Not only will 2019 be delivering an abundance of new Star Wars content for fans to enjoy across just about every conceivable medium, it will also see the official conclusion to one of the most significant merger deals in the long and storied history of the entertainment property business. We’re talking of course about the $70+ billion Disney/21st Century Fox deal that was finally approved by shareholders this past summer. If all goes according to plan, the deal will be finalized sometime in March, if not a little bit sooner.
Fox confirmed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday that it “does not intend” to make a run at any of the RSNs about to change hands. The Disney-21st Century Fox transaction is expected to close by early March, if not early February. Disney has to sell the local cablers to comply with the terms of the agreement it reached last year with the Justice Department clearing the way for the $71.3 billion transaction.