Viacom CEO’s defiance is a red flag for buyers

June 10, 2016

Philippe Dauman told investors a minority sale of Paramount is still on. Owner Sumner Redstone is objecting. Abrupt changes to the media firm’s corporate bylaws underscore acrimony and suspicion at the board level. Potential partners for Paramount have been forewarned.

Netflix stock horror follows familiar script

October 16, 2014

The film and TV streaming service lost $7 billion of market value after it signed up fewer new subscribers than expected. Even for one of the most-shorted and volatile stocks, a 25 percent decline is notable. And yet investors have seen this movie many times before.

Miramax needn’t be an MGM disaster sequel

By Rob Cox
August 10, 2010

One of Hollywood's biggest flops has been Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. So Tinseltown financiers are understandably puzzled over what looks like a forthcoming sequel to the MGM solvency horror story: a buyout of Miramax.

Review: Hollywood blinds itself to Google’s faults

By Rob Cox
June 7, 2013

Rarely has a cinematic depiction of a business delivered as wet a kiss as “The Internship,” a new buddy film. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play second fiddle to the real star: Google’s corporate culture. The movie makes the Internet firm look less evil than is remotely plausible.

Review: Biopic reveals Steve’s jobs not Steve Jobs

August 16, 2013

Ashton Kutcher ably portrays the Apple founder from his college days to his triumphant return in 1996 from a boardroom coup. For those unfamiliar with the story, “Jobs” is a suitable primer. The film, however, is a career highlight reel, not an especially deep human portrait.

Review: U.S. can’t afford to forget the little guy

September 27, 2013

Occupy Wall Street failed to ignite much indignation about the widening gap between poor and rich. The documentary “Inequality for All” makes a strong case for action. But Robert Reich, ex-Labor Secretary and chief protagonist, doesn’t explain why the public isn’t outraged.

Can Murdoch make Chipmunks out of Na’vi?

January 6, 2010

Avatar’s $1 billion in ticket sales may garner all the headlines for News Corp’s Fox, which released the sci-fi spectacle. But the studio’s other holiday film, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”, may be more valuable to shareholders in Rupert Murdoch’s media group over the long run.