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Toggle scores Disney SVOD deal

Singaporean OTT service Toggle has scored a multiyear SVOD deal with The Walt Disney Company. Under terms of the pact, selected series from Disney-owned ABC Studios such as Revenge, Scandal and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will run on the MediaCorp-owned Toggle Prime branded subscription service. Furthermore, Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies such as Iron Man […]

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 […]

A+E beats Time Warner to $250m Vice stake

A+E Networks will acquire a 10% stake in hipster content brand Vice Media, beating off competition from Time Warner, according to various reports. Disney-Hearst joint venture broadcaster A+E is likely to announce the deal this week, with a value of US$250 million placed on it. This means Vice is worth US$2.5 billion, more than US$1 […]

Brazil’s Gloob inspects Pumpkin Reports

Brazilian children’s channel Gloob has pre-bought a European-Asian animated coproduction from Spanish producer-distributor Motion Pictures. The net has bought Pumpkin Reports, 6-10-targeted comedy from Motion, Italian audio post house Sample and Malaysian studio Young Jump Animation. Furthermore, it is understood Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC is set to acquire the show, which will go out via […]

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 […]

Maker Studios sibling co-founders exit

Lisa and Ben Donovan, the siblings that co-founded multichannel network Maker Studios, have exited the company. None of the original founders are now with the company following their exits. Another co-founder, former CEO Danny Zappin, left last year, and has now launched a new content company, Zealot Networks. Maker currently has around 380 million subscribers […]

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 […]

News brief: Disney UK acquire Animal Championships

The Walt Disney Company in the UK has acquired wildlife series World Animal Championships from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Produced by Blacklab Entertainment, the 52-part series has launched the Disney Channel. The series is billed as a “fast-paced, action-packed show” in which “all animals great and small go head-to-head for wildlife supremacy”. In related […]

Maker will create Star Wars, Marvel shortform content

The Walt Disney Company is planning to allow multichannel network Maker Studios to create shortform online video for Mouse House franchises such as Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger yesterday described the decision to acquire Maker for a potential US$950 million was made primarily down to the MCN’s online […]

Turner poaches distribution director from Disney

Turner Broadcasting has named Humphrey Black as its new vice-president, media distribution, EMEA. Black was previously director of channel distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for the licensing of Disney’s channels and branded video-on-demand services as well as providing strategy and developing best practice for local and regional sales teams […]