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Universal Resort Beijing welcomes first visitors
Universal Parks & Resorts has opened the first phase of its new Universal Beijing Resort, marking its entry into the fast-growing Chinese attractions market.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Sep 2021
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Four Seasons Philadelphia’s crystal-inspired spa awarded Forbes five-star rating
Forbes has awarded its five-star Travel Guide Rating to the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center – a 1,121 ft, 60-storey skyscraper.
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BY Megan Whitby | 03 Sep 2020
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Disney and Universal close theme parks as coronavirus pandemic continues
Disney has announced the closure of its remaining theme parks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with Universal also announcing the closure of its US parks.
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BY Tom Anstey | 13 Mar 2020
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Brian Roberts confirms Super Nintendo World for US parks
Universal is bringing Super Nintendo World to both its Hollywood and Orlando theme parks, with Comcast chair Brian Roberts confirming the plans ahead of the IP's attractions debut later this year.
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BY Tom Anstey | 24 Jan 2020
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Universal revenue up as theme parks record earnings increase
Revenue at Universal's theme parks has risen significantly in 2019, with year-end results showing 4.4 per cent to US$5.9bn (€5.3bn, £4.5bn).
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BY Tom Anstey | 23 Jan 2020
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Attractions Review 2019: August
It has been another momentous year in the attractions industry, and Attractions Management has been there reporting the big news, good and bad, all the way. After yesterday's look at the events of July 2019, today we move on to August 2019, considering some of the biggest stories that made the headlines that month.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 26 Dec 2019
CLADmag feature
Interview: Dana Kalczak
Four Seasons’ vice president of design speaks to CLAD about working with Norman Foster and creating magical moments
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17 Dec 2019
Spa business feature
New Opening: Crystal palace
Verena Lasvigne-Fox heads up a gem-themed ‘spa in the sky’ at Four Seasons Philadelphia
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03 Dec 2019
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Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia opening marks completion of Foster + Partners' Comcast Technology Center
The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia has opened after delays, marking the completion of Foster + Partners' mixed-use Comcast Technology Center.
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BY Stu Robarts | 30 Oct 2019
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Universal theme parks bounce back from 2018 attendance dip in latest financial results
Universal's four theme parks saw their third quarter revenues increase by 6.8 per cent to US$1.6bn (€1.44bn, £1.25bn), according to parent Comcast's latest financial results.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 25 Oct 2019
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Interactive scorekeeping wristbands planned for Super Nintendo World
Interactive wristbands that interface back to a user's Nintendo game console look to be part of plans for Super Nintendo World, which is due to open at Universal Studios Japan theme park in Q2 2020.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 19 Sep 2019
Attractions Management feature
News report: Epic Universe
Universal announces plans for the single largest theme park investment in its history
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05 Sep 2019
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Universal makes single-largest theme park investment in its history as it announces Epic Universe for Orlando
Universal has finally confirmed plans for its fourth gate in Orlando, officially announcing its Epic Universe theme park plan.
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BY Tom Anstey | 02 Aug 2019
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Attendance boost helps Universal increase earnings at its theme parks
Business continues to boom for Universal's theme park division, with the operator reporting revenue and earnings increases in its latest financial report.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 26 Jul 2019
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Wellness in the clouds: Four Seasons Philadelphia to open next month with 57th floor crystal-themed spa
The Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center is set to open 12 August with a 10,000sq ft spa that encompasses the entire 57th floor.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 08 Jul 2019
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Populous to design 'watershed' esports arena in Philadelphia
Architecture practice Populous have teamed up with Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies to create the Fusion Arena – a US$50m (€44.2m, £37.7m) competition venue for professional video game players.
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BY Andrew Manns | 26 Mar 2019
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Universal’s theme parks make revenue and pre-tax earnings gains in 2018
Universal’s theme parks achieved steady financial growth in the full year 2018 and in the fourth quarter of the year.
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BY Luke Cloherty | 25 Jan 2019
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Attractions Review 2018: June
Reaching the mid-point of the year, six years on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New York Aquarium celebrated the launch of its new US$158m shark exhibit. There were more big happenings for Disney, with the company securing a multi-billion dollar deal to acquire Fox and the announcement of a multi-billion dollar expansion of its Tokyo park.
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BY Tom Anstey | 19 Dec 2018
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Universal Theme Parks revenues down in Q3 2018
Comcast’s latest financial reports for Q3 2018 show that its Universal Theme Parks brand’s revenues and adjusted earnings before income, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) have dipped slightly compared to 2017’s Q3 performance.
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BY Luke Cloherty | 29 Oct 2018
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Universal considering rumoured Fantastic Worlds theme park in Orlando
Comcast executive vice president Stephen Burke has confirmed that Universal is looking at building a fourth gate in Orlando, with the theme park set to be the latest to join Florida's lucrative theme park sector.
