Did you buy #Outcast? Plenty hav which, it turns out, is good news for Warner: http://bit.ly/1pEI6T6 $TWX  #comics   #business  From the article:"Why should investors care about this deal? Perception. I’m afraid too many AMC stockholders believe Kirkman’s association with The Walking Dead — and a planned spinoff he’ll help to write — means the network has first crack at his best ideas. Or, what industry insiders call a "first look deal."There doesn’t appear to be one. And now, with adaptation rights to Outcast kicking off what The Hollywood Reporter called a “bidding war,” it’s unlikely Kirkman would agree to give anyone first dibs on his work or any other property from his Skybound comics imprint.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7Wv2/532ae9e2

Did you buy #Outcast? Plenty hav which, it turns out, is good news for Warner: http://bit.ly/1pEI6T6 $TWX #comics   #business  

From the article:

"Why should investors care about this deal? Perception. I’m afraid too many AMC stockholders believe Kirkman’s association with The Walking Dead — and a planned spinoff he’ll help to write — means the network has first crack at his best ideas. Or, what industry insiders call a "first look deal."

There doesn’t appear to be one. And now, with adaptation rights to Outcast kicking off what The Hollywood Reporter called a “bidding war,” it’s unlikely Kirkman would agree to give anyone first dibs on his work or any other property from his Skybound comics imprint.”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7Wv2/532ae9e2

Imitators keep piling in, validating what Activision is doing w #Skylanders  http://bit.ly/1jSsOlt $AMZNFrom the article:"You’d think the variety of copycats would diminish enthusiasm for Skylanders, but that may not be the case. Activision’s licensing team recently struck a deal with General Mills (NYSE: GIS  ) for branded cereal and fruit snacks. A Skylanders-themed coloring book from Crayola is also in development, as are comic books and magazines based on the franchise."http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7SGN/532ae9e2

Imitators keep piling in, validating what Activision is doing w #Skylanders  http://bit.ly/1jSsOlt $AMZN

From the article:

"You’d think the variety of copycats would diminish enthusiasm for Skylanders, but that may not be the case. Activision’s licensing team recently struck a deal with General Mills (NYSE: GIS  ) for branded cereal and fruit snacks. A Skylanders-themed coloring book from Crayola is also in development, as are comic books and magazines based on the franchise."

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7SGN/532ae9e2

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Will $AAPL follow w an  #iPad  Pro convertible? Perhaps not, yet this still intrigues me: http://bit.ly/V5nYfyFrom the article:"Laptops are already under assault from tablets. According to a March estimate from IDC, worldwide portable PC shipments are expected to decline 6.5% this year and grow modestly through 2018 — but still not enough to reach 2013’s total.Yet, for Microsoft, it’s actually worse than that. Gartner predicts that only 15% of Internet-connected devices shipped this year will run Windows. Surface Pro 3 is attempting to cauterize a bleeding wound, and slowing growth in the tablet market may be just the opportunity Mr. Softy needs.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7O6x/532ae9e2

Will $AAPL follow w an #iPad  Pro convertible? Perhaps not, yet this still intrigues me: http://bit.ly/V5nYfy

From the article:

"Laptops are already under assault from tablets. According to a March estimate from IDC, worldwide portable PC shipments are expected to decline 6.5% this year and grow modestly through 2018 — but still not enough to reach 2013’s total.

Yet, for Microsoft, it’s actually worse than that. Gartner predicts that only 15% of Internet-connected devices shipped this year will run Windows. Surface Pro 3 is attempting to cauterize a bleeding wound, and slowing growth in the tablet market may be just the opportunity Mr. Softy needs.”

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AMC calls Saul but gets put on hold: http://bit.ly/1nog3A9  #bettercallsaul  $AMCXFrom the article:"In the meantime, it’s fair to say that AMC is still searching for its next blockbuster. Breaking Bad ruined the curve. The series finale drew more than 10 million live viewers after reaching at least 5 million in each of the three prior episodes. Turn broke the 2 million mark once, with the series premiere. Halt and Catch Fire, which gets strong reviews, has suffered in the shadow of Game of Thrones. June 15’s episode drew just 770,000 live viewers — down from 1.19 million for the series premiere.That’s troubling when you consider what Wall Street is expecting from this business. Analysts project 35.4% year-over-year revenue growth in the July quarter and 30.7% growth in the September quarter. Earnings are expected to rise 16.4% and 8.8%, respectively, over the same period. AMC won’t be able to meet or maintain these heady growth rates without new programming that hits the mark in the same ways that Breaking Bad and Mad Men have.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7L45/532ae9e2

