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Higher ratings drive ROI, Disney study confirms

US series with a 1.0 or higher rating deliver twice the return on investment (ROI) than those that rate 0.4 or below, a study from The Walt Disney Company shows. While it is no surprise that better ratings equals more revenue, Disney-ABC Television Group claims its report is among the only studies that have quantified […]

Fox studio chiefs outline strategy after ‘shock’ Disney deal

Fox Television Group bosses have addressed the Walt Disney takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, noting they are unsure of their roles, but remain focused on “business as usual”. Gary Newman and Dana Walden (pictured) told reporters at a TCA tour event they had not yet had insight into their positions as co-chairmen at […]

A+E strikes wide-ranging programming deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has scored a programming output deal with US telco and digital business Verizon. This will see shows such as Knightfall, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Live PD playing on various Verizon platforms, which include Yahoo and AOL (now known collectively as Oath). Verizon Fios customers will be able to access content […]

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 12 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 […]

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 […]

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