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Tara Lachapelle

Go Ahead, Give the Media Merger Wheel Another Spin

AT&T's courtroom victory has revved up the race among tech, telecom and entertainment companies to find partners, and quick.

Who’s next?

Who’s next?

Photographer: CBS/Getty Images

AT&T Inc., a company tied to the invention of the telephone, is buying its way into Hollywood. Comcast Corp., one of the most powerful names in cable, internet services and TV programming, is daring to get even bigger. And Walt Disney Co. is working toward its largest deal ever—because even the Magic Kingdom itself is being forced to defend its throne against an $11 app by the name of Netflix. Welcome to media in 2018. It’s a doozy. 

If you remember the Media Merger Wheel, we thought it was an appropriate time to refresh our map of the startling overtures and tie-ups that we could see among the leaders in media, tech and more in a post-AT&T-Time Warner world. Introducing the Merger Wheel 2.0, courtesy of Bloomberg Opinion’s Elaine He. Give it spin: