The Walt Disney Company has agreed to buy most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in a clever move by the Mouse House to fortify its magic kingdom of content.
The entertainment powerhouse will absorb the 20th Century Fox film studio, the Fox TV production company, the Fox cable channels, including Nat’l Geographic Channel, FX, et al. as well as the regional sports networks and stakes in Hulu and Sky in the UK. The deal does not include Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel or the storied movie lot of 20th Century Fox in Century City.
For Disney, under the stewardship of Bob Iger, it’s a win-win. The mouse’s content cupboard is now bursting at the seams and Disney’s enhanced portfolio positions it as leader in content and distribution. Iger made an interesting point in his explanation of the deal. He said that it’s all about consumers having access to entertainment content at their fingertips, instant, on-demand access anywhere, any time, at home or on the go. It’s the future of the media. Immediate and instant access to a wide array of entertainment offerings. Combined, Disney and 20th Century Fox has commanded roughly 40% of the box office revenue this year. The deal will shrink the number of big movie studios from six to five. It’s a giant feather in the mouse’s eared cap.
In his role as U.S. president, Donald Trump has been kicking ass and taking names. He’s become a lightning rod for controversy and is the quintessential equal opportunity offender. His policies have riveted the nation and his decisions have rocked this country to its core. Internationally, America has been a wild card because of Trump’s shock and awful campaign as president. No other candidate in history has campaigned beyond the election itself but Trump has never left his perch on the bully pulpit.
Trump’s dangerous and retrograde policies have left many demanding accountability from he who holds the highest office in the land. Conversely, Obama inspired and energized a nation that felt a little more united, albeit among a string of violent outbursts around the country from home made terrorists and gun toting crazy people.
Thousands across the country stand united in resistance to the Republican president, the Republican party and conservatives in general. The 2018 elections may turn out to be a referendum on Trump and in turn, will decimate trust in the Republican party. If the Democrats take control of Congress in 2018, it will invariably spell the end for Trump.
What we’re seeing in the theatrics between fired F.B.I. Director James Comey and President Trump is the histrionics of the commander in chief on full display. Comey, a straight-laced lawman, is a Sagittarius, meaning that honesty is his only policy. Trump, on the other hand, is a truth contortionist who can bend, twist, roll, punch, kick and scream at truth and treat it as if it’s silly putty in his little man child hands.
The president is a Gemini, the other mutable sign. Geminis are quicksilver, mercurial and very, very restless. Trump seems to be using the presidency for his own entertainment. What’s interesting is that Sagittarius and Gemini are opposing signs, meaning that they are six months apart on the astrological wheel.
Grab some popcorn and a fidget spinner. This could get interesting.
Trump is on a tear. He’s an equal opportunity offender who is ruffling a lot of feathers and not offering any apologies for his erratic behavior. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the irresistible force that is Trump meets the immovable object that is Washington. One thing’s for sure. Something’s gotta give.
Happy New Year!!! There’s no doubt about it, 2016 was a real humdinger of a year that changed everything and anything that wasn’t nailed down. We enter 2017 with a hopeful yet cautiously optimistic spirit. One thing’s for certain: each year brings its own set of changes.
Here’s wishing us all a healthy, happy, prosperous 2017.