Disney creates unified streaming & int’l unit

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services.

Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer (pictured) has been named at the chairman of the new unit, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, its ESPN+ direct-to-consumer offer, Disney’s shareholding in Hulu, worldwide distribution of content from the Burbank studio and US domestic channels, international networks businesses, global ad sales and tech unit BAMTech.

Also moving over is Janice Marinelli, currently president of Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Domestic Television.

She will now lead global distribution of film and television, plus the Movies Anywhere digital locker operation, and reports to Mayer.

Disney senior VP Agnes Chu, who is currently overseeing original programming for the Disney SVOD service, is moving to the new unit and will continue in her role.

 

 

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