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Disney’s global content sales chief Janice Marinelli steps down

Disney’s president of global content sales and distribution Janice Marinelli (pictured), who has been with the company for more than 30 years, is stepping down from her position. Marinelli was most recently overseeing US and international programme sales for the Mouse House, as well as distribution of its direct-to-consumer apps to platforms and networks around […]

Disney focuses on Hulu as it closes FX streaming service

Disney is to close down the SVoD service launched by its recently acquired cable network FX as it looks to put its full programming force behind Hulu, in which it recently acquired full control. FX+ was launched in 2017, initially for customers via cable provider Comcast before being rolled out more widely, and provided on-demand, […]

Disney replaces ABC Studios boss Patrick Moran with Jonnie Davis

Disney has replaced the president of its ABC Studios operation and revamped the senior team at 20th Century Television as part of the latest raft of changes following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets earlier this year. ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and the division’s exec VP of business operations Howard Davine are both […]

Studio 100 appoints Disney, YouTube alum as CEO

Former YouTube and Disney executive Martin Krieger is returning to German children’s firm Studio 100 Media after being appointed as its CEO. Krieger will also head up Studio 100 subsidiaries Studio 100 Film, m4e and the recently formed Studio Isar Animation. He will be responsible for the global commercial business of Studio 100 International, including […]

Disney launches diversity drive for talent

Walt Disney Television has launched two initiatives in an attempt to improve the diversity of its execs and those working on its shows. The Executive Incubator program and the Television Studios Intern program will start later this year and will focus on improving prospects for aspiring execs and those looking to work behind the camera. […]

Netflix film exec joins Disney+

Disney has poached Netflix’s director of original film Matt Brodlie to aid in the growth of Disney+. The appointment, confirmed by Ricky Strauss, will see Brodlie (pictured) join as senior vice president of international content development. In this role, Brodlie will head up the development of Disney+’s international content development along with developing the service’s […]

Disney+ lifts lid on animated offerings

Disney has lifted the lid on kids programming heading to its forthcoming streaming platform, including a reboot of classic series Chip ‘n’ Dale.  A 39 x 7-minute series of Chip ‘n’ Dale – whose original IP dates back to the 1940s – is currently in production and set for global release as a Disney+ original. It is […]

More US studios say they will reconsider shooting in Georgia

NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Sony, Viacom and AMC have joined Disney and Netflix in saying they will reconsider working in Georgia if its new abortion law comes into effect. “We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by […]

Bob Iger: Disney is watching Georgia fall-out “very closely”

Disney has joined Netflix in expressing reservations about shooting in Georgia over the state’s controversial abortion ban. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company would find it “very difficult” to continue filming in the state if the ban takes effect as planned in January. “I rather doubt we will,” Iger said in an interview […]

TBI Weekly: Global buyers react to “mind-blowing” Disney might

US studios have reassured global buyers that it is “business as usual” out of Los Angeles despite their international SVOD plans, while Disney has wowed global execs with a bolstered showcase. The distribution arms of studios, including CBS Studios International, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution and Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution, have taken pains […]

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