In Talks With Universal (Exclusive). Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  7. McClintock, Pamela. Hollywood Reporter. Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Team to Form Amblin Partners, Strike Distribution Deal With Universal. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  8. Rainy, James. Variety. February 2, 2016. Michael Wright Re-Ups as CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  9. Busch, Anita. Deadline. February 3, 2016. Amblin Promotes Jeff Small To President & Co-CEO. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  10. DreamWorks Pictures. November 11, 2015. Principal Photography Begins for New York Times Best Seller ‘The Girl on the Train’. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  11. DreamWorks Pictures. February 9, 2016. Principal Photography Begins on ‘Thank You For Your Service’. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  12. Kit, Borys. Hollywood Reporter. February 19, 2016. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman to Star in ‘Office Christmas Party’ (Exclusive). Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  13. Paramount Pictures. April 14, 2016. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ghost in the Shell” is in Production in New Zealand. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  14. DreamWorks Pictures. March 3, 2016. Japanese Icon Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano Boards ‘Ghost in the Shell’. Retrieved April 24, 2016.

Discovery Communications

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Discovery Communications’ logo [27]

Contact Information

One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910 [1]


Key Executives

David Zaslav President and CEO Discovery Communications

David Zaslav                       President and CEO
Discovery Communications[2]


President Discovery Networks International

Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette President
Discovery Networks International [3]

Andrew Warren Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Andrew Warren                       Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President [4]

Marjorie Kaplan President of Content Discovery Networks International

Marjorie Kaplan                         President of Content
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Discovery Communications was founded in 1985 by John Hendricks [6]. On June 17, 1985 The Discovery Channel was launched on air to about 156,000 subscribers in the United States and premiered the show “Iceberg Alley,” a program about the North Atlantic waters. Two years later, Discovery Channel premiered one of its most popular traditions, “Shark Week.”

In 1991, Discovery Communications acquired its second channel, TLC for $30 million [7], and soon after, purchased Animal Planet in 1996.

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Animal Planet Logo [28]

After rapid growth and expansion, by 2001, The Discovery Channel became the nation’s most distributed television brand. This significant growth increased as Discovery Communications spread into other countries, as well as acquired more channels. By 2004, the company had reached over 1 billion subscribers worldwide [8].

Today, Discovery Communications owns over 50 different channels and media companies including The Oprah Winfrey Network, Science Channeland Eurosport [9]. Discovery Communications reaches 3 billion subscribers worldwide and is available in over 220 markets [10].


Discovery Communications stocks

Discovery Communications stocks [11]

Discovery Communications is a publically traded company and has seen fluctuations in its stock throughout the last several months. Despite these fluctuations, in the past three months, the company’s stock has yet to fall below $24.33 per share and has hit its high at $29.42 per share on Friday, March 18, 2016. After several months of having stocks below their simple moving average, the company was able to surpass this on March 1, 2016 [12]. Since then, Discovery Communications has seen a positive trend in their stock prices, with their stocks having not fallen below the simple moving average in almost two months. Discovery Communications is set to release their first quarterly report on May 5, 2016.

Winter Releases

President Obama on DNews [13]

On April 11th, President Obama hosted five episode of Science Channel’s “Science Presents DNews,” in which he discussed a variety of topics ranging from pollution to medicine to technology [14]. The partnership between Science Channel and the White House aligned with the White House Science Fair that took place on April 13th as well as the US Science and Engineering Festival that also took place throughout that window.


For Peete’s Sake

“For Peete’s Sake” is a reality TV show that premiered on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network on March 19, 2016. “For Peete’s Sake” follows the lives of the family of former NFL player, Rodney Peete and his wife, “21 Jump Street” actress, Holly Robinson Peete [15]. The show takes a comedic look at Rodney and Holly’s four kids, as well as Robinson Peete’s eccentric, 80-year-old mother. OWN‘s latest docuseries has been added to the network’s Saturday night schedule. It was produced exclusively for The Oprah Winfrey Network by Tremendous! Entertainment and has signed on Colleen Needles Steward, John Ferriter, Kyell Thomas, Shannon Keenan Demers and Andy Meyer as producers, alongside the Peete’s, who will also be executive producers on the show [16].


It’s Not You, It’s Men

Also premiering on The Oprah Winfrey Network this season is “It’s Not You, It’s Men,” a relationship talk show hosted by musicians, Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run [17]. The show uses Gibson’s status as a bachelor and single father to contrast Rev Run’s 20 years of marriage in an attempt to generate with diverse opinions and conflicting viewpoints. Each episode, Gibson and Rev Run use their difference in experience to discuss topics such as modern romance, dating, and relationships with a featured celebrity guest. Past guests have included Jordin Sparks, Marlon Wayans, and Vin Diesel. “It’s Not You, It’s Men” premiered on January 23, 2016. It is produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Voltron Productions and Simmons/Lehman productions. Gibson and Rev Run are executive producers on the show along with Jerome Martin, Isabella Castro, Michael Lehman, and creator/showrunner Eric Pankowski [18].


New Programming and Upfronts

Following Discovery’s success last year in not spending money on a lavish upfront party, Discovery has opted to take a similar approach this year, and has broken up their upfronts into 14 smaller agency presentations throughout the country, and have decided to reallocate the former upfront money to content production [19]. The goal in this is to expand and improve content, while also increasing the Discovery Communications presence internationally.

Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel Logo. Image courtesy of Hollywood Reporter [26].

