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Disney creates unified streaming & int’l unit

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer (pictured) has been named as the chairman of the new unit, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, […]

Jon Favreau creating Star Wars drama for Disney SVOD service

Producer-writer Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming global SVOD service. He will work with Star Wars studio Lucasfilm on the series, which is a number Disney is lining for the network. “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for […]

Disney resumes Fox takeover talks – report

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly reopened talks with Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox over the latter’s entertainment assets. News Disney had first gone in for Fox’s TV and film businesses emerged early last month, but those negotiations led to nothing. Disney is known to be in acquisitive mood ahead of the launch of […]

Disney confirms Stars Wars & Marvel for SVOD app

The Walt Disney Company’s upcoming international SVOD service will offer Star Wars and Marvel Universe content, Bob Iger has revealed. One of the key questions over the upcoming app, which is due for launch in 2019, was whether it would offer series and feature films from its premium Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment subsidiaries. At a […]

Disney confirms Stars Wars & Marvel for SVOD app

The Walt Disney Company’s upcoming international SVOD service will offer Star Wars and Marvel Universe content, Bob Iger has revealed. One of the key questions over the upcoming app, which is due for launch in 2019, was whether it would offer series and feature films from its premium Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment subsidiaries. At a […]

Iger ‘open’ to extending Disney CEO run

The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger is “open” to postponing his retirement and staying in his role beyond his current 2018 exit date. The saga over Iger’s successor has been running for nearly half a decade, with the widely-respected executive previously postponing an expected 2016 retirement date to remain until June next […]

HTC invests in VR studio Steel Wool

Consumer electronics firm HTC has invested US$5 million in Steel Wool, a virtual reality development studio formed by creative veterans from Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm and Telltale Games. California-based Steel Wool said it will use the funds to help develop multiple existing “medium-pushing VR projects”, which span game, simulation, and narrative-based concepts. The first of […]

ProSiebenSat.1 nabs ‘important’ Disney content deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and The Walt Disney Company have agreed a significant multi-year agreement that gives the former new US series and movies for its free, pay and SVOD channels. The deal is a coup for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, with Disney’s output previously going out in the territory through former local partner RTL. The master-licence agreement includes […]

Sky snags exclusive Star Wars deal

Sky has acquired all six of the existing Stars Wars movies for its Sky Movies channels and on demand service. The UK pay TV platform has acquired exclusive rights to the features, which will launch on Sky Movies this summer. A 48-hour Star Wars marathon will mark the launch of the Star Wars features, starting […]

Netflix Australia inks Disney deal

Netflix has struck a deal with Disney ahead of its Australia and New Zealand launch in March to bring Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm content to subscribers in the two countries. At launch, Australian and New Zealand members will be able to watch movies including Cars, Monsters, Inc. […]