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Disney+ unveils first UK scripted productions

The Walt Disney Company EMEA has announced its initial slate of scripted UK originals for Disney+, working with a number of creators and producers as part of the company’s commitment to source, develop and produce original productions in Europe. Three UK productions have been confirmed for Disney+; one Disney-branded and two Star-branded originals. They follow the […]

April 15, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Rebel to premiere on Disney+

Drama series Rebel – the Erin Brockovich-inspired story starring Katey Sagal – will stream exclusively on Star on Disney+ from May 28th. The series tells the story of Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello – a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree who is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich. “The work that Erin Brockovich does in this world is so […]

April 9, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Analyst: LatAm at 116m SVoD subs by 2026

Latin America will have 116 million SVoD subscriptions by 2026, up from the 53 million recorded at end-2020, according to the Latin America OTT TV and Video Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Brazil will contribute 44 million to the 2026 total, followed by Mexico with 29 million. “There will be a wave […]

March 8, 2021

Star goes live on Disney+, with price rise

Disney’s SVoD platform, Disney+, has rolled out its new Star brand in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore. Fully integrated into Disney+ in these markets, Star has its own dedicated brand page featuring a collection of general entertainment movies, television, documentaries and more, along with Star-branded exclusive originals and local productions being created for […]

February 23, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Malaysia losing €610m annually from piracy

Malaysia’s media and entertainment industry is losing RM3 billion (about €610 million) annually due to digital piracy, and local players have appealed to Malaysia’s government to update existing regulations. Malaysia’s media producers and broadcasters say current rules do not protect copyright holders. They have pointed out that the government is losing out on hundreds of […]

February 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Survey: Viewers turning to nostalgic TV for comfort

To mark the launch of Star on Disney+ on February 23rd, Radio Times has conducted a survey revealing how lockdown has impacted its readers’ TV viewing habits. Over 6,600 TV fans from across the UK took part in the survey, sharing some of their memorable moments from iconic series such as Lost, Family Guy and […]

February 22, 2021

Stewie Griffin The Mandaorian, introduce Disney+ parental controls

As Disney+ prepares to launch Star, and with it a slew of more adult-orientated content, the platform has enlisted Stewie Griffin of Family Guy fame and The Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal to help spread the information around the new parental controls services available. To make sure Disney+ remains suitable for audiences of all ages, the […]

February 22, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Disney+ unveils European originals

Disney has announced a slate of ten European productions for its Disney+ streaming platform. The projects, which span Germany, France, Italy and The Netherlands, mark the start of Disney’s plan to commission 50 productions in Europe by 2024. Diego Londono, EVP, Media Networks and Content, The Walt Disney Company EMEA commented: “Our commissioning strategy showcases […]

February 16, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Disney+ hits 95m subs

Disney+ has signed up nearly 95 million subscribers in just over a year. Disney’s latest quarterly results showed continued meteoric growth for the SVoD platform, which first launched in November 2019. Disney+ had 94.9 million paid subscribers as of January 2nd 2021, compared to 86.8 million in early December 2020. Disney+ far exceeded the company’s […]

February 12, 2021

Al-Qassab heads Disney+ EMEA marketing

The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has announced the appointment of a new leadership position in its direct-to-consumer business to head up the marketing function for Disney+. The Disney+ SVoD service has seen rapid growth in EMEA, with the service already available in 17 markets and more country launches to follow […]

February 4, 2021