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Disney creates new global division ahead of streaming service launch

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 has been named at the chairman of the new unit, Disney direct-to-consumer and international. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, its […]

Sky to add Netflix to new pay TV pack

Sky is to bundle subscription video-on-demand service Netflix as part of a new Sky pay TV subscription package in Europe. Customers with Sky’s next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in […]

Disney to close its Movies Anywhere service

The Walt Disney Company is to shut down its Disney Movies Anywhere service. However Movies Anywhere customers will be able t6o transfer their downloaded films to an updated 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 […]

Comcast looking again at Fox after higher bid was rejected – report

Comcast made an offer last year for 21st Century Fox that was significantly higher than Disney’s successful bid, and may make a fresh move to acquire the company, or its European pay TV arm Sky, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, reports that Comcast made a bid for Fox that […]

New CEO to succeed Moore at National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Society (NGS) boss Gary Knell will be the next CEO of National Geographic Partners (NGP). He will succeed Declan Moore, who has the run the business since its inception two years ago. NGP came into being in September 2015 when 21st Century Fox took control of its programming joint venture with NGS, which […]

Higher ratings drive ROI, Disney study confirms

US series with a 1.0 or higher rating deliver twice the return on investment (ROI) than those that rate 0.4 or below, a study from The Walt Disney Company shows. While it is no surprise that better ratings equals more revenue, Disney-ABC Television Group claims its report is among the only studies that have quantified […]

Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

Telefónica and Disney to launch new Movistar Disney channel

Spanish pay TV operator Movistar and Disney have struck a deal that will see a new channel – Movistar Disney – launch on the Movistar+ platform in December. Movistar – the brand name for Telefónica’s consumer service – and Disney will create what is the second international service co-branded between Disney and a TV platform […]

Disney begins ABC staff cuts

The Walt Disney Company has begun a round of staff cuts that will see up to 200 Disney-ABC Television Group staff lost their jobs. Disney has been looking to make saving of around 10% in annual costs and it was expected around 300 jobs could go. However, the figure is likely to be less. Most […]

Iger to exit Disney CEO post in 2019

Bob Iger will step down as chief executive of The Walt Disney Company in 2019, and claims this time it’s really happening. The Disney CEO confirmed his exit plan at a Vanity Fair event yesterday, adding: “This time I mean it.” That was in reference to previous exit plans, which include an aborted 2016 attempt […]