Disney shutters Touchstone as TV operations restructured for streaming focus

Disney has unveiled a major consolidation of its television operations, including the closure of its Touchstone label, as it increases focus on its streaming services Disney+ and Hulu. Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, has announced that Disney Television Studios will reduce to two teams, falling under the banners of ABC Signature […]

Show of the Week: The Weekly: Special Edition

This new, premium eight-part documentary collection is the latest production from the team behind the Emmy award-winning 30-minute series The Weekly, which saw journalists at The New York Times collaborate with US producers Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, to shine a light on some of those big signature stories that no-one else is telling. […]

Hulu’s originals chief Beatrice Springborn exits to lead NBCUniversal’s UCP

Hulu’s head of originals Beatrice Springborn is leaving the Disney-owned streamer to replace Dawn Olmstead as president at Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Springborn will oversee the entire slate at NBCUniversal-owned UCP, including Netflix drama The Umbrella Academy and forthcoming drama Joe Exotic, which is being produced for sibling streamer Peacock, cabler USA and NBC. She […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six streaming super-trends for 2021

Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst for media & entertainment at TBI sibling OMDIA, reflects on a watershed year for streaming and picks out the ramifications and key trends set to affect the business in 2021 and beyond. The acceleration of cord-cutting and online video adoption during Covid-19, coupled with aggressive expansion of next-gen direct-to-consumer (D2C) services, […]

‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ moved from Hulu to Disney+

Disney+ has picked up a series originally destined for streaming stablemate Hulu, with The Mysterious Benedict Society set to premiere on the service next year. This is the first time that Disney+ has taken a show first developed for Hulu, though there has previously been movement in the other direction, with titles such as High […]

Disney+ hits 73 million subs, CEO talks restructure & streamer’s ‘key’ role

Disney has revealed that its direct-to-consumer and international revenues grew by more than 40% over the past quarter, with recently launched streamer Disney+ adding more than 13 million new subscribers. The Mouse House’s DTC and international segment brought in $4.9bn during the three months to the start of October – its fourth quarter – with […]

Hulu cancels Stephen King anthology series ‘Castle Rock’

Hulu has cancelled the psychological horror series Castle Rock. It has been reported that the series, which premiered in 2018 and aired its second season last October, will not be returning for a third run. The show, from Bad Robot Productions, is an anthology series based upon the works of prolific horror writer Stephen King […]

Discovery, Hulu snag format & tape rights to Keshet’s convent reality show

Disney’s US streamer Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to docureality show Bad Habits, Holy Orders, while Discovery is to produce a local version of the format for its Italian streaming platform. The 4 x 45-minute original was produced by Crackit Productions for ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK and sees a Catholic convent take in five […]

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