It was a brief stroll for The Walt Disney Firm from dipping its toe within the direct-to-consumer streaming service with a minority curiosity in Hulu, to diving headfirst into the pool. Disney now has ESPN+, will launch Disney+ in November, and now owns controlling curiosity of Hulu. Reviews from Trade rags like Selection now point out Disney needs to personal all of Hulu and is in negotiations with Comcast to purchase the ultimate share.
If it’s not too late, I’ve a bargaining chip I hope will get added to the desk… the rights to Marvel in theme parks east of the Mississippi, particularly in Orlando. With Marvel, Disney owns essentially the most worthwhile franchise in Hollywood historical past, but it surely’s very restricted on what it might probably do with these characters at its Orlando theme parks.
A contract Marvel signed with an organization Comcast now owns (Common/MCA) earlier than Disney bought Marvel for $four billion, offers Common Studios the unique rights to make use of characters it has now and people within the tremendous hero household. It additionally prevents Disney from utilizing the Marvel identify in its parks within the US and Japan.
Disney has negotiated rights to make use of some characters from Marvel in its Orlando parks, they’re constructing a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction in Epcot, however the massive names are all off limits.
As a lot of that contract Disney can claw again proper now it ought to. Disney has a number of items of its latest buy of 21st Century Fox it’d be capable to sweeten the pot with too.
Considering from the attitude of a Hulu buyer, I’m not thrilled with the concept of Disney shopping for out Comcast’s share. I like that I can get extra than simply Disney owned reveals on their. Including in reveals from NBC, SyFy and different Common owned channels.