Coronavirus hits more events as European producers call for support

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the international TV industry with shows and events cancelled around the world, while unions and European producer organisations have called for more government support. Hot Docs joins growing list of cancelled events Canada’s factual-focused Hot Docs, due to run 30 April-10 May in Toronto, is among the latest events […]

Deutsche Telekom snags exclusive Disney+ deal, preps free trial

Deutsche Telekom has agreed a distribution deal with Disney that will see it become the exclusive sales partner for Disney+ in Germany. The deal will see customers of Deutsche Telekom’s mobile service MagentaMobil, cable operator MagentaZuhause and OTT service Magenta TV offered the streamer for six months for free. However, at launch Disney+ will not […]

Movistar strikes exclusive distribution deal for Disney+ in Spain

Disney has signed an exclusive deal with Telefónica for its Movistar service to distribute Disney+ in Spain. The announcement is not a surprise, given Telefónica’s long-standing relationship with Disney, during which the Mouse House has launched a dedicated Movistar channel along with pop-ups for Disney-Pixar and VOD content. The latter will now be a part […]

Disney+ European launch event cancelled amid Coronavirus fears

Disney has cancelled the European launch event for Disney+, scheduled for this week, in light of the rapid spread of Coronavirus. In an email sent to attendees, a spokesperson for Disney+ said: “Due to a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of travelling internationally at this time, we have decided […]

Deutsche Telekom eyes distribution deal for Disney+

Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with Disney for distribution of Disney+. According to Bloomberg, the operator views an exclusive deal with Disney for the streamer – which launches in the country on March 24 – will serve to fend off growing competition from Vodafone. Speaking to the outlet, Deutsche Telekom board member Michael Hagspihl […]

Disney’s new boss Bob Chapek to focus on direct-to-consumer services

Direct-to-consumer products such as Disney+ and Hulu are the “most important” to the Mouse House’s new CEO, Bob Chapek. Speaking to Comcast-owned CNBC, Chapek was asked about the trends of cord-cutting and streaming, which has led to the Mouse House launching Disney+ worldwide. The CEO responded by pointing towards the demands of the consumer, explaining […]

Disney promotes Kelly Campbell to Hulu president

Following the shock announcement that CEO Bob Iger has stepped down with immediate effect, Disney has quietly promoted chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell to president of Hulu. The announcement comes several weeks after Hulu CEO Randy Freer left the streamer, with Disney introducing an integrated management team under direct-to-consumer and international (DTCI) chairman Kevin Mayer. […]

Disney shocks industry as Bob Iger steps down as CEO

Walt Disney Company boss Bob Iger is stepping down as chief executive in move that has caught the industry by surprise. Bob Chapek, who previously ran the company’s parks and products division, will replace Iger, who will remain Disney’s executive chairman until the end of next year. The news shocked the industry and investors, sending […]

International buyers circle Australia’s Seven Studios

Australia’s Seven West Media is reportedly fielding interest from a number of international media firms about buying its in-house production business Seven Studios, which makes Home and Away and My Kitchen Rules. ITV Studios, Disney and Comcast’s NBC Universal are in discussions about buying Seven Studios, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. […]

Disney+ undercuts Netflix with launch offer deal in UK

Disney has unveiled a pre-launch offer for its new Disney+ streaming service in the UK that significantly undercuts established rival Netflix. Disney+ is being offered to subscribers in the UK for the introductory price of £49.99, equivalent to £4.17 per month. The pre-launch offer for the annual subscription is available until March 23rd 2020, just before the […]