If a newly merged CBS/Viacom is sold to a third party, who should be Star Trek's new owners?

Discussion in 'Future of Trek' started by Disco!Disco!, May 1, 2019.

  1. Jedman67

    Jedman67 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 18, 2015
  2. Disco!Disco!

    Disco!Disco! Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 22, 2019
    Nothing would get made because no one would be able to agree on anything.
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  3. RuthlessNate

    RuthlessNate Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 21, 2009
    Oklahoma City
    HBO is a Time/Warner Company, which in turn is owned by AT&T. I'm pretty sure they also own CW outright as part of owning T/W, so again it runs into anti-trust issues where one company cannot own two broadcast networks.

    Of the ones mentioned, Apple, Netflix, and Amazon seem the most likely. Could probably throw Google in the mix, as they might want to add content to YouTube Premium or something.
  4. The Overlord

    The Overlord Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 26, 2010
    Sure but Star Trek is a package deal with a bunch of other stuff from Viacom/CBS, everything from Spongebob to Dexter. No company will buy Viacom/CBS just for Star Trek, but its a good part of a larger media library. If Apple or Amazon could put everything from CBS (including Star Trek), everything from Nickelodeon, everything from Comedy Central, everything from Showtime, everything from Paramount and even everything from MTV onto a streaming service, exclusively, that is a good amount of content.

    Really even combined, CBS/Viacom will seem like a fish in a giant ocean. Disney is an empire unto itself, Warner Bros and Universal are owned by giant corporations, the weakest players are now Sony and Viacom/CBS and I think Sony is in a better position then Viacom/CBS.

    I do think CBS/Viacom is the most likely to get scooped up because I think that despite a lot of content to draw from, they have been making some real mistakes lately and suffered some drawbacks, making them easier prey for a bigger company:



    Paramount making missteps like rebooting Ben Hur and making this awful looking Sonic the Hedgehog movie ain't helping them:

  5. Geoff Peterson

    Geoff Peterson Robot Skeleton Sidekick Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    In a crate at CBS Studio Center
    The fans. Come on everybody, we can do it!!!! Just give what you can to the "Fan Collective".
  6. Alan Roi

    Alan Roi Commodore Commodore

    Jan 26, 2019
    Why not? Worked well for the Borg Entertainment Network, right? Just look at what they broadcast.
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  7. Dukhat

    Dukhat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland, USA
    Midnight’s Edge. That way they won’t have anything to talk about.
  8. Fire and Blood

    Fire and Blood Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Aug 30, 2013
    Amazon might - Jeff Bezos is a Trekkie, I could see him wanting to own the franchise.
  9. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    They'd just make Axanar again and again:ack:
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  10. Hennessy Badger

    Hennessy Badger Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 26, 2004
    With the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, doesn’t Disney now own two broadcast networks (ABC and FOX)?
  11. urbandefault

    urbandefault Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 3, 2013
    Sickbay, dammit.
    Disney does not own FOX broadcast networks, only the entertainment content.
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  12. Sgt_G

    Sgt_G Commodore Commodore

    Jul 5, 2013
    My vote: give it to Amarillo Design Bureau, the creators of Star Fleet Battles. At least they understand what "continuity" means.
  13. XCV330

    XCV330 Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    If the House of Mouse bought CBS/Viacom that would be the end of STar Trek for a long time. It would be buried like other properties that (Tron, Black Hole, etc) that had their projects cancelled in lieu of MCU and Star Wars.

    Because of that, I can't see Disney wanting them. They dont need them and they're not losing anything by not having them.
  14. rhllot

    rhllot Captain Captain

    Dec 18, 2016
    did you see what they did with star wars ???

    amazon or netflix
  15. ITDUDE

    ITDUDE Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 15, 2001
    Well Disney will take care off it. How much does FCC go for these days?
  16. Hennessy Badger

    Hennessy Badger Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 26, 2004
    Oh, that makes sense. Thanks.
  17. Ralphis

    Ralphis Captain Captain

    Nov 20, 2008
    I work in radio broadcasting, and I can tell you with absolute confidence that the FCC does pay attention.
  18. The Butter Phantom

    The Butter Phantom Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 21, 2019
    I'm going to change my suggestion to Amazon.
  19. Karswell

    Karswell Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    I think Trek would be a good fit for Disney.
    And they could have Trek /Star Wars cross-overs at last.

    I myself wish I would live long enough to see Trek in the public domain.

    No law in the arena
  20. The Butter Phantom

    The Butter Phantom Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 21, 2019
    Granted there aren't any public domain remake examples for us to look at, as TV is still a relatively new medium, but under current laws when TOS becomes public domain, that doesn't mean you can freely make your own TOS episodes. CBS will still own all the IP, trade and design rights. You'd have to literally make your own version of the show with next to no recognisable elements. You couldn't even call it Star Trek.