DreamWorks Animation has the benefit of not being exposed to the weak ad market - but now the weak ad market is actually going to help the film studio cut costs and grow margins.
It was a tough quarter for Viacom, which struggled the economy, namely the weak ad market and lower video game sales of its "Rock Band" game. Plus, Sumner Redstone's media giant had fewer movie releases and tough comps with last year.
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Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. Founded in 1994 by legendary director Steven Spielberg and his colleagues, this animation studio has been the launching pad for Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. But today shareholders got a good scare, after the stock plunged on a downgrade at Pali Research, saying the company’s Monsters Vs Aliens wasn’t performing at the box office. Who is it?
ShoWest is abuzz about Imax now that the company's big format theaters broke records this past weekend with the debut of DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens." The movie was Imax's biggest 3-D debut ever, generating $5.2 million in revenue from just 143 screens.
This will be a monster-size weekend at the movies, and I"m not just talking about box office numbers. Yes, if you have kids, you're sure to find yourself at a matinee of "Monsters vs. Aliens," which is opening on 3,500 screens.
NBC has lured the comedian back to its airwaves, hoping to hit the jackpot once again.
Disney opens its "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" on about 1,200 screens Friday.
Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. Founded in 1994 by legendary director Steven Spielberg and his colleagues, this animation studio has since launched some of the most recognizable animated characters, including Shrek and Kung Fu Panda but today shareholders felt a swift karate kick to the wallet, as the stock plunged on disappointing 4th quarter DVD revenues. Who is it?
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With media conglomerates tanking, pure play movie studios Marvel and DreamWorks Animation look like pretty robust places to ride out the recession, on this day that both report earnings.
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks is now in advanced negotiations with Disney to distribute its films through through its Walt Disney studio.
Even when there's football on the front burner, there's stock trading in the oven, says Brent Wilsey. The president of Wilsey Asset Management finds opportunities for investment in Americans' passion for the Super Bowl.
When the Super Bowl airs on NBC this Sunday a lot of people will be paying more attention to the commercials than the game itself, and this year those ads will be entering a whole new dimension.
While Americans stock up on beer, Buffalo wings and pizza for their Super Bowl parties, marketers are hoping consumers pick up one more item this year: their 3-D glasses. Several big companies are building promotional campaigns around the big game to push new technology and programming options.
The most notable asset Relativity is acquiring is Rogue's library of about 30 films, which can be monetized though DVD sales, TV rights (on the likes of HBO), and now digital distribution. Rogue is known for what Hollywood calls "genre" films, horror films aimed at moviegoers 25 and under, made with a relatively low budget.
Former eBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman has resigned from three corporate boards for personal reasons, a turn-of-the-year move that would free her to run for governor of California.
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With these studio pics running between $100k and $500k per day, an actors' walkout could mean big trouble. Some studios will wait until next year before they start shooting, but for the most part the media giants are getting back to business, because they have little choice.