Comcast to buy Dreamworks Animation. Is the Mass Media Company Too Massive? Dreamworks Animation will be sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion . The animation company will join an already-crowded Comcast portfolio that includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, the television networks MSNBC and Bravo, not to mention Hulu, Fandango, the Universal theme parks, and the Philadelphia Flyers hockey franchise. The sale got us asking, ‘when does a mass media company like Comcast become too massive’?
Chipotle-coli According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is one of the most common causes of foodborne-illness in the United States. And the Mexican-food chain Chipotle is now facing a federal criminal investigation for an outbreak at a Simi Valley restaurant that sickened more than 100 customers and employees. This is just one of several instances of Chipotle customers getting food poisoning in various states. So what’s going on? Chipotle is supposed to be the healthy fast food.
The K-Cup Takeover You’re probably familiar with K-Cups, those plastic containers that deliver caffeine in whatever flavor you want. Those little pods made Keurig Green Mountain Coffee a brand beloved by consumers, until those consumers turned on the company. Because aren’t all those K-Cups bad for the environment? And is the K-Cup coffee actually good? Private equity to the rescue! A European firm bought the Green Mountain Coffee company this week for nearly $14 billion. We look at the rise, fall and purchase of Keurig.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.