Brian Roberts and Bob Iger have been exchanging punches for years over the future of Hulu, and at last, the saga appears to be winding its way to some kind of end. In today’s issue, a close look at the ways in which their chess match might resolve itself, the latest on Carl Icahn’s proxy battle with Illumina, and my thoughts on the supposed debt ceiling deal.
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The Wall Street Journal had an interesting piece this week, detailing Brian Roberts and Bob Iger’s multiyear battle over their joint custody of Hulu—an uneasy marriage, as Jessica Toonkel and Amol Sharma put it, that Disney and Comcast are working to bring to an end. Among their disputes is an arbitration case over why Disney, Hulu’s majority owner, never expanded the streamer outside the U.S.
The decades-long competition between Roberts and Iger is less of blood feud, as I see it, than it is an elaborate negotiation between two titans of the media industry who...