Exclusive: Disney+ hunts ‘chaste YA’ as SVODs descend on Cannes

The streaming giants are gathering force and playing ball with producers and distributors, with the likes of new SVODs Disney+, HBO Max, Apple Kids and Topic taking Cannes by storm. This edition of MIPCOM was the first at which family-friendly Disney was looking to buy for its streaming service, which will launch on 12 November. […]

Inside the Endemol Shine sale saga

The ongoing saga of the Endemol Shine sale could be nearing an end, with a number of sources pointing to a small group of players in the running, including Liberty Global-backed All3Media and part-owner Disney itself. Disney, which owns half of Endemol Shine as per its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, is understood […]

Disney, Amazon and Netflix face off over ads

Disney and Amazon are reportedly at an impasse over the availability of the former’s soon-to-launch Disney+ streamer on Fire TV.  According to sources familiar with the matter cited by the Wall Street Journal, the companies are currently sparring over ad space in Disney apps, with Amazon wanting to secure “a significant percentage” of ads on Disney’s […]

ABC Studios promotes Melanie Frankel to oversee comedy

ABC Studios has appointed Melanie Frankel to oversee its comedy output, replacing Amy Hartwick who stepped down over the summer. Frankel was previously VP of current series for ABC Studios and now becomes head of comedy, working across the company’s slate of shows. The exec previously worked in comedy development for ABC Studios until 2011, […]

Jan Koeppen handed Disney DTC reins for EMEA

Jan Koeppen has been promoted to president of The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He replaces Rebecca Campbell, who was recently appointed president of Disneyland Resort in the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division, and takes over the role on 11 November. Koeppen joined the Walt Disney Company earlier this year, […]

Freeform ends ‘Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off after single season

Disney-backed US network Freeform has brought the curtain down on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists after just one season. The show, which was spun off from hit drama Pretty Little Liars in 2017, ran for a single 10-epiosde season but has been cancelled after failing to secure viewers. The series was based on the book […]

ABC Studios alternative chief Fernando Hernandez to exit

ABC Studios’ alternative division chief Fernando Hernandez is to leave the company, according to US reports. Hernandez is a former head of alternative at Universal TV and took on a similar role to set up the division at ABC Studios in 2017, joining under former chief Patrick Moran. The latter left ABC earlier this summer […]

Disney+ opens up to pre-orders ahead of November launch

Disney is opening its forthcoming streamer up to pre-orders two months ahead of launch.  The Mouse House is allowing US customers to sign up for a $6.99 monthly subscription or annual $69.99 plan well in advance of the official 12 November launch. However, the business is asking customers interested in purchasing a bundle – which […]

Disney boss Bob Iger steps down from Apple board

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced his resignation from Apple’s board.  According to a filing from Apple, Iger resigned on September 10 – the same day that the company revealed the launch date and pricing for Apple TV+. In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said: “I have the utmost respect for Tim Cook, his team at […]