TBI Weekly: What comes after the streaming revolution?

Covid-19 has accelerated a swathe of trends that were already apparent across the business prior to the pandemic, none more so than the ongoing – and industry-changing – transition towards global streaming services.  However, as exec moves and organisational streamlining continues at breakneck speed, what will happen once the dust settles on the current restructuring (particularly in the […]

Disney+ rolls out across Latin America with 70 regional originals on slate

Disney+ has continued its global expansion, launching in Latin America and across the Caribbean, with 70 regional originals on the slate. First announced in August, the expansion will see Disney+ be the exclusive Lat Am home for Disney IP from brands like Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, including series such as The Mandalorian […]

Hulu’s originals chief Beatrice Springborn exits to lead NBCUniversal’s UCP

Hulu’s head of originals Beatrice Springborn is leaving the Disney-owned streamer to replace Dawn Olmstead as president at Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Springborn will oversee the entire slate at NBCUniversal-owned UCP, including Netflix drama The Umbrella Academy and forthcoming drama Joe Exotic, which is being produced for sibling streamer Peacock, cabler USA and NBC. She […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six streaming super-trends for 2021

Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst for media & entertainment at TBI sibling OMDIA, reflects on a watershed year for streaming and picks out the ramifications and key trends set to affect the business in 2021 and beyond. The acceleration of cord-cutting and online video adoption during Covid-19, coupled with aggressive expansion of next-gen direct-to-consumer (D2C) services, […]

‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ moved from Hulu to Disney+

Disney+ has picked up a series originally destined for streaming stablemate Hulu, with The Mysterious Benedict Society set to premiere on the service next year. This is the first time that Disney+ has taken a show first developed for Hulu, though there has previously been movement in the other direction, with titles such as High […]

Disney+ hits 73 million subs, CEO talks restructure & streamer’s ‘key’ role

Disney has revealed that its direct-to-consumer and international revenues grew by more than 40% over the past quarter, with recently launched streamer Disney+ adding more than 13 million new subscribers. The Mouse House’s DTC and international segment brought in $4.9bn during the three months to the start of October – its fourth quarter – with […]

Asacha Media hires Disney, Fox exec to lead development & distribution

European production outfit Asacha Media Group has hired Disney sales director Maria Grazia Ursino to oversee the recently formed company’s development and distribution activities. Ursino becomes VP of content development and distribution at Asacha, which was launched earlier this year by Endemol Shine Group’s former COO Marina Williams, ex-Zodiak Media France CEO Gaspard de Chavagnac and MBC chief Marc-Antoine […]

Ex-Disney & TikTok chief Kevin Mayer emerges at Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries

Former Disney and TikTok chief Kevin Mayer has joined Access Industries, the entertainment investment firm founded by Len Blavatnik. Mayer rose through the ranks at Disney over a 15 year period to emerge as its DTC chairman and oversaw the launch of Disney+ in November 2019. He left shortly after in May of this year after he […]

Brazilian giant Globo strikes Disney+ deal & unveils $250m investment plan

Brazilian giant Globo has struck a deal to offer Disney+ via its streaming service Globoplay and unveiled plans to invest $250m in original content. The agreement with Disney means Brazilian viewers are now able to subscribe to both streamers for R$37.90 ($6.69) over a 12-month plan, or for R$43.90 ($7.75) on a rolling monthly contract. Content […]

TBI Weekly: Supersized restructuring reflects global streaming revolution

Covid-19’s impact on the global TV industry is going to be felt for years to come and the changes it has brought about are myriad. Yet while the focus at the start of the pandemic was largely on the impact on production and dwindling ad revenues for broadcasters, the repercussions more recently have seen a […]

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