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Here are all the major TV shows, movies and channels Disney is about to acquire from Fox

POSTED: December 20, 2017 10:41 a.m.
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Disney is set to become an even bigger player in the entertainment industry as it will likely pay $52.4 billion to acquire most of 21st Century Fox.

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Disney is set to become an even bigger player in the entertainment industry as it will likely pay $52.4 billion to acquire most of 21st Century Fox.

Disney will take on major Hollywood studio properties, including superhero characters from Fox’s slate of films, which includes the X-Men characters and Deadpool. The deal will also give Disney the rights to some of the most profitable films of all time.

And if that wasn't enough, Disney will also acquire 30 percent of the rights to the streaming network Hulu, putting it in competition with Netflix in a more direct way. Disney previously announced it will launch its own streaming service. Adding Hulu only increases its share of the streaming market, according to The Los Angeles Times.

We’ve reviewed articles from Axios, The New York Times and Polygon to compile this list of properties Disney just acquired.

The highest-grossing films of all time

As Axios reported, the buyout means that Disney will add the two highest-grossing films — both Fox properties — to its already impressive roster, giving it control of seven of the 10 highest grossing films:

  • “Avatar” (Fox)
  • “Titanic” (Fox)
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Disney)
  • “The Avengers” (Disney)
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Disney)
  • “Frozen” (Disney)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney)
Film franchises

The New York Times reported that Disney will acquire major film franchises:

  • X-Men movies
  • Fantastic Four movies
  • Star Wars (the rights to the original and prequel trilogies)
  • Deadpool series
  • Avatar series
  • Planet of the Apes series
Older movies

According to The New York Times, Disney will obtain the rights to these popular older series that could easily be rebooted:

  • Night at the Museum films
  • Home Alone films
  • Doctor Dolittle films
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks films
Current TV shows

As Polygon reports, Disney also will gain access to a host of popular TV shows, which include:

  • “Modern Family” — Airs on ABC, produced by 20th Century Fox Television
  • “Speechless” — Airs on ABC, co-produced by Fox and ABC
  • “This Is Us” — Airs on NBC, produced by Fox
  • “Empire” — Airs on Fox, produced by Fox
  • “The X-Files” (revived) — Airs on and produced by Fox
  • “The Gifted” — Airs on and produced by Fox
  • “The Americans” — Airs on FX, produced by FX Productions
  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” — Airs on FX, produced by FX Productions
  • “The Simpsons” — Produced by Fox Television Animation
  • “Family Guy” — Produced by Fox Television Animation
  • “Bob’s Burgers” — Produced by Fox Television Animation
  • “American Dad!” — Produced by Fox Television Animation
  • “King of the Hill” — Produced by Fox Television Animation
Older TV shows

The deal with Fox will not only give Disney rights to current TV shows, but also older TV shows that still bring in revenue in rebroadcasting rights, Polygon reported. These shows include:

  • “24”
  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • “Hill Street Blues”
  • “M*A*S*H”
  • “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
  • “The Shield”
Channels

Axios reported that Disney will acquire more channels from the deal, including:

  • 20th Century Fox
  • National Geographic
  • Fox Networks Group
  • FX
  • Star
  • Endemol Shine Group
Sports networks

The New York Times reported that Disney will obtain regional sports networks that could help improve the reach of ESPN. Axios also reported which channels Disney will obtain:

  • YES Network (which covers the New York Yankees)
  • Fox Sports Regional networks (often spread throughout the country)
  • Sky Sports
  • Star Sports
  • Fox Deportes
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