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Disney+ sets pricing and earlier launch date for Western Europe

The Walt Disney Company has brought forward by a week the Western European launch date for streaming service Disney+. Disney+ will launch in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland on March 24th. Other Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020. Disney has also set […]

TBI Weekly: Will Peacock strut or stumble?

WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney have all had their turns in the sun recently and yesterday it was NBCUniversal’s opportunity to shine. The company’s lavish unveiling of its much-awaited streamer  – named Peacock – at Studio 8H in New York yesterday provided further details not just about the types of programming available but also how it […]

SPT alums Andy Kaplan & George Chien acquire Asian networks

Ex-Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Worldwide Networks executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien have launched a media network business and stocked it with three Asian channels acquired from their former employers. Kaplan and Chien’s KC Global Media Entertainment has taken a 100% stake in South East Asian and Korean media networks AXN, Japanese anime-skewing Animax and […]

Disney’s streaming businesses already valued at $107bn, says Barclays

Disney’s streaming businesses have already been valued at over US$100bn by Barclays. The Mouse House’s streaming empire is made up of three pillars: Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Sports streamer ESPN+ launched in April 2018, while Disney took full control of Hulu in May last year and launched flagship service Disney+ in November. Despite currently only […]

ProSiebenSat.1 considers options as Red Arrow Studios sale postponed

ProSiebenSat.1 is understood to be considering its options around the future of Red Arrow Studios, with the sale of the production and distribution division now postponed until the first quarter of next year. Sources close to the discussions have told TBI that US-based AMC and All3Media are the final contenders for Red Arrow, but the […]

‘Leonardo’ creator Frank Spotnitz urges creative freedom and co-operation

Leonardo creator Frank Spotnitz has said the formation of European commissioning club The Alliance is a sign that broadcasters understand the threat they face from streamers and has urged them to offer more freedom to creatives. Spotnitz, who co-created and exec produced Ransom for CBS, is behind The Alliance’s big budget drama Leonardo, which stars […]

Zodiak Media, Canal+ alum appointed to head up Middle East’s MBC

Former Zodiak Media and Canal+ executive Marc Antoine d’Halluin has been appointed as CEO at MBC Group, the Saudi Arabia-controlled broadcaster that is the largest in the Middle East. D’Halluin will join the company on January 5 and replaces Sam Barnett, who left in October after 17 years. The new CEO previously served as chairman […]

France Télévisions, Banijay Rights prep drama about missing flight MH370

France Televisions has ordered an English-language scripted series about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with Banijay Rights attached to distribute. Flight MH370 is being produced by Nora Melhli’s prodco Alef One and will explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which in 2014 was lost somewhere over the South […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max acquires UK crime drama from All3Media

Soon-to-launch streamer HBO Max is among buyers of upcoming UK factual drama White House Farm. The show is being produced by New Pictures in association with All3Media International, which is distributing globally, after ITV commissioned the series in the UK. The six-part drama centres on an infamous true crime story about the murder of three […]

Walter Presents team launches drama venture backed by Channel 4

The trio behind international drama platform Walter Presents is setting up a new drama venture, backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4. Founders and creators Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp’s new outfit is called Eagle Eye Drama, and it will focus on producing English-language drama inspired by foreign-language programmes the team have championed via […]

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