More proof the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise will provide a merch windfall: http://bit.ly/1tiNutA  #dancinggroot▼ Reshared Post From Tim Beyers ▼On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HASFrom the article:"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8QYz/532ae9e2

More proof the #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise will provide a merch windfall: http://bit.ly/1tiNutA #dancinggroot

▼ Reshared Post From Tim Beyers ▼

On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HAS

From the article:

"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “

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Birthday reading. #winhttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8NoM/532ae9e2

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#IBM   #TrueNorth  is right-brain computing, and that could change everything for  #mobileapps  http://bit.ly/1nSJTNcFrom the article:"Pattern recognition is what sets the brain apart. As Modha puts it: "If we think of today’s von Neumann (i.e., traditional) computers as akin to the "left-brain" — fast, symbolic, number-crunching calculators, then TrueNorth can be likened to the "right-brain" — slow, sensory, pattern recognizing machines."Think about that for a minute. With TrueNorth, IBM isn’t going for speed or processing horsepower, but adaptability. Big Blue wants to build machines that learn.”More: http://bit.ly/1nSJTNchttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8L2G/532ae9e2

#IBM   #TrueNorth  is right-brain computing, and that could change everything for #mobileapps  http://bit.ly/1nSJTNc

From the article:

"Pattern recognition is what sets the brain apart. As Modha puts it: "If we think of today’s von Neumann (i.e., traditional) computers as akin to the "left-brain" — fast, symbolic, number-crunching calculators, then TrueNorth can be likened to the "right-brain" — slow, sensory, pattern recognizing machines."

Think about that for a minute. With TrueNorth, IBM isn’t going for speed or processing horsepower, but adaptability. Big Blue wants to build machines that learn.”

More: http://bit.ly/1nSJTNc

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For  #BlackBerry ,  #QNX  and  #Passport  are keys to the future: http://bit.ly/1nQF07g $BBRYFrom the article:" … Diversify doesn’t mean ditching hardware altogether. Rather, Chen and his team are busy cultivating new QNX-based ecosystems for devices like the Passport to plug into. For those who don’t know, QNX is an operating environment that powers the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system used by the Passport, as well as Internet routers, navigation systems, and NantHealth’s hospital network. It’s an ambitious strategy that calls for BlackBerry to win back the enterprise market one lucrative niche at a time."More: http://bit.ly/1nQF07ghttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Klk/532ae9e2

For  #BlackBerry , #QNX  and  #Passport  are keys to the future: http://bit.ly/1nQF07g $BBRY

From the article:

" … Diversify doesn’t mean ditching hardware altogether. Rather, Chen and his team are busy cultivating new QNX-based ecosystems for devices like the Passport to plug into. For those who don’t know, QNX is an operating environment that powers the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system used by the Passport, as well as Internet routers, navigation systems, and NantHealth’s hospital network. It’s an ambitious strategy that calls for BlackBerry to win back the enterprise market one lucrative niche at a time."

More: http://bit.ly/1nQF07g

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#TWD  has changed  #AMC  as much as it has  #ImageComics  http://bit.ly/1sStmz8 $AMCX From the article:"… AMC acquired The Walking Dead in 2010. Only this time, AMC didn’t negotiate with a studio, choosing instead to work directly with co-creator Robert Kirkman and his Skybound imprint, which publishes "The Walking Dead" comic books. AMC wanted to control production and distribution in order to earn income from licensing, syndication, and DVD, download, and Blu-ray sales. This was a prudent move, it turns out.According to data supplied by S&P Capital IQ, AMC national networks’ revenue nearly doubled from $776.5 million in 2008 to $1.485 billion in 2013 and operating income more than doubled over the same period. Zombies were chewing up growth wherever they could find it.Now AMC wants more, and that means owning more shows. Here’s what CEO Josh Sapan told analysts during last week’s second-quarter earnings call …”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8IW6/532ae9e2

#TWD  has changed #AMC  as much as it has #ImageComics  http://bit.ly/1sStmz8 $AMCX 

From the article:

"… AMC acquired The Walking Dead in 2010. Only this time, AMC didn’t negotiate with a studio, choosing instead to work directly with co-creator Robert Kirkman and his Skybound imprint, which publishes "The Walking Dead" comic books. AMC wanted to control production and distribution in order to earn income from licensing, syndication, and DVD, download, and Blu-ray sales. This was a prudent move, it turns out.

According to data supplied by S&P Capital IQ, AMC national networks’ revenue nearly doubled from $776.5 million in 2008 to $1.485 billion in 2013 and operating income more than doubled over the same period. Zombies were chewing up growth wherever they could find it.

Now AMC wants more, and that means owning more shows. Here’s what CEO Josh Sapan told analysts during last week’s second-quarter earnings call …”

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On  #TMNT  the movie and other catalysts for  #Viacom  stock: http://bit.ly/VcRe3k $VIABFrom the article:"Like Time Warner and Walt Disney, Viacom depends on strong brands to help drive profits. To add to a portfolio that includes Transformers, G.I. Joe, and cable properties such as MTV’s Teen Wolf, in 2009, the company purchased the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today, that’s looking like a smart move.Despite substantial competition from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles conquered the U.S. box office with a $65 million opening weekend. Worldwide, the film earned an estimated $93.7 million, Box Office Mojo reports. A sequel is planned for June 3, 2016.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Hua/532ae9e2

On #TMNT  the movie and other catalysts for #Viacom  stock: http://bit.ly/VcRe3k $VIAB

From the article:

"Like Time Warner and Walt Disney, Viacom depends on strong brands to help drive profits. To add to a portfolio that includes Transformers, G.I. Joe, and cable properties such as MTV’s Teen Wolf, in 2009, the company purchased the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today, that’s looking like a smart move.

Despite substantial competition from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles conquered the U.S. box office with a $65 million opening weekend. Worldwide, the film earned an estimated $93.7 million, Box Office Mojo reports. A sequel is planned for June 3, 2016.”

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On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HASFrom the article:"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Giy/532ae9e2

On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HAS

From the article:

"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “

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Until the #writing is done …

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The question of whether  #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to  #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5From the article: "On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8DhE/532ae9e2

The question of whether #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5

From the article: 

"On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.

The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.

Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”

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