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21st Century Fox is in talks to sell the bulk of its media assets to Disney, according to CNBC. The sale would reportedly include Fox Entertainment Group, the portion of the company which owns 20th Century Fox (and with it the rights to many films including the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises).

Should the purported negotiations lead to a sale, the business trade reports that 21st Century Fox would retain ownership of the Fox networks which Disney legally could not own since it already owns ABC, the Fox Sports networks which are a direct competitor to Disney's ESPN, and Fox News.

The obvious implication, should the sale take place, would be that Disney would then own or control nearly all of Marvel's extant film rights, allowing them to potentially bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the same way they incorporated Spider-Man - though they would own the rights outright, rather than sharing or licensing them, as with Sony's Spider-Man rights.

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The obvious implication is that we would never see anything new from the Fox classic library again. Disney won't even license the classic films it owns, it's not going to do it for Fox. This would be a tragedy for classic film lovers.
Not necessarily. Disney currently has a licencing arrangement with KL Studio Classics for its ABC and Touchstone/Hollywood libraries. When you acquire a library like Fox, you're going to have separate asset management for it, and this would finally give Disney an "adult" film label with a history.
 

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Not necessarily. Disney currently has a licencing arrangement with KL Studio Classics for its ABC and Touchstone/Hollywood libraries. When you acquire a library like Fox, you're going to have separate asset management for it, and this would finally give Disney an "adult" film label with a history.
It would also be "adult" of Disney to release "Song of the South".
Surely, Leonard Maltin could compile a worthy introduction and commentary track to place its controversies within a historical and tasteful context; perhaps with a panel of other experts from outside of the film community, as well.
 
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Not necessarily. Disney currently has a licencing arrangement with KL Studio Classics for its ABC and Touchstone/Hollywood libraries.

Is this licensing agreement on a movie-by-movie basis?

Or is it for almost the entire Touchstone/ABC library?
 

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The obvious implication is that we would never see anything new from the Fox classic library again. Disney won't even license the classic films it owns, it's not going to do it for Fox. This would be a tragedy for classic film lovers.

Yeah, this is great news for lovers of multiplex blockbusters but disturbing for lovers of classic cinema. :(
 

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Disney does have a deal with KINO, but they've taken no steps to restore/remaster the films they have allowed KINO to release (correct me if I'm wrong). And Disney won't allow anyone to release films they've already released.

The FOX catalogue would go to dust (or nitrate fire). Films like EAST LYNNE and THE WHITE PARADE which exist SOLEY in the UCLA archive with no other known copies. They would rot to oblivion. FOX at least supported preservation of these two titles. Disney would not.
 

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I read the terms of the current Disney deal to theater operators for the new Star Wars films. Disney owns 26% of the market currently with only 13 films released. WB (no. 2) has about 17% market share with 23 movies released. Disney is forcing theater operators to run the new Star Wars films for 4 weeks in the premier auditoriums and is getting 66% (I believe) of ticket sales plus is enforcing a 5% penalty to theater operators who don't abide by the terms. This was all in the WSJ a few days ago. Disney seems to be the big dog in a rapidly decreasing in size dog house.
 

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I read the terms of the current Disney deal to theater operators for the new Star Wars films. Disney owns 26% of the market currently with only 13 films released. WB (no. 2) has about 17% market share with 23 movies released. Disney is forcing theater operators to run the new Star Wars films for 4 weeks in the premier auditoriums and is getting 66% (I believe) of ticket sales plus is enforcing a 5% penalty to theater operators who don't abide by the terms. This was all in the WSJ a few days ago. Disney seems to be the big dog in a rapidly decreasing in size dog house.

Lets hope the anti-trust division of the Department of Justice in america and their eu counterpart, takes note of this ^
 

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