Disney & Comcast set Hulu talks for 30 September with $27.5bn valuation set to rise

Hulu’s future could be decided sooner than had been previously thought, after Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said talks with Disney are due to begin 20 September. The sale of Hulu has been a constant source of discussion over the past year in the US, with Disney owning 66% of The Handmaid’s Tale streamer and NBCUniversal […]

Peacock loses $651m as Comcast reports profitable Q2

Comcast, the owner of NBCUniversal in the US and European pay-TV giant Sky, has exceeded Wall Street revenue expectations overall, but streaming growth is slow, despite huge revenue gains, as it reported its Q2 earnings. NBCUniversal’s US streaming service Peacock, home to originals such as Poker Face and Dr Death, now has 24 million subscribers, […]

SkyShowtime hires Disney, HBO Max & Netflix execs as streamer’s management roster expands

SkyShowtime’s senior exec team is expanding after the Comcast and Paramount-backed European streamer landed execs from Disney, Netflix and HBO Max. Former Disney exec Hristina Georgieva has been appointed as chief business officer, while Brett Horowitz has been named VP of commercial strategy and Anazia Budhwar joins from Netflix as director of content strategy. SkyShowtime […]

SkyShowtime CEO on originals strategy, streamer consolidation & writers strike

SkyShowtime has already picked up a raft of HBO Max shows from CEE and is now looking to increase its originals push in the region, with scripted series being explored in countries such as Poland. The recently launched Comcast and Paramount joint-streamer, which is available in a diverse array of markets that range from Spain […]

Comcast launches Now TV streaming bundle via Xfinity

NBCUniversal parent Comcast is launching Now TV, a new streaming service that includes more than 40 channels from A+E, AMC, Hallmark and Warner Bros. Discovery, as well as over 20 FAST channels from NBC, Sky and Xumo Play, bundled with a free subscription to Peacock Premium. The service is available for $20 per month to […]

Comcast “more likely than not” to sell Hulu stake to Disney, says CEO Roberts

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has said that the NBCUniversal parent will “more likely than not” sell its one-third stake in streaming service Hulu to Disney. His comments come a week after Disney CEO Bob Iger said the Mouse House had shared “cordial” and “constructive” conversations with Comcast about an acquisition. Speaking to investors at this […]

NBCU fired Jeff Shell for sexual harassment, outgoing CEO will not receive severance pay

NBCUniversal owner Comcast confirmed on Monday that it had fired CEO Jeff Shell for sexual harassment, meaning the veteran exec will not receive a severance package. Comcast shocked the industry on Sunday by revealing that Shell had left NBCU after two decades with the company, following an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct. Shell, who is […]

NBCU CEO Jeff Shell in shock exit after ‘inappropriate relationship’

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell is leaving the company with immediate effect, following an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct. NBCU parent Comcast made the shock announcement on Sunday, with Shell confirming that his exit followed an “inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which I deeply regret.” Shell, who is married, added: “I’m truly sorry […]

Exclusive: SkyShowtime CEO Monty Sarhan on windows, originals & parental responsibilities

SkyShowtime is the new(ish) kid on the streaming block in Europe. Irene Jiménez speaks to CEO Monty Sarhan about parental responsibilities, windowing & local programming potential Created for the European market, SkyShowtime is in some ways the streamer of our times – a pragmatic product from parents, Comcast and Paramount Global. The streamer completed its […]

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