Viewers who are a & # 39; fascinating & # 39; To see new BBC documentary about global media mogul Rupert Murdoch, they compared it to the HBO television series Succession. The bitter war in the Murdoch family feels like a real version of the latest popular series.
BBC2's The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty examines how Rupert, now 89 and married to fourth wife Jerry Hall, 64, came from humble beginnings, but has become one of the most powerful characters in the world and has huge parts of the global media industry.
The three-part series, the first episode of which was broadcast on BBC2 on Tuesday, describes how the children Elisabeth (51), Lachlan (48) and James (47) fought hard for control of the Murdoch conglomerate at the end of the 90s, the shock decision of theirs Father to remain the head of the empire.
Viewers noticed the similarities between the documentary and the HBO series Succession, which follows the life of the Roy family as they plan the future of their entertainment empire as their aging father Logan, played by Brian Cox, slows down.
A shared family: BBC2's The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, which aired on BBC2 on Tuesday, described how Rupert Murdoch's children Lachlan (far right) James (far left) and Elisabeth (center) fought for control of the conglomerate when it looked like her father could retire in the 90s
The HBO series Succession follows the life of the Roy family as they plan the future of their entertainment empire as their aging father, Logan Roy, played by Brian Cox (top left), slows down
Rupert (pictured), 89, came from humble beginnings and became one of the most influential figures in the media industry – but viewers couldn't help but compare the documentary with the HBO series Succession
The BBC documentary examines how Elisabeth, the charming Lachlan, and the head of the family, James, vied for the highest position in her father's dynasty.
The first episode of the series, The Kingmaker, begins in July 1995 when the Mughal hosted a News Corporation summit in Australia at the family's private Hayman Island retreat.
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It doesn't take a clue to find out that there are some clear parallels between the character of entrepreneurial Scot Logan Roy (Brian Cox) in Succession and Rupert Murdoch.
First of all, both the fictional and the real media moguls have a penchant for being spliced and then divorced.
While Logan had three wives, Murdoch was married four times, including his newest wife Jerry Hall, whom he married four years ago.
Rupert, is that you? Logan Roy (Brian Cox) plays a Scottish media mogul, whose four children fight for his empire in the HBO series Succession
Murdoch has six children: Prudence (62), Elisabeth (51), Lachlan (48) and James (47) as well as Grace and Chloe, daughters from his marriage to Wendi Deng (19 and 17).
Roy now has a brood of four children – Connor, Kendall, Shiv and Roman.
Perhaps the biggest potential theft when it comes to conspiring Succession is that both men are preparing to hand over their huge media companies to just one child, a son.
Currently 47-year-old Lachlan Murdoch is co-chair of News Corp and CEO of Fox Corporation, while his younger brother James and older sister Elisabeth are both now running their own private ventures.
Succession creator Jesse Armstrong commented opaque on the show's alleged inspiration and told Variety Magazine, “There are plenty of follow-up stories to fall back on.
"We wanted to fall back on all the good, rich stories that are about succession and about the media and high politics."
While successor Jesse Armstrong said there was no explicit inspiration for the hit show's plot, he checked it by name and told the New York Times last year, "The amazing thing about this stuff is that it's everywhere." Sumner Redstone's family. The Mercers. The Murdochs. Conrad Black & # 39 ;.
Armstrong later checked the Murdochs by name in an interview with the New York Times and said, "The amazing thing about this stuff is that it's everywhere." Sumner Redstone's family. The Mercers. The Murdochs. Conrad Black.
Sometimes people said, "It's really about these people, isn't it? It's based on them." And no. We read a lot and take elements of things.
"If you write in the right area, hopefully you'll hit reality."
The first season of the HBO series begins with Roy, who is preparing to retire from his media empire Waystar Roco. His son Kendall is expected to be succeeded.
However, the clan is kept in suspense when Logan announces that he will stay because he does not believe that Kendall is ready for responsibility because of his previous drug struggles, although he is now sober.
Hours after the shock was announced, Logan has a brain aneurysm and is taken to the hospital. While he's in a coma, Kendall takes over. Logan recovers and when he takes the reins again, he puts everyone except Kendall in important positions.
His son Roman becomes head of the studio, and Tom – his daughter Siobhan's fiance – is appointed head of the parks.
With speculation about Murdoch's retirement, Elisabeth, Lachlan and James are all present at the retreat in which Tony Blair and Piers Morgan took part.
On social media, many viewers admitted that they were thrilled with the first installment. One said, "So far, so far".
