Disney XD

Saban and The CW’s Vortexx swallows three new kids shows

Vortexx, the kids programming block on US broadcast network The CW, has unveiled its new programming line-up, which includes three new series. The five-hour weekly block runs on The CW between 7am and noon every Saturday. It is run by Saban Brands and the new line-up launches this Saturday, August 17. The new titles are […]

Disney XD renews Ultimate Spider-Man

US kids cable channel Disney XD has renewed its animated superhero series Ultimate Spider-Man for a third time. The new run of the Marvel Television-produced show, which makes up part of Disney XD’s Marvel Universe programming block, was revealed during a Marvel-branded panel at Comic Con International this past weekend. The new season will include […]

Bell’s $3.4bn Astral deal approved with conditions

Bell Canada Enterprises’ C$3.4 billion (US$3.2 billion) acquisition of rival Astral Media has been approved, but it must sell resulting holdings in local networksincluding Disney Junior and Cartoon Network. Canada’s media regulator the CRTC has greenlit to deal, which has been in the works for more than a year, providing BCE adheres to a series […]

Disney XD launches on Canadian pay platform

The Walt Disney Company-owned boys’ channel Disney XD has launched in HD on Canadian pay TV platform Shaw Direct. The English-language network went live on Shaw yesterday alongside younger-skewing French-language channel Disney Junior en Français, also in HD. Additionally, HD versions of Family Channel and Disney Junior’s English-language feed have launched. Channel operator Astral Media […]

Disney starts work on Star Wars special and series

Disney-owned Lucasfilm has started production on a new Star Wars special and TV series, Star Wars Rebels. A one-hour special on Disney Channel will be followed by a full series on the boy-skewed Disney XD channel. The special will go out in autumn 2014 in the US. The creative team attached to the new project […]

Netflix secures exclusive US subs rights to Disney shows

Netflix and Disney/ABC Television Group have entered into a new multi-year licensing deal that gives the streaming service exclusive US subscription rights to five Disney children’s series. This comprises Disney Junior’s animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates (pictured) and Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising, plus Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and JoJo’s Circus. All […]

Almost Naked Animals find new owner

Disney XD is the latest buyer of Almost Naked Animals, the animated children’s comedy from Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment. The 52x22mins series will broadcast on Disney XD’s channel feeds in the Nordic region, central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Animals already runs on Disney channels in Italy, India, Latin America, Spain and […]

News brief: Crash & Bernstein returns to Disney XD

Disney XD has ordered a second season of live-action ‘bro-mance’ comedy Crash & Bernstein. The show, which comes from prolific Disney affiliate producer It’s A Laugh Productions, will return into production in California ahead of a summer 2013 premiere. The series follows an everyday kid living in a household of women and his surrogate ‘brother’ […]

Disney Junior goes HD in the UK

The UK version of Disney’s preschool channel Disney Junior has launched in high definition. Disney has already rolled out HD versions of its core Disney Channel and boy-skewed Disney XD in high definition in the UK making Junior its third kid-focused HD channel. The new service will be carried exclusively on DTH platform BSkyB. Disney […]

News brief: Disney channels visit Camp Lakebottom

Disney XD in the US and Disney Channels across the globe have bought 9 Story Entertainment’s 26x22mins animated comedy Camp Lakebottom. Besides the US sales, 9 Story has sold the show to Disney Channel in the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan, Korea, India and other Asian territories, the Middle East, […]