With Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox (now known as 21st Century Fox), the house that Walt built will absorb the historic film and television studio to become the most influential player in the American entertainment industry. What will it mean on a go-forward basis? No one knows at this moment. Disney has indicated that certain key executives and teams will remain in place while others will be replaced. It is expected that some of the biggest action movie franchises will be transferred directly to the Disney operation. One thing is clear: Fox's days as one of the most powerful film studios in history are now over. The shots will largely be called by Disney executives, though Fox's divisions that produce upscale and more niche market fare will probably exercise more independence. The Los Angeles Times provides a valuable look at what it has been like working at the studio through oral histories with people in various professions at Fox, from the top executive offices to producers and actors as well as people who worked 9-to-5 jobs on the lot. It's the ultimate sentimental journey. Click here to read.
The Criterion Channel will launch on April 8, allowing classic movie lovers to stream 1,000 feature films as well as thousands of shorts and supplementary features derived from Criterion's video releases.Click here to read all the details of the channel's premiere line-up of films.