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Antitrust Issues in the Film Industry: A Case Study of the Disney-Fox Merger and its Impacts in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This paper seeks to examine antitrust issues in the motion picture industry, with a spotlight on the effects of Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film assets on the market share and concentration of the domestic box office. Part I introduces the background on antitrust issues in the motion picture industry and highlights how horizontal mergers in the movie industry are often underscrutinized. Part II explores the relevant markets affected by Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film assets and the potential anticompetitive effects the merger might have on those markets. Part III discusses potential solutions and avenues for research, such as whether horizontal integration of film studios is now necessary for companies like Disney to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.