FD News: Disney looks to expand; Vice launches; Get Out producer starts company
Disney isn’t happy with owning half the industry, seeks to acquire more
Yeesh! Is there no end to the world domination plans of the Walt Disney Company? Like the many-headed Hydra of Greek mythology, the beast just continues to grow and grow. Mickey Mouse isn’t appeased easily, it would appear.
It has been reported that Disney is in talks to purchase a sizable chunk of 21st Century Fox, with talks said to be ongoing. It would be the latest in a number of big-name acquisitions for the company, having previously scooped up Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. You know, the folks that produce the big-hitters that people flock to like rodents.
With Disney prepped to launch its own streaming platform, a stake in 21st Century Fox could prove to be mightily valuable for entertainment giant. The deal would provide Disney with access to Fox’s film and television content and help drive the push it needs within the already saturated market. Whether it’d be enough to dethrone the likes of Netflix and Amazon is anyone’s guess, though.
Vice launches three-year initiative for female filmmakers
In an industry that is currently engulfed by scandal, it’s nice to see a company setting a positive example. That’s why we were incredibly happy to hear that Vice Media is set to launch an initiative to both fund and distribute short films made by women.
The initiative, called Broadly Films, will work with 36 female filmmakers to create content that covers technology, innovation, and women’s issues. A selection of the films will be distributed through Broadly, Vice’s female-oriented channel by the end of the year.
The three-year program also supports Vice’s aim of making a global impact. With the company soon to set up shop in Abu Dhabi, a third of the films are set to be from the Middle East or directed by women of Middle Eastern descent.
Get Out executive producer launches production company
Get Out executive producer Shaun Redick has launched a new production company, titled Impossible Dream Entertainment, with the aim of bringing director-driven films to both the domestic and international market.
“In a constantly evolving and shifting content-creation and distribution business, it’s important to be smart, fast and nimble. At Impossible Dream, we will adapt quickly to the trends that reach for prestige and drive profits” said Redick in a statement.
The company has multiple projects in the pipeline, the most notable of which is Michael Sheen’s directorial debut Green River Killer, adapted from Dark Horse Entertainment’s graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story and written by Jeff Jensen.