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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • Business
    • 4.6 • 11.7K Ratings

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New episodes come out Wednesdays for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Killer on the Loose

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Killer on the Loose

    It’s early 1993 and television’s about to make a quantum leap into a multi-channel world where viewers can access movies from the comfort of their own sofa.

    But with Hollywood’s movie studios set to clean up in this new world, every media player wants a film factory to call their own.

    Including Hollywood hot-shot Barry Diller. And he wants to get on the ground floor of the revolution by buying Paramount – the studio he used to run.

    But to succeed he’ll need to first defeat his old boss – Paramount chairman Martin Davis.

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    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Hidden Agendas

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Hidden Agendas

    It’s summer 1993 and QVC boss Barry Diller is ready to pull the trigger on his hostile takeover to buy Paramount.

    But he’s about to find he's got an enemy in his ranks who’s playing both sides.

    And while Diller tries to get his bid back on track, Paramount chairman Martin Davis is getting cosy with another suitor – Diller’s pal and Viacom owner, Sumner Redstone.

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    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Under Siege

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Under Siege

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    It’s the fall of 1993 and Viacom owner Sumner Redstone thinks he’s got Paramount all sown up.

    But QVC chief Barry Diller is about to launch a counter-strike and ignite an all-out war for control of the movie and publishing giant.

    And as the fight intensifies, both men are depending on their partners to have their back. But they’re about to find their back-up isn’t as solid as they think.

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Down to the Wire

    The Battle for Paramount Pictures | Down to the Wire

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    It’s Christmas 1993. The bidding war for Paramount is underway and QVC is far out in front.

    But Viacom owner Sumner Redstone’s not giving in. He’s trying to engineer a merger with Blockbuster that will arm him with the billions he needs to catch up with QVC.

    But Blockbuster chairman Wayne Huizenga isn’t about to roll over, and with the deadline for final offers approaching, Redstone’s almost out of time.

    W+ Exclusive: Diet Wars | Scaling Up

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    It's 1961 and in a supermarket, housewife Jean Nidetch is about to get a shock that will send her on desperate quest to get thin.

    But when her new diet gets tough, she turns to friends for help and inadvertently starts what will become Weight Watchers. And as Weight Watchers rakes in big bucks from weight-loss, a street-tough Philadelphia businessman grabs his chance to become a millionaire.

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    It's 1983 and civil war's broken out within Nutri/System. But while CEO Harold Katz fights his franchisees, his former colleague Jenny Craig has grand designs on Australia.

    Craig wants to use Australia as a staging post on the way to becoming a U.S. heavyweight, but first she's got to convince women Down Under to diet like Americans. And that's going to be anything but easy.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11.7K Ratings

11.7K Ratings

LookinaBookstore ,

Excellent content every time.

Even my kids live listening to Business Wars. And it’s the only podcast I listen to that my wife doesn’t make fun of!

jcann516 ,

Hooked Business Student

As a current MBA student, this podcast provides real world context and insightful historical data on what’s being taught in the classroom.

chandan_maruthi ,

Very good

Very enjoyable for all audiences, old, and young.

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