21st Century Fox


Disney finalises Fox merger

Disney completes its US$71 billion acquisition of the bulk of 21st Century Fox today, paving the way to create what chairman and CEO Bog Iger described as “the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.” Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox’s film production businesses Twentieth Century Fox, […]

Most Fox shareholders elect for cash ahead of Disney merger

A majority of 21st Century Fox shareholders have voted for cash rather than shares in an enlarged Disney ahead of the planned merger of the latter and Fox’s entertainment assets. Fox shareholders had until 17:00 Eastern US time on Thursday to elect whether to receive cash or shares. According to Fox, holders of 51.57% of […]

Disney and Fox set date for completion of acquisition

The Walt Disney Company has set a March 20 date to finalise its US$71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. The company announced the news after receiving the final sign-off from Mexican regulators on Tuesday (12 March). Mexico wanted reassurance that Disney would sell off Fox’s regional sports networks (RSN’s) to approve the merger. […]

Fox hires Gail Berman for ‘content development accelerator’ Sidecar

Fox Entertainment, the TV and programming arm of the new post-Disney sale Fox Corporation, is launching Sidecar, a new ‘content development accelerator’ that will be headed by Gail Berman. Sidecar, as its name is intended to convey, will sit side-by-side with Fox Entertainment and will be tasked with identifying and incubating programming both for the […]

US MLB reportedly mulling transfer of streaming rights to teams

The US’s Major League Baseball (MLB) is leaning towards transferring domestic US streaming rights to individual teams, potentially leading to a march away from pay TV for US baseball towards a streaming-focused future, according to the New York Post. According to the paper, citing unnamed sources close to the talks, the MLB, under pressure from […]

Amazon ‘among bidders’ for Fox US sports networks

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid […]

New Fox becomes Fox

In what is likely to be the final shareholders meeting before selling off assets to Disney, ‘New Fox’ boss Lachlan Murdoch has revealed that the company will stick to its original ‘Fox’ name. During the meeting, Murdoch, who was temporarily joined by father Rupert Murdoch and brother James Murdoch, stated that Fox sans its 21stCentury […]

Disney secures EC approval for Fox deal with conditions

Disney has secured European Commission approval for its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on condition that it sells off its interest in factual channels controlled by A+E Networks. A+E Networks – a joint venture between Disney and Hearst – operates History, H2,Crime & Investigation, Blaze and Lifetime. The EC’s investigation into the merger found that […]

Murdoch: Fox could look to buy back sports networks

‘New Fox’ the part of 21st Century Fox that will remain following Disney’s acquisition of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets, could buy back the US regional sports networks that Disney must sell to secure regulatory approval for the deal, according to Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch. Speaking at the New York Times Dealbook conference […]

Comcast closes Sky purchase, James Murdoch steps down

Comcast has closed its purchase of 21st Century Fox’s holding in Sky, with a 75% share in the company overall. With this majority stake Comcast’s ownership now becomes unconditional, with Sky’s listing on the London Stock Exchange set to be cancelled on November 7. In light of the news, James Murdoch has stepped down from […]

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