Discovery Channel Logo. [29]

In an effort to gain new viewers, Discovery Channel is adding their first two scripted television series. The first, titled “Harley and the Davidsons,” is a miniseries that follows the story of William Harley and Arthur Davidson, creators of the iconic motorcycle. Discovery is hoping to attract audiences to the series by featuring “Game of Thrones stars, Michiel Huisman and Robert Aramayo [20]. The show is set to air September, 2016. The second scripted series, entitled “Manifesto,” is an FBI drama from the minds of Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti and tells the story of one man’s search and take down of “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski [21].


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The Learning Channel Logo [30]

Following major scandals in the past several years with both “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “19 Kids and Counting,” TLC is trying hard to gain back audiences it may have lost. Because of this, The Learning Channel also has ordered its first scripted series, to be produced by Tyler Perry. The show will follow a young woman forced to return to her home in a trailer park amid scandals in her life in D.C. [22]. Additionally, the network hopes to further pick up more viewers by adding two shows that follow a similar format as “Trading Places,” as well as two other shows about large families that will likely take the place of “19 Kids and Counting.”

Additionally, this summer TLC will be launching under a new campaign with the slogan: “I Am.” The “I Am” campaign uses its current stars and shows to encourage viewers to think positively about themselves, and to recognize the unique aspects of themselves that make each person special. In light of TLC’s recent controversies, TLC president and general manager, Nancy Daniels, said “with real people, real things happen.” The campaign symbolizes the network’s desires to move on from the scandals, and to remind their viewers of their positive message.


What’s Next

On April 19, Discovery Communications and HBO announced that they would join together in purchasing equity stakes in OTOY, a virtual reality and 3D graphics company [24].


OTOY Logo [23]

Both Discovery and HBO hope to use this newfound access to holographic technology to produce innovative forms of technology on various different media platforms. Discovery aims to get this content out on TV, web, mobile, as well as to create wearable technologies for both virtual reality and augmented reality [25]. Discovery hopes that this outlet will be the source to “[take] Discovery VR, to a whole new level” [26].




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AMC Networks

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AMC Networks

11 Penn Plaza, New York, NY


AMC networks was originally founded in 1980 as Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, a division of cable vision. In 2011 Rainbow Media became independent of cablevision, and was spun off as AMC networks, taking the moniker of its most successful and widely recognized channel, with Josh Sapan as president and CEO. It officially became a publicly traded company on July 1st, 2011. AMC networks encompasses the AMC channel, the IFC channel, Sundance TV and WeTV, as well as a 49.9% interests in BBC America, a joint venture with BBC worldwide.  As part of an effort to become a more international AMC also acquired Chellomedia, which operates cables networks internationally, primarily in Europe, in 2013 for $1.04 billion dollars. Chellomedia became AMC international on July 8th, 2014.

Key Executives 

Josh Sapan Headshot 200x200

Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks [3]

Ed Carroll, COO of AMC Networks [2]

Sean Sullivan, Executive VP and CFO of AMC Networks [4]









AMC networks has expanded rapidly since 2007. The main driver of this success has been the AMC channel, due primarily to the success of original programing, namely Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. AMC’s fourth quarter earnings for 2015 exceeded most projections, posting a $1.23 earnings per share, up from $1.06 the previous fourth quarter, and up from the $1.18 that was projected. AMC posted a net revenue of $2.581 billion dollars in 2015, an 18.6% increase from 2014. AMC also posted revenue of $678.85 million in 2015, which represents a 10.82% increase over 2014. Despite all this growth, concerns over industry wide issues such as cord cutting, as well as worries over the stability of The Walking Dead, AMC’s flagship franchise, has caused stock prices to fall to $65.19, from a 52 week high of $87.18. AMC traditionally draws most of its revenue from cable subscriptions, with beloved original programming such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men, leading to customers who are very vocal with their cable providers about wanting the AMC channel. However, huge audiences, particularly in certain demographics that are sought after by advertising companies, has led to increases in revenue from advertising.  Advertising revenue grew 23.6% in 2015, to $945 million. Revenue from distribution grew as well in 2015, and still represents the majority of AMC networks revenue, growing 21.5% from 2014 to 2015, to $1.190 billion.

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AMC’s Stocks For the 2015 Fiscal Year. For up to the minute stock reports [10]


Fear the Walking Dead promotional poster for season 2 [26]

Current Programing


The Walking Dead promotional material [26]

Based on the popular comic book series and set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, The Walking Dead is AMC’s flagship program. This is due in no small part to its popularity among the coveted 18-49 demographic. The season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, which aired on April 3rd, took the top spot for that week in cable programming, beating out even the NCAA Final Four, with a total viewership of over 14.1 million. Of that 14.1 million, 8.7 million where people within the 18-49 demo that advertising companies place a premium on, equaling a 6.9 rating.  Talking Dead, the talk show that immediately follows The Walking Dead placed 5th overall with 6.3 million viewers, but was 3rd among the 18-49 demo, with 3.8 million viewers and a 3.1 rating. Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff series of The Walking Dead, has managed to replicate its success, albeit to a lesser degree.  Fear the Walking Dead has managed to beat out even the NBA playoff games, to hold on to the top spot in the weeks since The Walking Dead concluded its 6th season. The success of The Walking Dead has been used to help launch more of AMC’s original shows, as placing the premieres of these new series immediately after episodes of the Walking Dead has helped to increase their exposure greatly.

