Eh...by now I say either Sony or Warner Bros will buy MGM (because MGM worked with WB on The Hobbit and Sony worked with MGM on the James Bond series). I just can't see Disney buying MGM, MGM is a bit too mature for the likes of Disney and also haven't worked on animation in years.
I agree. If I were to put my money on the next Disney acquisition, I'd bet on Electronic Arts.
Disney is barely breaking even at best in the Video Game industry. EA is a leading video game company, the "Disney" of video games. They have a diverse portfolio that ranges from family to adult games.
They've considering acquisition offers before, but none of them have ever gotten through to final negotiations.
Disney also tends to cozy up to companies they plan to acquire. With Pixar, they distributed the movies, with LucasFilm, they had theme park deals. Disney has "cozied up" to EA with that 10-year Star Wars contract.
I don't think it will exactly be closed (Pixar didn't close down when that was bought), but I'd expect EA to probably shrink. Of course remember, EA has a lot of divisons (such as Dreamworks Games and Popcap).
It should include distribution rights to James Bond 007 under Walt Disney Pictures, just after the release of Spectre; in which become the last Bond film released by Columbia Pictures.
As much as I love 007, it's too mature of a franchise to be under the Disney name. Maybe it could be release with Touchstone as that is Disney's more "mature" studio for films. Also, it's always quite posible that Sony (Columbia) looks into renewing their contract with MGM.
even with the United Artists name for the future, MGM and Disney has all the James Bond, All Dogs Go To Heaven, the Secret of NIMH, Rocky and the Pink Panther. the United Artists brand is now a disney division. Mickey Mouse now runs MGM/UA.
Hi, I'm an independent game developer and I have a friend who used to work in the Disney Online division of Disney Interactive. Back in 2011 to 2012 Disney Interactive went through many corporate changes and new management. There were many problems throughout the divisions that eventually led to massive amounts of workers being laid off and the closure of many of Disney Online's services. Mainly Pixie Hollow, Pirates Online, and Toontown Online were the most notable. Disney Interactive was known for making Educational Games for the PC throughout the late 90s and the early 2000s for younger audiences. However the gaming industry for that particular audience has since moved to Mobile Gaming and in 2014 Disney Interactive made attempts to enter the Mobile Gaming market but ultimately failed. From my understanding the Disney Online division had intentions of moving its services to Mobile Capable game engines. However, management was not very fond using engines that they do not own. At the beginning of 2016 Disney Interactive quietly laid off most of its in house development staff and has since then abandoned in house development of games. Disney Interactive only publishes games such as the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Now they have other companies develop games for them and they publish the game.
Let me reword that, they no longer develop games in house for PC, and Consoles. They continue to produce mobile games, but the profitability is starting to shrink. All Self Publishing efforts in other ends of the gaming market were ceased last May.
Disney Interactive has also merged with its consumer products unit,
I have listed sources that have confirmed my friends information below.
The following is confirmed as true
- Most of the Disney Online division's services were cut to focus on Mobile gaming as said in Toontowns, Pirates, and Pixie Hollows closing FAQ which says:
According to the Closing FAQ, Disney's reasoning for closing the game was as follows:
The Walt Disney Company is committed to offering high-quality, entertaining play experiences in both online virtual worlds and mobile apps. At this time, we are shifting our development focus towards other online and mobile play experiences, such as Club Penguin and a growing selection of Disney Mobile apps. We deeply appreciate your enthusiasm and loyal support for Toontown Online and sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy the large variety of online and mobile play experiences Disney offers - with more to come soon!
Frankly I don't think Disney is going to buy another Film studio (e.g. Warner Bros., Sony Pictures)
But I wouldn't mind (although I doubt this would happen) if Disney buys the The Jim Henson Company. It is my personal wish that the rest of Henson reunites with the Muppets under the Disney roof ‘cause the media world is getting smaller, and Disney could utilize the Henson library and brands for their streaming ambitions, but that's just me.