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Disney lifts lid on Disney+ streaming service, may look to buy all of Hulu

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 Pixar, […]

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 […]

Fox makes more appointments ahead of Disney takeover

Fox, the company that will emerge after Disney completes it  US$71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s key entertainment assets, has appointed its top government relations and corporate communications execs. Hope Hicks, who most recently served as White House communications director and director of strategic communications for president Donald Trump, has been appointed as Fox’s executive vice-president and […]

Fox makes post-Disney appointments

Lachlan Murdoch, the future chairman and CEO of Fox after Disney purchases key assets from the company, has revealed leadership appointments across distribution, ad sales operations and corporate functions. As Disney looks to close its $71.3bn deal for key Fox entertainment assets, ‘New Fox’ will be home to branded properties such as Fox News Channel, Fox […]

Fox ‘considering options’ as Comcast deals knockout blow for Sky

Sky’s stock has jumped in value after the pay TV operator’s independent board recommended shareholders accept its superior offer in the sealed bidding process carried out at the end of last week, with Fox “considering its options” over its 39% stake in the company. “As the price of the final Comcast Offer is materially superior, […]

Disney president to leave following merger with Fox

Disney president Ben Sherwood is to leave the business after it completes its takeover of 21st Century Fox. The exec – who serves as president of Disney-ABC Television Group – is believed to have been weighing up his options for some time, after it emerged in July that Fox president Peter Rice is expected to lead […]

ESPN+ passes one million paying subscribers

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports service ESPN+ has passed the one million paying subscribers mark in the five and a half months since its launch in April 2018. Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) division announced the milestone figure, claiming it to be a testament to the teams from DTCI and ESPN who worked to bring […]

Fox extends Sky deadline as sealed auction looms

21st Century Fox has extended its deadline for Sky shareholders to accept its £14 a share offer for the company until October 6, following a similar move by rival Comcast next week. Fox’s move sets the scene for a sealed auction to kick off after the September 22 deadline for Fox to raise its bid. […]

Netflix hires Disney exec in consumer products push

Netflix has appointed former Disney executive Christie Fleischer as it looks to boost its consumer products portfolio for Netflix original series and films. Fleischer joins the online streaming giant this week as global head of consumer products, overseeing retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events. Based in Los Angeles she will […]

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