FuboTV Signs Disney Distribution Pact

The fuboTV streaming service has finally nabbed ESPN for its sports-focused package offerings, while also retrieving a slew of Disney entertainment channels, including FX and NatGeo, after they were dropped following The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets last year.

Disney Pledges $5M To Social Justice Causes

Disney Gets Analyst Downgrade

Imperial’s David Miller cuts his rating to “underperform,” arguing stock gains have been “due simply to excitement around the prospects of the domestic theme parks re-opening.”

Disney, CBS Hit With ‘Criminal Minds’ Suit

Criminal Minds may be off the air now, but the Walt Disney Co., CBS and a Pretorian guard of executives from the long running series are now looking down the barrel of a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

NBA Talking About Resuming Season In Orlando

The National Basketball Association is having what it terms “exploratory conversations” with the Walt Disney Co. about resuming its postponed season. The league issued a statement Saturday on its Twitter account. If the talks bear fruit, the season would resume in late July at Disney’s ESPN complex in Orlando, Fla., as a “single site for an NBA campus for games, practices, and housing,” the statement said.

Disney Taps Campbell To Head Streaming

Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a less-traveled road the to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has stations in New York, Los Angeles and six other markets.

Disney Raises $11 Billion In New Debt

The Walt Disney Co. has raised nearly $11 billion in a new debt offering as it continues to deal with the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on its worldwide businesses.

EARNINGS CALL

ABC Ad Rev Rose Ahead Of Virus Impact

In Disney’s fiscal second quarter, broadcasting revenues increased 49% to $2.8 billion, largely due to the consolidation of assets acquired from 21st Century Fox, but also due to gains at the legacy broadcasting operations. In addition to the previously mentioned ad sales gain, ABC also benefitted from higher affiliate revenue (retrans for the O&O stations and network reverse-comp). But things are much more complicated in this current quarter.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Disney Takes A Hit From COVID-19

Disney managed to muscle out a fiscal second quarter with total revenue of $18 billion edging Wall Street estimates, but adjusted earnings per share fell far short of the bar, showing the toll of COVID-19. Adjusting for items, earnings came in at 60 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting 88 cents a share and revenue of $17.81 billion, according to Refinitiv. Disney has been among the hardest-hit entertainment companies during the pandemic.

For Disney, A Stricken Empire

The entertainment conglomerate’s vastness, once its strength, has posed a challenge during the pandemic.

Disney Heir Criticizes Company Over $1.5B Bonuses As It Cuts Pay

Disney CEO Bob Chapek Elected To Company’s Board

Disney Sets New $5 Billion Credit Agreement

In a filing Monday with the SEC, Disney said that it had signed a new 364-day revolving credit agreement with Citibank that would provide access to as much as $5 billion. The agreement, which matures on April 9, 2021, can be extended for an additional year with the lenders’ consent.

Disney World Furloughing 43,000 More Workers Due To Virus

Theme park workers will be able to keep their medical, dental and life insurance benefits for the length of the furlough period, or up to a year. Seniority and wage rates will remain unchanged for the workers whose furloughs start April 19

Bob Iger Is Fighting For Disney’s Life

The former CEO thought he was riding into the sunset. Now he’s reasserting control and reimagining Disney as a company with fewer employees and more thermometers.

Disney+ Subscriptions Pass 50 Million

Disney announced on Wednesday that Disney Plus, its new video service, now has more than 50 million subscribers. That’s almost twice as many as Disney reported on Feb. 4, when it said in its 1Q earnings that Disney+ reached 26.5 million subs during the quarter. Shares of Disney jumped as much as 7% on the news in after-hours trading.

Bob Iger To Forgo Disney Salary, Execs Take Pay Cuts

The Walt Disney Co. said on Monday that executive chairman Robert Iger will forgo his entire salary and recently named CEO Bob Chapek will take a 50% pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to an email from Chapek sent to employees obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney’s Credit Rating Revised Over Virus

Fitch Ratings has put The Walt Disney Co. on credit watch, with a negative outlook, over concerns about how the Hollywood studio will weather the coronavirus outbreak in the near term.

Disney Shares Coronavirus Ad Strategy

Mmedia companies have begun to formulate their short-term ad sales strategies, with Disney becoming the first to publicly share its plans. They include pointing its live sports advertisers to other programming in its portfolio, including Good Morning America and its Freeform original series.

Disney Wants To Sell TrueX

Walt Disney is looking to sell TrueX, an advertising-technology company it absorbed as part of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets last year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Disney Shareholders Push Back Against Exec Pay

A large minority of Walt Disney Co. shareholders who cast votes at the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday opposed the company’s executive pay plan, Disney said. Disney said 46% of votes were cast against the plan and 53% in favor of the plan, with 1% abstaining. The vote is advisory and non-binding.

