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The Walt Disney Company has lost 7 million subscribers to its cable networks in the last two years, according to a regulatory filing posted by the company Wednesday. Among the networks posting losses is Espn, which at 92 million subscribers is down from the 95 million reported in 2013. Disney Channel, Disney Xd and ABC Family, all Disney-owned, each had 4-5 million lost subscribers over the two year period, according to the company’s annual 10K report. Also Read: Will Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Gobble Up Thanksgiving Box Office? The revelation of subscriber loss comes months after Disney CEO Bob Iger inadvertently sparked a. »
- Daniel Holloway
It was in August that Disney CEO Bob Iger warned that Espn suffered "some subscriber losses," but a regulatory filing late Wednesday indicates a fairly hefty number: 7 million subscribers in two years. Disney disclosed that its most profitable TV asset has 92 million subscribers, down from 95 million a year ago and down from 99 million the year before that. In fact, as Iger acknowledged in August — a revelation that sunk the stocks of the entire industry — Disney's cable TV channels in general have been losing subscribers for two years running, presumably as consumers cord-cut or
- Paul Bond
CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves will serve as the keynote speaker at Variety’s Dealmakers breakfast on Dec. 2. The event, held in Beverly Hills, fetes the powerbrokers and kingmakers of the entertainment industry and coincides with Variety‘s annual Dealmakers Impact Report, focusing on key players driving the most significant deals in the business.
Variety’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, Claudia Eller, will host the keynote conversation in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hub International and BMW. Execs from leading talent agencies, law firms, banks and production companies will be on hand to hear Moonves discuss the state of the television industry.
“Les Moonves is one of the savviest dealmakers and sharpest executives in the industry, deeply immersed in every level of the business,” says Eller. “His decades at the top are a testament to his commitment and passion for television. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to »
- Variety Staff
In 2016 the two comic book giants cross swords like never before. But who - Marvel or DC - will claim the ultimate victory?
Throughout the decades, the battle for comic book supremacy has swung back and forth between Marvel and DC, the two publishing giants that have dominated the medium’s market since its Silver Age heyday back in the mid-50s. Whilst the perennial war of attrition between the big two has sometimes seen one company on the ropes (such as the time during 80s when Warner Bros. reportedly came close to selling DC to Marvel, or even in the 90s when an ailing Marvel declared bankruptcy), for the most part the two comic book behemoths have existed on a relatively equal footing.
However, the same cannot be said about the duo’s cinematic and television endeavours.
Whilst DC are certainly finding success on the smaller screen, »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, an update on when we’ll see the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, Suicide Squad gunning for a PG-13 rating and much, much more…
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“For the Y-m-c-a!”
Producer Charles Roven revealed this week that Suicide Squad – the film about a bunch of convicted supercriminal killers fighting other supercriminal killers – is aiming for a PG-13 rating. There’s something weirdly comforting about a world where eight-year-old kids can watch that kind of movie with parental guidance.
It seems as though nobody informed Jared Leto of this, »
- Oli Davis
This edition of The Week in Star Wars is dedicated to Daniel Fleetwood. Rest in peace good sir, and may the Force be with you. #ForceForDaniel
In this packed edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got more new footage from The Force Awakens, new images and posters for the movie, a possible first look at Supreme Leader Snoke and Admiral Ackbar, a new name for Princess Leia and a whole lot more…
It’s been a busy week for footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as we got our first TV spot over the weekend, and then we got the announcement of a special look at the movie would be shown on the Disney-owned ABC. TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes made the announcement, and then we got a promo and a second TV spot for the exclusive look that sadly offered up nothing new. »
- Luke Owen
Count ABC among the growing number of TV networks developing original programming for its own new streaming effort, but not quite like all the others are doing.
Instead of launching standalone subscription services like CBS All Access or NBCUniversal’s Seeso, the Disney-owned broadcaster is assembling a slate of series intended to live only on its WatchABC app, according to sources. The first project has already been put in development: a short-form scripted comedy starring up-and-coming standup performer Iliza Shlesinger.
An ABC rep declined to comment.
The network is also said to be using the initiative as an alternative breeding ground for productions or talent that could eventually graduate to primetime. The slate won’t be confined to scripted comedies and ABC is also considering long-form series.
