CBS, Showtime, Paramount Execs Talk At&T-Time Warner, ‘Roseanne’

  • Variety
A federal judge’s decision to allow At&T’s acquisition of Time Warner is destined to have ripple effects in the media business.

“I think you’ve cleared the way for more consolidation,” Epix president Michael Wright said Wednesday at Variety‘s Tune In! TV Summit. “My personal expectation is you’re probably going to see more of it.”

Wright was joined by studio and network chiefs from across television in a panel moderated by Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum — who kicked things off with a conversation about Tuesday’s At&T-Time Warner decision.

Several execs shared Wright’s view.

“Unlike some of the fears that it’s going to be anti-competitive, I think it’s going to create a situation where more people are going to be able to compete with some of the streamers who have eaten up some of the environment,” said Lionsgate Television president Sandra Stern.
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