Fear the Walking Dead is not the only spin off series that AMC has launched, as Better Call Saul, a spinoff of Breaking Bad, has just concluded its second season.  Another original show, into the Badlands, a post-apocalyptic martial arts series, was launched following the Walking Dead to great success, enjoying the 3rd highest rated first season for a cable television series ever, averaging 5.6 million viewers per episode.


Into the Badlands promotional Material [26]

AMC Networks other channels such as IFC, possess nowhere near the same kind of influence as AMC does, especially when it comes to negotiating distribution deals with cable providers, as they are simply not in as high demand. IFC specializes primarily in showing smaller, independent films.

Upcoming Programming

Much of AMC’s upcoming content focus on new seasons of already popular franchises, although there are certainly more original shows being launched as well. Both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead have been renewed for a 7th and 3rd season respectively. Fear The Walking Dead will increase its episode count to 16 episodes per season, up from 15.  In addition to the Walking Dead Franchise, the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, has been renewed for a 10 episode third season, after averaging  4.4 million viewers per episode in season 2, of which 2.5 million were in the 18-49 demographic. Into the Badlands has also been renewed for a 10 episode second season, that will premier in 2017. As part of AMC’s strategy to expand more internationally, the second season of Into the Badlands will air simultaneously in 125 countries, similar to how the first season did.


Promotional material for the upcoming Preacher [26]


Better Call Saul promotional poster [26]

A completely new show, The Preacher, will be launched after the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead. The Preacher will star Dominic Cooper and follows a Texas preacher who is possessed by a mysterious entity, and will be a drama mixed with dark comedy. The series is based off a comic book series, and the hope is that premiering it after Fear the Walking Dead will cause more people to see it, similar to the strategy AMC employed with into the Badlands.


The huge success of The Walking Dead franchise has caused AMC executives to be hopeful that they can continue their trend of increasing revenue from ad sales, and that their network can be seriously considered as an alternative to broadcast networks when looking to buy ad space, especially considering that AMC has the top 2 cable programs in both total viewership, and among the 18-49 demographic. AMC has been criticized for having a seemingly huge reliance on The Walking Dead franchise for success, but by using the franchise to help launch new original shows, AMC is continually diversifying its programming offerings. AMC has made it a point to target scatter advertising buys, as opposed to those bought during upfront season. The Walki
ng Dead currently pulls in among the highest advertising prices, with the average cost for a commercial being $502,000.



AMC’s Mad Men promotional poster [26]

AMC has experienced a near meteoric rise to prominence in the past few years. Primarily focusing on showing movies, like the American Movie Classics name suggests, it was only in 2007 that they started to produce widely successful original programming. Following the example HBO set with The Soprano’s, AMC set out to produce I high quality program, with the hope that critical acclaim would bring with it viewership. After Mad Men won 3 consecutive outstanding drama Emmys, AMC started to shift it’s focus to original content, and now has 10 original shows. AMC finished 4th among all cable networks with the 18-49 demographic, a number which only seems poised to increase in the coming years.


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A&E Television Networks – Max Redinger

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A+E Networks Logo

A+E Television Networks Logo / Source: [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: [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: [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: [2]

- Melvin Berning - President, Chief Revenue Officer

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

Michael Feeney - Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

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












Vice Media LLC logo / Source: [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:

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

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:



The communications giant, Liberty Global’s, logo / Source: [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:

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:

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:

Arturo Interian / Source: [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:

Stacy Green / Source: [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: [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:

The History Channel logo / Source: [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:

A+E channel Liftime’s logo / Source: [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: [36]

A+E channel FYI’s logo / Source: [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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[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: (1)

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


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.
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  • 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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(13) Box Office Mojo. Movies: Terminator 2015. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

(14) Box Office Mojo. Movies: MI5. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

(15) Box Office Mojo. Movies: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

(16) Box Office Mojo. Movies: Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

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(18) Paramount Pictures. Paramount Showcase: Roman Holiday. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

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(23) Deadline. J.J. Abrams Extends Deal to July 2018. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

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(25) Paramount Pictures. Paramount Showcase: Zoolander 2. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

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(42) Daddy’s Home Trailer. Retrieved December 1st 2015.

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21st Century Fox (TV)

Jason Mussman
Corporate Logo

21st Century Fox Corporate Logo [1]                Source: 21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox was formed on June 28, 2013 with the division of News Corp into two separate companies, 21st Century Fox (The Entertainment Properties) and News Corp (The Publishing Properties[2]. Founded by Rupert Murdoch, one of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry today, 21st Century Fox was created to bring about the future of film and broadcasting industry [3]. Rupert Murdoch still remains Executive Chairman of the Board but on July 1st 2015 Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, took over as CEO [4].  21st Century Fox has a broad portfolio of global assets in the broadcast and film industry. 21st Century Fox’s most prominent broadcast network are the FOX Networks.

Early in June 2015 21st Century Fox and News Corp. reached an agreement to move their world headquarters [5].  The new headquarters will be at the second World Trade Center site. The building being developed by Bjarke Ingels Group, will house studios, be completely state of the art and will put a new more meaningful location to 21st Century Fox [5]


Executive Leadership

Rupert Murdoch Executive Chairman

Rupert Murdoch [6]
Executive Chairman – 21st Century Fox.  Source: Eva Rinaldi

Lachlan Murdoch [7]                Executive Chairman – 21st Century Fox.  Source: Deadline

James Murdoch CEO - 21st Century Fox

James Murdoch [8]
CEO – 21st Century Fox.  Source: Deadline


21st Century Fox reaches over 1.8 Billion customers daily through its portfolio of film, cable and broadcast networks [9]. 21st Century Fox has assets in both the broadcast

Some assets owned by 21st Century Fox

Some assets owned by 21st Century Fox [11] Source: 21st Century Fox

and cable networks including, FOX, YES, FX, FXX, FOX News Channel, FOX Sports and the most recently acquired, National Geographic [9].