Select executives at the network are already making deals with talent to be cast for what has been dubbed “ABC3” internally, though that »
- Andrew Wallenstein
If all goes as planned and Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger succeeds in bringing NFL football back to Los Angeles, the 64-year-old executive will have pulled off yet another coup in a career marked by several. So far, observers say it's not clear why Iger said yes when asked to serve as the nonexecutive chairman overseeing a proposed football stadium project in Carson, Calif., that would house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. "Why would he want to do it? He loves sports," says one associate. "And if Disney wants to keep him
- Kim Masters
Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been selected by the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders to head their proposed stadium project in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.
Iger, who will remain in his Disney posts, will serve as the non-executive chair of the joint venture Carson Holdings. In that role, he will select a president who will oversee stadium design, naming rights and fan experience.
The appointment was announced Wednesday. The NFL is holding committee meetings at its headquarters in New York City and is scheduled to hear presentations from the cities of San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland about why those markets should keep their teams.
The Los Angeles area has been without an NFL franchise since 1994, when the Rams departed for St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland. The city of Carson, already home to the L.A. Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium, »
- Dave McNary
NFL football may be returning to Los Angeles sooner rather than later, and all thanks to Mickey Mouse’s boss. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is set to lead an L.A. football stadium project for Carson Holdings, Lcc, the company announced Wednesday. The potential move would bring both the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to the country’s No. 2 media market as early as next season. While Iger would maintain his main job at the major media company in the interim — he’s under contract through 2018 — the mogul has added the role of non-executive chairman at Carson Holdings. »
- Tony Maglio
In an absolutely fantastic interview with Wired magazine, Star Wars The Force Awakens director (and co-writer) J.J. Abrams spoke candidly, passionately and honestly about his next movie which is released in just a few weeks. Maybe I'm biased, but there is really no marketing spin in this interview whatsoever. It's always been quite apparent to many Star Wars fans, that J.J. genuinely gives a fuck about what he's done and what he's about to unleash a week before Christmas. On the mystery box Abrams said I give credit to, and frankly surprisingly so, the incredible people at Disney, especially Alan Horn [chair of Walt Disney Studios] and Bob Iger [Disney CEO]. Bob’s been unbelievably collaborative and supportive of this entire process. When it came to marketing, I was expecting Disney to want to put out an overabundance of material. But they’ve been incredibly reluctant to do that. They want this thing to be an »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen happily, yet humbly, offered Disney CEO Bob Iger a bit of advice for the future during a Monday conference call. But first, the satellite company boss was sure to display a bit of modesty and humor. “I go to Bob Iger for advice,” Ergen began his answer to an analyst’s big-picture question. “He’s generally more competent than me.” Switching to the sincere, the Dish co-founder explained that the biggest thing for content providers right now — such as Iger’s Disney — is to “think long term.” “It’s easy to get to the end of the year, »
- Tony Maglio
With a little over five weeks to go until the massively-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Star Wars marketing machine is in full swing. Over the past few days we’ve had a new trailer, an international poster, and a first TV spot, and now director J.J. Abrams has been speaking to Wired about the film, the secrecy surrounding its plot, and sewing the seeds for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
On launching the Sequel Trilogy with The Force Awakens: “We wanted to tell a story that had its own self-contained beginning, middle, and end but at the same time, like A New Hope, implied a history that preceded it and also hinted at a future to follow. When Star Wars first came out, it was a film that both allowed the audience to understand a new story but also to infer all sorts of exciting things that might be. »
- Gary Collinson
It's taken a few years, but we're already less than two months away from the next entry in the "Star Wars" franchise. Like many fans, I'm crossing my fingers that nothing ridiculous or tragic will happen to me in the next month and a half. I just need to make it December 18th. It being so close to the film's release, Disney is starting to unleash its media Blitzkrieg onto the world with all things "Star Wars," and included in that barrage of content is an interview with Wired.
In that interview, director J.J. Abrams reveals a lot of details regarding the filmmaking process of "The Force Awakens" that will be sweet nectar to the ears of fans all around the world.
First off, Abrams discussed the balance in making a film that was both wholly satisfying, and a setup for things to come.
