Disney Completes Deal To Buy Fox; It Now Owns The Simpsons, Deadpool, X-Men, Family Guy, And More

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Disney's massive deal to buy the majority of Fox's assets and franchises--including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Deadpool, and X-Men--for around $71 billion has finally gone through. Fox and Disney announced in their own press releases that the acquisition is expected to become effective at 12:02 AM EST on March 20. [Update: the deal has now officially closed, and as part of it, Disney is expected to cut "thousands" of jobs]

"This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us--one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders," Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. "Combining Disney's and 21st Century Fox's wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era."

Disney said buying Fox's franchises will allow Disney to "provide more appealing high-quality content and entertainment options to meet growing consumer demand; increase its international footprint; and expand its direct-to-consumer offerings."

Some of the "direct-to-consumer offerings" Disney has in the pipeline include ESPN+, and Disney+, along with its continued investment in Hulu.

Here is a specific rundown of what Disney gets in its Fox acquisition:

  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Fox Family
  • Fox Animation
  • Twentieth Century Fox Television
  • FX Productions
  • Fox21
  • FX Networks
  • National Geographic Partners
  • Fox Networks Group International
  • Star India
  • Fox's interests in Hulu, Tata Sky, and Endemol Shine Group

After the buyout, Fox will still live on, but in a more limited capacity. Fox is creating a spinoff unit that will continue to operate the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, and the Fox Televisions Stations Group, along with the cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes, and Big Ten Network.

Even before the Fox buyout, Disney was primed for a massive 2019 with movies alone. The company already released Captain Marvel from its Marvel division, while Avengers: Endgame is coming next month. Some of Disney's other major film releases in 2019 include Dumbo, Aladdin, Lion King, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: Episode IX.

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Guess I'll be saving lots of money and time in the future now that some of my favorite franchises (X-Men, Aliens, Predator, Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, etc) are under the Disney umbrella. Disappointing, really. And a damn shame.

Wonder of Family Guy and Bob's Burgers will be removed from [as] as well.

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@saint311: Yikes. X-Men and Family Guy have been garbage for a VERY long time now.

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Um, don't you guys in USA have anti-monopoly laws? If this keeps up, there will only be Disney Entertainment in the long-run.

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@gns: First, we do. Certain aspects of the deal had to be stripped out due to them. For instance, Disney can't take on Fox's broadcast networks because they already own ABC. But for the biggest overlapping part of their business—film—there was no monopoly to stop. Disney doesn't actually make very many movies. They just make the biggest movies. Fox wasn't that far behind them in this regard. There is still plenty of competition in the film industry.

Also, this deal was not just a USA deal. This merger had to pass in anti-trust courts at least in the USA, EU, China, and Brazil. Possibly more beyond those; they are just what I know of. So this isn't just one country letting businesses run amok.

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@TrueLink: that’s crazy that a USA company has to pass EU,China and Brazil courts for the deal to go through. Specially since these are 2 American company’s. I thought foreign laws don’t apply in the USA? That’s another thing President Trump needs to change.

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@harrypothead: because Disney and Fox actually operate outside USA as well. E.g., Fox TV Channels have agencies in Russia...

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Ok so... then that means Disney will give EA a 10-years exclusive deal to make games based on those franchises?

People, be prepared.

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@rekonym: I don't expect any good games to come from The Simpsons or Family Guy these days. I don't think Fox ever owned the video game rights to X-Men, Deadpool, or the Fantastic Four.

The biggest concern in regards to licensing out video games rights based on this deal probably comes from the Alien franchise.

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@TrueLink: Fox only owed the live action movie rights. Not the toys or comics or video games. That’s why they still had Xmen in the Marvel vs Street Fighter games.

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@harrypothead: Presumably, they owned the full rights, including video games, to the Alien, Simpsons, and Family Guy franchises as those originated with them.

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@TrueLink: I know that. But Marvel never sold the Video game and cartoon and toy and comic rights to Fox. Fox and Marvel did work together with the first 2 Xmen movies cause Marvel put out toys for those movies but sometime after that they quit working with Fox and Marvel decided they wasn’t going to support Xmen or FF after that and the toys stopped.

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Beyond Wolverine, there's Darth Vader

Beyond Darth Vader, there's Thanos

Beyond Thanos, there's One Above ALL

Beyond OAA, there's Mickey Mouse.

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Dammit. This is incredibly bad, how the hell did this deal go through? Warner and AT were blocked but of course Disney is allowed to own half of all digital entertainment. With this expect bigger ticket prices and anti-competitive business practices.

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@kanekan-slaugh: "how the hell did this deal go through?"

