Reports that Disney might acquire key parts of 21st Century Fox have been out there for almost a month. CNBC now reports that those talks have progressed, and that a deal could be announced as early as next week. All told, Disney would reportedly pay more than $60 billion for the new assets. Properties included in the deal could include National Geographic, Star, movie studios, regional sports nets, and stakes in Sky and Hulu. Speaking of which, Disney and Fox each own 30% of Hulu; if Disney acquires Fox’s stake, it’ll own a controlling stake in the service. At the same time, Disney is planning to launch its own streaming services in the coming years, having recently declined to renew its licensing arrangement with Netflix. Assuming the Fox deal goes through, Disney will be able to pack additional movies and TV shows onto those platforms. Bottom line: In a few years, Disney will likely be giving Netflix a run for its money.
TNT ordered a late night-themed pilot for Naked with Niecy Nash. It’s an expansion of the net’s relationship with Nash, who stars in Claws, renewed for season three, and a co-production between Turner’s Studio T and Telepictures, and Nash’s production company, Chocolate Chick.
The Good Doctor star Freddie Highmore signed an overall production deal with Doctor studio Sony Pictures Television to develop scripted series via his Alfresco Pictures. Claire Londy jumped aboard Alfresco as head of development.
Camila Cabello picked up trophies for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Cardi B was named Best New Artist and Donald Glover’s (Atlanta) music video for “This Is America” won Best Video With a Message, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Also of note at the VMAs: Ariana […]
NBC Sports named Mike Tirico as the new studio host for Football Night in America, where he will work alongside analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and NFL Insider Mike Florio, from Studio 1 at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford. The role had been held by Dan Patrick from 2008-2017. Tirico previously co-hosted […]
Dr Pepper unveiled its new marketing campaign for the 2018-2019 season, titled Fansville. The promotion is a parody TV show drama that” captures the emotional rollercoaster of college football fandom.” The episodic-like campaign, created by Deutsch showcases characters such as Brian Bosworth, Eddie George and Les Miles with the first of its six 30-second campaign […]