Disney Media Distribution

Catherine Powell to run Disney Australia as Cracknell retires

Catherine Powell will relocate from London to Sydney to run Disney Australia and New Zealand. The news came following the announcement that long-serving Disney boss John Cracknell is retiring and will depart in July 2014. Cracknell has been with Disney since 1992 and has been managing director, The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, […]

Lady Gaga to duet with Kermit the Frog on ABC, Channel 5

A 90-minute Thanksgiving special for US broadcaster ABC feature singer Lady Gaga dueting with Kermit the Frog has been acquired by UK terrestrial Channel 5. The singer will sing holiday favourites with The Muppets in Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular, which will also feature performances by Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul’s Drag […]

FIC Asia cuts major programming deal with Disney

Fox International Channels has acquired a package of new Disney-distributed TV series for its channels across Asia. The deal between FIC and Disney Media Distribution gives the channel operator first pay TV window rights to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Trophy Wife and Killer Women. FIC already has a movie […]

Disney scores major movie VOD deal with ‘Chinese Netflix’

Disney Media Distribution will provide movies from its major studio stablemates to Chinese online platform Tencent following an agreement unveiled yesterday. Tencent, a Netflix-style VOD service available across China, is now offering live-action and animated feature films from the Marvel Studios, Pixar Studios and Walt Disney Studios through its Hollywood VIP service (pictured), though the […]

Scandal goes into syndication with Viacom’s BET

Hit ABC political thriller series Scandal has gone into syndication, with Viacom channel BET launching the first two seasons this summer. BET’s deal gives it access to each episode of the show no earlier than eight days after its original network broadcast. Following the launch of the first pair of seasons, the third will debut […]

FIC powers up with S.H.I.E.L.D. deal

Fox International Channels has acquired Disney-distributed US scripted series including the much-hyped superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its Spanish channels. Along with Marvel Television and ABC Studios-produced S.H.I.E.L.D., the deal also gives FIC Spanish broadcast rights to Josh Holloway-fronted Intelligence, Bradley Whitford comedy Trophy Wife, procedural Killer Woman, lottery winner drama Lucky 7 […]

ITV Studios taps BBC Worldwide for Americas sales boss

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has appointed BBC Worldwide’s Americas coproductions chief Greg Johnson to become its new senior VP of sales. Johnson will join the global arm of UK broadcaster ITV to head up its North and Latin American and Canadian sales operation, reporting into director, global television distribution, Tobias de Graaff and based in […]

S.H.I.E.L.D., Hostages set for Canuck net

ABC’s superhero drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., CBS thriller Hostages and Fox comedy Surviving Jack are among the new US scripted series heading for Canadian broadcaster CTV. Marvel Entertainment-produced S.H.I.E.L.D. was perhaps the buzziest show at this year’s LA Screenings. It goes to CTV via Disney Media Distribution, which has also sold the broadcaster Bradley […]

Disney cuts deal with Seven for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and other new series

Seven Network has picked up several of the new drama series launched by Disney Media Distribution at the LA Screenings. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster told TBI that it has the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series, which is produced by ABC Studios and will be on ABC in the US this autumn. Seven also has Once Upon […]

2013 LA Screenings in review

As the sun sets on the studio lots and the myriad of international buyers head home after this year’s LA Screenings, the real business is just beginning. For those channels not tied into long term output deals with certain studios, the bidding wars for the best of the US are already underway. And though there […]