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Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
11/9/2017 8:18:45 PM

Twentieth Century Fox Looking to Sell Out?

I don't know if anybody else has heard lately, but there were talks for a while of Twentieth Century Fox selling out to Disney, but those talks died down almost as soon as they cropped up.

That being said, it appears that Fox is still interesting in selling out to another company, which would mean that all of their properties and titles would be included in the sell . . . which means the future of M*A*S*H might be uncertain, since both the movie and the series are Fox properties.

What are you thoughts of M*A*S*H possibly being in the hands of another company?

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
11/9/2017 10:57:13 PM

I hate to say this but...

"...it depends." Twentieth Century seems to be "harvesting", which means they are getting what they can from MASH in its current state without developing anything new. Given its significant syndication, MASH still has value. A new owner with someone of importance that has a vision of what to do with MASH could develop some spin-off or a remake of the show or movie. Either of those would renew interest.
I'm not sure how you would know what company would have that someone though.

Ruptured Brook

Posted:
11/10/2017 1:49:35 AM

Good topic, Big Daddy! This is news to me, but I know several of you have more "industry" experience or knowledge than I do.

Of course you're right, Finest, but I have a hard time imagining a spin-off/remake of any M*A*S*H material. Surely FOX would have tried that by now?

At most, I imagine a buyer might try to get creative about milking the show for the next 10 years or more. Now, THAT might turn out badly, if they cut episodes down further or something similar.

But I could see a buyer either getting new slots on MeTV, or perhaps committing the show to some station-specific channel, which is fine...I'll still watch the shows on DVD 99% of the time, as I don't have cable. But I'll catch it when I visit my folks during the holidays :)

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
11/10/2017 5:41:47 AM

I probably should have been more specific and clarify when I was speaking of the "future of M*A*S*H," I didn't really mean in terms of remakes or spinoffs or anything of that sort, I meant the show's present availablility in terms of syndication markets and home video releases. As far as the latter is concerned, I know a lot of people have been begging for Bluray and other releases that would present the show in high definition and such.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
11/14/2017 1:50:59 AM

I know less than diddly about the TV business, but it seems that 20th Century would be in a good position for syndication deals and video releases. And I would assume they have any unreleased material. It's not clear what companies have a clear advantage or motivation to develop new stuff for MASH.

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