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Self Description

January 2008: "Time Warner Inc. is a leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include interactive services, cable systems, filmed entertainment, television networks and publishing. Whether measured by quality, popularity or financial results, our divisions are at the top of their categories. AOL, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Home Box Office, New Line Cinema, Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Entertainment maintain unrivaled reputations for creativity and excellence as they keep people informed, entertained and connected. Our enterprise is more than a collection of great brands that are owned under one roof. Time Warner’s businesses strive to gain competitive advantage from opportunities for constructive collaboration. We are innovators in technology, products and services. Our digital products and services reinforce the company’s industry-leading brands on all platforms with a focus on growth, engagement and monetization. Among Time Warner's digital initiatives are: Warner Bros.' Studio 2.0, Digital Cinema, Total Hi-Def disc as well as multiple digital downloading and VOD distribution agreements; AOL Video, AOL Music, AIM, MapQuest and Moviefone; HBO on Demand and AT&T mobile devices; Time Warner Cable's enhanced digital video applications, Road Runner High Speed Online and Digital Phone services; Time Inc.'s, and; Turner Broadcasting's,,,,,,,, and GameTap; and joint initiatives like In2TV and from AOL and Warner Bros. as well as from Time Inc. and Turner."

Third-Party Descriptions

April 2009: 'Cable companies that also own a lot of programming—like Time Warner, which owns HBO, CNN, and TNT among other channels—especially benefit from these package deals. “Only a portion of subscribers are going to watch, say, ESPN,” says Chris Murray, senior counsel at Consumers Union. “Meanwhile, ESPN gets paid a certain amount for every subscriber, so the customer ends up subsidizing content he doesn’t watch,” Murray says. A spokesperson for Time Warner Cable says, “The tiers of channels are determined ultimately by viewer popularity, and we offer tiers that we feel will satisfy customers.” 4. “Bundling your services can end up costing you more.”'

June 2008: "ALBANY — Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography."

June 2008: 'That letter set off a chain of events that culminated in the accounting scandal that followed Time Warner’s merger with AOL, including huge fines and criminal convictions. Mr. Ripp, a longtime finance executive at Time Warner who had been sent to AOL’s Dulles, Va., headquarters to oversee the accounting operations there, was called one of the “white hats” in the whole affair by the Justice Department.'

May 2008: "The lawsuits were the result of a drawn-out investigation by the SEC that began in 2002 after a Washington Post report on a series of unconventional deals involving the online giant. In 2005, AOL's parent company, Time Warner, reached its own settlement with the SEC, agreeing to pay $300 million."

January 2008: "Done right, a plan by Time Warner's (TWX) cable division to charge higher fees for heavy Internet users could become a boon for most Web customers. Done wrong, the new pricing could slow growth for fledgling video download services and discourage Web entrepreneurs from starting their own bandwidth-intensive businesses."

September 2001: The world's largest entertainment conglomerate, core elements being Time Magazine, Warner Brothers movie studios, and the American Online Internet service.

November 2005: Sadly, this was not an isolated event on Wall Street. There is often a huge disconnect between the success and failure of deals and the enormous fees that banks get for making them happen. Consider the granddaddy of merger debacles, America Online and Time Warner. Salomon Smith Barney, now part of Citigroup, worked for AOL and walked away with $60 million; Morgan Stanley advised Time Warner and made $75 million. Shareholders lost more than $80 billion.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Status/Name Change from AOL Time Warner Organization Oct 26, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) America Online Inc. (AOL) Organization Mar 21, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) DC Comics Organization Mar 22, 2010
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Fortune Source
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) People Magazine Source May 16, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Rembrandt IP Management Organization May 2, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Sports Illustrated (SI) Source Jun 11, 2008
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Source Jun 1, 2011
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Time Organization Mar 21, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Time Warner Cable Organization Jun 11, 2008
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) Source Apr 14, 2004
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Warner Brothers Entertainment Organization Apr 14, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Warner Chappell Music Organization Oct 3, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Jeff Bewkes Person Aug 11, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Alan Cohen Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Mark Evanier Person Mar 22, 2010
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Amy Feldman Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Anne Fisher Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Clifton Leaf Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Devin Leonard Person
Organization Executive (past or present) Gerald M. Levin Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Stephanie N. Mehta Person
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Richard D. Parsons Person Apr 16, 2004
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Steven "Steve" J. Ross Person May 12, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Michael Schrage Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) R.E. (Ted) Turner Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Meredith Wadman Person

Articles and Resources

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Apr 26, 2012 Not just Wal-Mart: Dozens of U.S. companies face bribery charges

QUOTE: Deere, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Qualcom and many others are also under investigation for violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 18, 2012 Apple and the Daisey affair

QUOTE: The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories....We now know, thanks to follow-up reporting by Rob Schmitz at American Public Media's Marketplace, that Daisey's monologue -- as he reluctantly admits -- was a piece of theater, not a factual report.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 10, 2011 Penn State finally puts university ahead of football by firing Paterno

QUOTE: If the charges against Sandusky are true, Paterno, McQueary, Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz enabled a monster because not a single one of them thought to dial 9-1-1. That is inexcusable, and it speaks to a need to change the power structure and the culture at Penn State.

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Nov 09, 2011 What Occupy Wall Street got right: The problem isn't that Wall Street broke the rules to their own benefit, it's that the rules themselves are unhelpful.

