▶ ▶ Disney’s acquisitionisitio strategystrat is paying off—to the detriment of its rivals ▶ ▶ “They seem to have a finger on the pulse of what the public wants at a l level that I haven’t seen”
agri agriculture,” says Danny Dan Danon, Israel’s United Nat Nations ambassador. “Bu “But we also expect some r reciprocity.” Israel’s p previous ambassador tweeted a thank-you after India abstained on a UN Human Rights Council vote last July condemning the country for alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Kenya and Ethiopia—both central to Netanyahu’s strategy to boost trade ties in Africa—abstained as well.
Some Arab states, tired of the Palestinian conflict, want to buy Israeli cybersecurity, agricultural, and water management products,cts, Netanyahu told a conferencece in February. Longer-term, presessure on Israel is building from Europe and the UN to stop building the settlements, with backers launching a campaign of boycotts and sanctions against Israel.
Netanyahu may be calculating that the world has more to worry about than Jewish settlements on the West Bank, says Yoram Meital, chairman of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy at Ben-gurion University of the Negev. “As long as the eyes of the internationall community are on Islamic c State and on Syria,” he says, “he knows they’re not going to twist his arm with the Palestinian card.”
The bottom line After quarreling with the White House, Netanyahu is using the country’s high-tech industry to attract other customers and backers.
When Captain America bursts back onto the big screen on May 6, audiences will likely be thrilled by his much anticipated fight with Iron Man. The outcome of the battle, however, is a foregone conclusion: Walt Disney will emerge victorious. Box-office analysts say Captain America: Civil War— the eighth Marvel film from Disney since it bought the company in 2009 and the third Captain America film— could rival the biggest hits in the franchise. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and advanced ticket sales have eclipsed those of other superhero movies, confounding naysayers who were warning that moviegoers might be tiring of the genre.
The likely blockbuster kicks off a potentially record-breaking summer for ticket sales and what analysts say could be Disney’s best year at the movies in its history. Disney, with a 25 percent market share this year, is dominating the film business to an unprecedented degree. In the first half, Disney will have the No. 1 movie for 13 of those 26 weeks, predicts Barton Crockett, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. “They will have the highest share in a generation, or
Disney’s multibillion- dollar investment in production companies since 2006 has come to fruition in 2016. The five film units could this year release a record number of movies that break $1 billion in ticket sales. “We have talked for 25 years about the big six global entertainment companies, [ but] maybe we are starting to see the stratification among them,” says Jonathan Kuntz, a film historian and professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. “‘Supermajors’ might be a good term for what Disney, and maybe Comcast and Time Warner, aspire to be.”
For much of the 20th century, Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and 20th Century Fox dominated film production and distribution globally. But Disney’s three acquisitions, along with its two other labels, Walt Disney Animation and Walt Disney Pictures, has left it with some of the best franchises in Hollywood. That’s allowed the studio to map out a combined film slate into 2020.
“That is the future for the next decade,” with Disney and Warner Bros. having laid out superhero movies and other sequels, spinoffs, and reboots
Titanic* Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest The Dark Knight* Avatar* Toy Story 3 Marvel’s The Avengers Frozen Iron Man 3
With $2.8 billion at the box office, the highest-grossing film of all time
Alice in Wonderland Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Transformers: Dark of the Moon Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2