Disney+ blasts off ‘Among The Stars’ in new NASA docuseries

Disney+ has announced a new original documentary series following NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy as he embarks upon his final mission. Produced by UK-based Fulwell 73 Productions, the six-part Among The Stars will debut on the streamer on 6 October, revealing personal video diaries and livestream footage — stationed both on Earth and in space […]

Nutopia hires Nat Geo alum Geoff Daniels for unscripted entertainment

Welcome To Earth producer Nutopia has hired former Nat Geo EVP Geoff Daniels to a new role overseeing the company’s unscripted entertainment output. Daniels becomes EVP of unscripted entertainment at the Jane Root-founded company and will work across all series in production, manage program marketing and help to liaise with Nutopia’s production partners and talent. […]

Disney ‘accelerating’ European focus with originals to hit 60 by 2024

Disney+ is allowing the Mouse House to “put the afterburners” on its European production efforts according to its EMEA president, who used a keynote at SeriesMania to unveil the latest details of its upcoming slate from the region. Jan Koeppen, Disney’s EMEA president, said that while the company had been known for its “big stories” […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

Ed TV Festival: Disney+ dives into Jules Verne; NBCU’s co-pro plans; Jack Thorne blasts disability failings

Disney+ has unveiled Nautilus, its latest UK-based scripted series, while NBCUniversal revealed its global co-pro plans and Jack Thorne has blasted the industry’s lack of disability representation, as the 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival got underway yesterday. Speaking on a panel session at this year’s hybrid event, Disney EMEA execs Liam Keelan, VP of original content, […]

Nat Geo inks first-look Westbrook deal & expands adventure slate

Disney-backed National Geographic is expanding its adventure-based slate, by signing a five-year first-look unscripted deal with Westbrook Studios and making a slew of new commissions. The Westbrook agreement covers the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s TV platforms and its Disney+ originals. […]

Disney to surpass Netflix Southeast Asian subs by end of 2021

Disney+ Hotstar is expected to overtake Netflix in the Southeast Asia region by the end of the year. According to TBI’s sister research house Omdia, the regional version of Disney’s streaming service, which incorporates the existing Hotstar brand, will surpass Netflix for subscribers in 2021. The report notes that successful launches in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia […]

Disney+ to launch in South Korea, Hong Kong & Taiwan as streamer hits 116 million subs

Disney+ is to roll out in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan this November. These next Asia Pacific launches for the Disney-owned global streaming service were announced at the company’s Q3 earnings call, where it was also revealed that the existing service in Japan will expand in October to include new general entertainment content. The […]

Hulu orders ‘Tell Me Lies’ adaptation from 20th TV & Vice’s Refinery 29

Disney’s US streamer Hulu has picked up the adaptation of Carola Lovering’s novel Tell Me Lies, which has Grace Van Patten attached to star. The show, which will use the same title as the novel, is being produced by Disney-owned 20th Television and Vice’s US prodco Refinery29. The story follows a young couple who meet at […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What the future holds for day-and-date VOD releases

Charlotte Jones, principal analyst, cinema, at research powerhouse Omdia, explores how, as major cinema releases come back, day-and-date strategies on SVOD services are propping up box office earnings early on, with trends pointing to longer-term shift to theatrical exclusivity for key titles. Covid-19 has necessitated the launch of hybrid theatrical release models based on shorter […]