DealBook Briefing: Murdochs Could Part Ways in a Disney Deal

The WSJ has more on the dynamic between the brothers and their father, who remains deeply involved in the management of Fox:

At times, James has felt like a C.E.O. in title only, according to some people who know him. These people say James was never keen about the setup, is ready for a new chapter in his career and has sometimes been on a different page from his father and brother.

But the FT, citing an unidentified person close to the family, said that a split of the Murdoch men would be “a very amiable separation.”

What’s next: A deal could be announced as soon as next week. But Comcast is still in talks with Fox as well — even though that deal could be more problematic from a regulatory perspective, given that AT&T’s similar transaction with Time Warner has been sued by the Justice Department.

Critics’ corner

• “Even if it wins the Fox assets, buying a C.E.O. as part of the package might be too cute even for Disney.” (Lex)

• Peter Csathy, a media consultant, says that if Disney locks up a deal with Fox, it would have plenty of exclusive content for its forthcoming video streaming services. (Variety)

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Today’s DealBook Briefing was written by Andrew Ross Sorkin in Shanghai, and Michael J. de la Merced and Amie Tsang in London.

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‘One phone call and you’re done.’

The NYT’s 7,500-word investigation into the people who abetted and protected Harvey Weinstein over the decades unearthed a complex web of powerful business executives, agents and gossip reporters who worked at the behest of the disgraced movie mogul.

Among those discussed in the article:

• Talent agents at firms like CAA and William Morris who heard many accusations against the movie producer, but apparently did little to address the allegations. One, Bryan Lourd of CAA, tried to arrange a meeting with the journalist Ronan Farrow, who was investigating Mr. Weinstein for The New Yorker.

American Media, which owns the National Enquirer, and others in the tabloid press. The Enquirer and a constellation of “fixers” sought to buy the rights to the stories of accusers and then sit on the information; to collect information on accusers; or to trade juicy stories with gossip writers in exchange for not writing about Mr. Weinstein’s affairs.

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