QUOTE: Business leaders, the famous 1%, need to resist the urge to dismiss the whole [Occupy Wall Street] movement based on the scattershot and at times ill-conceived nature of the arguments on the placards. Our task is instead to parse the protest, understand the nature of the legitimate complaints that underpin the movement and to attempt to create smart remedies to those complaints.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 06, 2011 Silence following Williams's racial insult shows how little golf has changed

QUOTE: Twenty-one years ago the ugly Shoal Creek controversy was supposed to change the face of golf. The revelation that many of the country's top golf clubs had exclusionary membership practices based on race led to a period of painful self-examination for the sport....Woods remains the only African-American on Tour, and, as Williams made graphically clear, he is still defined by his blackness.

Golf Magazine
Feb 27, 2011 Insulting Chuck Lorre, Not Abuse, Gets Sheen Sidelined

QUOTE: So the message from CBS and Warner Brothers seems clear: abuse yourself and the women around you to your heart’s content, but do not attack the golden goose.

New York Times
Sep 16, 2009 Where are the subprime perp walks?: Three years after the housing bubble popped, prosecutors have yet to bring a major case tied to the subprime fiasco. What gives?

QUOTE: Three years after the housing bubble popped, federal prosecutors have yet to bring a case against the executives whose firms took part in some of the worst excesses of the subprime mortgage market.

Aug 07, 2009 Meet “the world’s most annoying Web site:” Social-networking site has become a target of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the bane of a multitude of customers. (Brainstorm Tech)

QUOTE: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue [] for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft.

May 18, 2009 What You Don't Know Might Kill You: SUPPLEMENTS Would-be experts and untested products feed a $20 billion obsession with better performance across all levels of sports

QUOTE: Despite the move into the mainstream the [sports-supplement] industry remains fertile ground for kitchen chemists with little or no formal education in science or nutrition—and in some notorious cases former steroid users and dealers...

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Apr 16, 2009 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Tell You

QUOTE: 2. “raise prices recklessly... Bundling your services can end up costing you more.”

Smart Money
Sep 08, 2008 Warning sign: Injury-filled week proves NFL should not add games

QUOTE: I have zero interest in the league tempting fate and adding another game or two to the regular season....I continue to be amazed that owners forget every year how pervasive injuries are.

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Aug 13, 2008 IOC turns blind eye to controversy over China's kiddie gymnasts

QUOTE: Amid pre-Olympic hand-wringing over why the birthdates of He, Yang and Jiang didn't jibe with other registration materials that showed they might be as young as 14, China swore on its stars' passport stamps that the tots are the legal tumbling age of 16. But while the tiny trio helped their nation whisk the gold medal away from a suddenly clumsy U.S. group in the team competition, it was impossible to deny the visual evidence of something unjust in China.

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Jun 09, 2008 From a Whistle-Blower to a Target

QUOTE: On May 14, 2001, Joseph A. Ripp, the newly appointed chief financial officer of America Online, faxed a letter to the Las Vegas offices of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen with disturbing news: it appeared that an AOL business partner, and Arthur Andersen client, had forged a signature on a contract and booked several million dollars of sham revenue.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2008 Los Angeles Sues Time Warner Cable

QUOTE: On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City attorney, Rocky Delgadillo sued the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court accusing it of engaging in “unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business acts and practices and deceptive advertising.” The suit says that the company has subjected subscribers to delayed repair appointments, deceptive pricing and Internet outages.

New York Times
May 19, 2008 SEC Sues 8 Former AOL Officials: Regulator Alleges Inflation of Online Ad Revenue

QUOTE: In the complaints filed in a federal court in Manhattan, the SEC contended that the former AOL executives "knowingly or recklessly engineered, oversaw and executed a scheme to artificially and materially inflate the company's reported online advertising revenue."

Washington Post
May 05, 2008 How Much for Those Baby Photos?

QUOTE: Not long ago, when a magazine paid a celebrity more than a person might earn in a lifetime in return for a set of pictures, media critics questioned the ethics of both the publication and the star.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2008 Time Warner's Pricing Paradox

QUOTE: Time Warner and other major Internet service providers (ISPs) often blame slowdowns on the 5% of users who consume as much as 50% of network capacity downloading vast numbers of large files, such as movies, videos, and songs. By charging such consumers more, companies could encourage them to curb excess use, or generate enough extra cash to enable their systems to handle higher data demands.

Jun 06, 2007 A Big Pharma whistleblower blogs on drugs: Booted out of a lucrative career, Peter Rost has become the drug industry's most annoying - and effective - online scourge.

QUOTE: ex-Pfizer senior executive turned blogger believes he has uncovered another instance of unethical marketing by Big Pharma. Today he's taking on AstraZeneca, the British pharmaceutical giant.

Jun 01, 2007 Virtual Worlds, Real Litigation

QUOTE: our rights to sue for wrongs visited upon our imaginary selves in imaginary game worlds made some modestly countervailing gains.

May 14, 2007 Microsoft takes on the free world: Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties...

QUOTE: But now there's a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it's being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents. And as a mature company facing unfavorable market trends and fearsome competitors like Google (Charts, Fortune 500), Microsoft is pulling no punches: It wants royalties. If the company gets its way, free software won't be free anymore.


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