Jeff Bewkes

Stephenson reveals AT&T plan for new low-cost skinny bundle service

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has revealed that the US telco is to launch a new ‘skinny bundle’ OTT TV offering called AT&T Watch that will be available for US$15 (€12) a month, or free of charge to AT&T wireless subscribers. Stephenson unexpectedly revealed the telco’s plans for the service while giving evidence in court, where […]

AT&T reportedly planning new role for CEO in post-merger reorganisation

AT&T is to follow up its US$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner with a management overhaul that will see AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson drop his current title and become chairman of the combined organisation, with separate telecoms and media divisional CEOs reporting to him, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, citing […]

HBO Now passes two million US subscribers

HBO has passed more than two million domestic subscribers for its over-the-top service HBO Now, parent company Time Warner revealed. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes announced the figure during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, saying he was pleased with HBO’s US over-the-top growth. “HBO is just as focused on reaching consumers abroad, with over-the-top […]

Bewkes: AT&T will ‘accelerate’ HBO Now growth

The international distribution of the HBO Now SVOD service will be “accelerated” by the sale of Time Warner to telecoms giant AT&T, according to Jeff Bewkes. Speaking on an investor call yesterday, Time Warner CEO Bewkes (pictured) said plans to spread HBO Now – originally a US service – into new territories were progressing, and […]

HBO Now hits 800,000 subscribers

HBO experienced its best two-year period of subscriber additions in the past 30 years, with HBO Now a “significant contributor” to its 2.7 million new US customers last year. Announcing its fourth quarter earnings, HBO parent company Time Warner revealed that eight years on from its US launch its standalone over-the-top streaming service, HBO Now, […]

Bewkes extends Time Warner term

Jeff Bewkes will remain chairman and CEO of US media giant Time Warner until at least 2020. Having taken up his current post in 2009, he has signed a three-year extension to his existing contract at the company, which counts Turner Broadcasting System, Warner Bros. Entertainment and HBO as its key entertainment assets. Bewkes has […]

Time Warner may extend SVOD holdback window

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has indicated his media giant may begin holding back key programming from subscription on-demand platforms. The move to extend linear broadcasts to “a multiyear period more consistent with traditional syndication” is a clear attempt to keep viewers on Time Warner’s traditional channels by withdrawing sought-after programming from the SVOD space. […]

Report: Moonves discussed possible Time Warner tie-up with Bewkes

CBS CEO Les Moonves had talks with Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes last year about a possible merger of the two companies, according to a report by Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources. However, the discussions came to nothing because Bewkes was not interested in a combination, according to the report. Moonves’ reported overtures to Time […]

Bewkes sidesteps Fox questions as Murdoch has his say

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes neatly sidestepped questions about why he walked away from a merger with 21st Century yesterday, while Rupert Murdoch has offered his opinions on the episode. In a conference call with investors, Bewkes declined to comment directly on the Fox proposal, “except to say that the board and our senior management […]

Rupert Murdoch drops US$80bn Time Warner bid

21st Century Fox has dropped its bid for Time Warner, citing the negative impact it had on its share price and a lack of willingness on the part of the Time Warner board to explore the media mega-merger. Fox chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said the mooted US$80 billion (€60 billion) merger offered a “unique” […]