7 Things to Know About Investing in Media and Entertainment Stocks

| November 27, 2019

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Media and entertainment stocks include companies in the business of publishing, broadcasting, radio, media, digital offerings, etc. The industry falls under the cohort of the communication services sector. Predominantly, entertainment and media sector stocks are about having mainstream content such as Marvel or DC, Game of Thrones or Narcos, Avengers or Fantastic Four and whatnot. As Generation Y and Z are more interested in entertainment through the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime rather than on TV, it has triggered a fundamental shift in the industry, and large conventional players are trying to navigate this path which has been disrupted by the new-age solutions and innovative products.

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Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury's current slate includes 13 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, three seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and Kew Media, three seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix, as well as new primetime series Hudson & Rex for CityTV/Rogers Media, and Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment.

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Spotlight

Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury's current slate includes 13 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, three seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and Kew Media, three seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix, as well as new primetime series Hudson & Rex for CityTV/Rogers Media, and Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment.

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