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By Jennifer Saba September 27, 2018 | The Mouse House is about to buy Fox’s entertainment and international assets, including the Sky stake, for $71 billion. Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, has allowed discretion to conquer any ideas of valor: He plans to use the $15 billion windfall from the sale to pay down debt and invest in direct-to-consumer products, including...

By Matthew Belloni September 20, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR published 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. The Disney CEO and most powerful person in entertainment opens up...

By Ken Ziffren September 13, 2018 | There’s a lot of mystery and speculation about the new direction of the filmed entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Co.  The largest of the traditional Hollywood studios is in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer (call it “DTC,” or “Disney Play”) model. By the...

By Tim Peterson September 4, 2018 | Within one of the oldest buildings at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, resides the entertainment giant’s future. On the first floor of The Walt Disney Studios’ Animation building — two floors below Walt Disney’s old office — sits Disney’s StudioLab, the epicenter of the company’s investment in emerging technologies. Through a partnership...

By Eriq Gardner August 30, 2018 | Disney has prevailed on its second attempt to stop Redbox from selling digital codes that consumers can redeem at online outlets to access copies of Black Panther and other movies. On Thursday, a California federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. The judge blessed the studio’s revised licensing terms over “Combo Packs” which he...

August 23, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. has been the consistent leader among media and entertainment companies in the Management Top 250 ranking, but Netflix Inc. has made the biggest gains. At No. 53 overall, the studio was the highest-ranked company in the industry sector in the latest analysis. Although the Management Top 250 was first published in December, it was calculated back to 2012. Walt...

By Scott Mendelson August 22, 2018 | If we judge a studio’s summer by the amount of new franchises it created, Warner Bros. may be the unofficial winner. Yes, Walt Disney ruled the roost with 42% of the overall market share, even if 22% of that came from just two movies (Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2). And yes, Universal/Comcast Corp. had the...

By Todd Spangler August 9, 2018 | Hulu’s cash burn has accelerated — its losses in the second quarter of 2018 more than doubled — as the video-streaming venture continues to step up its investment in content and technology to acquire new customers. At this point, questions remain about what will happen next for Hulu once Disney gains majority control of the company, and how...

By Brooks Barnes August 5, 2018 | LOS ANGELES — Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year. How much will subscriptions cost? Disney has given hints but no specifics. The name, rollout strategy, precise menu of movies and television shows — all still a...

By Andrew Liptak August 3, 2018 | Companies like Disney and Warner Bros. already have extensive back-catalogs of material, and have launched their own efforts to bring out their own streaming platforms. Disney’s is expected to launch sometime in 2019, while Warner Bros. will launch DC Universe, dedicated to its superhero franchises, later this fall. Both services will help bring...