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Disney Steps Up to Digital Plate With $1B BAMTech Investment

Despite the fact that its movie studio posted a spectacular third quarter, with revenue soaring 40%, Walt Disney Co.’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts was once again dominated by a single topic: ESPN’s OTT plans. ...

Disney Buys One-Third of BAMTech for $1 Billion

Extending a string of aggressive investments and acquisitions this decade, Disney Tuesday said it was acquiring 33% of BAMTech, the tech services and video streaming operation launched by Major League Baseball. ...

Disney Q3 Profit and Revenue Rise on Box Office Breakout

The Walt Disney Co. reported revenue of $14.28 billion in the quarter ending July 2, paced by a 40% jump in studio revenue on continued strength in family animation (Finding Dory, Zootopia) and live-action hits (Captain America: Civil War). Operating income gained 8% to $4.46 billion. ...

5 Takeaways at TCA’s Halfway Point

TCA summer press tour is entering an eventful home stretch this week, with CBS, Fox, FX, Showtime and the CW closing out the 2016 edition. The idiosyncratic media gathering doesn’t always cast the die for shows and networks. But it often offers a degree of surprise in a carefully choreographed industry.  ...

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