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Sharon Horgan’s Merman launches digital arm

Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman is to launch a digitally focused arm named Mermade. Mermade will specialise in the creation of non-broadcast content of all shapes and sizes, funded by and for social and streaming platforms, brands and publishers. It will have a particular focus on short-form episodic content. The development of Mermade follows […]

Disney president to exit following Fox merger

Disney president Ben Sherwood (pictured) is to leave the business after it completes its takeover of 21st Century Fox. The exec – who serves as president of Disney-ABC Television Group – is believed to have been weighing up his options for some time, after it emerged in July that Fox president Peter Rice is expected […]

Viacom to benefit from Disney/Fox “distraction”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has that the Disney/Fox merger represents a “significant positive” for the business, which stands to benefit from exec changes and creative “dislocation”. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday (19 September), Bakish said the merger “has provided a very real opportunity to acquire talent in the form […]

Little Dot hires Disney duo for social sales

Little Dot Studios, the digital content studio and broadcaster, has hired Disney duo Elliot Baum and Peter Yardley-Jones to establish a media division as it sets out to sell its own inventory across social platforms. Baum will act as head of digital media sales and Yardley-Jones as head of operations. The pair previously led Disney/Maker […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix starts seeing the Apple effect

This week, Netflix started showing signs of stress from upcoming streaming competitors. On Wednesday Netflix shares were down by 6.2% by market cap. This was after a note was shared by Morgan Stanley revealing its positive predictions for Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. The note stated that Apple’s upcoming service may be priced at a […]

TeamTo adds Guru’s Mary Bredin to creative team

European kids studio TeamTO has hired Mary Bredin, former EVP of content and strategy at Guru Studio, to its senior creative team. In the newly created position of creative development producer, Bredin will focus on finding up-and-coming talent for TeamTO’s development slate, with an emphasis on telling original stories from unconventional points of view. Bredin […]

Disney must offer £14 a share for Sky, says UK’s takeover body

The UK’s Takeover Panel has confirmed that Disney must offer at least £14 a share for Sky if its upcoming acquisition of Fox assets is completed. If Disney completes a deal to by 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, which includes a 39% stake in Sky, it will be forced to make an offer […]

TBI Weekly: Disneyflix takes shape

Disney’s upcoming streaming service was high on everyone’s mind this week, as new details were revealed about what will be featured on the platform and how much it is likely to charge viewers. We know now, thanks to its Q3 earnings report, that the Disney-branded service will launch in late 2019 and has “numerous original […]

Disney reveals SVOD plans, misses Q3 expectations

Disney is “on track” to launch its Disney-branded streaming service late next year, with “numerous original projects currently in various stages of development and production”, according to CEO Bog Iger. Speaking to analysts after the company reported less-than-stellar Q3 results, Iger said that Disney will “continue to move full steam ahead with our direct-to-consumer strategy”, […]

Disney orders live action series

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, a live-action comedy based on the novel by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, is set to debut on the Disney Channel in 2019 after a straight to series order was confirmed by Disney. Producer by Gabby Productions, a subsidiary of Omnifilm Entertainment, the show will be executive produced by co-writers Mike […]

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