Disney


Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

Disney offers earnings forecast, reveals $580m Hulu losses

Disney has broken out its financial results for direct-to-consumer and international activities for the first time as it prepares for the launch of its Disney+ streaming service. DTC activities on their own – principally Hulu – turned in revenue of US$1.494 billion in 2018, up 22%, but operating losses also increased from US$96 million to […]

Inside UK drama’s tipping point

As 2019 kicks off with the anticipation of new drama-packed SVODs, Neal Street Productions co-founder Dame Pippa Harris tells Kaltrina Bylykbashi how the rise of streamers has left UK drama at a dangerous tipping point For Dame Pippa Harris, and her Neal Street Productions, which All3Media brought under its umbrella in 2015, there is much […]

Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

Hulu ups subscribers by 48% in 2018

Hulu ended 2018 with 25 million subscribers, an increase of 48% year-on-year, marking its best year yet for signups and total subscriber gains, according to the business.  The US video streaming service added eight million subscribers in 2018 and expanded its on-demand library to over 85,000 episodes – adding series like The Good Doctor, Killing […]

“Purposeful” formats, CEE scripted on the rise in 2019

International TV research consultancy K7 Media has unveiled its predictions for 2019, forecasting that Disney+ will lead the direct-to-consumer push while tipping Central and Eastern Europe as the next hot territory for scripted programming. Topping the list is the highly anticipated Disney+ platform, which K7 describes as a “genuine contender” to Netflix and Amazon in […]

Disney reshuffles international business units

Disney has consolidated its international business units, which includes its direct-to-consumer segment, to fall under three leaders as it preps for its integration with 21st Century Fox. Upon completion of the acquisition, Rebecca Campbell, who currently serves as president at The Walt Disney Company EMEA, will maintain oversight of the region and add Russia and the […]

Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox to spend $43bn on content in 2018

The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43bn by the end of 2018 – more than the […]

Hulu set to reach 23m subs by year end

Hulu is on track to reach over 23m subscribers by year end, according to Hulu CEO Randy Freer who discussed the topic at Business Insider’s Ignition conference. The Hulu chief said that the streamer is on track to add more subscribers by the second half of 2018 than it did the first. Between January and […]

Disney’s SEC filing sheds light on Hulu value

Disney has valued The Handmaid’s Tale SVOD Hulu at around US$9.26bn, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing made this week. The SEC filing, submitted on Wednesday (November 21), shows that Disney made $450m in “capital contribution” to Hulu in 2018. The platform, in which Disney will have a 60% stake upon completion […]