Disney Seeks to Reshape Itself with 21th Century Fox Acquisition

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Report Summary:

To position itself for continued success Disney needs to strengthen is existing product portfolio while simultaneously developing new products and services. On December 14, 2017 Disney took a major step in doing so when Rupert Murdoch agreed to sell 21st Century Fox to Disney for $52.4 billion in stock. Disney will also assume $13.7 billion of net debt, valuing the total transaction at $66.1 billion.

This report examines Disney's motivation for making this acquisition, how it changes the industry landscape, and potential obstacles to the acquisition, including Comcast's counteroffer.

Table of Contents

Why Disney Wants 21st Century Fox
Impact on Disney and the Industry
          Impact on Pay TV
          International Impact
          Theatrical Impact
          Impact on TV Production
Disney’s Online Aspirations
Comcast Wants 21st Century Fox
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