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DISNEY BUYS CAP CITIES/ABC: SELECTED REAX
Published August 1, 1995
WASHINGTON POST'S PAUL FARHI: "In one stroke, Disney would become the largest among the handful of global entertainment goliaths" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/1). MEDIA ANALYST PAUL SCHULMAN: "It's a shock. If you'd heard Disney had bought one of the three networks, your third guess would have been ABC. How did they keep this quiet? That's what I want to know" (USA TODAY, 8/1). BOOZ, ALLEN & HAMILTON'S MICHAEL WOLF: "The merger wave in media is far from over. I think this puts a premium on the two remaining networks and makes them much more interesting to other media companies" (DAILY VARIETY, 8/1). DREAMWORKS' JEFFREY KATZENBERG: "Everything I speculated on was wrong. This one wasn't even on my radar screen" (L.A. TIMES, 8/1). L.A. TIMES' TOM PETRUNO: "While synergy is an overused word on Wall Street, many large investors say this merger offers more potential for true synergy than most" (L.A. TIMES, 8/1). INVESTOR WARREN BUFFETT: "It's a marriage of the No. 1 content company in the world with the No. 1 distribution system" (REUTERS/FINANCIAL POST, 8/1). SMITH BARNEY'S JOHN REIDY: "This is a colossus among colossuses. ... It's a company which is going to have the muscle to do almost anything it wants" (NEWSDAY, 8/1). L.A. TIMES' CLAUDIA ELLER: "Hollywood, Wall Street and the entertainment media at large were all caught with their pants down" (L.A. TIMES, 8/1). VIACOM CHAIR SUMNER REDSTONE: "There was not a whisper. This was a well kept secret" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/1). TELE-TV CHAIR & CEO HOWARD STRINGER: "This is Godzilla marrying King Kong. The jungle is going to be a lonelier place for everyone else" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/1). NEWS CORP. CHAIR RUPERT MURDOCH: "They are twice as big as me now" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/1). RUTGERS PROF. BENJAMIN BARBER, in a N.Y. TIMES op-ed: "The fashionable term for all this vertical and lateral corporate integration is synergy, but synergy turns out to be just another word for monopoly" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1). UPENN'S JOSEPH TUROW: "The engine of all this is the globalization of media. In order to make money on content, you have to be able to move your content through a larger number of distribution windows than in the past" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/1).