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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...

By Jennifer Saba September 27, 2018 | The Mouse House is about to buy Fox’s entertainment and international assets, including the Sky stake, for $71 billion. Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, has allowed discretion to conquer any ideas of valor: He plans to use the $15 billion windfall from the sale to pay down debt and invest in direct-to-consumer products, including...

By Matthew Belloni September 20, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR published 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. The Disney CEO and most powerful person in entertainment opens up...

By Ken Ziffren September 13, 2018 | There’s a lot of mystery and speculation about the new direction of the filmed entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Co.  The largest of the traditional Hollywood studios is in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer (call it “DTC,” or “Disney Play”) model. By the...

By Tim Peterson September 4, 2018 | Within one of the oldest buildings at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, resides the entertainment giant’s future. On the first floor of The Walt Disney Studios’ Animation building — two floors below Walt Disney’s old office — sits Disney’s StudioLab, the epicenter of the company’s investment in emerging technologies. Through a partnership...