Disney+’s ‘Andor’ gets limited showing on network TV & Hulu

Disney is bringing the first two episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series Andor to its ABC, FX, and Freeform TV networks, as well as its other streaming service, Hulu. The Mouse House said that it would be a “special opportunity” for non-subscribers to see the beginning instalments of the series “to help kick off […]

Disney’s Freeform opens US ‘The Office’ in the New Year

Disney-owned network Freeform has acquired non-exclusive rights to all nine seasons of the US version of mockumentary series The Office from NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Freeform will begin airing the Steve Carell-fronted comedy on 1 January 2022. Comedy Central had the exclusive syndicated rights to the end of this year, while Viacom Media Networks will continue […]

Freeform’s VP of programming & development joins ‘Shrill’ prodco Brownstone

Freeform’s VP of programming & development Krissy Wall has left the Disney-owned US cablenet to join Shrill firm Brownstone Productions. Wall becomes head of TV at the US-based firm, which is led by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, and replaces Danna Shinder. Brownstone produced comedy Shrill for Hulu and has a number of other shows in […]

Freeform rehires The CW’s Julie Jarmon to head scripted development

Veteran exec Julie Jarmon has returned to Disney-owned US network Freeform as SVP of development. Jarmon previously served as an executive director on the network’s development team, working on shows such as The Bold Type, Alone Together and Motherland: Fort Salem. Reporting to Jamila Hunter, who was appointed EVP of programming and development at the […]

Disney launches Hulu-based content brand for creators of colour

Disney General Entertainment (DGE) has unveiled Onyx Collective, a new content brand on streaming service Hulu for creators of colour and underrepresented voices, including Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Coogler, to be helmed by Freeform president Tara Duncan. Duncan, who has been spearheading this effort since it was first announced last year, will continue in her […]

Lynn Barrie exits US cablenet Freeform

Lynn Barrie, SVP of original programming and development at Freeform, is exiting the Disney-owned US cablenet after three years at the company. Barrie joined in 2018 to oversee the development of scripted drama and comedy series, with projects including comedies Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Single Drunk Female, and drama Cruel Summer, picked up to […]

Amazon takes first-window rights to Freeform thriller ‘Cruel Summer’

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the United States, Canada and China) to psychological thriller Cruel Summer. The series was produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s prodco Iron Ocean Productions and is set to land on the streamer following its US premiere on Freeform later this […]

Disney’s Freeform names originals chief, hires Quibi exec for unscripted

Disney-owned US network Freeform has promoted Jamila Hunter to oversee originals and development while also adding the former head of documentaries at now defunct Quibi. Hunter, who was previously SVP of current & alternative programming, will now become EVP of originals & development at the youth-skewing network and reports into Tara Duncan, who was appointed […]

Freeform head of programming Lauren Corrao departs

Disney-owned cablenet Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Lauren Corrao is leaving the company after 18 months in the role. Corrao joined the company in April 2019 after being tapped for the role by former president Tom Ascheim, and was responsible for all scripted and unscripted development and current original programming, as well as casting […]

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