The FOX network currently has 16 shows in its fall lineup with hit show Empire, leading the ratings [10].


Logo for 21st Century Fox subsidiary Fox Sports

Fox Sports logo [13]                                            Source: Fox Sports

21st Century Fox continually innovates, standing behind its cable networks to drive revenue growth. The 21st Century Fox brand is globally recognizable because of its strategy to acquire and keep viewers. Sports and News programming is the cornerstone of this strategy [12]. 21st Century Fox continues to combat cord cutting by continuing to improve on its Sports and News content and programming [12]. These two types of content bring in a live audience and help keep 21st Century Fox on top of the marketplace.

Anual Revenue

21st Century Fox Annual Revenue [15]           Source: 21st Century Fox Investor Relations

In Fiscal 2015, 21st Century Fox’ revenue dropped 9% from $31,867,000,000 to $28,987,000,000 [12].  The drop in revenue was due in large part to the sale of its direct broadcast networks [12]. During this same period, 21st Century Fox held nearly 25% of the market share of all Cable Programming, second to only Disney [14]. While Television made up approximately 17% of 21st Century Fox total revenue, it dropped 8%, or $401 Million from 2014 [12]. At the same time, advertising sales decreased by 14%. The main cause of the falling prices was due to lower ratings on the FOX networks entertainment shows [12].

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Screenshot of market share for Cable Network Programming [14] Source: CSIMarket

21st Century Fox trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker FOXA.  Today, December 1st 2015, the share price for 21st Century fox is $30.26 [16]. This is a 5.56% decline from fiscal 2014 where the stock sat at $35.79 [16]. As stated earlier, the decline in stock price was due to in large part to poor ratings from Fox’s entertainment shows [12].

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FOXA Stock Price [27]  Source: Google Finance

National Geographic Acquisition


National Geographic Cover – June 1985 [28] Source: National Geographic

With the goal of saving National Geographic and expanding on its efforts in science and innovation, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox agreed on a Joint Venture. The deal took place on September 9th creating the for-profit Joint Venture National Geographic Partners [17]. For $725 Million 21st Century Fox will take control of 73% of National Geographic [18]. This merger will give 21st Century Fox new assets on both the television and print front [19]. This merger will help both National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, and will provide both companies with new assets in both content and financials. The National Geographic endowment will increase to $1 Billion, providing more finances for innovation and research throughout the world [18]. This move will help 21st Century Fox reach a broader audience as well as give it more assets on the digital platform.



Promo for Empire [29]    Source: Fox

January 7th 2015, FOX Network, the leading cable network for 21st Century Fox, premiered a new show that would significantly impact 21st Century Fox as well as the world around it. Empire, a show that centers on African American artists and executives, are all seen fighting for control of a music empire [21]. Empire continually leads in ratings each week, bringing in massive revenue for 21st Century Fox [20]. Currently, Empire is the second priciest show for advertisers, coming in just behind Sunday Night football. A typical ad spot for Empire, costs just around $500,000 [32]. While Empire brings in a diverse audience, it is one of the highest rated shows among African American viewers [22]. Empire is doing more than just helping Fox on screen. Because the show centers on the music industry, the show is also constantly creating new songs and new stars [22].

Presidential Debate

Tweet by Justin Haskins after 3rd Republican Primary Debate  [30]                                                       Source: Justin Haskins, Twitter

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Tweet by Mark Simone after 3rd Republican Primary Debate [31]                                                     Source: Mark Simone, Twitter

After rival network CNBC inappropriately handled the moderation of the third Republican Presidential primary debate, the RNC suspended its future debate scheduled with CNBC [23]. At this time FOX Business stepped up and requested to host the next debate.

The RNC agreed and stated that “Fox Business won’t become a character in the campaign soap opera”, something that CNBC was accused of doing in the prior debate [23]. CEO James Murdoch later stated that he was going to show America the way a real debate should be handled, giving time to the real issues of the economy and the future and not an entertainment show [23]. This move for FOX will not only help with ratings, it will also bring in significant cash. Because of its estimated 14 million viewer audience, it is estimated that each 30 second spot, will bring into Fox roughly $250,000 [23].

The Future

Fox Assets

Assets of 21st Century Fox   [26]                     Source: 21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox will continue to innovate and continue to bring in revenue for its shareholders. With its diverse and ever expanding portfolio, 21st Century Fox will continue to be a a leader in the global entertainment industry. By continually investing and utilizing innovative methods to fight against cord cutting, 21st Century Fox will continue to grow and produce strong earnings for its investors.

Breaking News!

The Primetime Emmy nominated show Bones is currently suing 20th Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox [24].  The lawsuit is being brought on by the actors and producers of the show.  In the suit the plaintiffs claim that Fox made “sweetheart deals” that cheated them out of tens and millions of dollars [25].  Deschanel and Boreanaz, two of the stars of Bones, claim that they are contractually entitled to 3% of the shows profits.  21st Century Fox has not commented on the suit [24].