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BY Tom Anstey | 31 Jul 2018
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Comcast bid rejected as Fox agrees new merger deal with Disney
The Disney/Fox merger is back on, after Fox accepted a larger Disney offer days after Comcast attempted to hijack the deal.
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BY Tom Anstey | 21 Jun 2018
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Comcast potentially hijacking Disney's Fox deal with new bid
Disney's acquisition of Fox is in jeopardy, after Comcast confirmed plans to top Disney's US$52.4bn (€44.27bn, £39bn) offer for the company.
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BY Tom Anstey | 24 May 2018
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Comcast focusing Universal investments into theme park division
Comcast has said that it expects capital spending to increase at NBCUniversal through 2018, with the majority of investment directed towards its booming theme parks division.
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BY Tom Anstey | 26 Apr 2018
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New attractions drive profits as Universal reports strong Q1
Continued impressive results from Universal's theme park division has fueled strong revenue's for Comcast's first quarter, with theme park revenues increasing by 14.5 per cent.
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BY Tom Anstey | 25 Apr 2018
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View from the top: Four Seasons Philadelphia to feature 57th-floor spa
Four Seasons will open a flagship hotel and spa in Philadelphia, US, in Q3 of this year.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 29 Jan 2018
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Record year for Universal as new attractions boost revenues
Universal’s theme parks achieved record numbers this year, with revenues increasing 10 per cent to US$5.44bn (€4.4bn, £3.82bn) and the operator’s parks delivering record attendance in 2017.
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BY Tom Anstey | 24 Jan 2018
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Potential Fox deal sees James Murdoch cast as contender to Disney throne
Fox boss James Murdoch has emerged as a contender to become the new CEO of Disney, following reports last week that Bob Chapek was the man to take the organisation forward.
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BY Tom Anstey | 06 Dec 2017
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China worth US$1bn a year to Universal, says Comcast CEO
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has called China a “very, very big opportunity” for NBCUniversal’s theme park division, making a prediction that the company will generate US$1bn (€1.16bn, £886m) in operating cash flow once its Chinese venture opens its doors to the public.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Oct 2017
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New attractions help Universal theme parks to surge in revenues
NBCUniversal's theme park division experienced record revenue growth in Q2 thanks to its investment in new attractions.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Jul 2017
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Universal theme parks continue to impress for Comcast in Q1 earnings report
Universal’s theme parks continue to act a growth driver for parent company Comcast, after the company recorded revenue increases of 9 per cent to US$1.1bn (€1bn, £853m) in the first quarter of 2017.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Apr 2017
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Universal Japan records third record-breaking year in a row
Universal Studios Japan welcomed almost 15m visitors last year, an increase of 700,000 on the previous year.
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BY Alice Davis | 06 Apr 2017
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Merlin could pull plug on Shrek’s Adventure roll out
It’s almost a year since Universal’s parent company Comcast acquired DreamWorks, and now Merlin Entertainments boss Nick Varney has to decide what to do with its Shrek’s Adventure midway.
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BY Alice Davis | 06 Mar 2017
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Comcast to buy rest of Universal Japan for US$2.3bn
After purchasing a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan in 2015, Universal’s parent company Comcast has reached a deal to acquire the remaining 49 per cent of the theme park for US$2.3bn (€2.2bn, £1.9bn).
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BY Tom Anstey | 01 Mar 2017
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Japan drives revenue as Universal figures increase by 48 per cent in 2016
Comcast’s acquisition of Universal Studios Japan has paid dividends, as the company confirmed a 48 per cent rise in revenue over 2015.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Jan 2017
Attractions Management feature
People profiles: Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who has raised $40m for the Statue of Liberty Museum
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04 Nov 2016
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Universal Japan and Hollywood's Wizarding World drive Q3 revenues up 60 per cent
Universal has once again recorded strong performances in its latest earning report, with theme park revenues increasing 60.6 per cent to US$1.44bn (€1.31bn, £1.18bn) in the third quarter of 2016.
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BY Tom Anstey | 26 Oct 2016
Leisure opportunities feature
Restaurant Design: Setting the stage
We look at the theatre in restaurant design and some enduring projects from the New York scene
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19 Oct 2016
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Universal Orlando reveals VR experience for Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Orlando is for the first time introducing a virtual reality component to its Halloween Horror Nights event, with a new interactive experience combining VR and real- life actors.
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BY Tom Anstey | 15 Aug 2016
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Krampus coming to Universal for Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Orlando is putting a Santa-related spin on its Halloween Horror Nights this year, adding a little bit of festive fear with the addition of Krampus to its seasonal offering.
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BY Tom Anstey | 09 Aug 2016
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Universal celebrates Harry's magic and a feast in the east following huge Q2 earnings success
Universal's theme park division saw its Q2 revenue surge by 47 per cent year-on-year as a result of higher consumer spending due to the launch of a new Harry Potter-themed attraction and its Japanese expansion.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Jul 2016
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Universal abandons Okinawa theme park plans
Universal has scrapped plans to open a theme park on the Okinawa Prefecture, with the company instead opting to focus investment in its existing Osaka attraction.
