Disney ‘accelerating’ European focus with originals to hit 60 by 2024

Disney+ is allowing the Mouse House to “put the afterburners” on its European production efforts according to its EMEA president, who used a keynote at SeriesMania to unveil the latest details of its upcoming slate from the region. Jan Koeppen, Disney’s EMEA president, said that while the company had been known for its “big stories” […]

Disney+ greenlights action-comedy ‘Wedding Season’ for Star

Disney+ has greenlit Wedding Season, a UK-produced original romantic-comedy action series for the streamer’s Star label. The eight-part series is being produced by Dancing Ledge Productions (The Salisbury Poisonings) and Jax Media (Emily In Paris), and written and executive produced by Oliver Lyttelton. Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen and Toby Bruce will also exec produce for […]

Fox Upfront: Gordon Ramsay format & BBC drama remake slated for 2021/22

US broadcaster Fox has outlined a slew of commissions and renewals, including a new cookery format with Gordon Ramsay and a remake of a BBC scripted format. The celebrity chef will front Next Level Chef, which is being produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Studio Ramsay. The series sees contestants battle it out in one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on […]

Disney launches Hulu-based content brand for creators of colour

Disney General Entertainment (DGE) has unveiled Onyx Collective, a new content brand on streaming service Hulu for creators of colour and underrepresented voices, including Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Coogler, to be helmed by Freeform president Tara Duncan. Duncan, who has been spearheading this effort since it was first announced last year, will continue in her […]

Disney+ launches Star around world, adding thousands of hours incl ‘Lost’ & ’24’

  Disney has today launched Star, the first major expansion to Disney+ since the SVOD’s launch in November 2019. Available across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the new hub launches as a dedicated brand within Disney+. It comes with a catalogue of thousands of hours of movies and shows from Disney General Entertainment Content, […]

Disney+ unveils European hires & extensive regional slate

Global streamer Disney+ has hired two new execs in Spain and Germany to head up original productions and unveiled a slate of 10 new European commissions. Sofía Fábregas has been named as VP of original productions in Iberia, while Entertainment One exec Benjamina Mirnik-Voges has been appointed to the same role in Germany. Both will […]

Disney reveals initial UK & Ireland Star label slate

Disney has confirmed initial titles and exclusive offerings headed to its upcoming Star branded streaming offering in the UK and Ireland when it launches on Disney+ next month. Star is Disney’s new DTC general entertainment label and is set to debut in Europe and some other international markets on 23 February, offering content from ABC Studios, Fox Television, […]

Disney raids US streamer Hulu & ABC for Star’s initial content offering

Disney has unveiled some of the first titles to launch on its new Star branded streaming offering next month, including the first two so-called originals – ABC thriller Big Sky and Hulu’s romantic comedy Love, Victor – which will be shown internationally for the first time. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. […]

Disney plans $16bn content spend, 350m subs target & raft of new originals

The Walt Disney Company has announced plans to spend between $14-$16bn on content for its streamers, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, by 2024, as it revealed it has already surpassed 137 million paid subscriptions across its DTC services. Disney aims to increase this to 300-350 million subscribers by 2024 and has also set a target of […]

Disney reveals new global entertainment streamer Star, eyes 2021 roll-out

Disney is to launch a new international direct-to-consumer (DTC) offering named Star that will sit alongside its recently rolled out streamer Disney+, which has now claimed more than 60 million subscribers worldwide. The new service will launch next year and will offer general entertainment programming from across Disney’s businesses, including ABC Studios, Fox Television, FX […]

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