Disney+ sets pricing and earlier launch date for Western Europe

The Walt Disney Company has brought forward by a week the Western European launch date for streaming service Disney+. Disney+ will launch in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland on March 24th. Other Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020. Disney has also set […]

Disney+ secures ‘unprecedented’ 30 million downloads in fourth quarter

The Disney+ app was downloaded more than 30 million times in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to recently revealed figures. According to a new report from mobile app store marketing firm Sensor Tower, Disney+ became the most downloaded app in the US for Q4 with a total of 31 million downloads across Apple’s App […]

FX chief John Landgraf unveils latest annual drama findings

John Landgraf, FX Networks and FX Productions chairman, has unveiled the latest findings from his company’s annual scripted survey. It found that there were 532 scripted drama and comedy shows on US television in 2019, up 7% on the year previous. The data was compiled by FX’s research team and unveiled during the Television Critics […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

Disney’s streaming businesses already valued at $107bn, says Barclays

Disney’s streaming businesses have already been valued at over US$100bn by Barclays. The Mouse House’s streaming empire is made up of three pillars: Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Sports streamer ESPN+ launched in April 2018, while Disney took full control of Hulu in May last year and launched flagship service Disney+ in November. Despite currently only […]

Studies suggest Disney+ chipping away at Netflix subscribers in US

A small number of Disney+ subscribers have already decided to ditch Netflix in favour of the Star Wars streamer, according to three recently released studies. According to a Bank of America survey of over 1,000 Americans, 6.5% of respondents using both Disney+ and Netflix said they only plan to keep the former. A similar survey […]

France’s Canal+ strikes exclusive deal for streamer Disney+

Canal+ in France has struck an exclusive distribution deal with Disney for its Disney+ streamer. The service is set to launch in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 31, following successful November roll-outs in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The deal means consumers in France will have to […]

Netflix to appeal court ruling in long-running exec poaching case with Fox

Netflix is planning to appeal a court ruling after it was told to stop poaching staff from Fox, marking the latest development in the two companies’ long-running legal dispute over the hiring of staff. Fox started suing Netflix over the alleged executive poaching back in 2016, after Tara Flynn and Marcos Waltenberg moved to the […]

Disney+ downloads exceed 15 million, sending shares to record high

Disney+ has been downloaded more than 15 million times and generated $5m via in-app purchases since its launch less than two weeks ago, according to new research. The data, provided by US research outfit Apptopia, helped power shares in the Mouse House to an all-time high of $151.64 on Tuesday, although Disney+ growth has not […]

AMC’s Chris Loveall boards Disney+ as VP content for international

AMC Networks’ Chris Loveall is the latest exec to join a growing international team for Disney+. Loveall has boarded Disney+ as VP of content for international, where he is to work closely with Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International’s regional teams on the development and production of original scripted and unscripted series. He will also oversee acquisitions […]

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