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NBCU seeks to match rivals’ international revenues

NBCUniversal will seek to bring its domestic to international revenue split in line with rival US media giants 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in the next decade. NBCU CEO and senior executive VP of parent Comcast Steve Burke said NBCU made around 20% of its revenues from the international market, which was […]

Multimedia Polska in new deal with Disney

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has struck a new agreement with The Walt Disney Company Poland for the distribution of Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Marvel Studios films and animation content as part of its video-on-demand offering.  The deal takes forward an agreement signed in January that saw Multimedia Polska agree to carry channels Disney Junior, […]

Apple reportedly planning autumn web TV launch

Apple is reportedly planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple is in talks with US programmers and plans to offer a “slimmed-down” cable-style bundle of roughly 25 channels that will be available to view across Apple […]

Staggs in pole for Disney CEO role

Thomas Staggs has been named COO of The Walt Disney Company, positioning him as likely successor to incumbent Bob Iger. Staggs assumes the role while retaining his post as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman until a replacement is found. The move means he is know perfectly positioned to succeed Iger in mid-2018, when his […]

Relativity bid threatens Disney’s Maker takeover

LA film firm Relativity Media is looking to hijack The Walt Disney Company’s takeover of leading multichannel operator Maker Studios, a report claims. Relativity, which has been pushing into television under the guidance of Ryan Kavanaugh, has offered Maker US$500 million in stock and an additional US$400 million subject to financial targets being met, according […]

Disney Channel launches on German free TV

Germany’s latest competitor in the children’s free-to-air channels market has arrived. Disney Channel launched on Friday as the newest entrant in a market that already includes Super RTL and KiKA. Disney Channel was previously available on pay TV in Germany, but The Walt Disney Company decided to make the move some 18 months ago after […]

Disney brings on-demand services under ABC Studios banner

Disney is rebranding its on-demand services as part of a wider initiative to have ‘ABC Studios’ as an umbrella brand for its content products and services. Catherine Powell, senior VP, Media Distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, told DTVE’s sister publication, TBI, that moving forward SVOD platforms that want Disney-distributed content will be sold […]

Hulu parents scrap sale, inject US$750 million

Hulu’s US broadcaster owners have scrapped the sale of the streaming website for a second time and will instead recapitalise it, though reports say they remain in talks with Time Warner Cable over a 25% stake. The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox on Friday revealed they had decided against selling Hulu to the […]