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.
Marvel martial arts series Iron Fist will not make it season three – at least not on Netflix. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners,” said the companies. “While the series on Netflix has ended, the […]
Sienna Miller (Layer Cake), Seth MacFarLane (Family Guy), Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) and Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) have joined the cast of Showtime’s upcoming limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Miller will play Ailes’ ex-wife, Beth; MacFarlane takes on the role of Ailes confidante and Fox News PR head, Brian Lewis; […]
With International Speedway Corporation in the midst of a multi-year $500 million capital reinvestment plan across its venues, the company is looking to redefine the audience experience at its facilities. The company recently completed a $7 million renovation at the historic Darlington Raceway, along with a $30 million infield redevelopment project at Richmond Raceway, is […]
Amid a busy Saturday for sports, TBS saw ALCS Game 1 take the day across all of TV, according to Nielsen metered market numbers. The Astros/Red Sox telecast on the channel averaged 5,821,000 viewers for the game, up 42% over the last time it carries the ALCS Game in 2016. TBS’s 2018 MLB Postseason viewership […]
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who stars in and executive produces Power on Starz, has inked a four-year overall deal estimated at $150 million with the cabler. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said the pact is “among the most significant deals to date for an executive producer in premium television.” Jackson will continue to develop new scripted […]