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Netflix film exec joins Disney+

Disney has poached Netflix’s director of original film Matt Brodlie to aid in the growth of Disney+. The appointment, confirmed by Ricky Strauss, will see Brodlie (pictured) join as senior vice president of international content development. In this role, Brodlie will head up the development of Disney+’s international content development along with developing the service’s […]

Disney+ lifts lid on animated offerings

Disney has lifted the lid on kids programming heading to its forthcoming streaming platform, including a reboot of classic series Chip ‘n’ Dale.  A 39 x 7-minute series of Chip ‘n’ Dale – whose original IP dates back to the 1940s – is currently in production and set for global release as a Disney+ original. It is […]

More US studios say they will reconsider shooting in Georgia

NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Sony, Viacom and AMC have joined Disney and Netflix in saying they will reconsider working in Georgia if its new abortion law comes into effect. “We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by […]

Bob Iger: Disney is watching Georgia fall-out “very closely”

Disney has joined Netflix in expressing reservations about shooting in Georgia over the state’s controversial abortion ban. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company would find it “very difficult” to continue filming in the state if the ban takes effect as planned in January. “I rather doubt we will,” Iger said in an interview […]

TBI Weekly: Global buyers react to “mind-blowing” Disney might

US studios have reassured global buyers that it is “business as usual” out of Los Angeles despite their international SVOD plans, while Disney has wowed global execs with a bolstered showcase. The distribution arms of studios, including CBS Studios International, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution and Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution, have taken pains […]

Disney presents 18-title slate to LA Screenings buyers

Disney has uncovered its highly anticipated content offerings to buyers at LA Screenings. The Mouse House’s global distribution arm, Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution, is believed to be selling 18 titles, which now include a robust mix of family-friendly and adult-centric programming – the latter coming largely out of Disney’s new content assets. Following […]

Disney to take full control of Hulu in five years

Disney has agreed a deal with Comcast to take full control of Hulu — in 2024.  The Mouse House revealed this afternoon (14 May) that it will assume full operational control of the Handmaid’s Tale streamer, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Under […]

Bob Iger: Disney “bullish” about Hulu potential

Disney is “bullish” about the potential of Hulu, including international expansion, but will have to strike an agreement with Comcast to achieve its goals, according to CEO Bob Iger. Speaking after Disney posted better than expected Q2 results, Iger also said that Disney’s movie activities and new streaming service Disney+ will be intricately linked, with […]

TBI Weekly: Content rights are ‘key battleground’ in streamer war

As 2019 goes by, the looming clash of the streamers gets closer. WarnerMedia this week confirmed it will unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, and Netflix borrowed another $2bn to further build up its library of content. The announcements come just weeks after Disney+ and Apple announced details of their upcoming […]

Comcast mulls sale of Hulu stake to Disney

Comcast is in talks to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney, a move which would give Disney full control of the streaming service. According to a report by CNBC, Comcast is weighing the pros and cons of doing a deal now rather than later. The two companies are the last remaining owners of […]