Andrew Neil, who was the editor of the Sunday Times from 1983 to 1994, shows in the first episode how much the business has shifted to one of his up-and-coming affairs and says: “The family has always been very important to Rupert Murdoch from the perspective of Formation of a dynasty.
“He had always wanted at least one of his children to take over from him. He liked to play them against each other to see how they would survive. & # 39;
The documentary portrays Elisabeth, now 51, as a "natural favorite" as her father's successor, as a "clever and humble manager", whom the media mogul has often described as most like him.
At the age of 25, the charming Lachlan, known as "The Prince", had just been appointed Deputy CEO of News Limited, one of Australia's largest media conglomerates.
The documentary portrays 51-year-old Elisabeth as a "natural favorite" for her father's successor as a "smart and humble manager". Father and daughter are shown in 2005
The documentary claims that the media mogul has often described Elisabeth as closest to him
Many viewers couldn't get the Succession series out of their heads when watching it, and some pointed out that even the theme melody was similar.
@ n5cyclist wrote: & # 39; Is it me or does the BBC # Murdoch documentary have a succession-like theme song? #justsaying & # 39 ;.
@MrNeilB added: "I can't see this # Murdoch thing without thinking about the successor."
The program also features Sarah Ellison, a Washington Post reporter and former Vanity Fair special correspondent. She says of Murdoch's brood: "I've met all the children, Elisabeth is the child Rupert said people are most like."
She later added: "Elisabeth is really such an interesting and humble, smart leader."
"Lachlan is someone who wants his father's approval. He spent a lot of time modeling himself after his father. He was known as a prince."
James ran the rap label Rawkus Records, a dominant label in the underground hip-hop scene, which was founded by friends Brian Brater and Jarret Myer with the financial support of his father.
The three successors to the Murdoch Throne …
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 89, who is currently married to Jerry Hall, has six children from three different women. Their ages range from 62 (his eldest daughter Prudence Murdoch from the first wife Patricia Booker) to 17 (Chloe, Murdoch's youngest child with ex-wife Wendi Deng).
However, the obvious successors to his media throne – or at least those who have made the greatest piece for it so far – are his middle-born children Elisabeth (51), Lachlan (48) and James (47) with many predict that Lachlan is the "golden child" that ultimately leads the entire global business.
Will one of the middle three Rupert follow? The new BBC documentary examines how the "natural favorite" Elisabeth, the "charming" Lachlan, and the "brain" of the James family vied for their position in their father's dynasty. Picture from left: James, Lachlan, their mother Ann, Elisabeth and Rupert Murdooch
Daughter Elisabeth seemed to be her father's favorite successor, but the 51-year-old is now leading a successful start-up Vertical Networks
In the BBC documentary, Elisabeth is portrayed as a "natural favorite" for her father's successor. She is described as a "wise and humble manager" who the media mogul has often described as "most similar" to him.
The mother of four, Elisabeth, 51, is married in a third marriage to the English artist Keith Tyson after she divorced in 2014 from her top-class husband Matthew Freud, the great-grandson of Sigmund Freud.
The Sydney-born entrepreneur is currently successful with Vertical Networks, a startup that offers app-based series created for display on mobile devices.
Hi Papa! Lachlan Murdoch, known by many as the "golden child", is increasingly inheriting Murdoch's empire. The father of three holds key positions in the Murdoch conglomerate, including as co-chair of News Corp and CEO of Fox Corporation
Lachlan, the middle child of the three siblings, was called "charming" and was even called "the prince". In his twenties, he was named deputy CEO of News Limited, one of Australia's largest media conglomerates.
Lachlan became the CEO of Fox News in a change that got James out of the family business in 2018.
The relationship between Lachlan and his father was hot and cold over the years, but that changed as early as 2014 when Murdoch's older son returned to New York to work for News Corp. to work. He is now the chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation.
Another way: Although Rupert's youngest son is very loyal to his father, he is now largely out of sight and heads the investment company Lupa Systems with his wife Kathryn
Youngest son James, 47, started his media career with rap label Rawkus Records, a dominant label in the underground hip-hop scene, founded by friends Brian Brater and Jarret Myer with the financial support of his father.
However, he was soon back in the group and the youngest of the three siblings was arguably the most loyal, who stayed with his father for decades after joining News Corp shortly after leaving Harvard.
Since his brother became CEO of Fox News in 2018, James has headed the Lupa Systems mutual fund, but remains on the board of News Corp. Leaving Fox was not a bad move, however, thanks to his stake in the company, he was enriched by $ 2 billion.
The father of three has been married to the climate in recent years Activist Kathryn has increasingly spoken out against Fox News and other news agencies, including the organization's reporting on Australian forest fires in 2019.
