M&A


Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

T Group buys Big Boots for new digital studio plan

T Group Productions will acquire Big Boots Studios, an outfit dedicated to engagement platforms as it establishes a new digital studio. The Group builds digital channels and platforms for major networks, individual celebrities, athletes and entertainment companies. It was founded by Roger Mincheff and Anthony Kaan. The prodco has acquired Big Boots as it looks […]

TBI Weekly: How Disney-Fox affects the international scene

There’s no guarantee The Walt Disney Company will end up buying the entertainment assets of US rival 21st Century Fox – the deal hasn’t even been signed yet and you can expect a rigorous and lengthy regulatory process if it does close next week as expected. The changes that would mean for the US market […]

Iger could remain Disney CEO after Fox deal closes

Disney chief Bob Iger might not be done just yet. Reports claim Iger might re-up in his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company after closure of an agreement for various 21st Century Fox assets. The development came shortly after news that Fox chief James Murdoch could become CEO of the merged entity, with […]

Coolabi eyes acquisitions after £11m funding injection

Britain-based children’s entertainment firm Coolabi Group is on the acquisitions hunt after securing £11 million (US$14.7 million) in new funding. The firm, which counts Clangers, Bagpuss, Poppy Cat and Scream Street among its IP brands, received the cash injection from Santander Corporate & Commercial, a division of high street bank Santander. The funds will go […]

ProSiebenSat.1 merges Red Arrow with digital in restructure

ProSiebenSat.1 Media is to reorganise its business into three pillars encompassing entertainment, content production and global sales, and commerce respectively. The German broadcaster, which held its capital markets day yesterday, said over 50% of its revenues now come from outside the traditional TV advertising business. Key to the reorganisation is the combination of linear TV […]

Disney may make James Murdoch CEO

The Walt Disney Company is giving serious thought to appointing James Murdoch as its next CEO, providing the Mouse House closes a deal for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment arm. According to a report in the Financial Times, current Fox CEO Murdoch (pictured) and his father, Rupert Murdoch, could take “senior roles” at Disney if its […]

Star CEO to be new 21st Century Fox Asia boss

21st Century Fox has named the chairman and CEO of pay TV business Star India as its overall boss in Asia. Uday Shankar has been named president of 21st Century Fox Asia, effective immediately. The change means Fox Networks Group Asia president Zubin Gandevia now reports into Shankar, who has been placed in charge of […]

Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

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