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[9] “Investor Relations  .” Investor Relations. Accessed December 02, 2015.

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[11] “Index of /wp-content/uploads/2014/08.” Index of /wp-content/uploads/2014/08. Accessed December 02, 2015.

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[16] “Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.” : NASDAQ:FOXA Quotes & News. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[17] Laylin, Tafline. “National Geographic Contributors Embrace Fox Deal with Ample Cautio.” The Guardian. September 16, 2015. Accessed December 2, 2015.

[18] “National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox Agree to Expand Partnership.” National Geographic Society Press Room. September 09, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[19] Farhi, Paul. “National Geographic Gives Fox Control of Media Assets in $725 Million Deal.” Washington Post. September 9, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[20] Porter, Rick. “Rock Steady: The Most Consistently Rated Shows of Fall 2015.” TV By The Numbers by Zap2itcom. November 26, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[21] “Empire.” IMDb. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[22]  “A SPRAWLING EMPIRE: HOW FOX’S HIT TV SHOW AFFECTS MUSIC.” Nielsen. September 23, 2015. Accessed December 2, 2015.

[23] Gold, Hadas. “For Debate, Fox Business Aims to Be the Anti-CNBC.” POLITICO. November 9, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[24] Patten, Dominic. “Fox “Cheated” ‘Bones’ Stars Out Of More Than $100M, New Profit-Participation Suit Claims.” Deadline. November 30, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[25] Balloni, Matthew. “‘Bones’ Producer Sues Fox for “Accounting Chicanery,” Claims Top Execs “Threatened” Him.” The Hollywood Reporter. November 25, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

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[30 ]Haskins, Justin. “CNBC Has Totally Discredited Itself Tonight with This Travesty of a Debate. The Questions Have Been Atrocious and Biased. #GOPDebate.” Twitter. October 28, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

[31] Simone, Mark. “The Big Winner of This Debate – FOX Business Network. CNBC Looking Too Biased, a Little Sleazy and Untrustworthy #GOPDebate #CNBCGOPDebate.” Twitter. October 28, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2015.

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AMC Networks Inc.

by Hsin-Tzu (Teresa) Lin


AMC Networks Inc. Logo

[1] AMC Networks Inc. Logo

Founded in 1980 (formally known as Rainbow Media Holdings LLC), AMC Networks Inc. [2] is an American Entertainment company currently standing as the one of the leading cable television broadcasters in the United States. AMC Networks owns and operates various popular channels within the cable television realm: AMC, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), Sundance TV, Women’s Entertainment TV (WE tv), and IFC Films [3]. The company also acquired Chellomedia in 2013 and through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide, now operates BBC America as well [3]. With an impressive programming portfolio, the cable network has aired many critical and popular series such as “Breaking Bad”, “Walking Dead”, and “Mad Men”, reaching more than 95 million households across the country [4].


11 Penn Plaza,

New York, NY 10001,

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AMC Networks Inc. is a publicly traded company with a stock price of $77.27 as of April 16th 2015 [3]. In its fourth quarter reports of 2014, AMC Networks exceeded expert estimates with the reported $1.15 earnings per share, vastly beating the prediction of $0.99 [6]. Its fourth quarter also showed promising numbers as the company’s revenue increased 40%[7] to $609.44 million [8], and also revealed a 24.3% jump in advertising revenues [7] to $255 million [9]. The company continues to expect the advertising sector to be the “growth driver” of the year. AMC Networks’ First Quarter 2015 report will be released May 4th [10].

[17] Chellomedia’s Logo

It has been a fruitful and successful season for AMC Networks. With its strategic acquisition of Chellomedia[17] and partnership with BBC Worldwide, AMC Networks has greatly boosted its international revenue by 516% to $110.3 million [11], helping the company exceed estimated Q4 earnings. The company also seeks further development through striking a deal with Dish Network Corporation: to include AMC’s “Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” in Sling TV, its newly launched online video streaming service [12].



AMC has carried numerous programs throughout its 30 years of existence. Amongst its most popular and successful are “Breaking Bad”, “Walking Dead”, and “Mad Men”. The former two of these series have sprung a spinoff off their original plot-lines, in hopes to further continue the series’ monumental success and keep their fan-base after losing “Breaking Bad” after the series has aired [26].

♦Breaking Bad and its spinoff “Better Call Saul”♦

Game changer underdog series “Breaking Bad” has finished its run, ending with 10.3 million viewers and a 5.2 rating within the adults the 18-49 demographic[13]. From its previous season (premiered in 2013), Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have brought in an astonishing 442% increase in viewership within just two years[13]. With this kind of result, AMC released a trial prequel spinoff series “Better Call Saul” earlier this year to extend the popular series further. “Saul” wrapped its first season with amazing results, raking in $2.53 million viewers overall, and very positive reviews (Click here to read why people think “Saul” might just be better than “Breaking Bad”). AMC Networks turned their best assets into best revenue generators, working to increase consumption of their most popular series even after it is gone.

♦“The Walking Dead” and its spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead”♦

One of AMC’s most popular cable television shows, “The Walking Dead”, delivered stellar numbers on its season finale. The Season 5 finale episode drew in an averaged rating of 8.2 within the adults 18-49 demographic[16] (and gathering 15.8 million viewers overall)[14]. This has been the highest rated season of “The Walking Dead” in this television season. Seeing the previous spinoff “Better Call Saul’s” success, “The Walking Dead” creator, Robert Kirkman, green-lighted another series spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” to air in Summer 2015. The six-episode prequel mini-series[15] has already created significant anticipation within the “The Walking Dead” fan base, keeping the audience in the loop as they wait for Season 6 of “The Walking Dead” premiering in October[15].