Good Morning Britain's 55-year-old host, Piers Morgan, shared this famous night on Hayman Island. He said he drank with Lachlan and James on the island retreat until the early hours of the morning and discovered that the then 24-year-old James allegedly kept a secret weapon for "lively negotiations" with rap artists.
"I was 28 at the time and Lachlan and James were both in their mid-20s," said Piers.
'I went to Australia and we went out one night. We had dinner and played snooker in a snooker room until about four or five in the morning, and I thought the sons were fantastic.
James told me that he runs this rap label and that it would be lively in negotiations with rappers who would be armed. At some point he told me he had a gun under his desk just in case, but said "Don't tell Dad."
Until 1996, Rupert still decided which of his obvious heirs would take over the family business. Daughter Elisabeth seems to be the favorite for his successor.
The first episode of the series, The Kingmaker, focuses on family life in July 1995, when the Mughal in Australia hosted a News Corporation summit on the family's private Hayman Island. (The family is pictured in the 1980s)
Elisabeth quickly became the head of all programs at BSkyB and oversaw the company's £ 12m sponsorship for the troubled Millennium Dome.
Ken Auletta, a New York Times journalist, said, “When I profiled her, I thought it was the real deal. She discovered shows in England and told her father that you have to do it in America and she made a lot of money for him.
"You could argue in many ways that she was the favorite, the natural person that Rupert Murdoch would succeed."
Rupert had also bought James' record label and Lachlan ran newspapers in Australia. It still seemed likely that Elisabeth would become the heir to the media empire.
Elisabeth, Lachlan and James are all present at the retreat in which Tony Blair and Piers Morgan participated. In the picture Rupert with the second wife Anna and their children in 1987
Ken continued: “Murdoch always created that sense of family first. I love my children. I want all my children to work with me in the company. It has always been a dream of his.
"My impression is that Lachlan has the charming personality that James lacks, James has more bandwidth and brain power, and Elisabeth has both charm and reason."
In 2001, however, Elisabeth married PR manager Matthew Freud, the great grandson of Sigmund Freud, who freely expressed "negative" opinions about the Murdoch Empire.
Ken explained: “I remember sitting in the kitchen doing Matthew sausages and Matthew being a more dominant figure. I was amazed at how freely he negatively discussed Murdoch and it was pretty blunt.
"The relationship with Matthew drove her out of her family and made her very unhappy."
Elisabeth quickly became the head of all programs at BSkyB and oversaw the company's £ 12m sponsorship for the troubled Millennium Dome. In the picture Rupert and Elisabeth with Rupert's mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in 1997
In 2001, Elisabeth married PR manager Matthew Freud (1999 picture), Sigmund Freud's great-grandson
Lachlan imagined how he would leave his father Rupert's apartment in London during the News International phone hacking scandal in 2011
Lachlan's departure left James as the only Murdoch son who was still directly involved in the company's business. James is pictured with former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2007
Murdoch's older son Lachlan, formerly deputy chief operating officer at News Corporation and editor of the New York Post, then apparently became Murdoch's alleged heir.
Elisabeth served as the non-executive chair of the Shine Group, a UK-based television program production company that she founded in 2001.
In 1999 Rupert's marriage to Anna Murdoch, the mother of Elisabeth, James and Lachlan, dissolved and 17 days after the divorce of his second wife, the Mughal married Wendi Deng, a Chinese-born woman who was 37 years younger than him.
After Rupert had two children with Wendi, Grace, and Chloe, he made the shocking revelation that all retirement plans were off the table, and it wasn't until 2015 that he announced that he would leave his position as CEO of 21st Century Fox.
Only 17 days after the divorce of his second wife, the Mughal married Wendi Deng (photo), who was 37 years younger than he was in China
In 2015, Murdoch handed over the leadership of 21st Century Fox Inc, his sons James and Lachlan as CEO and Chairman, while remaining Co-Executive Chairman
In July 2005, after reported disagreements with Rupert about management, Lachlan resigned from his leadership positions at the global media company.
Lachlan's departure left James as the only Murdoch son who was still directly involved in the company's business. However, Lachlan agreed to remain on the board of the News Corporation
Elisabeth had achieved independent successes with her second husband and in 2015 Her father's 21st Century Fox merged his shine department with ApolloGlobal Management's Endemol and Core Media manufacturing houses.
In 2015, Murdoch handed over the leadership of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., his sons James and Lachlan as CEO and Chairman, while remaining co-executive chairman.
Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty is currently broadcast on BBC2 and the BBC iPlayer
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