The Walt Disney Company has confirmed they are in negotiations to acquire the entertainment assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., including screen properties "Avatar" and "The Simpsons", along with "X-Men", "Fantastic Four", "Wolverine" and "Deadpool" for Marvel Studios:
"...'The Walt Disney Company' and 'Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.' today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustment).
"Building on Disney's commitment to deliver the highest quality branded entertainment, the acquisition of these complementary assets would allow Disney to create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose.
"Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox's critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of...
"...'Avatar', 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four' and 'Deadpool', as well as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', 'Hidden Figures', 'Gone Girl', 'The Shape of Water' and 'The Martian'—and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, which have brought 'The Americans', 'This Is Us', 'Modern Family', 'The Simpsons' and so many more hit TV series to viewers across the globe.
"Disney will also acquire FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky plc, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group..."
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