Disney is shopping for most of 21st Century Fox for $52.four billion

Disney is shopping for an enormous chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that guarantees to reshape the media trade and assist the leisure large fend off digital rivals resembling Netflix.

The $52.four billion all-stock deal will mix two of the largest gamers in Hollywood.

Along with 21st Century Fox’s film studio and regional sports activities networks, Disney is shopping for cable channels FX and Nationwide Geographic. Disney may also get Fox’s stakes in Hulu and European pay-TV supplier Sky (SKYAY).

Previous to the deal closing, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox (FOX) will separate the Fox broadcasting community, Fox Information Channel, Fox Enterprise Community, and a few nationwide sports activities networks into a brand new firm that might be spun off to its shareholders.

The sale to Disney (DIS) represents a exceptional flip within the profession of the octogenarian mogul, who’s cashing out after constructing a significant media empire.

Disney is including much more prime leisure property to an already swollen portfolio because it battles upstart streaming providers which have undercut the standard cable subscription mannequin.

Disney, which counts ESPN amongst its crown jewels, has suffered as shoppers change off their TVs and spend extra hours watching streaming providers resembling Netflix (NFLX) which are distributed on to shoppers.

Bob Iger, who had been anticipated to retire, will stay as chairman and CEO of Disney by 2021.

CNNMoney (London) First printed December 14, 2017: 7:08 AM ET

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