Disney Channel

Disney poaches Paramount TV for originals

Disney Channels Worldwide has poached a Paramount Television for original programming. Dina Hillier has been named VP of original series for the Disney Channel, working on development of live-action series for multiple platforms. Hillier was previously VP of comedy development and current programming at Paramount TV, the television production arm of Viacom-owned studio Paramount Pictures. […]

ABC job cuts planned in Disney cost saving drive

The Walt Disney Company is looking to cut around 10% of annual costs at its Disney-ABC Television arm, potentially affecting 300 jobs. The ABC US broadcast network, production arm ABC Studios and ABC News are expected to take the biggest hits, with cable channels ABC News, Freeform and Disney Channel also affected. The Wall Street […]

Mediaset’s Stewart joins Sony in Italy expansion

Long-serving Mediaset buyer Zelda Stewart is to lead Sony Pictures Television’s Italian sales efforts. Stewart has been named VP of distribution, Italy, at the Hollywood studio’s international operation. She will be based in Milan, where SPT already has one office and is planning a second that will open its doors over the summer. Her appointment […]

Disney acquires Belarussian toon

Disney channels around the world have acquired a 52×3.5mins non-dialogue toon hailing from the little-known animation sector in Belarus. Disney Junior in the US is highest profile network to take Sunny Bunnies, which is from Belarus-based Digital Light Studio and sold internationally by London-based eastern Europe content specialist Media I.M. Disney CEEMEA (central and eastern […]

Disney taps Lizzie McGuire creator for family series

US cable network Disney Channel has ordered a kids- and family-focused series from the creator of Lizzie McGuire, Terri Minsky. Single-cam series Andi Mack is scheduled to launch in 2017, with a 12-year-old newcomer, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, starring as a girl whose life is turned upside down when her unpredictable older sister returns in the […]

Disney Channel buys Nelvana, Sony toon

Disney Channels Worldwide has acquired Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series, which comes from Canada’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation in the US. The 26x22mins series is based on the film franchise, which has grossed more than US$820 million at the worldwide box office. It will air on Disney Channel in the US, Europe (excluding Germany), […]

Disney Channel goes Backstage with DHX

Disney Channel has acquired rights to DHX Media’s original live action performing arts drama Backstage. The Walt Disney Company-owned network has taken rights in the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Nordics, Benelux, Germany, central and eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Backstage comes from Canadian producer Fresh TV […]

Disney Channel gets Stuck in the Middle

US cable network Disney Channel has commissioned a family comedy starring Jenna Ortega as an engineering genius who uses her inventions to navigate life as a middle child. Stuck in the Middle goes into production in November ahead of a spring 2016 debut. Ortega (Jane the Virgin) will play the middle child of seven, with […]

Disney takes eOne toon global

The Walt Disney Company will launch an animated superhero toon from Entertainment One Family around the world. PJ Masks will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the US and France 5 on September 18, after which it will roll out on Disney Junior networks globally. The preschool show, based on French author Romuald […]

Disney Channel rolling out in Canada

Disney Channel will launch in English and French in Canada next month. The channel will be run, under licence, by Canadian media giant Corus Entertainment and replace its Télétoon Rétro service. Disney Channel and its French counterpart, La Chaîne Disney, will roll out in September 1, and the launch line-up for the new services will […]

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