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szdaily -> Entertainment
Disney, Fox deal may set off a studio arms race
    2017-December-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DISNEY’S US$52.4 billion purchase of Fox in a deal announced Thursday is sending shockwaves throughout the movie business, with many industry observers believing that the marriage between the two iconic companies could inspire a fresh round of media mergers.

The combined companies will have access to a blue-chip list of popular film franchises; their vault will encompass the “Simpsons,” “X-Men,” “The Avengers,” “Avatar,” “Family Guy,” “Star Wars,” “Alien,” and scores of family entertainment titles. That leaves the likes of Sony and Paramount looking downright scrawny in comparison. It also helps explain why Lionsgate tried to merge with Hasbro earlier this year only to abandon the plan after a dispute arouse over the price.

It’s not that Disney is the only superpower. There are other media conglomerates that can nearly match its heft. Comcast, with NBCUniversal in its quiver and a whole lot of cable subscribers, is a formidable adversary. Time Warner stands to get a lot more dangerous if the Justice Department is unsuccessful in blocking its sale to AT&T. And the Apples and Amazons of the world, which are now moving into producing movies and shows, have a treasury and technological know-how that cannot be equaled. Hollywood, it seems, is increasingly controlled by giants.

A frank assessment of this radically changed landscape could lead the Sonys and Paramounts of the world, and their parent companies, with no choice but to join forces or sell.

“It puts pressure on the smaller studios to look for ways to gain more scale,” said Tuna Amobi, director and senior equity analyst at CFRA Research.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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