Disney+ names Alisa Bowen as president ahead of ad tier launch

Disney+ has named Alisa Bowen as its new president, following a three-year stint overseeing global streaming operations for the Mouse House. She will work with Disney+ execs around the world to expand the reach of the service, which is launching an ad-supported offering in early December. Her remit includes working to support the streamer across […]

US media giants pledge $4m for underrepresented talent

A coalition of media companies, including Amazon Studios, Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery have signed on as founding partners of a fund designed to help people from underrepresented backgrounds pursue careers in TV and film. The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund was established by industry professionals including Hollywood […]

Disney+ unveils ‘epic’ UK period drama from Steven Knight & Stephen Graham

Disney+ is expanding its UK originals after pairing up with Peaky Blinders‘ creator Steven Knight on a 12-parter set in the perilous world of illegal boxing in 1880s Victorian London. A Thousand Blows (working title, 12 x 60-minutes) has been created, written and executive produced by Knight, with Stephen Graham (Line Of Duty, Peaky Blinders) starring and […]

Disney hires Google veteran to lead streamer Disney+ Hotstar in India

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in India, including […]

Apple TV+, BBCS, Disney & ITVS link on Equity’s workplace guidelines

Apple TV+, the BBC, Disney and ITV Studios (ITVS) are among a swathe of companies to have signed up to a new commitment aimed at cutting out bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour in TV. The statement comes via UK union Equity and brings together 21 major organisations in the TV industry, both in the UK […]

Disney+ Canada names Telefilm alum as director of content

The Walt Disney Company has appointed former Telefilm Canada exec Stephanie Azam as director of content for Disney+ Canada. Azam joins the streaming service from a short stint at MK2 Mile End, the Quebec-based independent distribution firm, which she joined in September 2021 as VP of development and acquisitions. Prior to that, Azam spent more […]

Disney investor Third Point calls for “board refresh”, Hulu integration & ESPN spin-off

New York-based hedge fund Third Point has taken a stake in Disney with a demand for sweeping changes including spinning off ESPN, integrating Hulu into Disney+, board changes and cutting costs. In a letter to Disney boss Bob Chapek, Third Point’s chief executive Dan Loeb congratulated the Mouse House’s chief on “a terrific quarter” and […]

Disney overtakes Netflix as world’s largest streaming operator

Disney has overtaken Netflix as the world’s largest streaming operator and shared launch and pricing plans for its upcoming ad-supported Disney+ tier. In its Q3 2022 earnings, the company revealed that it had a total of 221.1 million streaming customers globally, overtaking Netflix’s total of 220.67 million worldwide. The company added 14.4 million Disney+ subscribers, […]

TBI Weekly: Why HBO Max & Hulu’s rights-sharing deal adds up

HBO Max and Hulu’s decision to share ‘co-exclusive’ streaming rights to breakout comedy hit Abbot Elementary can be easily explained – but it also underlines that pragmatism is the name of the game now for US studios. The past seven days have again underlined how once red-hot feelings for streaming have turned decidedly tepid. NBCUniversal-owned Peacock has […]

Hulu & HBO Max share ‘exclusive’ rights to hit US comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’

Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO Max and Disney-backed streamer Hulu are to share exclusive streaming rights to ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The unusual deal for the workplace comedy, which debuted its first season on ABC in December, has come about because the show is produced by WBD’s Warner Bros. Television and Disney’s 20th Television. Hulu […]

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