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Well, Now Bring on the Streaming Service Bundles

Disney+, Hulu, Max are teaming up. You know, kind of like a cable package

(Newser) - In a move that CNBC says is "reminiscent of the traditional cable TV bundle" of yore, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are teaming up to offer a bundle of the two companies' streaming services.
  • What's included? The bundle will include Disney's Disney+ and Hulu, and Warner Bros.

Disney Boss Addresses 'Superhero Fatigue'

Bob Iger says company is going to tamp down on Marvel franchise output to focus on quality

(Newser) - Disney had some good news to share during its latest quarterly report, including the profit its streaming services (Disney+ and Hulu) turned this time around. But CEO Bob Iger also noted during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that the company has had to contend with "superhero fatigue" around...

'Most Expensive Corporate Proxy Fight' Ever Is Over

Peltz loses bid for board seats after expensive proxy battle

(Newser) - Disney held its annual shareholder meeting Wednesday—and CEO Bob Iger prevailed in a long-running battle over board seats. Shareholders voted to re-elect all 12 of the company-backed board members, including Iger, Variety reports. They rejected a slate that included activist investor Nelson Peltz of investment firm Trian Partners and...

Deal Ends Disney's Legal Battles in Florida

Company, DeSantis allies welcome 'new chapter'

(Newser) - The long-running legal battle between Disney and allies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is over—in the Florida courts, at least. The board of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, installed by DeSantis to oversee Disney's special tax district, has agreed to a settlement that will end numerous legal...

Disney's Activist Investor Slams 'Woke' Marvel Films

'Why do I need an all-Black cast?' Nelson Peltz asks in interview with 'Financial Times'

(Newser) - Black Panther's target demographic isn't necessarily the white octogenarian set, and you can count Disney activist investor Nelson Peltz as not a fan of the highly rated 2018 action-adventure flick. Peltz recently gave a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times in which he criticized a too "woke"...

Replica Disney Haunted Mansion Up for Grabs

Georgia home based on the plans for the original listed for sale for $2.2M

(Newser) - Disney fans have a shot to live in what is essentially a carbon copy of one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland. It's a replica of the Haunted Mansion, though this mansion can be found on the other side of the country in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of...

George Lucas Picks His Player in Disney Proxy Battle

'Star Wars' filmmaker goes to bat for CEO Bob Iger in fight against Nelson Peltz, as does Jamie Dimon

(Newser) - Nelson Peltz's hedge fund is trying to seize two seats on Disney's board of directors, but he's got some opposition, including from one of the entertainment giant's biggest single shareholders: Star Wars director George Lucas, who says he's backing the board and the leadership of...

Disneyland Looking to Make Big Changes

Disney wants to expand California theme parks, without expanding footprint

(Newser) - Walking through the frosty, snow-covered hamlet of Arendelle from Frozen or the bustling, critter-filled metropolis of Zootopia might be possible one day for visitors to Disney's California theme parks, the AP reports. That's only if Disney wins approval from local officials to expand its Anaheim resort over the...

One of Disney's Most Lucrative Characters: the 'Disney Adult'
A Look at What Makes
'Disney Adults' Tick

A Look at What Makes 'Disney Adults' Tick

'New Statesman' notes many are unwitting creations of the company itself

(Newser) - If you want to start a surefire online debate, mention the idea of "Disney adults." You know, those who regularly visit the parks sans children or remain superfans of the movies, merchandise, and characters well past childhood. Critics will say they need to grow up and get a...

Disney Announces Surprise Moana Sequel

It's coming to theaters November 27

(Newser) - A sequel to Disney's beloved Moana will hit theaters around Thanksgiving this year. Disney made the surprise Moana 2 announcement Wednesday during an earnings call, Variety reports. CEO Bob Iger says Disney was initially working on a TV series that would follow the 2016 film, but "we were...

