08/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Media Merger Speculation Grows Before Sun Valley Conference

NEW YORK -- Cablevision acquires cable operator Bresnan in a $1.3 billion deal. News Corp. buys e-reader Skiff and is looking at an $11 billion-plus buyout of the 61% of BSkyB that it doesn't own. Private-equity titan Kohlberg Kravis Roberts might invest $250 million in CAA.

These recent headlines provide evidence for the renewed willingness of media and entertainment players to explore mergers and acquisitions after a lull driven by the recession and financial crisis.