Sun Valley Scene: All Eyes on Redstone vs. Moonves, Comcast vs. Disney as Mogul Conclave Begins

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Sun Valley, Idaho — The black and silver SUVs packed with CEOs started rolling in about noon. Allen & Co.’s annual gathering of media and tech titans at the Sun Valley Lodge resort here brings together several combatants in active industry battles that have observers transfixed.

Will Comcast’s Brian Roberts and Disney’s Bob Iger wind up talking in the halls about their escalating bidding war for Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox? Will Shari Redstone and Leslie Moonves, now fighting each other in court over control of CBS Corp., meet on a resort pathway or in a conference session? Several conference attendees admitted privately that the corporate soap operas have been the buzz of the confab in the early going.

Redstone and Moonves arrived at the lodge within an hour or two of each other. The same was true for Roberts and Murdoch. Murdoch pulled in to the circular driveway with his wife,
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Steve Case: Media M&A Frenzy Reflects Original ‘Vision’ of AOL-Time Warner Merger

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Sun Valley, Idaho — Shari Redstone didn’t stop to talk. Nor did Brian Roberts or Rupert Murdoch offer any crumbs to reporters waiting Tuesday afternoon along the edge of the duck pond outside the entrance of the Sun Valley Lodge, where media and tech moguls are gathering this week for the annual Allen & Co. conference in this mountainous resort area.

The business world is waiting with bated breath for any hints of the mood inside the conference this year, what with so many high-powered CEOs in various stages of battle coming together in close quarters for inspiration from panels and speakers and a little perspiration via outdoor recreation options.

One CEO who did engage with the journos held at a distance from the invitation-only confab was Steve Case, the former AOL chief who now heads investment firm Revolution. With At&T’s acquisition of Time Warner still weeks old, Case
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19 Media and Entertainment CEOs Ranked by Likability, From Least to Most (Photos)

19 Media and Entertainment CEOs Ranked by Likability, From Least to Most (Photos)
AOL boss Steve Case, you’ve got hate mail — according to a study by crowd-sourced business insights firm Owler 19. Tim Armstrong, AOL — 44.4/100 18. Charlie Vogt, Imagine Communications — 53.5 /100 17. nm2880042 autoBrian L. Roberts[/link], Comcast — 56.9 /100 16. Richard L. Plepler, HBO — 60.5 / 100 15. Peter Hamilton, Tune — 62.5/100 14. James C. Smith, Thomson Reuters — 66.8/100 13. Thomas Dooley, Viacom — 70.5/100 In November 2016, Bob Bakish was named acting CEO when Dooley stepped down just months after becoming interim chief executive following the ouster of Philippe Dauman. 11. Mike Hopkins, Hulu — 71.5/100 (tie) 11. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner —...
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