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GEMSTAR-TV GUIDE INTERNATIONAL INC (GMST)
Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. operates as a media, entertainment, and technology company. The company engages in the development, license, marketing, and distribution of technologies, products, and services for the television guidance and home entertainment needs of television viewers worldwide. It has three segments: Publishing, Cable and Satellite, and Consumer Electronics Licensing. The Publishing segment includes print and electronic publishing units; and Web sites, including TV Guide magazine, TV Guide Online; and the SkyMall catalog business. It also includes TV Guide data solutions, a data collection and distribution business that gathers and distributes program listings and channel lineups. The company's Cable and Satellite segment offers products, services, and technologies to consumers and service providers in the cable and satellite industry. This segment includes the operations of TV Guide Channel, TV Guide Interactive, TVG Network, and various other smaller-related businesses. The Consumer Electronics Licensing segment licenses video recording technology and interactive program guides. It also licenses its technology to interactive television software providers and program listings providers in the online, personal computer, and other nontelevision businesses. The company provides its services to owners and operators of cable and satellite television systems, including cable multiple system operators and other programming distributors. Gemstar-TV Guide International is based in Los Angeles, California.
GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY (GET)
Gaylord Entertainment Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a hospitality company focuses primarily on the group meetings segment of the lodging market in North America. Its hospitality business includes its Gaylord branded hotels consisting of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center near Orlando, Florida; and Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center near Dallas, Texas. The company also owns and operates the Radisson Hotel at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, the company provides vacation condominium and home rental property management services in destination resort locations in the United States and Canada, with a branded network of vacation rental properties. Further, the company owns and operates various attractions in Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry, a live country music variety show. As of December 31, 2004, ResortQuest provided management services to approximately 18,000 vacation rental properties, as well as managed approximately 600 vacation rental units located in Whistler, British Columbia. The company also owns a 26.6% interest in Bass Pro, Inc., a retailer of outdoor sporting goods and fishing tackle. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.
WALT DISNEY COMPANY (DIS)
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified entertainment company worldwide. It operates in four segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products. The Media Networks segment operates television networks that broadcast programs in dayparts; and radio networks, which produce and distribute news network programming, syndicated talk and music programs, music formats, and other programs. It also produces and distributes cable television programming; licenses programming; invests in foreign television broadcasting, production, and distribution entities; and operates Internet Web site businesses. The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort, which includes theme parks, hotels, a sports complex, conference centers, golf courses, and water parks; other recreational facilities; and Disneyland Resort. It also operates ESPN Zone facilities in the United States; Disneyland Resort Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong; and licenses the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution to the theatrical, home entertainment, and television markets; and produces stage plays and musical recordings. The Consumer Products segment licenses Walt Disney characters, and visual and literary properties to manufacturers, retailers, show promoters, and publishers; and publishes books and magazines for children and families, as well as film, video, and computer software products for the educational marketplace. The company distributes its products through its Disney Stores and online. As of October 1, 2005, it owned and operated 104 stores primarily in Europe and 315 stores in North America. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.
Time Warner, Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company. It operates in five segments: America Online, Inc. (AOL), Cable, Filmed Entertainment, Network, and Publishing. AOL segment provides interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services in the United States and Europe. Cable segment offers video, high-speed data, and digital phone services. Its video products include digital video, video-on-demand, subscription-video-on-demand, and digital video recorders. The company's digital phone services consist of easy-to-use package of video, high-speed data, and voice services. Filmed Entertainment segment comprises Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, which operates in film, television, and home video businesses, combined with a film library and global distribution infrastructure; and New Line Cinema Corporation that creates and distributes theatrical motion pictures. As of December 31, 2004, its library included approximately 6,600 theatrical titles, and 54,000 live action and animated television titles. Networks segment include Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Turner), Home Box Office, and The WB Television Network (The WB Network). The company's Turner networks include TBS, TNT, CNN, CNN Headline News, and Cartoon Network channels. The WB Network operates as a broadcast television network. Publishing segment publishes magazines through Time, Inc., and books through Time Warner Book Group, Inc. This segment also sells home decor products through approximately 35,000 independent consultants. It publishes approximately 130 magazines, including People, Sports Illustrated, In Style, Southern Living, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Real Simple, What's on TV, and Cooking Light. The company's films include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Million Dollar Baby, and The Polar Express. Time Warner, Inc. is headquartered in New York City.
CKX, Inc. engages in the ownership, development, and commercial utilization of entertainment content. It owns 100% interest in 19 Entertainment Limited, the United Kingdom-based company, which engages in the creation, production, and ownership of entertainment properties, including American Idol and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show airing in approximately 30 countries. 19 Entertainment offers television, music, sponsorship and merchandising, touring, and artist management. The company also has an 85% controlling interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC, through which it owns and/or controls the commercial utilization of the name, image, and likeness of Elvis Presley; operates Graceland museum and related attractions; and collects royalties from Elvis Presley's music, films, and television specials. In addition, CKX owns Morra, Brezner, Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment, Inc., a manager of comedic talent and producer of motion pictures and television programming. The company was formerly known as Sports Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. and changed its name to CKX, Inc. in March 2005. CKX is based in New York City.