It's a deal benefiting allies of the president, so the examination by the FTC for monopoly implications was, at best, cursory. AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner involved one of the president's enemies -- CNN -- so he had the FTC fight it as much as he could, despite it actually being a less monopoly-friendly deal than Disney/Fox.

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@zmanbarzel: ah. no. That's not how it works, also this deal's been happening for a while. before trump while.

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@kanekan-slaugh: The deal that was announced in December 2017 happened before Trump? Even allowing that the idea that there had been behind-the-scenes talk the previous six months, that still puts its start in June 2017.

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@zmanbarzel: Yup, everything “bad” is always the president’s fault. Amen, I mean, praise lord government!

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Now let's get ready to watch Quagmire talking about gender equality, empowering minorities and attending Metoo rallies.

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These comments are so ridiculous.

People acting like Disney has any interest in shutting down the successful properties they bought.

People also pretending like Family Guy wasn't already trash for the last 10 years.

I have to think these people are still in Middle School. Adults don't think these things.

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@Poodger: lol especially that they just spent 71 billion dollars....just to shut them down

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@Poodger: I wish they only shut them down. Unfortunately for Star Wars, that's not what they do.

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Lisa and Meg are now disney princesses

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@xTETRODOTOXINx: ...and don't forget that Disney now has a dog who ate poop out of a diaper during primetime.

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Disney, the EA of the entertainment industry.

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Oh well I’ve pretty much dropped all those shows anyways

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is there a site where i can bet on whoever wins from disney and google and microsoft and apple and amazon etc as the first to reach illuminati status?

i loved disney as a kid but now that sparkle is shaking off pretty strong. yes in a way it would be cool to see xmen and f4 in mcu but after this many mcu movies and those pretty good xmen original movies i cant say even that saves this. in my mind xmen died with xavier and logan. atleast for a while. seeing the disney logo stamped on simpsons gives shivers

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: That ship already sailed a couple years ago -- it's Amazon by a massive margin.

You can legitimately extract Apple (easily), MS, (easily), Disney (easily), and Google (harder) from your life.

AWS hosts ***EVERYTHING***

Google and MS are tiny drops in the bucket.

...and that's before we get into retail and/or Alexa impacts.

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@Pyrosa: I don't know if you can discount Google all together. Nearly every single website I've seen has Google trackers or scripts trying to run in the background. That's just what I can see. Their data mining is what Facebook dreams of being. The best thing FB has going for them is that people willingly give them info, but then again, they have a lot of trackers as well.

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The question we’re all wondering about now is, will the Ewoks movies and the Star Wars Holiday Special be a part of Disney+?

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Finally Star Wars is all under one company.

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Are monopolies making a comeback or what?

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@greaseman1985: the bigger the Government the bigger it incentivizes big companies like Amazon and Disney to put money in politicians pockets to pass things they want like Tax exemptions for their parks or acquisitions that will seem like monopolies but politicians will look the other way.

as long as the people in control are getting a lice of the pie companies like disney is serving they dont care.

thats the state of the..well...The State

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@alastor529: Yeah, many democrats vie for those kind of things.

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@kanekan-slaugh: LOL... You think there are actual "sides" here? Keep drinking the Kool-Aid messaging.

Take a look at all the big data center hosting regions... Nearly all Dem-locked.

This kind of money & control is irresistable to any "side."

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Disney probably threatened to exit the deal if they had to take the news division as well.

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You can tell that the FTC does not give a single **** about Disney becoming monopoly.

RIP Always Sunny and Family Guy.

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Disney owning the Simpsons. Ugh. Well, at least they have a better chance of coughing up the money for their outrageous salaries. They seem to like to throw money around. Maybe it'll stay on the air a few more years. You never can tell with Disney though. One thing is for sure, Apu is a goner.

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@bdrtfm: There will be maybe a dozen episodes of Simpaons after this. ;)

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@bdrtfm: None of the shows/channels will survive this deal as they are. Fox has always been known as the edgy company, I just can't see the likes of Family Guy, Deadpool, or FX surviving. Hope I'm wrong, but none of these are family friendly or pure for Disney.

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so, is the Simpsons ride moving out of Universal Studios and into Disneyland?

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Part of the deal requires Tucker Carlson only make misogynistic comments about Minnie Mouse.

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@DoctorTanaka: Clearly you didn't read the article, nor the thousands of others on this subject.

None of the news/sports broadcast properties are part of this deal.

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Highway robbery IMO, by Fox. $71 billion, just so Marvel can have the rights to X-Men back, and for the rights to OG Star Wars trilogy.

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Two questions I have yet to see answered:

* Is Disney going to take over the job of distributing MGM’s titles on home video, which Fox has been doing for several years?

* What’s happening with the FX app that streams the Simpsons?

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