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BY Tom Anstey | 12 May 2016
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Universal theme parks break US$1bn barrier in first quarter with staggering results
Prior to its acquisition of DreamWorks on 28 April, Comcast released its financial results for the first quarter of 2016, with its theme park division smashing expectations through a staggering 57.5 per cent jump in theme park revenues.
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BY Tom Anstey | 29 Apr 2016
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Comcast acquires DreamWorks as theme park giants battle for top IPs
With Comcast confirming the US$3.8bn (€3.4bn, £2.6bn) acquisition of DreamWorks, sources close to the deal say the move isn’t about acquiring its famous IPs to produce movies, rather to boost its theme park businesses and accelerate consumer products.
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BY Tom Anstey | 28 Apr 2016
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Harry Potter’s magic spell yields Universal US$1bn in latest earnings report
The ongoing success of Harry Potter, in addition to Universal’s increased stake in Universal Studios Japan, has resulted in strong earnings of more than US$1bn (€896m, £683m) for parent company Comcast in its latest earnings report.
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BY Tom Anstey | 04 Feb 2016
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Universal Studios Hollywood releases teaser tour of Harry Potter world
Universal Studios Hollywood has released a teaser video to get fans excited about the upcoming opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Los Angeles, California park.
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BY Alice Davis | 23 Nov 2015
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Harry Potter drives attendance as Universal racks up record numbers for Q3
Universal has continued its theme park growth spearheaded by Harry Potter, with parent company Comcast reporting record attendance at its theme parks in Orlando and California.
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BY Tom Anstey | 29 Oct 2015
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Comcast to purchase US$1.5bn majority stake in Universal Studios Japan
Comcast is set to make its largest purchase outside of the US when the entertainment conglomerate buys a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan for US$1.5bn (€1.3bn, £988m).
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BY Tom Anstey | 30 Sep 2015
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Universal signs JV deal with Chinese government for C¥50bn development of Universal Studios Beijing
Universal’s C¥50bn US$7.85bn (€6.93bn, £5bn) largest theme park ever will open in China in 2019, after the company received the green light from Beijing authorities.
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BY Tom Anstey | 14 Sep 2015
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Harry Potter drives success for Universal as Comcast records huge earnings for Q2
Harry Potter has been a resounding success for Universal’s theme parks, after the boy wizard helped the company rake in millions of dollars in revenue for the first half of 2015.
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BY Tom Anstey | 27 Jul 2015
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King Kong confirmed for Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal has finally confirmed plans for Skull Island: Reign of Kong, the long-rumoured return of King Kong to a Universal theme park.
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BY Tom Anstey | 11 May 2015
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Comcast promises one 'great attraction' a year at all Universal resorts
Comcast is expanding on its theme park ambitions, with the company planning major investments across the board at all of its theme parks.
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BY Tom Anstey | 07 May 2015
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Universal Orlando expanding Halloween Horror Nights for 2015
Universal Orlando is expanding its extremely popular Halloween Horror Nights to 30 days for 2015, following on from an incredibly successful 2014.
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BY Tom Anstey | 11 Mar 2015
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Comcast confirms King Kong for Universal Orlando
Comcast – the parent company of Universal – has confirmed that King Kong will be returning to Universal Orlando as a new visitor attraction.
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BY Tom Anstey | 24 Feb 2015
Spa Business Handbook feature
Spa consultancies: Consultant Profiles
A showcase of some of the industry's top consultancies and management companies
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12 Jul 2013
Spa Business Handbook feature
Spa consultancies: Spa Consultants
Listings of spa consultants and contract management firms worldwide
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12 Jul 2013
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Eisner to leave Disney in 2006
Disney’s chief executive, Michael Eisner, has announced in a letter to the board that he will leave the company when his contract ends in September 2006.
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13 Sep 2004
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Cable giant pulls plug on Disney bid
Cable company, Comcast, has withdrawn its $48bn (£26bn) takeover bid for the Disney Group.
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29 Apr 2004
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Comcast to drop Disney bid?
Cable company, Comcast, is reportedly considering withdrawing its $58bn (£33bn) hostile takeover bid for Walt Disney as hopes fade it will be able to force Disney to the negotiating table.
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26 Apr 2004
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Disney shareholders revolt against Eisner
Michael Eisner was yesterday forced to stand down as the chair of the Disney Group, following a shareholder revolt.
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04 Mar 2004
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Disney turns down takeover bid as Muppets move in
Shares in entertainment giant, Disney, have been buoyant since the board of directors turned down a hostile takeover bid from US cable group, Comcast.
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18 Feb 2004
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Disney facing takeover battle
Disney, one of the world’s leading family entertainment companies, is today recovering from a hostile takeover bid.
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12 Feb 2004


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