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Disney ups Theresa Helmer to newly-created inclusivity role

The Walt Disney Company has promoted Theresa Helmer to a newly created senior leadership role to strengthen inclusive storytelling at the company. Helmer has been made executive director of integrated content strategy and development and in her new position will be responsible for accelerating racial and cultural diversity and inclusion in creative content for a […]

Kids round-up: Tencent Video becomes new Chinese home for ‘Shaun The Sheep’; Acamar Films makes key UK hires; ‘Dino Dana’ movie roars onto Canada’s Cineplex Store and more…

Tencent and Aardman do ‘Shaun The Sheep’ deal UK studio Aardman has signed a deal with Tencent Video to make the streaming platform the new home for Shaun The Sheep in China. The streamer will pick up all 170 x 7-minute episodes of the animated series, which is also carried by Netflix outside of China. […]

Disney shakes up African pay-TV channels operation

Disney is shaking up its channels operation in Africa following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and has handed an expanded remit to Fox Networks Group (FNG) Africa GM Evert van der Veer. According to TV With Thinus, which first reported the news, the exec will now head Disney’s media networks operation for Africa, managing […]

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, […]

Eddy Cue: Apple won’t buy Netflix or Disney

Consumer tech giant Apple will not buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look to buy […]

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 […]

BBC boss fears threat of digital giants

BBC director general Tony Hall is again attacking the threat of the US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic change” is […]

Disney shutters Movies Anywhere service

The Walt Disney Company is closing its Disney Movies Anywhere services, though customers can transfer their downloaded films to a newer service. A message on the Disney Movies Anywhere web page urged users to move their films to the Movies Anywhere digital locker service announced last year. Disney Movies Anywhere launched in 2014 as a […]

Comcast threatens Murdoch deal with £22bn offer for Sky

US cable giant Comcast has made a £22.1 billion (US$30.9 billion) bid for Sky, marking a 16% increase on 21st Century Fox’s agreed takeover price for the company. Announcing the offer this morning, Comcast said it is making a superior cash proposal of £12.50 per share and said that the proposed combination would bring attractive […]

Netflix kids films to Chinese SVOD net through Air Bud deal

Four kids films recently produced for Netflix are headed for China through a deal on-demand service iQiyi has struck with LA’s Air Bud Entertainment (ABE). The deal comprises the Pup Star franchise and others ABE has produced with The Walt Disney Company, Air Bud and Disney Air Buddies, plus the MVP franchise. ABE is a […]

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