Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of21st Century Fox Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners.
Comcast Corp., the other major contender for the Fox assets, said Monday it's no longer in the running.
A trust belonging to Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his family would end up with a small stake in Disney in the transaction, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Disney would acquire Fox's movie and TV studio, networks including FX and National Geographic, and international assets including Star India's TV channels and a 39 percent stake in European satellite provider Sky Plc. Disney would also get Fox's stake in U.S. streaming-video provider Hulu, doubling its ownership to 60 percent.