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Disney shakes up African pay-TV channels operation

Disney is shaking up its channels operation in Africa following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and has handed an expanded remit to Fox Networks Group (FNG) Africa GM Evert van der Veer. According to TV With Thinus, which first reported the news, the exec will now head Disney’s media networks operation for Africa, managing […]

Charter deals with Disney to offer access to streamers

US telco giant Charter has struck a carriage deal with Disney offering access to Mouse House-backed streaming services such as Hulu and Disney+, as well as its forthcoming college sports channel ACC Network. The deal avoids any potential blackout of Disney channels including sports network ESPN on Charter’s Spectrum pay TV service, but also means […]

Disney hires Sky UK exec to lead SVOD in Europe, Africa

Disney has hired a Sky exec to lead its streaming drive in Europe and Africa. Luke Bradley-Jones has joined as the London-based SVP of direct-to-consumer and GM of Disney+ Europe and Africa. Beginning the role early next year, Bradley-Jones will oversee management for Disney+ in Europe and Africa. The appointment comes as Disney readies a […]

Disney’s Q3 results dampened by Fox merger “transformation”

Disney missed the mark on Wall Street forecasts for its Q3 results, reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.35, down 28% from the same period a year ago.  Analysts had forecast an EPS of $1.75, as well as revenue of $21.47bn. Disney, however, fell short of expectations, reporting overall revenue of $20.25bn. Bob Iger, chairman […]

FX’s Landgraf “embraces” Hulu potential, confirms windowing between services

FX boss John Landgraf has said the channel “embraces” the distribution potential afforded by Hulu, and has confirmed Disney boss Bob Iger’s windowing strategy for the two businesses.   Speaking at the TCA press tour in California on Tuesday (5 August) as Disney was going out with its Q2 results and new bundle plans, Landgraf said: […]

Disney reveals SVOD bundle, two-market international roll-out plan

Disney has lifted the lid on its highly anticipated bundle offering for streaming services Disney+, ESPN+ and ad-supported Hulu, and confirmed that Disney+ will launch in two markets outside the US in November.  Disney boss Bob Iger revealed during the company’s Tuesday (6 August) earnings call following the release of its fiscal Q3 results that […]

Disney reveals Marvel’s intertwined movie, series plans

Disney-owned Marvel Studios has unveiled more details about its forthcoming slate of movies and TV series, which will be more integrated than ever before and will form part of the slate for upcoming streaming service Disney+. The Mouse House-backed Marvel Studios revealed the so-called ‘Phase Four’ stage of its Marvel Cinematic Universe over the weekend, […]

Disney’s global content sales chief Janice Marinelli steps down

Disney’s president of global content sales and distribution Janice Marinelli (pictured), who has been with the company for more than 30 years, is stepping down from her position. Marinelli was most recently overseeing US and international programme sales for the Mouse House, as well as distribution of its direct-to-consumer apps to platforms and networks around […]

Disney focuses on Hulu as it closes FX streaming service

Disney is to close down the SVoD service launched by its recently acquired cable network FX as it looks to put its full programming force behind Hulu, in which it recently acquired full control. FX+ was launched in 2017, initially for customers via cable provider Comcast before being rolled out more widely, and provided on-demand, […]