News brief: Disney Asia buys WWI pigeons toon

Disney has acquired animated feature Cher Ami for several of its channels in Asia. Disney Channel Taiwan, Hong Kong and China have all taken pay TV and mobile rights to the film, which tells the story of French messenger pigeons during WWI. It is produced by Spain’s Accio and distributed by Imira Entertainment.

Marvista sees double

MarVista has just hit double figures – and figures miniseries, kids, features and TV movies will drive growth in its second decade, says CEO Fernando Szew. In its first ten years, MarVista has carved out a reputation for delivering TV movies and latterly live action kids content. The next phase will see it move into […]

Kids TV seriously

Today’s kids have an endless array of entertainment choices. From Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting TV channels to films, music videos, social media and console & casual gaming, there’s enough compelling content out there to occupy them 24/7. Is there a place for factual programmes in that mix? Andy Fry investigates The overwhelming majority of […]

Disney brings on-demand services under ABC Studios banner

Disney is rebranding its on-demand services as part of a wider initiative to have ‘ABC Studios’ as an umbrella brand for its content products and services. Catherine Powell, senior VP, Media Distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, told TBI that moving forward SVOD platforms that want Disney-distributed content will be sold it as part […]

Disney’s new German channel catches Dino Train

The new Disney free-to-air channel in Germany will have Henson’s animated series Dino Train when it launches in January. Disney is exiting the Super RTL channel and launching a free TV Disney Channel in Germany from the start of next year, replacing Das Vierte. It will have a strong pipeline of Disney content and is […]

DreamWorks into TV: Classic and Awesome

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. Classic Media founder Eric Ellenbogen tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks. DreamWorks Classics offers something no other kids company can, says Eric Ellenbogen: the […]

Disney boss: Netflix ‘great fit’ for new Marvel shows

Disney’s chairman and CEO Bob Iger has said placing five Marvel Universe shows exclusively with streaming service Netflix represents a “great opportunity” for both companies. Yesterday, news broke Netflix had greenlit Disney-owned Marvel Television and ABC Television Studios to produce four series and a miniseries – a deal described by the parties as “unprecedented”. The […]

Netflix seals ‘unprecedented’ Marvel deal

Netflix has ordered an “unprecedented” slate of original live-action Marvel series from The Walt Disney Company. Beginning in 2015, series based on Marvel Universe characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage set in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen will roll out, culminating with an event miniseries based around The Defenders billed as reimagining “a […]

21st Century Fox: Hulu can compete with Netflix

US on-demand service Hulu can be a viable alternative to OTT market leader Netflix, the president and COO of 21st Century Fox has claimed. The comments come after Fox Networks Group distribution president Mike Hopkins became Hulu’s new CEO last month and after a second failed attempt by its broadcaster parents to sell the business […]

Three – still the magic number?

With an array of new distribution platforms emerging and new children’s channels growing audience shares in the US and beyond, Jesse Whittock and Stewart Clarke investigate to what extent Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network still dominate the kids TV market and what challenges lie ahead for the Big Three. In some ways, there’s never […]

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