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The Fault is Not in Our Starz

Apologies for the Shakespeare (and John Greene) reference, but talk again has resumed on a possible sale of premium channel Starz, this time with the network  possibly approaching CBS and Lionsgate who are possibly in early talks for the premium network.


Bewkes: Just Don’t Worry

Although it was overshadowed by the news that its Home Box Office unit would launch an over the top service next year, Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes managed to drive home a simple message at the media conglomerate’s investor day Wednesday: “Just don’t worry.”


It’s Your Move, JB

With all the talk around 21st Century Fox’s pursuit of Time Warner Inc., something I fear is getting a bit lost in all the reports of chairman Rupert Murdoch’s pit-bull like approach to acquisitions – Time Warner  chairman Jeff Bewkes is no slouch either.  


Charlie’s Angle

Charlie Ergen may play up the homespun side of his nature at times – make no mistake, this guy is a brilliant and gutsy entrepreneur – but on a recent earnings conference call with reporters, the Dish Network chairman absolutely nailed it when commenting about the merger mania that has swept through the media industry in the last year. Simply put, Ergen said not to believe everything that you hear.

'Forget It'

The broiling carriage dispute between Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA and DirecTV took a nasty turn last week, but the straw that could break the proverbial camel’s back involves one single customer who won’t get to enjoy watching Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in the comfort of his own home – Vin Scully.