Is it really, finally happening? Bloomberg reports that, come next week, Verizon will make a first-round bid for Yahoo’s Internet business. To sweeten the deal, Verizon’s willing to make a bid for the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake, according to Bloomberg’s sources. And Bloomberg reports that, should Verizon succeed, it will merge Yahoo’s assets with AOL’s. (As Cynopsis Digital recently noted, such an outcome would help AOL and Verizon to scale some monumentally ambitious digital advertising goals.) Google, Time Inc., and the private equity funds Bain and TPG are also reported to be considering a bid. Meanwhile, AT&T, Comcast, and Microsoft have decided against bidding.
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In the latest Discovery shuffle post-Scripps acquisition, Jane Latman is new GM at Travel Channel, reporting to Henry Schleiff. Latman also will continue to serve as EVP, development and research, for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and GM of Destination America.
Using science as the foundation for stunts and practical jokes, SciJinks, the new science prank show hosted by Johnny Galecki, will premiere Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on Science Channel. Galecki, along with science “prankologists” Tamara Robertson and Jason Latimer, test out science on unsuspecting marks, drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more.
Amazon Prime Video continues to bolster its sports rights portfolio, locking in a deal with the USTA to snag the exclusive live telecast rights to the US Open Tennis Championships for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The five-year agreement, which begins with the 2018 US Open, will bring live and on-demand content to […]