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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Disney resumes Fox takeover talks – report

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly reopened talks with Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox over the latter’s entertainment assets. News Disney had first gone in for Fox’s TV and film businesses emerged early last month, but those negotiations led to nothing. Disney is known to be in acquisitive mood ahead of the launch of […]

German VOD outfit Pantaflix secures Disney deal

German movies-on-demand service Pantaflix, which has ambitions to expand globally, has struck a deal with Disney to offer films including the forthcoming Star Wars: the Last Jedi to users in Germany and Austria. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be offered by Pantaflix at the same time as its DVD release. Other titles in […]

Disney Parks chief key contender for CEO post

Bob Chapek, chairman of parks and resorts at Disney, is emerging as the most likely candidate for CEO Bob Iger, according to reports. Iger has postponed retirement for three years and it’s looking like that he will soon step down making way for Chapek, according to Bloomberg. Iger is scheduled to retire in July 2019. […]

Comcast ‘targets Fox entertainment takeover’

Comcast has reportedly swooped in to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, with telco Verizon and Sony Corp. also said to be in interested. The news, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, emerged about a week after The Walt Disney Company’s interest in buying a large chunk of Fox was revealed. With the Disney […]

TBI Weekly: Foxcatcher – will the Murdoch empire sell?

November has been dominated by headlines about the future of 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch dynasty. Yesterday, US reports claimed NBCUniversal owner Comcast was attempting to buy the Fox entertainment and international assets (minus the Fox broadcast network and news cable channels). The Walt Disney Company is believed to have held talks over a […]

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