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Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on mdaswani@worldscreen.com.

Digital Value Chain, Scale to Drive Continued M&A Activity

PwC is projecting that 2016 will see “robust” merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the U.S. entertainment, media and communications (EMC) sector, driven by companies’ need to build presence, scale and digital value chains. According to PwC’s US Entertainment, Media & Communications Deal Insights report, U.S. deal value in 2015 was $149 billion, a 13-percent increase on the year-ago period. Deal volume was down 7 percent to 818. Q4 was one of the slowest M&A quarters in recent history, PwC said.

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NATPE Panel: Sophie Turner Laing on Scale, Superbrands

Interviewed by World Screen’s Anna Carugati for the international keynote at NATPE, Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing discussed the power of the company’s production and distribution network, maintaining “superbrands” like Big Brother and MasterChef and exploring how nonscripted entertainment evolves in the digital age.

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Legendary’s Michael Grindon

Michael Grindon, the former head of international at Sony Pictures Television, tells World Screen about Legendary’s TV slate and about managing rights in the complex drama-distribution business today.

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