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Disney could announce deal for Fox assets next week

Disney could announce deal for Fox assets next week

But, in addition to the 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight film studios (both owned by 21st Century Fox), Disney could potentially add the following to its assets: FX and National Geographic-branded networks; feature animation producer Blue Sky Studios; reality show production company Endemol Shine Group; and global broadcasters like Asia's Star TV (which has 58 channels in India alone) and pan-European broadcaster Sky (in which Fox owns a 39% share).

"It would be wrong to comment on market speculation, on what's out there in the press", said Murdoch in remarks today UBS.

He added that the shape of the business that management was aiming for wasre "what' sgoing to create the most value for our shareholders".

The Fox assets that buyers have expressed interest in include Fox's movie and TV production studios, cable networks FX and National Geographic, and global assets such as the Star network in India, and the European pay TV provider Sky Plc.

21st Century Fox is reportedly aiming to focus on its news and sports division, and sell off outside assets including its movie and tv studios, and its stake in various networks such as Fox, FX, Sky, and Star TV. However, if Deadline is to be believed, negotiations between Disney and Fox have since reopened, and it is expected that the Mouse House is "progressing speedily" towards the acquisition, although any news on the talks will likely only be forthcoming once the ink has dried and the deal is done.

The newly resurgent Sony also is interested in the Fox assets, positioning itself as the safe path from a regulatory perspective, according to sources.

Fox declined to comment, while Disney and Comcast were not immediately available to comment.