Hulu hires MTV Entertainment exec as unscripted director, expands Vice deal

Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has expanded appointed an MTV Entertainment exec as its director of unscripted original series. Dane Joseph’s remit includes oversight of all unscripted originals for the streamer from development to production. Joseph, who reports into Hulu’s head of unscripted and docs Belisa Balaban, was most recently VP of development at MTV and […]

Disney’s Jan Koeppen to deliver Series Mania keynote

Jan Koeppen, The Walt Disney Company’s EMEA president will make the keynote speech at the upcoming Lille Dialogues at this year’s Series Mania Forum. Taking place on 31 August, this year’s edition of the annual drama series-focused event is themed around ‘The Audiovisual Industry At The Heart of European Recovery’. Others on the program, include […]

Disney+ greenlights action-comedy ‘Wedding Season’ for Star

Disney+ has greenlit Wedding Season, a UK-produced original romantic-comedy action series for the streamer’s Star label. The eight-part series is being produced by Dancing Ledge Productions (The Salisbury Poisonings) and Jax Media (Emily In Paris), and written and executive produced by Oliver Lyttelton. Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen and Toby Bruce will also exec produce for […]

WarnerMedia bolsters kids by hiring Disney, Playmobil execs

WarnerMedia has appointed former Disney and Playmobil execs to its recently formed kids team in Europe, Middle Was and Africa (EMEA). Monika Oomen has been appointed head of brand for communications & franchise management, while Lars Wagner joins as head of kids channels in CEE. Oomen is responsible for overseeing brand and communication strategy across […]

Disney leads global content spend amid 2020 boom

The gross cash spend on the global production and licensing of new content for streaming platforms reached a new high last year, rising by 16.4% in 2020 to reach $220.2bn, according to new research from UK-based firm Purely. Amid this boom, The Walt Disney Company emerged as the biggest single global spender on content in […]

UK’s Particle 6 hires A+E, Disney alum for US expansion

UK-based Particle 6 Productions has appointed former A+E Networks exec Raj Kalra to a newly created role focused on expanding into the US. Kalra becomes VP of content & US distribution strategy at Particle 6, with a remit to oversee the company’s expansion Stateside across scripted and unscripted. He reports into Eline Van Der Velden, […]

UK’s Ofcom ‘to regulate streamers’ incl Netflix, Amazon & Disney+

UK media regulator Ofcom is set to bring Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and other streaming services under its regulatory eye, marking a potential watershed moment for the country’s TV industry. The UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden will set out a proposal this week in a whitepaper that would extend Ofcom’s remit to cover on-demand services, according to The Telegraph. The […]

Disney+ fires up African animation with ‘Kizazi Moto’

Disney+ has unveiled two new animated projects from Africa, including a 10-part series that explores fantasy and sci-fi genres. Kizazi Moto: Generation Of Fire will be made up of 10 films exploring an array of cultures, with South African producer Triggerfish overseeing the project. The show will debut on the Mouse House’s global streamer in […]