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Hulu Nabs ‘Lost’ Exclusive Subscription Streaming Rights From Netflix

All six seasons of “Lost,” the supernatural drama that aired on ABC, are now available on Hulu — after Netflix’s subscription-streaming rights to the show expired.

As of Jan. 4, all 121 episodes of “Lost” are available to Hulu subscribers. The series comes to Hulu as part of a deal with the Disney/ABC Television Group. Netflix had originally inked the deal with Disney/ABC for “Lost” backed in 2009.

“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The series follows the survivors of Oceanic Air flight 815, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, that crashes on a mysterious Pacific island. Over the course of its six-season run on ABC from 2004-10, “Lost” won multiple awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best drama series.

The cast of “Lost” includes series regulars Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O’Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox and Daniel Dae Kim.

Disney is one of Hulu’s corporate parents, along with NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner. Under Disney’s proposed $52.4 billion deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other assets, Disney would obtain Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu and have majority control over the streaming company.

Other programming from Disney/ABC Television Group that Hulu has recently added after securing exclusive subscription VOD rights include ABC’s “Designated Survivor”; ABC’s original “TGIF” lineup from the late 1980s and ’90s including “Full House” and “Family Matters”; “The Golden Girls”; and “black-ish.”

Two years ago, a kerfuffle sprang up about the “Lost” series finale episode on Netflix: The version on Netflix was an edited version that was 18 minutes shorter than the full episode originally aired on ABC. After Lindelof noticed the truncation, Netflix restored the full 104-minute cut.

Hulu, when it launched “Lost” on Thursday, also was streaming the shortened version of the final episode (broken into two 43-minute parts). According to a Hulu rep, the streaming service is getting the full, uncut version of the series finale and will make it available shortly.

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Disney just bought 20th Century Fox and the internet is going meme-crazy

In what could possibly be the biggest deal of the century, Disney has bought a part of 20th Century Fox for a whopping $52.4 billion in stock.

Although Fox will still retain live events, sports and news, TV and film properties will be now be handled by Disney.

The internet took this opportunity to poke fun at the merger.

Many users used the “Alien” franchise as a starting point.

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I have a new favorite Disney princess.

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“Tail that’s long with spines, teeth that drip with slime, @Disneyowns the beast.”

And then they moved onto other potential re-brandings.

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Our new Disney Princess

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Walt Disney Co. has finalized a $52.4-billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox!      Four  

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With all the merger talks this image keeps popping up on my feed. I drew it back in ‘09 but nobody gives credit so if you see it out there let it be known. 

Even Ryan Reynolds took a shot at the new deal.

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Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn.

Twitter users has a lot of feelings about Disney’s impact on the content.

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Before and after Fox/Disney deal.

Disney five minutes later after buying 21st Century Fox

Disney acquires 21st Century Fox and that means…


1934-2017: RIP 20th Century Fox
1994-2017: RIP Fox Searchlight Pictures
Thanks for the great movies you delivered, you will be missed.    

“Spider-man will never join the mcu”
“X-men will never join the mcu”
“Fantastic Four will never join the mcu”


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ABC restructure: biggest shake-up in broadcaster’s history to be revealed

Exclusive: Michelle Guthrie’s overhaul, which aims to remove divisions between TV, radio and online, will be unveiled on Tuesday

Twelve months in the making, a small fortune in consultants’ fees and countless “cascade sessions” and leadership principles workshops later, Michelle Guthrie’s Transformation Project will be unveiled on Tuesday.

The ABC board has ticked off on the structure, the communications strategy – which includes not confirming the date – is in place and the message is clear: this is not about job losses, this is about reorganisation.

Led by Guthrie’s handpicked, largely female, executive team, the project will see the ABC silos of television and radio broadcasting – created over the past 85 years – smashed up and rebuilt as a platform-agnostic corporation for the digital age.

Instead of a TV division making television and a radio division making radio programs there will be, for example, an Indigenous unit making Indigenous content for TV, radio and online.

The corporation will be managed through four pillars, said to be news, investigations and analysis; local and regional; original content; and culture and entertainment.

Leading the transformation has been business transformation expert and corporate consultant Debra Frances.

Frances, who has been brought in-house and given the official title of “head of transformation”, exemplifies the new corporate style of managers at the ABC. The ambitious producers and journalists who once rose to the top to manage the public broadcaster have been replaced by business school graduates without a background in content-making. Of the 11-person executive fewer than half are from a content background, and that includes Guthrie herself, who is a corporate lawyer.

Guthrie also briefly brought in one of Rupert Murdoch’s longtime managers, Jim Rudder, to work on the reorganisation of news operations but he was in and out in less than three months.

Along with Frances, the team includes the chief finance officer, Louise Higgins, who was brought in from Nova Entertainment and the chief digital and information officer, Helen Clifton, who was also hired externally. The director of audiences, Leisa Bacon, and the director of engagement, Samantha Liston, were former managing director Mark Scott appointees who were promoted by Guthrie.

The transformation, according to Guthrie, is essential because: “We are not set up optimally to achieve our audience targets and charter remit.”

There have been signposts the ABC is about to change. In August the broadcaster advertised for a “traffic manager”, a newly created position concerned with directing the content which is produced down the correct street. If the ABC has several staff producing health content, for example, for many platforms, then someone needs to be in charge of steering it in the right direction.

Audience research has been the driving force of the renewal of Aunty. Coming from a data-driven background at Google, Guthrie is all about research and data on audiences.

“We need to keep building our understanding of audiences,” she told staff earlier in the year. “To step up investment in research/data on audience behaviour and push this insights out to all ABC teams. We then need to use this insight in commissioning decisions and the review of ABC programs and content.”

In her speech to ABC Friends public conference last month Guthrie outlined her one overarching ambition.

“To make the ABC as relevant or more so to my children and their children,” she said. “While the act and charter provide continuity, relevance cannot be guaranteed.

“As history has shown, the ABC must constantly adapt to technology, to audience trends, to funding pressures, to ensure it delivers for all Australians. What I want is to maintain the role of the ABC as Australia’s most important cultural institution: to link the past, the present and the future.”

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