"We wanted to tell a story »
- Joseph Medina
On the surface, the annual Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art + Film gala is meant to raise lots of money for the local arts org’s film programs while also providing the city with a world-class glitterati social schmooze that attracts the biggest stars and the major moguls to the Wilshire Boulevard party. You can tick those boxes with the millions raised and the starry crowd feasting on chef Joachim Splichal‘s treats.
Showbiz moguls included Bob Iger, Arnon Milchan, Mike Medavoy, Terry Semel, Bob Daly, Brad Grey, Bob Shaye, Steve Bing, Megan Ellison, Jim Gianopulos and Brian Grazer while the talent side of the aisle included Usher, John Mayer, Chloe Sevigny, Dakota Johnson, Jason Statham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, event co-chair Leonardo DiCaprio, Julian Sands, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Walsh, who performed as a last minute substitute for the strangely absent English crooner Sam Smith. T Bone Burnett noted that Smith’s 5 p. »
- Steven Gaydos
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger signaled Thursday that his company is planning to become more aggressive in developing its own digital streaming platforms. Iger was asked during a conference call with investors following the release of Disney’s fourth-quarter earnings report about DisneyLife, the subscription video on demand app the company launched in the U.K. in October. The digital service, featuring Disney content, costs $15 a month and is expected to expand into continental Europe in 2016. Iger indicated that the product is a trial balloon and that the company will look to expand its direct-to-consumer digital business in the. »
- Daniel Holloway
Espn has started the process of laying off nearly 300 staffers as the company evaluates its “continued strategic evolution” in a changing TV landscape.
Espn chief John Skipper told employees in a memo that the Disney-owned sports powerhouse was implementing a reorganization designed to “ensure we’re in position to make the most of new opportunities to build the future of Espn.”
Bristol, Conn.-based Espn has about 8,000 employees worldwide, with 4,200 in the U.S. Espn is one of the most valuable TV properties in the world but it is not immune to the turbulence in the domestic cable business at present. Disney CEO Bob Iger sparked a Wall Street panic back in August with his acknowledgement during an earnings call that Espn would face U.S. subscriber losses in the coming years.
At the same time, the cuts of a fraction of Espn’s workforce are focused on adapting to new technologies, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Up until now, the only way of getting the full Disney experience was to hop on a plane and hit the Magic Kingdom.
However, Disney has announced plans to launch DisneyLife, a UK streaming service that will cover all content across the brand.
For £9.99 a month, users can access the full range of animated and live action movies, books, television series and music.
The complete Pixar catalogue will be included in the package but, unfortunately, Marvel and Star Wars won't be.
"This is the future, in many respects," Bob Iger, Disney's chief executive told The Financial Times.
"We're seeing more and more opportunities to reach consumers directly and not through middlemen, and we're seeing consumers wanting products in different ways."
Sky recently announced they have signed a new multi-year movie and TV deal with Disney UK & Ireland and will show Star Wars: The Force Awakens before any other TV or subscription service. »
The Walt Disney Company is preparing to launch a new digital streaming service in the UK. The company announced on Wednesday that DisneyLife will bundle thousands of Disney TV episodes, books, albums, and movies, including the Pixar catalogue and classics like “Snow White” and “The Jungle Book.” “This is the future, in many respects,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said per the Financial Times. “We’re seeing more and more opportunities to reach consumers directly and not through middlemen, and we’re seeing consumers wanting product in different ways.” Also Read: Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Might Not Break Opening »
- Joe Otterson
“I cannot say enough about how Bob Iger and Alan Horn have understood this thing that is now part of the Disney company. And they’re not trying to Disney-fy it, they’re not doing anything other than, I think, an incredibly smart thing, which is letting Kathleen Kennedy — who is a remarkable person and producer — run and lead Lucasfilm to a place where I think it wants to go. They let us make the movie we wanted to make,” director J.J. Abrams said earlier this month during a one-hour talk (watch below in full), also confirming he has final cut on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While that final cut, clocking in at two hours and 16 minutes, is still just under two months away, today brings a new preview. Disney have now released the final trailer for the film, initially premiering on Monday Night Football, along with tickets available worldwide — that is, »
- Jordan Raup
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