Disney Details Streaming Initiative

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger disclosed new details on coming streaming services and the Star Wars film franchise as the company reported declines in three of its four core businesses for its latest quarter.
 Mr. Iger wouldn't comment on recent reports that Disney pursued an acquisition of 21st Century Fox Inc.'s entertainment assets during a conference call with analysts on Thursday.

Why Hollywood Forgave Mel Gibson

LAST SUNDAY, a little more than 11 years after the obituary for his career was written, Mel Gibson stepped out of a black SUV to a crowd of fans screaming his name. Once persona non grata in Hollywood for making anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks, Mr. Gibson walked the red carpet for his first starring role in a major studio movie in 15 years with “Daddy's Home 2,” Paramount Pictures' sequel to the family-friendly 2015 hit. It opens Friday.

Disney Approached Fox For Entertainment Assets

Walt Disney Co. recently held talks to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox's entertainment businesses, people close to the discussions said, signaling that Disney is serious about bolstering its laggard TV operations and that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is open to a surprising restructuring of his empire.

Disney's TV Plan in Focus

Investors' biggest question about the future of Walt Disney Co. continues to be whether and how it will turn around its struggling television business.
 Chief Executive Robert Iger's answer, new streaming services aimed directly at consumers, will likely be a primary focus of the company's earnings report Thursday.

The Man With a Track Record That Rivals Disney's

IN THE PAST decade, every major Hollywood studio has invested hundreds of millions of dollars or more into animation to take on Walt Disney Co. None has done it as successfully as Illumination Entertainment, creator of such films as “Despicable Me” and “Sing.”
 Founded 10 years ago by Chris Meledandri, a veteran producer and studio executive, Illumination has a track record that rivals Disney's recent performance.

More Subscribers Flee Discovery

Discovery Communications Inc. reported an accelerating decline in subscribers to its channels in the U.S., a sign that the unraveling of the cable- television bundle is picking up speed.

The media company lost 5% of its U.S. channel subscribers in the third quarter, an increase from the second quarter and up from 2% in the period a year earlier.

Disney's Force Awakens Against Local Movie Theaters

LOS ANGELES—The box-office domination of the "Star Wars" franchise has given Walt Disney Co. unprecedented power over the nation's movie theaters.
 Before exhibitors can begin screening "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" this December, they must first commit to a set of top-secret terms that numerous theater owners say are the most onerous they have ever seen.