Apple TV+ hires Disney+ EMEA scripted exec Johanna Devereaux

Apple TV+ has landed Disney+ exec Johanna Devereaux to oversee its scripted efforts. Devereaux, who will work within Apple’s London-based team led by creative director Jay Hunt, was most recently VP of scripted & DE&I at Disney+. She had been behind shows including recent hit Extraordinary and was part of the team led by Liam […]

A+E Networks names veteran Mark Garner to lead global FAST channel push

A+E Networks has named veteran exec Mark Garner to the newly created position of EVP & head of global FAST channels, as the company looks to bolster its operations. Garner, who has been at A+E for 23 years, will accelerate the Disney and Hearst-owned company’s FAST business internationally and extend its reach in the US. […]

ITV Studios hires Disney alum Tom Clark to head up global commercial strategy

ITV Studios has appointed Airbnb exec and Disney alum Tom Clark to the newly created position of EVP of commercial strategy on its global partnerships team. Joining on 2 October, Clark will report to Ruth Berry, managing director of global partnerships, taking the lead on the division’s’ commercial strategy, working closely with the sales, digital […]

Netflix, Disney+, HBO & Paramount+ to drive $20bn hybrid AVOD-SVOD revenue by 2029

Netflix, Disney+, HBO and Paramount+ will together create hybrid AVOD-SVOD revenues of $20bn by 2029, according to a new report by Digital TV Research. This represents a $14bn rise form the current $6bn, with the revenues equally split between AVOD and SVOD, said the analyst firm. Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, explained: […]

Byron Allen makes $10bn bid for Disney’s ABC, FX & Nat Geo

Byron Allen, the media mogul who owns The Weather Channel and an array of regional networks in the US, has made a $10bn offer to buy ABC, FX and National Geographic from Disney. The deal via his Allen Media Group would include flagship ABC, as well as eight local stations belonging to the Mouse House, […]

Hulu takes Australia’s ‘Crazy Fun Park’ into US following ACTF deal

US streamer Hulu has picked up Australian comedy-horror series Crazy Fun Park, which debuted on the ABC in January. The show, which becomes available on the Disney-owned streamer from 1 October, tells the story of two best friends, one of whom is killed at an abandoned theme park. The other friend then discovers that his […]

Netflix & Disney+ take UK revenues to record $4.9bn, but Pact warns of 2023 downturn

Streaming commissions from Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ helped push TV production revenues in the UK to their highest ever levels, but UK trade body Pact has warned that the picture next year is likely to look very different. The 2023 Pact Census reported TV sector revenues had risen 21% on 2021’s figures to reach […]

Disney & Charter settle pay TV dispute as channels incl Nat Geo Wild & FXX dropped

Disney and Charter Communications have struck a new carriage deal, ending a 10-day blackout but also highlighting the increasing challenges for pay TV in the US. The battle broke out last month and saw Disney channels become unavailable to 15 million customers on Charter platforms, with many highlighting that the dispute represents the end game […]

Disney & Comcast set Hulu talks for 30 September with $27.5bn valuation set to rise

Hulu’s future could be decided sooner than had been previously thought, after Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said talks with Disney are due to begin 20 September. The sale of Hulu has been a constant source of discussion over the past year in the US, with Disney owning 66% of The Handmaid’s Tale streamer and NBCUniversal […]

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