Disney hires Liam Keelan to run TV production in Europe and Africa

Former BBC executive Liam Keelan is to join The Walt Disney Company to oversee original productions in Europe and Africa for its TV and Disney+ services. Keelan joins Disney’s Television and Direct-to-Consumer business as vice president of original productions, television for Europe & Africa on 2nd March. Based in London, Keelan will lead a team […]

TBI Weekly: How the Mouse House is winning with Disney+

Disney left it pretty late to get into the direct-to-consumer business considering the heft of its operations and that giant back catalogue. But, as with many things the Mouse House does of late, it appears to have made an almost perfectly-timed entry that has been neatly illustrated in the company’s first quarterly results revealed since […]

Red Arrow’s Endor appoints Fox Networks exec as creative director

Deep State outfit Endor Productions has appointed former Fox Networks Group (FNG) exec Sara Johnson as its creative director. Johnson, who was previously VP of scripted at FNG in Europe & Africa, will oversee creative for the Red Arrow Studios-owned UK producer, which is led by MD Hilary Bevan Jones. She will work across the […]

Disney+ beats subscriber predictions, unveils India launch plans

Disney+ has hit 28.6 million subscribers in less than six months, the company has confirmed. The company’s first quarterly results since the streamer’s launch in five territories met recent estimations from analyst MoffettNathanson. Speaking on Disney’s Q1 2020 earnings call, CEO Bob Iger attributed Disney+’s success to “our incredible portfolio of great brands, the outstanding […]

Disney switches on Disney+ in UK for existing users

Disney has activated streamer Disney+ in the UK for existing subscribers ahead of its March launch, TBI sister title Digital TV Europe has learned. With the service less than two months away from launch, Disney+ is now accessible in the UK by Dutch users. However, Brits are not yet able to sign up for the […]

Disney expected to announce up to 30 million subs for Disney+

Disney is expected to reveal that recently launched streamer Disney+ has amassed up to 30 million subscribers when it announces its quarterly results on Tuesday. According to research firm MofettNathanson, the SVOD – which launched in five countries in November – has between up 25-30 million subscribers. One third of that number is expected to […]

Hulu CEO Randy Freer steps down as Disney merges management

Disney is pushing forward with introducing an integrated management team for its SVOD service Hulu, with the streamer’s CEO set to depart as a result. Randy Freer, who took charge at the US-based outfit in 2017, will be replaced by Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international (DTCI) chairman. Mayer was appointed in 2018 to head […]

Exclusive: Disney+ eyes European remakes for unscripted formats, unveils new shows

Disney+ is looking for European production partners to work on regional remakes of its unscripted series, as it ramps up its originals output ahead of launching on the continent later this year. Earlier this month, the Mouse House brought forward by a week the Western European launch date for its hotly anticipated streaming service, revealing […]

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