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TBI Weekly: 10 things we know about Disney’s 2019 strategy

Disney revealed crucial details this week around its plans for Fox’s entertainment assets and how they fit into the business’s wider SVOD plans. We now know that the turbo-charged service set to give Netflix a run for its money is Disney+, which will launch with brands including Nat Geo, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Disney […]

Disney CEO sets sights on Hulu takeover, reveals SVOD plans

Disney has lifted the lid on its new streaming service, which will be called Disney+ and launched late next year. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the name of the service during a company earnings call on Thursday (November 8). The business has launched a website for the service, which highlights its portfolio of brands, including […]

21st Century Fox exits Sky by selling 39% stake to Comcast

21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast after the US pay TV giant emerged triumphant from an intense bidding process over the weekend. With the move Rupert Murdoch, who is chairman of 21st Century Fox, cashes out his interest in Sky – a company that he launched in […]

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, […]

Report: Fox News to launch subscription streaming service

Fox News is reportedly planning to launch a standalone subscription streaming service later this year called Fox Nation. The New York Times reported that the service will be available to US viewers without a cable package and will focus on news commentary and original shows. Fox News’ senior vice president of development and production, John Finley, told the NYT that […]

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 […]

Disney’s ESPN streaming service set for US spring launch

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, ESPN Plus, is due to launch in the US this spring as part of a revamped ESPN app, according to Mouse House CEO Bob Iger. The app comes ahead of the launch of Disney’s entertainment-focused global SVOD service next year, which will compete directy with Netflix and Amazon. Speaking on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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