Category: M&A in Entertainment

Some More Entertainment and Media M&A Thoughts I’ve Been Meaning to Publish

If other writers are like me, when you write a lot on something, well a lot of great little tidbits and nuggets just don’t fit in. The thoughts are interesting, but will ultimately disrupt the flow of the article or series of articles. The joy of having my own site is I don’t have to ...

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Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave: Part V – Other Thoughts That Didn’t Make It In

Was I too strong in calling this series, “Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave in Media and Entertainment?” I don’t think so. I want emphasize the “think” in that previous sentences. I’ve thought about this a lot. I mean, asked myself many, many, many times, “Wait, are you sure there won’t be a tidal wave surge ...

Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave: Part IV – Making My Predictions

One of the challenges of “big data” is that it is so…big. For any given subject, we have so many ways to measure things. I can pull one set of data to prove my point; you can take the same set of data and pull a different metric to prove your point. Take gun violence: ...

Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave – Part III: Reviewing the Data

It never ceases to amaze me how much more there is to learn about this crazy industry. I call myself the “entertainment strategy guy” and things still surprise me. Take M&A (mergers and acquisitions) in entertainment & media. For years, I thought I closely followed the trends of mergers and acquisitions and all that jazz. ...

Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave – Part II: Reviewing the Narratives

(Check out my first post analyzing the M&A landscape here.) If you think we’re about to ride a wave of deal making, then grab your corporate strategy surfboard and let’s hit the entertainment and media waters! Tortured analogy aside, if you saw the chart from yesterday, you know one thing… …if you want to do ...

Debunking the M&A Tidal Wave – Part I: Setting the Terms

After the Justice Department lost their anti-trust lawsuit against AT&T–which allowed the merger with Time Warner to go through–a consensus emerged in the entertainment press that I would summarize like this: “The approval of this merger will start a wave of acquisitions and mergers in entertainment.” This isn’t a straw man argument: I saw this ...