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After the Disney-Fox deal, smaller players like Paramount and MGM face pressure to bulk up

After the Disney-Fox deal, smaller players like Paramount and MGM face pressure to bulk up

Walt Disney Co.’s blockbuster deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox revealed Rupert Murdoch’s fear that his media company was not strong enough to survive the digital onslaught — raising questions about how even smaller media companies will weather the storm.

Since Disney clinched its $52.4-billion deal last week to buy some of Murdoch’s most lucrative assets, many wonder which media companies might be next.

The scramble to bulk up is likely to force medium-sized players to strike their own deals out of concern that they need to grow or get left behind as tech giants like Netflix gain more power in Hollywood.

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