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SkyShowtime appoints HBO Max & Disney execs to senior roles

Pan-European streamer SkyShowtime has appointed former HBO Max exec Roberto Soto as chief strategy officer and named Disney alum John Heinemann as general counsel. Both will join the company later this year, with Soto arriving from his role as SVP & head of growth marketing for EMEA at the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streamer, which is […]

Disney APAC partners with HYBE on South Korean music content deal

The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific has partnered with Asian lifestyle platform HYBE to bring South Korean music and entertainment content to its streaming services. The deal covers the global distribution of five HYBE titles, including two exclusive series featuring pop icons BTS, with the aim of bringing the content to the attention of global […]

Exclusive: Disney’s Orion Ross talks rights, serialised storytelling and ‘Bluey’ love

Disney EMEA is looking to commission complex, serialised animated series and “grounded” pre-school comedies, its animation chief has told TBI here at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Orion Ross, VP of original programming, animation, for Disney EMEA, added that he is looking for shows that push the boundaries of what people expect […]

Disney orders trio of new animations & extends slew of existing titles

Disney has unveiled a trio of new animated series and announced renewals and additional episode orders for a slew of existing titles at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Among the new commissions is Zombies: The Re-Animated Series, which is in production at Disney Television Animation and based upon the company’s music-led movie […]

Disney+ adds 7.9m subs in Q2, reveals $1bn cost of rights termination

Disney+ gained 7.9 million new subscribers in the second quarter of 2022 but also revealed a $1bn charge for taking back rights to shows for its fast-growing streamer. The Mouse House-owned service now claims a total of 137.7 million subs worldwide with the latest additions surpassing Wall Street expectations, which had predicted that the Walt Disney […]

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger in Chelsea Football Club bid

Bob Iger, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has been revealed as part of a bid to buy West London football club Chelsea FC. Iger, who had previously been touted as a potential buyer of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, has been named as a backer of a bid for the club from Bain […]

Disney & Nippon TV strike co-pro & content-sharing deal

The Walt Disney company has struck a co-production partnership with Nippon TV Holdings, the parent company of Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV. The agreement will see the two companies work together on local language content, including drama series, animation and variety shows, to be aired on Disney+ for both Japanese and global audiences. The deal will […]

Disney+ to launch in South Korea, Hong Kong & Taiwan as streamer hits 116 million subs

Disney+ is to roll out in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan this November. These next Asia Pacific launches for the Disney-owned global streaming service were announced at the company’s Q3 earnings call, where it was also revealed that the existing service in Japan will expand in October to include new general entertainment content. The […]

Disney to shutter 100 international channels in streaming push

The Walt Disney Company plans to close 100 international TV channels by the end of the year as it continues to shift its focus to its direct-to-consumer model and streaming service Disney+. Speaking at JPMorgan’s annual Global, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference this week, Mouse House CEO Bob Chapek revealed plans to switch off further […]

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