Walt Disney Company

Disney SVOD plans take shape

Further details of the types of content that will be placed on Disney’s upcoming SVOD service have been revealed by The New York Times. Little has been said about what Disney plans to host on its upcoming SVOD platform, but The New York Times has revealed a few details which may point at the company’s […]

Disney gets new EMEA chief

The Walt Disney Company has a new president for the EMEA region. Rebecca Campbell (pictured) will replace Diego Lerner in the post on January 1, with the latter taking on a “new role as a part of the Walt Disney management team” back in his native Argentina reporting to Disney chairman Andy Bird. Campbell is […]

ABC job cuts planned in Disney cost saving drive

The Walt Disney Company is looking to cut around 10% of annual costs at its Disney-ABC Television arm, potentially affecting 300 jobs. The ABC US broadcast network, production arm ABC Studios and ABC News are expected to take the biggest hits, with cable channels ABC News, Freeform and Disney Channel also affected. The Wall Street […]

Canal+ inks international Disney deal

Canal+ has inked a deal with Disney and will get first and second window rights to several of the studio’s series and movies for its international service. The deal with The Walt Disney Company also sees a raft of Disney channels carried on Canal+’s Overseas service. The content element of the two-part agreement covers all […]

Disney chief sidesteps Netflix speculation, weighs Trump impact

The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has sidestepped speculation around a potential move for SVOD giant Netflix, but admitted direct-to-consumer models were creating “really interesting opportunities”. Disney was linked to a multi-billion dollar deal for Netflix last month, leading to intense speculation about a takeover. Questioned directly about interest in Netflix and social media […]

Kudelski signs patent licence deal with Disney

Digital security company Kudelski Group has agreed a multi-year patent license agreement with The Walt Disney Company.  Under the deal, The Walt Disney Company gains a license to the Kudelski Group’s patent portfolio, subject to certain limitations – though specific terms of the agreement remain confidential. “The Kudelski Group continues to invest heavily in developing […]

Vubiquity acquires UK’s FilmFlex

Video platform provider and content aggregator Vubiquity has acquired UK-based white label video-on-demand provider FilmFlex. FilmFlex, jointly onwed by Sony Pictures Television and the Walt Disney Company, delivers customisable VoD storefronts for, amongst others, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Film4 and EE. According to Vubiquity, the deal will bring new licensing and digital storefront capabilities to its […]

OSN signs exclusive first-run deal with Disney

Middle East pay TV broadcaster OSN has signed a content deal with The Walt Disney Company giving it exclusive first-run subscription service rights to Disney movies, ABC Studios series and Turkish adaptations of ABC Studios series. As part of the deal, OSN has extended its agreement with Disney for carriage of Disney Channel, Disney XD […]

i24news appoints chief marketing officer

Recently-launched international news channel i24news has appointed former Walt Disney Company executive, Laurent Malek, as its chief marketing and commercial officer.  Malek will be tasked with setting up a marketing strategy that will enable the channel to “increase its awareness, distribution and ad sales globally,” said i24news. Recently Malek worked as chief business officer of […]

Hulu future in discussion

News Corp and the Walt Disney Company are reportedly in talks about their future interests in jointly held VoD site Hulu – which they co-own with Comcast. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the two firms have expressed interest in recent months about buying one another out – with a possible outcome that one […]