Disney’s $71.3-billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox’s entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders approved the deal Friday.
The tie-up creates an entertainment behemoth in the streaming era. The shareholder vote caps a saga that began in December 2017, when Disney made its first offer for part of Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate. It kicked off a bidding war with Comcast, which dropped out last week to focus on an attempted buyout of the European company Sky.
The Fox deal will help Disney compete with technology players like Amazon and Netflix. The agreement is not expected to close for several months and still requires regulatory approvals.