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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, […]

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 […]

Hulu orders Marvel pilot

US streaming service has ordered a Marvel Television pilot based on a comic book series about six teenagers who unite against their evil parents. The SVOD service has order a pilot of Marvel’s Runaways, which is a coproduction between two Walt Disney Company production companies – Marvel TV and ABC Signature. Further to that Disney, […]

Disney XD adapts Big Hero 6

Kids channel Disney XD is adapting animated feature film Big Hero 6 for the small screen. Production has begun on an animated series that will debut in 2017 on Disney XD platforms around the world. This will be based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios movie of the same name, and come from Kim Possible […]

News brief: TNT secures Marvel movie deal

US cable channel TNT has secured rights to the next five Marvel Universe movies. The Turner Broadcasting System-owned channel will broadcast films including Avengers: Age of Ultron and the third instalment of the Captain America franchise around two years after their theatrical release. “These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially […]

S.H.I.E.L.D., Hostages set for Canuck net

ABC’s superhero drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., CBS thriller Hostages and Fox comedy Surviving Jack are among the new US scripted series heading for Canadian broadcaster CTV. Marvel Entertainment-produced S.H.I.E.L.D. was perhaps the buzziest show at this year’s LA Screenings. It goes to CTV via Disney Media Distribution, which has also sold the broadcaster Bradley […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]