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. […]

Star Wars Rebels movie debuts on-demand

The Walt Disney Company is further leveraging its acquisition of Lucasfilm by debuting animated hour-long movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on-demand next month. The film will be available to verified users on and the WATCH Disney XD app in the US on September 29. It will then launch on Disney Channels around the […]

Netflix closes Canadian Disney movie deal

The Walt Disney Company movies will hit Netflix in Canada eight months after they leave theatres under terms of a new pact. This means Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios films in the territory. The deal […]

Disney starts work on Star Wars special and series

Disney-owned Lucasfilm has started production on a new Star Wars special and TV series, Star Wars Rebels. A one-hour special on Disney Channel will be followed by a full series on the boy-skewed Disney XD channel. The special will go out in autumn 2014 in the US. The creative team attached to the new project […]

Lucasfilm kills Clone Wars, taking Star Wars in new direction

Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise and which was bought by Disney for US$4 billion last year, has cancelled its Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and postponed the Star Wars Detours project. The studio said that it is looking at a whole new Star Wars series set in an entirely new time […]

Sky and Disney launch pay TV channel

UK pay TV platform BSkyB and Hollywood Studio Disney are launching a pay TV channel Sky Movies Disney. The new channel will have new and classic Disney and Pixar movies and marks the first time Disney has ever been involved in a co-branded linear movie channel. Sky has a longstanding output deal with Disney and […]

Starz inks huge content deal with Sony

US cable network Starz has inked a huge multiyear programming deal with Sony Pictures. Neither side would comment, but TBI understands that the agreement for first-run rights to Sony’s features is likely to be worth up to US$2 billion over its full course. The deal gives premium channel operator Starz exclusive access to the Sony […]