Fox, Others Pull Out Of Media Conference

Fox Corp. said it will be skipping the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference where Lachlan Murdoch was scheduled to present Wednesday. It said the decision “was made out of an abundance of caution due to evolving public health concerns regarding COVID-19.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Wehne, who were going to present today, were also no-shows. Disney executive chairman and until recently CEO Bob Iger was also slated for today but Disney canceled.

How Disney Veteran Bob Chapek Emerged From Dark-Horse Status To Take CEO Job

How Bob Iger Grew Disney Into A Goliath

After transforming ABC, Disney’s outgoing CEO made four big acquisitions that changed the company forever.

What You Need To Know About Iger And Successor Chapek

Bob Iger transformed Disney during his 15-year tenure as CEO; now he’s handing the reins to Bob Chapek, who led the company’s parks division for nearly five years.

Disney Downplays Surprise, Timing Of Chapek Succeeding Iger

At Disney, Iger Steps Down, Chapek Steps Up

In a surprise announcement Tuesday afternoon, Walt Disney Co. said longtime CEO Bob Iger was stepping down immediately, to be succeeded by Bob Chapek, most recently chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products business. Iger will remain executive chairman through the end of his contract on Dec. 31, 2021. Besides leading the board, Iger said he will spend more time on Disney’s creative endeavors.

Questions Remain For Disney Plus, Hulu Amid Iger-Chapek Transition

Disney Names Bob Chapek CEO

The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the longtime head of its theme park division would become the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Bob Chapek, a 27-year veteran of Disney, will take over from Robert Iger, who will become the company’s executive chairman and will continue to oversee what the company’s announcement called its “creative endeavors.”

Coronavirus Fears Hit Media Stocks

Media stocks and all major U.S. stock market indices were slammed Monday morning as coronavirus concerns heightened. Walt Disney was down 3.8% to $133.71, while ViacomCBS lost 4% to $27.13 and Sinclair Broadcast Group fell 5% to $27.47. In digital media, Google gave up 3.7% to $1,430, while Facebook was off 3.6% to $202.64, Amazon was down 3.5% to $2,022, Netflix sank 3.4% to $367.48, Apple was off 3% to $303.53, and Roku went backwards 3.6% to $115.09.

EARNINGS CALL

Retrans Grows For ABC As Ad Sales Slip

Disney’s legacy ABC businesses were down for the quarter, although the company didn’t offer specific details. A bright spot was an increase in affiliate revenue (retrans for the O&O stations and the ABC Network’s share of what affiliates received), which was attributed to higher rates. But the broadcasting segment had lower advertising revenues for the quarter, with ad sales down for the O&Os and a drop in average network viewership.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Disney Plus Has 26.5M Subscribers

The company says it has 26.5 million Disney Plus subscribers as of Dec. 28, the end of its first fiscal quarter. The service launched in November, and Disney has positioned it as the future of the company as more people drop their cable subscriptions in favor of online video services like Netflix. The company’s broadcasting arm’s revenue rose 34% to $2.6 billion.

Scopely Buys Disney’s FoxNext Games, Maker Of Marvel Strike Force

Disney Drops Fox From 20th, Searchlight

20th Century Fox, a name and klieg-lit logo that stretches back 85 years in Hollywood, is dropping the word Fox, a move that may prevent consumers mistakenly thinking the movie studio has anything to do Rupert Murdoch’s polarizing Fox News media empire. It also dropped the Fox moniker from art-house sibling Fox Searchlight.

The Rise Of Iger: Disney Stock Is On Fire

It’s been a magical year for Disney. The stock is up nearly 35%. The movie studio already has six billion-dollar box office smashes, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker potentially becoming the seventh. And the Disney+ streaming service launched to rave reviews and made “Baby Yoda” a pop culture phenomenon. So what can Disney CEO Bob Iger, who Time recently named its Businessperson of the Year, possibly do for an encore?.

Bob Iger Scores Successful Shift To Streaming

There are more than 10 million reasons why The Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger is Multichannel News’s executive of the year for 2019. The first 10 million are the larger-than-expected number of people who signed up for the Disney+ streaming service on Nov. 12, the first day it was available.

Disney Loses Early Effort To Stop Suit

Christmas might not feel so merry for the Walt Disney Co. this year after a hearing this morning on the potential class action pay equity lawsuit from 10 female employees of the House of Mouse did not go to a happy place for the Bob Iger-run company.

Televisa Wins Injunction On Disney-Fox Deal

Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa won an injunction against Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets in Mexico, but Mexico’s market regulator said on Thursday that the ruling would not stall the deal.

Bill Nye Headed To Trial Against Disney

A Los Angeles judge trims Nye’s profits lawsuit but will allow the TV star to pursue punitive damages.

Disney+ Warns Viewers That Old Movies May Have ‘Outdated Cultural Depictions’