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By Erich Schwartzel and Maria Armental February 5, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. has less than a year to go before it finds itself operating three separate video-streaming services, and Chief Executive Robert Iger offered fresh details Tuesday on how that new strategy will affect the world’s largest entertainment company. For the first time, Disney reported quarterly earnings under a new company organization that introduces a...

By Cynthia Littleton January 29, 2019 | It’s become clear to Disney watchers that Chairman/CEO Bob Iger — who says he plans to step down when his contract expires in 2021 — has staked part of his legacy on proving that the empire can strike back with Disney streaming against Netflix and the upstarts that have so dramatically disrupted Hollywood’s old...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski January 18, 2019 | The Walt Disney Co. provided investors a more detailed look at its investment in building a direct-to-consumer streaming business in financial documents filed today with the SEC. The company re-cast Disney’s results for the past three fiscal years to align with the new corporate structure created with last March’s re-organization. While the numbers aren’t new (this...

By Ben Munson December 26, 2018 | Both Disney+ and the WarnerMedia streaming service are launching in the back half of 2019. Disney+ is planning to roll plenty of library content—including its popular Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films—in with original films and series on its service. WarnerMedia is betting subscribers will pay for access to Warner Bros.’ deep archive of films...

By Natalie Jarvey December 18, 2018 | In March, the onetime Clear Channel Interactive CEO was promoted to run Disney’s newly created direct-to-consumer and international division that houses ESPN+, the upcoming Disney+ streaming service and a soon-to-be majority stake in Hulu, effectively putting him in charge of the 95-year-old company’s future and fueling speculation that he could succeed Iger when the...

By Erik Gruenwedel December 13, 2018 | Longtime Disney home entertainment executive Janice Marinelli has been promoted to president, global content sales and distribution as part of planned management changes following the media giant’s $71 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Marinelli, who had been president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, reports to Kevin Mayer, chairman of...

BY TODD SPANGLER November 30, 2018 |Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load. AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s investor day briefing Thursday. It’s potentially...

By Michelle Clancy November 16, 2018 | The Walt Disney Co plans to take the Hulu Live service global, once its acquisition deal with 21st Century Fox is finalised. That nugget was revealed during Disney’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call this week, along with plans to expand the streaming service’s original programming and possibly hike subscription prices. Read more on Rapid TV News....

By Jessica Toonkel November 9, 2018 | AT&T’s WarnerMedia has approached Comcast’s NBCUniversal to discuss ways of working together, including about licensing films or TV shows for WarnerMedia’s planned new streaming service, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The approach signals that AT&T wants to strengthen its hand in competing with Walt Disney, Netflix and other rivals. In...

By Mike Fleming Jr. October 8, 2018 |  Sources said there shouldn’t be much surprise when an announcement is made as early as later this week about the new Disney-Fox film structure. Alan Horn will be top dog. Several levels below is anyone’s guess. There are sharp executives, but they will have to wrap their arms around the fact that a large part...