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This tactic of releasing spinoffs in order to maintain and possibly increase their audience base is currently working extremely well for AMC Networks Inc. “Better Call Saul” ended its first season strongly, and “Fear the Walking Dead” has generated great potential for its release in the summer. The success of “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” has been extremely beneficial to the company and creating a prequel/spinoff to the original series was a wise direction to lead to.



AMC Networks also houses the growingly popular series “Orphan Black”, and the critically acclaimed, award winning “Mad Men”.

Orphan Black Season 2 Cast

[21] Orphan Black Season 2 Cast

Just recently, Season 3 of “Orphan Black” ran across all 5 network channels of AMC Networks (AMC, SundanceTV, IFC, We TV, and BBC America) as a way to boost the series’ audience reach. AMC Networks COO Edward A. Carroll quotes…

“AMC Networks is a channel group known for high-quality storytelling and creating a premiere television event for ‘Orphan Black’ is a perfect opportunity to use our programming assets to help extend the reach of this quality series.” 


[22] Mad Men in AMC Networks is not doing as well as it should

[22] Mad Men in AMC Networks is not doing as well as it should

Although considered as one of the best dramas in cable, “Mad Men” does not pull as much of an audience as it should [23]. Unfortunately, “Mad Men” was ranked #21 amongst other cable dramas last year [23]. Despite this, AMC Networks announced that the ad spaces on “Mad Men’s” season finale on May 17th have been completely sold out [24], still indicating the affluence and importance of the show.



As AMC Networks Inc. develops, CEO Josh Sapan quotes that international expansion “continues to be a focus” and allowing AMC Networks to “capitalize long term on international pay TV growth and drive long-term value for our shareholders.” [11] With the acquisition of Chellomedia and BBC America, AMC is now transitioning towards a more global distribution to show it’s content. AMC now is available in 120 countries as well as the Sundance Channel in 70 countries [25].

AMC Networks Inc. has a bright future ahead of its path. Not only is the company busy with its national expansion with series spinoffs, but it is also seeking to expand globally to distribute its contents to the world.  Global distribution would only propel AMC Networks’ development forwards and bring the company to the next level of the cable television realm.



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[11] “AMC Networks International Operations Help It To Beat Q4 Earnings Expectations”., Retrieved April 14th 2015.

[12] “Dish Network Rolls Out Sling TV, Reaches Deal With AMC”. Wall Street Journal, Retrieved April 14th 2015.

[13] “‘Breaking Bad’ series finale ratings smash all records”. Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved April 16th 2015.

[14] “‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Finale is Highest Rated Finale in Series History, Garnering 15.8 Million Viewers”., Retrieved April 16th 2015.

[15] “Here’s the First Teaser for The Walking Dead Spin-Off”. Vanity Fair, Retrieved April 16th 2015.

[16] “AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Draws Record Finale Ratings”., Retrieved April 16th 2015.

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[18] Better Call Saul Photo., Retrieved April 17th 2015.

[19] Fear the Walking Dead Photo., Retrieved April 17th 2015.

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[21] Orphan Black Season 2 Cast photo., Retrieved April 17th 2015.

[22] Mad Men Cast Photo., Retrieved April 17th 2015.

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NewsCorp/21st Century – Fox



by Lina Ortega

21st Century Fox

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                                                         21st Century Fox                                                                                                         1211 Avenue of the Americas                                                                                                              44th floor                                                                 New York, NY 10036-8701

Key Executives

Rupert Murdoch

                              Rupert Murdoch: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer                               [Image courtesy of:]

President and Chief Operating Officer

                              Chase Carrey: President and Chief Operating Officer                              [Image Courtesy of:]

James Murdoch: Co-Chief Operating Officer

                                    James Murdoch: Co-Chief Operating Officer                                     [Image Courtesy of:]

About 21st Century Fox

What was once News Corporation since 1953 [I], is now comprised by “News Corp” and “21st Century Fox.” News Corp consists of a publishing group that includes several newspapers like Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Times of London. 21st Century Fox is a broadcasting and film company that includes the “Fox News channel”, “20th Century movie and television studios”, “Fox sports”, “FX”, “National Geographic” and “FOX broadcast network”. [II] This separation was intended to ensure that both companies were conducted under more a centered management, which makes both companies more valuable.

21st Century Fox is a global media company and was founded in June 28, 2013 [III]. It acquires market from four principal operating segments: 1- Cable network programming, which it’s mostly production and licensing content through cable, telecommunications providers, and broadcast satellite. 2- Television, which operates the company’s 28 full-power broadcast stations. 3- Film Entertainment, the operator of the company’s numerous film and television production studios. 4- Direct Broadcast Satellite Television, which provides programming to international markets. The company also holds a 39% of BSkyB, the British entertainment and communications provider. 21st Century Fox makes its revenue principally on affiliate subscriptions, broadcast  and advertising fees, content licensing and retransmission revenues to maintain the top line [IV]. Fox Broadcasting Company ended the year 2012 at number one in the key adult demographic for the eight consecutive year in America [V].


The Cable Network Programming segment surpassed $12 billion in revenue for the first time in its history, up 13% over their prior year.                                                             2014 21st Century Fox Annual Report:2014 21st Century Fox Annual Report

What’s Happening Now?

