Search

By Julia Alexander August 29, 2019 | Streaming subscribers became accustomed to binging shows. But powerhouses like Disney, Apple, and Hulu are looking to change the game again by taking the opposite strategy with their streaming services. If Netflix turned patience into a forgotten virtue, its competitors are trying to bring it back. At Disney’s biannual D23 Expo executives revealed that episodes...

By Paul Bond August 13, 2019 | Media Networks is Disney’s largest business, but it is forecast to grow just 14 percent over the next five years as cord-cutting takes its toll, courtesy of streamers like the one Disney will launch, says Michael Morris of Guggenheim Securities. In the same five years, Disney’s smallest segment, Direct-to-Consumer and International, is expected...

By Ben Munson August 9, 2019 | Pitting Netflix against Disney in a good old-fashioned donnybrook for the U.S. streaming market is good fun, but not a realistic depiction of the industry. At least, not until the Disney+ bundle showed up. This week Disney+ confirmed its long-speculated streaming service bundle, which will include Disney+ (launching Nov. 12), Hulu with ads and ESPN+...

by Matt Donnelly July 20, 2019| In a triumphant return to the San Diego Comic-Con main stage, leadership at Marvel Studios managed some splashy surprises and showed off risky creative bets for the next two years of content coming from the superhero operation. But the biggest takeaway from the Saturday presentation inside Hall H was how important Marvel will make Disney Plus, the new digital streaming product and...

By Nellie Andreeva July 8, 2019 | A new deal template, which is being floated by the recently formed Disney TV Studios as well as sibling FX Prods., will eliminate all that. I hear Disney TV studio executives have been informing agencies and producers of a new compensation model they are looking to employ across the board for broadcast, cable...

By Beejoli Shah and Jessica Toonkel June 21, 2019 | In a sign of how Hulu’s programming decisions have shifted since Disney took control of the streaming service, Hulu executives have begun telling outside studios that Disney will likely have partial ownership in most shows Hulu buys, according to multiple studio executives and Hollywood agents. In recent weeks, Hulu executives have told outside...

By Joe Flint and Micah Maidenberg May 14, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. have struck a wide-ranging deal that turns operational control of Hulu over to Disney and gives Comcast the option to sell Disney its stake in the streaming-video service. Under the deal, Comcast can require Disney to purchase the one-third stake its NBCUniversal subsidiary owns in Hulu as...

BY TODD SPANGLER May 1, 2019 | Disney has hired Michael Cerda, former chief product officer of Goldman Sachs’ Marcus online consumer bank division, as VP of product for Disney+. Cerda will be responsible for the end-to-end Disney+ consumer experience across mobile and connected-TV devices for the subscription-video service, which is slated to launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12...

By Alex Sherman April 25, 2019 | Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu, but that doesn’t make the decision to sell its minority stake in the company any easier. Disney and Comcast are holding talks about working out a deal for Comcast’s 30% stake, according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast is now...