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Lachlan Murdoch Wants the Drama to Be Onscreen at Revamped Fox

  • CEO seeks more scripted TV to go with company’s news, sports
  • Look for more shows with wide appeal, like ‘Last Man Standing’
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Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Lachlan Murdoch’s Los Angeles office is nestled in a turquoise-and-white edifice that’s steeped in Hollywood history. Building 88 on the Fox studio lot is where the legendary Darryl Zanuck greenlit the first “Planet of the Apes” and produced films like “How Green Was My Valley.”

But the oldest of Rupert Murdoch’s sons won’t be a movie mogul as chief executive officer of Fox’s new incarnation. After Walt Disney Co. completes its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s Hollywood assets next week, the renamed Fox Corp. will limit its focus, at least in the near term, to the domestic market for television news, sports and entertainment. That’s in contrast to the global interests of 21st Century Fox, which included India, the U.K. and a swath of international channels.