In 2014 Time Warner announced its intention to spin off Time, Inc.’s family of print titles, thought to hold limited profit potential. As Time Warner Entertainment Company, it would face a worldwide marketplace with increasing amounts of discretionary time that could be spent on entertainment that was accessible from an ever-wider variety of distribution media. However, some industry observers questioned whether this was a strategic divestiture or simply an attempt to raise the value of Time Warner’s shares. This case asks students to consider the motives behind this move and its implications for Time Warner.

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