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A New Media Power Player Emerges in India

On June 13, The Walt Disney Company passed on the opportunity to renew its streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket. Investors and analysts largely cheered that decision, deeming the rights to the most popular sport in the world’s second-most populous nation, which ultimately sold at auction for over $3 billion for a period of […]

Disney International Chief Signals Price Was Too High to Retain Cricket Streaming Rights

A hefty price tag led Disney to bow out of bidding for India’s Premier League cricket streaming rights, which went instead to Viacom18 for $2.6 billion. “We chose not to proceed with the digital rights given the price required to secure that package,” Rebecca Campbell, chairman, international content and operations at The Walt Disney Company, […]

James Murdoch, Uday Shankar Lead $1.78B Investment In Viacom18 to Create India-Based Streaming and TV Giant

Bodhi Tree Systems, an investment platform backed by James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems and Uday Shankar, has received financial backing from Reliance and Paramount Global to launch Viacom18 as a TV and digital streaming giant in India. Murdoch’s Lupa Systems and Shankar, a former CEO of Star India and president of Walt Disney in Asia Pacific, […]

James Murdoch, Uday Shankar Unveil $1.5B Investment Platform Backed by Qatar

James Murdoch and Uday Shankar, the former CEO of Star India and president of Walt Disney in Asia Pacific, have unveiled a new venture to make technology and media investments in southeast Asia. Murdoch’s Lupa Systems and Shankar have formed Bodhi Tree, an investment platform with financial backing from the Qatar Investment Authority. The QIA […]

Digital Media Firm Brut. Raises $75M From James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, Others

French digital media firm Brut., which makes “socially conscious” news and entertainment videos for Gen Z and millennials, has raised $75 million in a Series C financing round from a who’s who of big-name investors, including James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, François-Henri Pinault’s Artemis, French telecom firm Orange’s Orange Ventures and global asset manager Tikehau Capital. […]

James Murdoch, Google Execs Added to Tribeca X Lineup (Exclusive)

The 2021 Tribeca Festival has added James Murdoch and Google execs to its lineup of panel discussions as part of its annual Tribeca X celebration of brand entertainment. Murdoch, whose Lupa Systems took a majority stake in Tribeca Enterprises in 2019, will talk with Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about lessons learned from the global pandemic, […]

Social Cinema Platform Kinema Launches, Raises $2M

Kinema, a social cinema platform, officially announced its launch Tuesday and said it has closed a $2 million seed funding round with money from big-name investors, such as James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems. Among its other financial backers are Steve Jang’s Kindred Ventures, Galaxy Interactive, 12BF Global Ventures and an individual investment from Wall Street analyst […]

James Murdoch Joins SPAC Frenzy, Seeks to Raise $345 Million

James Murdoch is getting in on the SPAC frenzy that has taken over Wall Street over the past year. Murdoch is the co-chairman of Seven Island Inc., a special purpose acquisition company seeking to raise $345 million from investors in an IPO. Murdoch’s partner in the venture is Uday Shankar, the former CEO of STAR […]

What Are James Murdoch and Uday Shankar Planning for Their Media Venture?

India's streaming space will not be a target for the new enterprise, Murdoch has said, but a range of other digital sectors that recently have undergone notable growth in the country are all on the table, including digital media, online education and health care delivery.

James Murdoch Slams “Media Property Owners” For “Spreading Disinformation”

The youngest son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch did not specifically mention Fox News when calling out media outlets for unleashing "insidious and uncontrollable forces."

James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp. Board, Citing “Disagreements” Over Editorial Content

Former 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corp. In a letter of resignation filed Friday afternoon, Murdoch wrote: "My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions."

James Murdoch Talks Vice Investment, Fox News (and, Yes, ‘Succession’)

James Murdoch, the former Fox CEO and founder of Lupa Systems, on Wednesday spoke at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit about his media investments, Fox News and his support of Pete Buttigieg.