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The Drill Down 506: ‘Simpsons’ Called It
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Disney buys Fox and The Simpsons called it

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Net Neutrality is down but perhaps not out yet, Disney buys Fox (and The Simpsons called it), Facebook admits it’s bad for you, gene therapy to restore sight and hearing… and much more.

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It’s Official: Disney Buys Fox For Over $52 Billion
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Deadpool

We’ve been hearing whispers that the mega-deal between The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox could happen as soon as Thursday, and this morning it became official: Disney has purchased Fox for around $52.4 billion. Disney is also inheriting around $13.7 billion of debt, making the total cost of the deal about $66 billion. In the deal Disney is acquiring all entertainment properties and more, while the Fox Broadcasting news and sports assets will be spun off to shareholders under a new company.

On the entertainment side of things, this now means Disney owns and controls all of Fox’s brands and titles including the X-Men and Deadpool franchises, the Avatar movies, the original Star Wars trilogy, The Simpsons and other Fox shows as well as all of the FX Network series, and even Fox’s stake in Hulu, which now gives Disney controlling interest in the streaming service (making their own planned streaming service even more interesting).

You can find more details below.

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Disney and Fox Deal Could Be Finalized As Soon As Thursday
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Deadpool Movie

This month, The Walt Disney Company has expressed interest in acquiring 20th Century Fox, the film and television studio owned by 21st Century Fox, which would leave Fox with its sports and news divisions. Of course, when the word of this first got out, the studios called it off. But talks would resume, indicating that this deal could be a real possibility. And last week, the two studios stepped closer to making it happen.

Following up on last week’s report that a deal could be finalized this week, comes word that everything could be signed on the dotted line as soon as Thursday. The cost of this deal could be up to $60 billion dollars. More on the story below.

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Disney Deal To Acquire Fox Could Be Done As Soon As Next Week
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X-Men and Avengers crossover

It has been a few weeks since we first heard about the possibility of The Walt Disney Company acquiring 20th Century Fox. Though details were slim, if Disney were to buy Fox it would mean that the studio would acquire their entertainment division, which includes film properties, TV properties, Nat Geo, and more.

At first, it appeared that there was a fallout between the two when the then-rumored deal leaked. However, talks started again, and much of the deal remained the same with Fox continuing to retain their sports and news media outlets. Now the deal that looked like it would take months to complete could be done as soon as next week. More on the story below.

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Disney’s Attempt To Buy 20th Century Fox Film & TV Could Have Repercussions For ‘The Defenders’
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Marvel's The Defenders

There appears to be more to Disney buying out 20th Century Fox film and TV divisions than just expanding on some properties. On the surface, it would make the studio larger while also limiting where filmmakers could make pitches. On the other hand it would allow Disney to have access to more Marvel titles and the original Star Wars films. The move would also allow Fox to put its focus on news and sports.

While that may have been the early details on the matter, there is word that Disney is making a move to buy a competition studio so that they can beat Netflix. More on the story below.

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Disney In Depth: 2016 Animation Battle: ‘Moana’ v. ‘Finding Dory’ v. ‘Zootopia’
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The Walt Disney Studios released three critically/viewer acclaimed films in 2016 that also were major financial hits – Moana still pending, but early signs look favorable; Finding Dory; and Zootopia.

Which of the three films, though, is the best? That’s like picking a favorite child, considering each movie’s unique strengths. To help determine the winner – in my book, at least – I have established a bunch of categories that apply to all of the films. Let the battle commence!

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Disney In Depth: 50 Defining Moments Since Walt Disney Died (Part 3)
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Finishing up with a special three-part edition of Disney In Depth, this third and final article recognizes even more defining moments in The Walt Disney Company’s history over these past 50 years (1967 – 2016) since Walt died.

Let the 50 Defining Moments Since Walt Disney Died conclude!

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: ‘The Disney Book’
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The Disney Book
Hardcover
By Jim Fanning
DK
Release date: October 6, 2015

Two hundred pages of Disney-filled goodness is packed inside veteran Disney writer Jim Fanning‘s newest title. The Disney Book must have been a herculean feat for him to craft, as how can anyone capably compile nearly a century’s worth of creative content in a book from visually friendly publisher DK? Luckily for the readers, this release, with tons of archival pictures, rare finds and great sections on the company’s more popular brands, is a must for your Disney coffee table!

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Disney In Depth: Epcot’s Evolution, A One-Year Thesis Project
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Twelve months in the making and one unforgettable experience, in November 2014 I completed an enriching project that catapulted my Disney fervor into something quite scholarly. As a student of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College, I was to spend two semesters developing a thesis on a subject of my choosing. What better way to combine entertainment and education than to add some fantastic flavor to an academic endeavor?

An Epcot enthusiast, I realized I could translate my passion for the community-turned-theme park into a piece of research that would explore its evolution. More specifically, I wanted to identify the interrelations between technology and culture in this artificial, yet awesome environment. Thus I set off on a one-year journey that would be as amazing and personally fulfilling as venturing to Epcot for the first time some 15 years ago.

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Disney Pays Tribute To Robin Williams With New Image Of Aladdin Genie
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Robin Williams in Disney's Flubber

While the world is still in shock over the death of Robin Williams, those who knew and loved the 63-year-old old actor are taking to social media to pay tribute to him. People like Edgar Wright, Conan O’Brien, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, and Ben Stiller, along with former co-stars, musicians, and many many more have been sharing their thoughts about the Academy Award-winning actor, who made so many people smile with his work on and off screen.

Robin Williams appeared in several projects for the Walt Disney Company, including TV’s Mork & Mindy, 1988’s Good Morning, Vietnam (for which he earned his first Oscar nod), and the 1992 animated feature Aladdin, in which he voiced the Genie. In tribute, the studio released an image of the Genie in the sky created from stars. See the image here below.

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