It remains to be seen how this corporate marriage will be greeted in Washington and if Disney and Fox will have to jettison any television or film holdings in order to appease the government. But there’s no successor in place, and the pressure will be on him to sign up for another tour of duty.That may mean putting his (not so secret) presidential ambitions on the back burner. Fanboys and fangirls don’t seem to care about monopolistic niceties or the end of the era for the Murdoch gang.We’re expecting an even bigger spike during winter’s cuffing season.And now the Tinder experience is about to jump from our phones to our physical lives, thanks to the genius of AI technology.James Murdoch’s name has been mentioned as making the transition to Disney, spurring succession talk, but sources on both sides of the talks caution that there is no such stipulation in the deal. On Monday, Fox grabbed a leading 27 Golden Globe nominations, double the number racked up by any other major media company, for fielding the likes of “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,” and “The Post.” These are gutsy, auteur-driven movies that are geared at adults.
That leaves only Sony’s Spider-Man films existing outside of Disney and Marvel’s direct control. It can add programming from the likes of FX and National Geographic, along with movies such as “Alien” and “Avatar” from the Fox studio catalogue.
The two media companies are expected to announce a billion-plus pact this week that will see Disney snap up much of Fox’s television and film holdings.
If completed, the deal will dramatically reshape the entertainment landscape, bringing together for the first time two of Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios under common ownership, all to give Disney the bigger arsenal of programming it needs to do battle with Netflix and other new entrants in the content business.
The upstart network that broke up the hegemony of the Big Three networks in the late 1980s may be in for a dramatic makeover.
The word is the Murdochs intend to refocus Fox Broadcasting around news and sports.
In the short-term, however, 20th Century Fox and its units will operate autonomously, at least until the deal is completed.