21st Century Fox

Disney creates unified streaming & int’l unit

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer (pictured) has been named as the chairman of the new unit, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, […]

Netflix strikes Sky deal across Europe

Netflix will be bundled into a new Sky pay TV subscription pack in Europe. Customers with the next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in the coming year, with the same […]

Comcast threatens Murdoch deal with £22bn offer for Sky

US cable giant Comcast has made a £22.1 billion (US$30.9 billion) bid for Sky, marking a 16% increase on 21st Century Fox’s agreed takeover price for the company. Announcing the offer this morning, Comcast said it is making a superior cash proposal of £12.50 per share and said that the proposed combination would bring attractive […]

Comcast looking again at Fox after higher bid was rejected – report

Comcast made an offer last year for 21st Century Fox that was significantly higher than Disney’s successful bid, and may make a fresh move to acquire the company, or its European pay TV arm Sky, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, reports that Comcast made a bid for Fox that […]

Content deals bite as Hulu losses sting Disney for $250m

Hulu’s successes in acquired and original programming are coming at a cost. Hulu backer The Walt Disney Company revealed its share of the losses at the US subscription VOD service would be US$250 million. Twelve months ago, Disney predicted losses of US$100 million from the service, highlighting a significant increase in costs. Fox’s latest earnings […]

Fox’s Sky takeover blocked once again

21st Century Fox’s second attempt to buy up UK satcaster Sky has been provisionally blocked by the local regulator. Having failed to get a deal over the line in 2011 after revelations around the News International phone hacking scandal, the new approach has been rebuffed on media plurality grounds. The news may have implications for […]

Endemol Shine brings in Fox’s legal exec

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is growing its legal team with the hire of Fox’s James Ward to the newly-created role of deputy general counsel. Based at the Endemol Shine’s Amsterdam headquarters, and reporting to general counsel Emma Moloney, Ward will oversee the existing team of senior counsels from April. Ward joins from 21st Century Fox, […]

Fox studio chiefs outline strategy after ‘shock’ Disney deal

Fox Television Group bosses have addressed the Walt Disney takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, noting they are unsure of their roles, but remain focused on “business as usual”. Gary Newman and Dana Walden (pictured) told reporters at a TCA tour event they had not yet had insight into their positions as co-chairmen at […]

Analysis: the Mouse catches the Fox – how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in twelve to 18 months, knocks off […]

Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

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