AMC calls Saul but gets put on hold: http://bit.ly/1nog3A9 #bettercallsaul  $AMCX

From the article:

"In the meantime, it’s fair to say that AMC is still searching for its next blockbuster. Breaking Bad ruined the curve. The series finale drew more than 10 million live viewers after reaching at least 5 million in each of the three prior episodes. Turn broke the 2 million mark once, with the series premiere. Halt and Catch Fire, which gets strong reviews, has suffered in the shadow of Game of Thrones. June 15’s episode drew just 770,000 live viewers — down from 1.19 million for the series premiere.

That’s troubling when you consider what Wall Street is expecting from this business. Analysts project 35.4% year-over-year revenue growth in the July quarter and 30.7% growth in the September quarter. Earnings are expected to rise 16.4% and 8.8%, respectively, over the same period. AMC won’t be able to meet or maintain these heady growth rates without new programming that hits the mark in the same ways that Breaking Bad and Mad Men have.”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7L45/532ae9e2

Denver Comic Con drew 86,000 in total traffic last weekend. It’s a great show if you ever get the chance. (Also, that’s our youngest standing with a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960’s TV show.)http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7L3x/532ae9e2

Denver Comic Con drew 86,000 in total traffic last weekend. It’s a great show if you ever get the chance. (Also, that’s our youngest standing with a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960’s TV show.)

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7L3x/532ae9e2

Getting Peyton Reed for the  #antmanmovie  looks shrewd now, but luck may have been a factor: http://bit.ly/1uDSYgW

From the article:

"Tim says Reed and McKay should make for a good team on Ant-Man, while actor Vincent D’Onofrio is an outstanding choice to play the crime lord Kingpin. In the case of Reed specifically, he’s made several financially successful films on low-to-middling budgets, an important qualifier to sit in the director’s chair for a Marvel movie. Bring It On, Yes Man, and The Break-Up all grossed at least three times their production budgets on a worldwide basis.

Yet investors shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate; Marvel got lucky with these hires. Several industry reports say the company tried to get at least three other directors before settling on Reed, with McKay included on that list. Odds are, Marvel had to put up more money than it otherwise might have in order to keep Ant-Man on schedule — and that puts pressure not only on the studio but also the creators.”

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New episode of 1-Up On Wall Street, which includes a H/T to +The Flash Podcast at just after the 18-minute mark. We also include a link to the #GorillaGrodd  episode. Watch, listen, enjoy, and comment.

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Had a great time talking #GorillaGrodd  with +Andy Behbakht of +The Flash Podcast. Listen, comment, and spread the word.

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Filling the void left by  #Dexter  won’t be easy, but  #PennyDreadful  is off to a good start: http://bit.ly/1xceAoFFrom the article:"Audiences have taken to the show so far. Last month’s series premiere drew 1.44 million viewers, better than either Homeland or Masters of Sex. What’s more, Penny Dreadful attracted Showtime’s youngest audience for a series premiere since Dexter’s bow in 2006, Entertainment Weekly reports. These are the sorts of wins that explain why CBS derives 24% of operating income from its cable networks.Fans chiming in at Rotten Tomatoes — a little more than 150 as of this writing — rate the show 92% fresh. Nathan says strong performances from Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, in particular, make it a fun ride for a period horror epic.”Your comments on the show? Can it achieve the following +CBS and +Showtime need it to?http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7unP/532ae9e2

Filling the void left by #Dexter  won’t be easy, but #PennyDreadful  is off to a good start: http://bit.ly/1xceAoF

From the article:

"Audiences have taken to the show so far. Last month’s series premiere drew 1.44 million viewers, better than either Homeland or Masters of Sex. What’s more, Penny Dreadful attracted Showtime’s youngest audience for a series premiere since Dexter’s bow in 2006, Entertainment Weekly reports. These are the sorts of wins that explain why CBS derives 24% of operating income from its cable networks.

Fans chiming in at Rotten Tomatoes — a little more than 150 as of this writing — rate the show 92% fresh. Nathan says strong performances from Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, in particular, make it a fun ride for a period horror epic.”

Your comments on the show? Can it achieve the following +CBS and +Showtime need it to?

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/7unP/532ae9e2

Today’s #WWDC  announcements didn’t move $AAPL stock. Do investors think Apple’s solution isn’t simple enough?

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