Disney+ unveils initial UK scripted slate in European originals push

Disney+ has unveiled its first slate of scripted UK originals, including a swashbuckling adventure, a post-heist thriller and a super-powered comedy. Two of the productions will be Star-branded originals while the other will be a Disney-branded original, with the commissions forming part of the company’s commitment to source, develop and produce 50 original productions in […]

US has more SVOD subs than people as OTT contracts hit 340m

In the latest milestone for US streaming services, a new report has found that there are now more subscriptions to SVODs than people in the 328 million-plus country. According to figures collated by Ampere Analysis, there are now nearly 340 million subscription OTT contracts to services such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max. The report […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How Disney & WarnerMedia prepared for streaming wars

  A fortnight ago, TBI Tech & Analysis reflected on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios. Now, Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott provides a potted history of how two of the biggest operators – Disney and WarnerMedia – realigned their operations to take on Netflix. It was only in 2018 that Walt Disney […]

Disney+ passes 100 million subscribers, promises ‘increased investment’ in content

Disney+ has surpassed 100 million paid subscribers since launch, the company has revealed. The announcement comes weeks after Disney said that the streamer, which first launched in November 2019, ended Q1 2021 with just under 95 million subscribers. That figure was tallied before the launch of hit series WandaVision and the introduction of the adult-oriented […]

Sony hires Disney & Fox alum Ravi Ahuja as global TV studios chairman

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has appointed former Disney Television president Ravi Ahuja as chairman of its global TV studios. Ahuja will take up the remit previously held by Mike Hopkins, who joined Amazon Studios last year, with oversight of Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s domestic and international productions. He will also look after SPT’s gameshow franchises […]

Disney’s FX to end ‘Pose’ after upcoming third season

Disney’s US cablenet FX is bringing down the curtain on award-winning drama Pose, with its previously announced third season now set to be its last. The show, which was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, has previously sold to broadcasters including the BBC and will start its final seven-episode third run on […]

BBC hires Disney alum to lead kids in-house drama production

The UK’s BBC has hired former Disney exec Tali Walters to oversee its in-house children’s drama production. Walters was most recently working at YouTube overseeing various kids projects and before that spent almost a decade at the Mouse House, where she worked on shows including Violetta. She will report into BBC Children’s head of production, […]

Sports streamer DAZN names Disney & TikTok alum Kevin Mayer as chairman

Former Disney+ chief Kevin Mayer has been appointed as chairman of the board of directors at sports streamer DAZN. Mayer was a driving force behind the launch of Disney+ as the company’s chair of DTC and international, and previously led the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox as chief strategy officer. He […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

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