Matthew BelloniMay 26, 2022
The Tom Cruise Back End Anomaly
Cruise and Ellison
In conversations and calls around town these past few weeks, it was hard to find someone not actively rooting for the success of Top Gun: Maverick. A few reasons for that, none of them altruistic, of course: First, it’s not a comic book movie, and its success would tell Hollywood people that, post-pandemic, there’s a […]
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William D. CohanMay 25, 2022
Elon’s Private Chat with Jack
Jack Dorsey
As soon as Elon Musk’s $44 billion, very public conquest of Twitter began, I pined for a very particular moment in the battle. It was the moment, of course, when I could get my hands on Twitter’s 235-page proxy statement, filed with the S.E.C., which would provide the rarest and most intimate view of what […]
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William D. CohanMay 22, 2022
What Warren Sees in Shari
Shari Redstone
My former M&A banker instincts were triggered this week after Warren Buffett, the most gifted investor of our lifetime, disclosed a $2.6 billion stake in Paramount Global, formerly ViacomCBS, a company whose leadership I have occasionally criticized. Paramount, after all, holds an awkward position on the streaming leaderboard, not only too small to compete with […]
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Tara PalmeriMay 26, 2022
The Agony and Ecstasy of Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell
For the better part of the past five years, Mitch McConnell has crafted a veritable playbook for surfing the Trump wave while mitigating his exposure to the most vile and damaging elements of the former president. He’s been disciplined (never invoking Trump’s name), calculating (never a “no” just because Trump is a “yes”), and realpolitik […]
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