Just last week, we again reported that Disney was still looking to acquire 20th Century Fox. Though talks seemed to have died down, Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. speculated that the radio silence from both sides may have been an indication of the acquisition.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal this weekend, found by Deadline, confirms that Walt Disney Co. has renewed discussion to purchase some of 21st Century Fox’s assets. But, it appears they are not the only players in this game.
Apparently, Comcast is still interested in a similar acquisition deal. The media company, which already owns NBC Universal, wants to buy Fox’s movie and TV studio, some of its cable networks, and its stakes in satellite TV provider Sky, Star India, and even the streaming service Hulu.
Fox Broadcasting Co., local television stations, Fox News, and Fox Sports would not be included in the possible sale, same as the deal Disney is trying to strike with Fox.
Deadline notes that the film and TV operations at Fox and Comcast overlap in many areas, so some “carve-outs” would be necessary for the deal to come to fruition.
It has also been confirmed that Disney’s previous bid for Fox’s assets fell apart over the price point, though Disney is still currently in the running as well.
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SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (via Deadline)