Disney taking over Fox

If the merger is approved, Disney will own:

  • All of Fox’s film studios (20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Fox 2000)
  • Fox’s television studio
  • FX Networks
  • National Geographic
  • Fox’s stake in European broadcaster Sky

Fox’s stake in North American streamer Hulu The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $52.4-billion to buy film and TV assets owned by 21st Century Fox, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The deal would not only transform Hollywood into a land of fewer studio giants, but fire a clear warning shot to technology juggernauts like Netflix, Amazon and Google.

“We are extremely proud of all that we have built at 21st Century Fox, and I firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Rupert Murdoch, who is the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox.

Disney will also assume about $13.7bn of net debt belonging to 21st Century Fox. Disney chief executive Bob Iger will extend his tenure until the end of 2021, overseeing the integration of the Fox assets. He had already postponed his retirement from Disney three times. In March, he said he was committed to leaving the company in July 2019.

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s audacious bid to buy much of the media empire Rupert Murdoch built represents a big bet that the Burbank company can beat Silicon Valley in the war for the future of entertainment.

Staying with the hollowed out 21st Century Fox is the Fox broadcast network, Fox News, Fox Sports, and Fox Business. We’ll get to what this deal means for Fox in a moment. Let’s focus on Disney first.

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s audacious bid to buy much of the media empire Rupert Murdoch built represents a big bet that the Burbank company can beat Silicon Valley in the war for the future of entertainment.

The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $52.4-billion to buy film and TV assets owned by 21st Century Fox, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The deal would not only transform Hollywood into a land of fewer studio giants, but fire a clear warning shot to technology juggernauts like Netflix, Amazon and Google.

Disney will also assume about $13.7bn of net debt belonging to 21st Century Fox. Disney chief executive Bob Iger will extend his tenure until the end of 2021, overseeing the integration of the Fox assets. He had already postponed his retirement from Disney three times. In March, he said he was committed to leaving the company in July 2019.

“We are extremely proud of all that we have built at 21st Century Fox, and I firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Rupert Murdoch, who is the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox.

The Telegraph research

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The Daily Telegraph, commonly referred to simply as The Telegraph, is a national British daily broadsheet newspaper published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally. It was founded by Arthur B. Sleigh in 1855 as The Daily Telegraph and Courier.

Daily Telegraph -Conservative Party

Target audience:

Trading name-TMG

Types- Private limited company

Industry-Mass media

Headquarters-Jersey, United Kingdom

Key people- David Barclay, Frederick Barclay, Andrew Neil

Products-Newspapers and Websites

Revenue-£51 million (2015)

Operating income-£47m (2015)

Owner-Barclay brothers

ParentPress Holdings

SubsidiariesThe Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph

 

Me filming and looking after Layla

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I put up the set on this day and filmed, I also directed Eloise.

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On this day I mainly directed Eloise, I gave examples of what she could do and kept Layla entertained while Zahra filmed. I gave ideas of where Zahra could hold the camera.

I have the responsibility of looking after our child actors and I set up the lighting in all the sessions as well as organising everybody and directing.

 

My interpretation of our story and communicating it

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I wrote out my interpretation of our story and shared it with the group, when refering to the notes I had written out, I came accross an issue of a window with darkness outside, Zahra made the suggestion of filimng the stairs from the other way around, and myself and Zahra agreed to film Eloise walking both up and down the stairs, I directed her and made the suggestion to smile at layla and pull a funny face at her on the stairs.

Practice filming with Jack

I had a session to practise working with jack and getting a taste of what we wanted for filming and how to organise him and keep him entertained.

From the first clip Zahra filmed, I directed Jack on what to do but learned that for a 5 year old to get a true vision on what I was thinking, I had to give a very detailed description of what exactly to do, as you can see he didn’t understand to stop at the door, he just ran up and down the corridoor.

Then the teddy was in the wrong hand and he glanced at the camera…

Then Jack was too slow walking down the stairs and he glanced at the camera again…

Then when I was trying to help Zahra with the fluidity of this scene, we found the main problem was with the zoom button jamming…

And then we had a golden scene, quite lierally. The lighting was a bit too golden although the action was perfect for the clip…

To solve these problems and improve, I mainly praised Jack for his achievements and said things like “just ignore the camera though, focus on me” and “you’re a star, lets do it again and walk a bit faster” I could see that he was proud of himself and was enjoying acting, he didnt see his critisisms as critisisms, he just followed the little suggestions and felt like he was doing well. He said he had fun and asked when he was coming over again to film.

What we learned and why it was beneficial: I keep learning how to improve Jacks acting by calrifying my explanations and it also allowed Jack some time to get comforarable around Zahra.

 

A random idea

*another random idea to improve*

The times we shoot indoor scenes, its dark outside and if we wanted to show opening the door on the way for a walk in the story, I thought that we could possibly put a light outside the door to shine some light in from outside to make it look like daytime, this would mean however that we would need someone to look after the equipment as we wouldnt be able to watch it

Awaiting the return of stranger things…

I have finished season 2 of stranger things and I didn’t know how to survive until season 3 comes out, but I’ve started a new series called fringe that my boyfriend introduced to me, the first thing I noticed and couldn’t help but stop thinking about was the huge range of shots this series constantly uses, very complicated, perhaps matching the complexity of the series itself. I also noticed the repetition they use in shots, such as returning to certain images, using 3D fonts as a quirky 2000s-esc way of signposting places and using a lot of close ups during conversations with characters. I have watched the first few episodes and I’m excited to continue watching the series as it develops.

little changes we’re making

After speaking to my mum about looking after layla while filming I had the idea to use locations that are more walking distances, we have decided to film in my aunty’s house instead of Eloise’s so that we don’t have to take layla in a car. We are also going to use Robert’s park as opposed to Chellow Dean as it is walking distance from my house and is practical for having Jack with us as well as Layla.

