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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 […]

Disney strikes extensive production deal at Pinewood Studios

Disney has become the latest US-based outfit to secure a long-term arrangement for production space in the UK, after agreeing a far-reaching deal with Pinewood Studios. The agreement will see the Mouse House taking almost all of Pinewood’s stage space, as well as its back lots and production accommodation, from 2020. The deal will reportedly […]

Gina Brogi exits at 20th Century Fox TV Distribution

Gina Brogi is stepping down at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, as the ramifications of Disney’s acquisition of Fox continue to ripple through both companies’ senior exec ranks. Brogi, who told colleagues of her exit yesterday, had been president of global distribution at the company since 2016 and oversaw sales of Fox TV shows and […]

Beyond Distribution adds Disney exec for Europe, Scandinavia, Iberia

Beyond Distribution has appointed Anne-Marie Pardoe as its new senior VP of sales for German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia and Iberia. Pardoe, who takes up the role following the departure of Sam Partner last month, joins from Disney Media Distribution where she was most recently sales manager for the UK and Ireland. Partner’s next move is not […]

Disney-Fox merger sees scores of job losses at Nat Geo

National Geographic is feeling the impact of the Disney-Fox merger, with scores of employees set to be laid off. According to Variety, around 70 to 80 staff will be affected by a round of lay-offs, which will largely impact the brand’s publishing and events division. The move comes as Disney – in a drive to […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

Disney+ confirms four international markets for November launch

Disney+ is to launch in four international markets in November.  The Mouse House’s streaming platform will debut in the Netherlands and Canada on 12 November, and in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November. Disney+ will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the US, priced at CAD$8.99 (US$6.78) per month or $89.99 […]

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 […]