Until the Disney-Fox Deal Closes, Networks Find Themselves in Limbo

Upfronts are looming, but post-acquisition plans can’t be put into action yet

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John Landgraf has been thinking a lot about HBO in recent months, and not just for the usual competitive reasons. “I have an enormous amount of sympathy for the amount of the time they had to wait while that AT&T deal was closing,” said the FX Networks CEO, referring to the 20 months that passed between when AT&T first publicly disclosed plans to buy Time Warner and the $85 billion merger’s finalization in June 2018.

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