Disney deal for Fox assets may mean Robert Iger stays longer


If a deal with Fox goes through, Disney could gain access to more film and TV characters to add to its collection including animated series "The Simpsons" and the "Avatar" movie franchise.

Pitching a movie around the same genre as Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Evans pushes for his crossover movie knowing full well that while he plays Captain America, he also used the Human Torch in 21 Centur Fyx's Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Disney's stock (DIS) on Wednesday closed down $1.76, or less than 2 percent, to $105.46 on the New York Stock Exchange. If the Murdochs are willing to sell big portions of the conglomerate that Rupert Murdoch built up during the past half-century then the business horizon is surely changing for other players. The proposed deal would leave Fox with its news and sports assets. Of course, the size of those companies, despite their valuable intellectual properties, is nothing compared to the size of a corporation like 21st Century Fox.

Along with the film and television studio, Disney would buy Fox cable channels, including FX and National Geographic, and its global holdings, which include a stake in the European pay-TV service Sky and operations in India and Latin America, according to people familiar with the discussions. The movie implications are the largest here, from the consumer's point of view. Any deal for Fox would include the remaining stake of Sky, sources have told Reuters.

From a financial standpoint the potential here is...frightening and the merchandising opportunities alone for Disney would be reason enough to make the purchase.