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Disney names marketing chief for streaming service

Disney+ has hired former Jackal Group executive Joe Earley as head of marketing and operations for direct-to-consumer and international operations, marking one of its first major appointments.   The exec, who most recently served as president of Gail Berman’s Does It Spark Joy? producer, is to serve as EVP of marketing and operations for the new streaming service, […]

US MLB reportedly mulling transfer of streaming rights to teams

The US’s Major League Baseball (MLB) is leaning towards transferring domestic US streaming rights to individual teams, potentially leading to a march away from pay TV for US baseball towards a streaming-focused future, according to the New York Post. According to the paper, citing unnamed sources close to the talks, the MLB, under pressure from […]

Ampere: Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox to spend US$43bn on content in 2018

The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – […]

Disney filing places value on Hulu

Disney has valued The Handmaid’s Tale SVOD provider Hulu at around US$9.26 billion (€8.13 billion), according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing made this week. The SEC filing, submitted on Wednesday (November 21), shows that Disney made US$450 million in “capital contribution” to Hulu in 2018. The platform, in which Disney will have a 60% […]

Amazon ‘among bidders’ for Fox US sports networks

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid […]

Meo TV to add Disney Junior offering

Disney Junior BrincaAprende, a new offering from Disney for Portugal, is set to launch exclusively on the Meo TV platform between November 23 and December 31. The edutainment channel, which will be available at no extra cost to Meo customers, will aim to offer educational content based on familiar Disney characters, bringing shows such as […]

Disney reportedly in talks with Hearst over A+E Networks stake

Disney is in talks to sell off part of its stake in A+E Networks to Hearst, its joint venture partner for the network group. The Mouse is looking to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of A+E Networks to the publishing and entertainment company, according to Variety. The news arrives […]

Disney lifts lid on Disney+ streaming service, may look to buy all of Hulu

Disney has lifted the lid on its new streaming service, which will be called Disney+ and launched late next year. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the name of the service during a company earnings call on Thursday (November 8). The business has launched a website for the service, which highlights its portfolio of brands, including Pixar, […]

Disney secures EC approval for Fox deal with conditions

Disney has secured European Commission approval for its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on condition that it sells off its interest in factual channels controlled by A+E Networks. A+E Networks – a joint venture between Disney and Hearst – operates History, H2,Crime & Investigation, Blaze and Lifetime. The EC’s investigation into the merger found that […]

Murdoch: Fox could look to buy back sports networks

‘New Fox’ the part of 21st Century Fox that will remain following Disney’s acquisition of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets, could buy back the US regional sports networks that Disney must sell to secure regulatory approval for the deal, according to Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch. Speaking at the New York Times Dealbook conference […]

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