We decided to use multiple sets of pijamas to establish Jack as being from a rich family and to establish each different morning clearly when at his bedroom door and at the dining table.

We also decided to work around the lack of a bedroom for Jack by showing him just closing his door coming out his room in the mornings.

My outfit ideas for Layla

I share what I’m doing with my group and keep members updated, they agreed on my ideas.

Jacks base outfit for outside includes a Tshirt that says “awesome” on it as well, which I thought would be a good link. I also matched denim as Jack is wearing jeans for his base outdoor outfit. I thought that for practicality I could’nt have myself or others getting changed when we film the outdoor scenes, I decided to insteasd add extra items on top of the base outfits, for one of the items Zahra suggested a hat. which we agreed would be practical and good as it is winter time in the film and in real life.

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Ideas regarding costume

We developed the idea of using colours to create meaning in costume, we are going to link characters through costume colours, Jack and Paige will wear a garment of the same colour each time Jack takes notices of Paige on their walks out, Shannon and Elizabeth will be wearing contrasting colours and the day the two meet, they will be wearing a garment of the same colour. We are thinking of putting a garment on the teddy that links to all of the characters to show how the teddy is the important thing that can be used as a tool to bring a family together by a little boy.

Through research of Game of Thrones we found that Sansa Stark was a key character who’s costumes held great importance in terms of meaning and reflecting the development of the character.

The young noblewoman’s hairstyles and clothing tell a story, too, with significant, but often subtle, meaning.

“All of the fashion, the hairstyles, especially with Sansa, it reflects her influences over the seasons and who her loyalties lie with,” – Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, told USA TODAY.

Building ideas with Zahra

I had an epiphany of ideas about parts of our short film whilst thinking bout mirroring and binary opposites. Me and Zahra worked together to develop these ideas and condence them, we jotted down some notes with the use of her lovely handwriting.

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Planning and story boarding

we spent a good amount of time discussing what frames of shots we wanted to record and draw out as well as a vague script with a description of what each frame had. We took it in terns to scribe and I described my thoughts to the others.

Here is a picture of my beautiful hand drawing a frame…

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…And a beautiful picture of a hand drawn by Zahra in the first frame.

 

Testing out camera skills

To test and develop my camera skills, me and 2 of my friends decided to make an extra short, short film, very simple and without a complex story line, I wanted to test our planning, directing and camera skills and we put together a short clip with my baby sister and cooking in my kitchen, I wanted to see what is was like to work with her too. We started off with lots of ideas, came up with short films involving more character but decided to start off simple, as it was our first time filming something with any kind of real skill. I’m a very visual person and everything I thought out in stories had a precise style and shot and look to it, expressing that to others clearly was probably the most challenging aspect of making this very short video, but it still worked, I took on the lead of directing and did most of the editing so I could put in the style I was thinking of, I also learned how to describe my vision of the video to my friends, and with a bit of everyone’s input and helping each other, we made something I was quite proud of in terms of shots.

The slider

When I created my practice film I thought that the slider would be a good new piece of equipment to learn to use, it creates a smooth panning effect. When filming it reminded me of the style of one of my favourite directors Wes Anderson. Here is an example of his style.

My locations

*pics of kitchen* – here we are thinking of filming jack’s morning scenes with Elizabeth and where they will be after the walk when teddy is gone. The big window allows natural light to shine through and the large, well made kitchen is appropriate for this middle class family

*pic of staircase* – this staircase fits in line with the hallway and makes sense to use for the layout of the Roberts’ household, it also has balusters that match the front door and a space before the steps positioned well for a specific shot we want.

*pics of hallway and door* For the Roberts, my hallway and door will be used to shoot leaving the house for a walk and for returning home, my door is big and has a Victorian style which is ideal to represent their family background.

*pics of Layla’s room* We are making use of our assets and using the nursery to film as Paige’s room, we will shoot in a way that makes the room look smaller, never showing the whole room at once, and only using the vital crib and changing area, this is due to the Clark’s being more working class and not being as rich.

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New series I’ve been watching

Over the October week off, I’ve been revising, spending time with my family and thinking of blog posts, as well as binging on Netflix series, I managed to start and finish 2 series- big mouth and F is for family, nearly finished a 3rd now- 13 reasons why, I’ve also started another new series that looks bomb, STRANGER THINGS. I love the 80s time setting and the technological hold backs people face due to the time. So far I’ve watched 3 episodes, Will died :( I am however still excited to see what is to come, unfortunately I won’t be able to binge quite as much as I have been on Netflix because it’s school time again *woohoo* but I’ve enjoyed watching series for the slow release of a story you get that lasts over a long period of time, I enjoyed the 2 animated series I watched, they had a lot of adult humour and I must say that big mouth is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, almost creepy but too funny and odd to stop watching. The animated series I watched were a nice escape from real life and 13 reasons why has me very sad to finish, but stranger things shall keep me going with its quirky episodes.