Disney-Fox Deal: Who Controls Digital Media? Conglomerates, Brands In One Chart : All Tech Considered Disney wants to buy much of 21st Century Fox; AT&T is fighting for approval of a merger with Time Warner. Who owns what these days? We built a chart of the many brands of some major media companies.
NPR logo Big Media Companies And Their Many Brands — In One Chart

Big Media Companies And Their Many Brands — In One Chart

Updated Dec. 22, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. ET

The Walt Disney Co. has bid more than $52 billion to buy much of 21st Century Fox. It's only the latest merger in the wave of deal-making washing over the media industry. AT&T is facing off with federal antitrust officials over its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner, which has been pending for more than a year.

The heated competition for our attention and for advertising dollars is increasingly pitting traditional media and entertainment stalwarts against Internet and telecom giants. And some media companies are once again seeking refuge in larger conglomerates.

To wade through who owns what, we decided to build a chart that outlines some of the notable holdings of big media companies.

This research, of course, will not cover everything. We stopped short of delving deep into the world of publishing, news and television broadcasting, where, for instance, News Corp., Hearst, Time and Gannett are big players. The chart also does not fully reflect the intertwined relationships within the industry: For example, Hearst is party to numerous joint ventures with Comcast, Disney and others.

But it illustrates the changing dynamics of this influential industry, and begins to paint a picture of the sprawling properties of some of its biggest players.

NPR researcher Ayda Pourasad contributed to this report.

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