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M&A Shorts

In an interview with Bloomberg, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam reveals that the company is open to M&A talks with companies like CBS, Comcast, and Disney—in other words, a deal similar to the AT&T/Time Warner merger.

MG Retailer reports that the average cannabis dispensary generates 2–3% of total revenue from sales of accessories and merchandise. The hottest items? Bob Marley‘s licensed lines of smoking accessories—even in locations where the Marley Natural cannabis line isn’t yet available—which include trays, cases, grinders, pipes, wallets, key chains, and candles. Analysts believe that dispensaries could make up to 20% of their revenue from accessories.

20th Century Fox Consumer Products, Journeys in Film, and the USC Rossier School of Education team up to create educational programs for high school students based on the movie Hidden Figures. The lesson plans cover social studies, math, and science classes.

National Geographic expands its location-based and retail partnerships. iP2Entertainment will develop a series of indoor, interactive family exploration centers worldwide, with the first location opening this summer in Changzhou, China. SPE Partners will open the immersive holographic 3D attraction “ENOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey” this Fall in Times Square, New York. And The Nature (Company) expands its 24 National Geographic branded flagship stores and retail spaces throughout South Korea, with more than 40 stores scheduled to open by 2018.

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