In cable programming, FX Networks has currently 25 successful shows on air [VI].

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American Horror Story is now on the 7th episode of its 4th season “Freak Show” and it is one of the most watched TV series of the FX Networks. The show presents an anthology of different narratives for each new season [VII]. With an 8.4 out of 10 by IMDB, the show went from 2.82 million viewers on its first season to 4.00 million viewers now [VIII].


In television, FOX has a great variety of very recognized shows that can range mostly in animation, comedy, and thriller.

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One of the FOX newest TV shows premiered recently on September 22, 2014 with 8.21 million viewers [IX]. Gotham explores the beginning tales of Commissioner Gordon.  While in the show he is still a detective, he has yet to meet Batman and the villains who made Gotham City so popular [X]. Gotham received two nominations in the TV divisions for the “American Society of Cinematographers 29th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards” . Additionally, the pilot was recognized in the category for a TV movie, miniseries or pilot [XI].

20th Century Fox is one of the most recognized film industries in the world. This year 2014, Fox released 13 feature films with a result of $1,539,266,539 in total gross [XII]. This includes: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, How to Train your Dragon 2, Gone Girl and Rio 2, as in order of total ranking.

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Gone Girl was released in October 3, 2014 and it has a domestic total of $160,757,000 as of today November 30th, plus a $173,400,000 of foreign totals while the production budget was only 61 million. Currently in its 5th week, it is ranked number 8 [XIII]. Gone Girl has received many awards including  the “Hollywood Film Award” at the 2014 Hollywood Film Festival [XIV].

Penguins of Madagascar is an animated comedy distributed by 20th Century Fox and is its newest film on the market, released on November 26, 2014. This film takes the peculiar penguin characters of the previous Madagascar movies, whom must stop a villain doctor from destroying the world [XV]. As of its first weekend it is currently number two with a total gross of $36 million [XVI].

This has been one of the best years for Fox and they are not planning on backing down. On December 5, 2014 The Pyramid will be released. The Pyramid is about an archaeological team ventures to unlock the mysteries of a lost pyramid and instead find themselves hunted by an insidious creature [XVII].

As Europe’s leading entertainment company, Sky has 20 million consumers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, and Ireland [XVIII].

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Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller that brings together literature’s most terrifying classical characters, like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray [XIX]. It aired on May 11, 2014, and it won “Most Exciting New Series” at the Critics Choice Television Awards [XX]. Penny Dreadful is coming back with its new season for a 2015 debut on the channel [XXI].

In Other News

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Exodus: Gods and Kings has received criticism due to its lack of ethnic diversity, to which Rupert Murdoch decided to respond by tweeting the following: “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.” [XXII]. Murdoch has not received too many good responses about this issue.

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On October 10, 2014, 21st Century Fox and Apollo made an agreement to create a leading company multi-platform content provider each of them owning 50 percent. Now Endemol, Shine Group, and Core Media will be a sole group in over 30 markets including digital, gaming and distribution operations [XXIII].

Up until 2018, Fox has 48 movies, including many sequels as well as prequels that are yet to come [XXIV].

[I] News Corporation Limited History     From 2002. Retrieved November 27, 2014             [II] NewsCorp Divides Into Two Companies     From June 28, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2014                                                                                                                              [III] 21st Century Fox Company Details     Retrieved November 27, 2014                         [IV] 21st Century Fox Analysis     From November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.                                                                                                                                   [V] Fox Broadcasting Company     Retrieved November 29, 2014.                                        [VI] 21st Century Fox     Retrieved November 27, 2014.                                                       [VII] American Horror Story     Retrieved November 29, 2014                                               [VIII] American Horror Story Numbers     From October 13, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014                                                                                                                                   [IX] Monday Final Ratings     From September 23, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014     [X] Gotham TV Show     From September 22, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014           [XI] ASC Nominations for TV Cinematography     From November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                                                                           [XII] 20th Century Fox Box Office Mojo     From November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                                                                                             [XIII] Box Office Mojo     Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                       [XIV] Gone Girl Tops Hollywood Film Awards     From November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                                                                           [XV] The Penguins of Madagascar     Retrieved December 1, 2014                                 [XVI] Penguins of Madagascar Box Office Mojo     Retrieved December 1, 2014.               [XVII] The Pyramid     Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                           [XVIII] Sky     Retrieved November 29, 2014.                                                                         [XIX] Penny Dreadful TV Series     Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                       [XX] Penny Dreadful Awards       Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                    [XXI] Penny Dreadful First Look     From November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                                                                                                   [XXII] Rupert Murdoch’s Response     From November 30, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.                                                                                                                                   [XXIII] 21st Century Fox and Apollo     From October 10, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.                                                                                                                                   [XXIV] New Movie Releases     Retrieved November 30, 2014.

