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Disney pulls content from Netflix to launch own SVOD offering

The Walt Disney Company is pulling all of its movies from Netflix in order to launch its own branded SVOD service. Disney has had an first window pay TV output deal with on-demand market leader Netflix since 2012, but will not renew when the agreement ends in 2019. Instead, it will play its future theatrical […]

Verizon linked with Disney takeover

Verizon may become the latest US telco to buy a major American content company, with a report linking it to a deal for The Walt Disney Company. The NY Post’s On the Money blog quoted sources in the banking and analyst communities suggesting a deal could be on the cards. The rumour was reported doing […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to combat illegal video and content downloads. These include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth […]

Disney CEO Bob Iger to stay on until 2019

Bob Iger has signed a year-extension to remain chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company for another year. The deal means Iger will stay in his post until July 2, 2019, and further postpones Disney making a call on his long-term successor. ABC owner Disney has been searching for Iger’s replacement for a significant […]

Disney takeover rumours cause Netflix shares to spike

Netflix’s share price rose 4.14% on talk The Walt Disney Company is preparing a takeover attempt. A report from Wall Street newswire MarketWatch claimed Disney is circling new assets, and has set its sights on Netflix. This closely follows reports of Disney considering a takeover of social media platform Twitter, largely due to its growing video capabilities. Buying […]

Time Warner investment values Hulu at $5.8bn

Hulu has been valued at around US$5.83 billion (€5.18 billion) after Time Warner made a multi-million dollar investment in the US streaming service. Turner and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner paid US$583 million for a 10% stake in Hulu, which already counts 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Comcast as part-owners. Former part […]

Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz exits firm

Ynon Kreiz has left Maker Studios almost a year after The Walt Disney Company acquired the US-based multichannel network. Kreiz was most recently the firm’s CEO, having initially joined as executive chairman. He will be replaced by Maker COO Courtney Holt, who will be executive VP. Disney acquired Maker for US$500 million (€455 million) last […]

Time Warner could become the latest media giant to invest in Hulu.

The Wall Street Journal reports  that Time Warner has been in talks with current owners Comcast, The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox about becoming an equal stakeholder in the platform. This would mean each of those companies, whose stakes currently sit around 33.3%, would drop down to 25%, with Time Warner also taking a […]

Vivendi revamps Watchever with branded channels, BBC Brit on board

Vivendi-owned German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has revamped its service with a new structure based around branded channels. The SVoD service, the new version of which is available from today, is offering a total of 25 branded channels across genres, that have been developed in partnership with content providers including CBS, BBC Worldwide, The Walt […]

Disney, Sky and ProSiebenSat.1 invest in VR firm Jaunt

Disney has led a new US$65 million (€58 million) funding round in cinematic virtual reality (VR) firm Jaunt, with Sky also upping its investment in the firm and ProSiebenSat.1 coming on board as an investor. The Walt Disney Company led the Series C funding round alongside Evolution Media Partners, TPG Growth and Participant Media, and […]