Gina Carano Sues Over Mandalorian Firing

Elon Musk is funding the lawsuit against Disney, Lucasfilm

(Newser) - Three years after she was booted from Disney's The Mandalorian after a post comparing current-day Republicans to Jews during the Holocaust, Gina Carano is suing. Her lawsuit alleges Disney and Lucasfilm discriminated against her and wrongfully terminated her, and, as Variety reports, it uses a few "elaborate Star ...

Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain, Quickly Turns Evil

'Steamboat Willie' character gets horror film treatment

(Newser) - It's officially 2024, which means Disney's Mickey Mouse, as he originally appeared in 1928, has entered the public domain . And as was probably to be expected following 2023's slasher version of Winnie the Pooh , the character has already been turned into a cold-blooded killer via meme , video...

Brittney Griner Makes a 'Sweeping' Deal With Disney

WNBA star will tell her story in ESPN documentary, scripted series for ABC Signature

(Newser) - Practically a year to the day after she was released from a Russian prison, Brittney Griner has some big news. Deadline reports that the 33-year-old center for the Phoenix Mercury has signed a "sweeping" deal with Disney that will include not only an ESPN documentary, but also a scripted...

Disney Is Going Big With Park Expansions

'Frozen' attraction opens in Hong Kong as part of a $60B expansion over a decade

(Newser) - Hong Kong's Disneyland opened its first Frozen-themed attraction on Monday, with thousands of eager visitors turning up to experience the new rides, some lining up for hours to get an early start. Based on Disney's wildly popular Frozen animated film, the new section of the park features landscapes...

Disney Will Soon Own All of Hulu
Disney Will Soon
Own All of Hulu

Disney Will Soon Own All of Hulu

Disney will purchase Comcast's one-third stake of streaming platform

(Newser) - Disney on Wednesday announced a deal for it to purchase Comcast's one-third stake in Hulu, which would give Disney full ownership of the streaming service. The move is a long-expected one, CNBC reports, and Disney CEO Bob Iger had hinted in recent months that it could be imminent, CNN...

Julia Ormond Names Weinstein, Companies in Assault Lawsuit
Actress Sues Weinstein, Disney

Actress Sues Weinstein, Disney

Julia Ormond files case in New York under law providing temporary window

(Newser) - Julia Ormond, an actress who starred in major films in the 1990s, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 and then hindering her career. Ormond, who also accuses the Walt Disney Co., Miramax, and her former agents of knowing Weinstein was...

Disney Sued Over 'Injurious Wedgie'

Woman claims she suffered 'severe and permanent injury' on Typhoon Lagoon water slide

(Newser) - A woman is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts over "severe and permanent" injuries caused by a wedgie on a waterslide. According to the lawsuit, Emma McGuinness and family visited the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in October 2019 in part to celebrate McGuinness' 30th birthday. But while...

Disney, Charter Reach Deal Just in Time for Football Fans

Cable company's customers will be able to watch ESPN's 'Monday Night Football'

(Newser) - America's second-largest cable company has reached a deal with Disney just in time for subscribers to be able to watch the season's first Monday Night Football on ESPN. An impasse that began Aug. 31 left Charter Communications' 14.7 million customers without access to Disney channels including ESPN,...

Disney Relents After Players Say They Want Their ESPN

US Open competitors were unable to watch their rivals play because of Disney-Charter lockout

(Newser) - A lot of people complained when Disney cut off its ESPN programming from Charter Spectrum last week during a dispute over fees. But the company was listening when tennis stars such as Coco Gauff and Daniil Medvedev publicly objected to not being able to watch their rivals' matches at the...

Ex-Disney CEO: Working There Was '3 Years of Hell'
Ex-Disney CEO: Working
There Was '3 Years of Hell'

Ex-Disney CEO: Working There Was '3 Years of Hell'

CNBC reports on friction between former chief Bob Chapek, former/current chief Bob Iger

(Newser) - When Bob Chapek assumed the leadership mantle at Disney in early 2020, it was no secret there was some friction between himself and former CEO Bob Iger—and in late 2022, the Disney board fired Chapek amid criticisms of his management, and Iger came out of retirement and reassumed his...

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