Columbia Pictures

by Ian McCourt

Columbia Pictures


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Contact Information: [ii]

10202 West Washington Boulevard

Culver City, CA 90232


Key Executives:

Michael Lynton       CEO, Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group

Amy Pascal  Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group









Doug Belgrad President, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group President, Columbia Pictures

David Hendler  Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment









Michael De Luca President, Production, Columbia Pictures

Michael De Luca
President, Production, Columbia Pictures

President, Production, Columbia Pictures

Hannah Minghella President, Production, Columbia Pictures








Executives Photos and Information Courtesy of: [iii]

About Columbia Pictures:

In 1918, Harry and Jack Cohn formed CBC Film Sales with an associate of theirs, Joe Brandt. CBC Film Sales (Cohn-Brandt-Cohn) then produced small-budget short films and featurettes until a few experiments with feature films and an eye for larger profits prompted them to form Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1924. Columbia established itself in the cinema world, however, with the discovery of director Frank Capra in 1927.  He would bring the company many Academy Awards, including the Best Picture films “It Happened One Night” and “You Can’t Take it With You.”  Columbia would continue to grow and prosper as the decades moved past, and it was bought by Coca-Cola in 1982.  However, a mere seven years later, Columbia Pictures and all of its holdings were bought by the Sony Corporation in 1989. [iv] It is now a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment‘s Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, along with Tristar Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics and Screengems. [v]


It is to be noted that Sony’s Financial Reports for the Pictures Division encompasses not only Columbia Pictures, but also the Tristar Pictures and Screengems studios, as well as any TV production and distribution financials. Regardless, Sony Pictures Entertainment reported that revenue decreased 3% on a constant currency (U.S. dollar) standard to 1,671 million dollars for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2014 from 1,815 million for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2013. [vi][vii] This was due to lower theatrical revenues due to fewer theatrical releases in Q2 FY14 as opposed to Q2 FY13. [viii]  Sony predicts that the pictures division will make 8,100 million U.S. dollars for the total Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2015. [ix]

What’s Happening Now?

In 2014, Columbia Pictures has released nine films, three of which are still in theaters as of December 1, 2014. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street are leading in gross so far respectively, with 22 Jump Street still in theaters. [x]

22 Jump Street
This sequel to the hit 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and follows the adventures of Officers Schmidt and Jenko as they go undercover as college students. The film is directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.

Image and Synopsis Courtesy IMDB [xi]

In its opening weekend (June 13-15, 2014), 22 Jump Street opened at number one, making $57,071,445 domestically to its $50 million budget. The film is now in its twenty-third week, having made $331,333,876 worldwide as of December 1, 2014. [xii]

The Equalizer
In The EqualizerDenzel Washington stars as a man who has put his dark past behind him, only to return to his old ways when he meets a girl who is under the control of Russian gangsters. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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Image and Synopsis Courtesy IMDB [xiii]

In its opening weekend (Sept. 26-28, 2014) The Equalizer opened number one at the box office, earning $34,137,828 to its $55 million budget. Now in its ninth week, the film has made $190,173,178 internationally as of December 1, 2014. [xiv]

Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf, tells the tale of an Army Sergeant nicknamed Wardaddy (Pitt) who commands a Sherman tank with a five-man crew against amazing odds in an attempt to cripple Nazi Germany. The film is written and directed by David Ayer.

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Image and Synopsis Courtesy IMDB [xv]

Opening number one at the box office, Fury made $23,702,421 to its $68 million budget during its opening weekend (Oct. 17-19, 2014). Going through its seventh week in theaters, Fury has made $171,707,000 internationally as of December 1, 2014. [xvi] On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2014, the movie was free at Regal and AMC Theaters for all current personnel or veterans with a valid I.D. [xvii]

Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary Re-Release)
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters was back in theaters beginning August 29, 2014. [xviii] It tells the story of three parapsychology professors struggling for work who decide to open up a ghost removal business. It stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver.  It is directed by Ivan Reitman. [xix]

Image Credit

Image Credit [xx]

The re-release opened at fifteenth its opening weekend (August 29-31, 2014), making $1,756,513. It closed on September 18, 2014, despite being advertised as only being open for one week.  During this time, it made $3,580,343.  This makes the film’s total lifetime gross $242,212,467 as of December 1, 2014. [xxi]

In Other News:

In early November, Columbia Pictures requested to a Florida federal court that its anti-piracy policies be kept secret.  The information on these policies is now in a closed case between Hotfile, a file-sharing site that closed down in 2013, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). [xxii] Columbia is insisting that if this information were released, it would render the company incapable to protect its copyrighted works. This comes after U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams ruled that the information is in the public interest and should be released. [xxiii]


Image Courtesy Dailytech [xxvi]

On November 24, 2014, hackers took control of Sony’s computer systems.  A group claiming to be the hackers then criticized Sony CEO Michael Lynton in a tweet, calling him “a criminal.” [xxiv] Since then, versions of five films belonging to Sony Pictures have been released online: AnnieFuryStill AliceMr. Turner, and To Write Love on Her Arms. Of those five films, only Fury has been released in theaters, but even that film hasn’t had a DVD release yet.  These films are already reported to have been illegally downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. [xxv] Sony has since hired Mandiant Forensics Unit to clean up the attack, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has begun looking into the incident. Sony has been looking to see if the attack was perpetrated by North Korea-backed hackers in retaliation to the upcoming release of the movie, The Interview, which is a comedy about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. [xxvii]

What’s To Come:


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Image Courtesy IMDB [xxix]

One of the films leaked from the hack, Annie will be released in theaters on December 19, 2014. Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz, this musical film tells of a young foster kid (Wallis) who toughs out the hard knock life of New York City in 2014.  While it will be competing against Disney‘s Into The Woods, the film is predicted to make about $95 million. [xxviii]




The Interview

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Image Courtesy IMDB [xxxi]

To be released on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014, The Interview is the latest comedy co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Starring Rogen and James Franco, the film is about journalist Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport from the popular TV show Skylark Tonight as they are hired by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un. It is predicted to make $90 million. [xxx]



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