Jeff Bewkes


Game of Thrones fever drives Time Warner growth

The stunning viewing figures for Game of Thrones have pushed Time Warner and its subsidiary, HBO, to significant subscription growth. Premium cable network HBO saw its subscription revenues rise 13% year-on-year, its highest quarterly growth in 13 years. Revenues for the three months to September 30 at HBO were US$1.6 billion, up on the US$1.43 […]

Time Warner shareholders welcome AT&T deal

Time Warner’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US telco AT&T’s US$85.4 billion takeover of the company. The vote described the deal as a merger, with 78% of outstanding common stock share votes made in favour of the agreement, and of the overall shares 99% were cast in favour of the proposal. However, the key hurdle for […]

Time Warner shareholders welcome AT&T deal

Time Warner’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US telco AT&T’s US$85.4 billion takeover of the company. The vote described the deal as a merger, with 78% of outstanding common stock share votes made in favour of the agreement, and of the overall shares 99% were cast in favour of the proposal. However, the key hurdle for […]

HBO Now passes 2 million US subscribers

HBO has passed surpassed two million domestic subscribers for its over-the-top service HBO Now, parent company Time Warner revealed. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes announced the figure during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, saying he was pleased with HBO’s US over-the-top growth. “HBO is just as focused on reaching consumers abroad, with over-the-top lunches […]

Bewkes: AT&T will ‘accelerate’ HBO Now growth

The international distribution of the HBO Now SVOD service will be “accelerated” by the sale of Time Warner to telecoms giant AT&T, according to Jeff Bewkes. Speaking on an investor call yesterday, Time Warner CEO Bewkes (pictured) said plans to spread HBO Now – originally a US service – into new territories were progressing, and […]

AT&T, Time Warner deal ‘poses new threat to rivals’

The creation of a merged AT&T and Time Warner will have rivals such as Netflix, Disney and Viacom “looking at their strategies with new eyes this morning”, according to a leading media analyst. Ed Barton of UK-based research house Ovum told TBI the implications were “fundamental” for “all distributors without a stake in content and all […]

Time Warner investment values Hulu at $5.8bn

Hulu has been valued at around US$5.83 billion after Time Warner made a multi-million dollar investment in the US streaming service. Turner and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner paid US$583 million for a 10% stake in Hulu, which already counts 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Comcast as part-owners. Former part owner Providence […]

Icahn denies Time Warner stake build

Activist investor Carl Icahn has angrily denied he is quietly building a stake in US media giant Time Warner. Reports emerged in recent days suggesting Icahn was building an equity stake in the company, which houses HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting System. However, Icahn told CNBC: “I don’t own one share of Time […]

Bewkes extends Time Warner term

Jeff Bewkes will remain chairman and CEO of US media giant Time Warner until at least 2020. Having taken up his current post in 2009, he has signed a three-year extension to his existing contract at the company, which counts Turner Broadcasting System, Warner Bros. Entertainment and HBO as its key entertainment assets. Bewkes has […]

Time Warner may extend SVOD holdback window

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has indicated his media giant may begin holding back key programming from subscription on-demand platforms. The move to extend linear broadcasts to “a multiyear period more consistent with traditional syndication” is a clear attempt to keep viewers on Time Warner’s traditional channels by withdrawing sought-after programming from the SVOD space. […]

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