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ABC News Launches Studio to Expand Documentary Efforts

ABC News is doubling down on documentaries and docuseries, launching a new non-fiction division called ABC News Studios. The studio already has 15 series in various stages of production, as well as 3 feature-length documentaries, which will live under the ABC News Films banner. “It really felt like there was a much bigger opportunity for […]

‘Ms. Marvel’ Takes Viewers Away From the Bombarding MCU Action — And That’s a Great Thing

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the stakes have only been getting greater and greater since Iron Man’s debut in 2008. In Avengers: Endgame, fans saw the culmination of Kevin Feige’s multiphase master plan, in which every hero across the galaxy came together to defeat their most powerful foe yet: Thanos. But in Ms. Marvel, Kamala […]

Bob Chapek’s Sun Valley Challenge: Define His Vision for Disney

This week Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek, joined by dozens of others representing the business and political elite, is in Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual Sun Valley Conference, hosted by the boutique investment bank Allen & Co. Instead of conducting business next to the wood-paneled walls of the bank’s New York office (many […]

How to Watch ‘Big Hero 6’ Sequel Series ‘Baymax!’ Online

San Fransokyo’s friendly inflatable health care companion is back. Eight years after Big Hero 6 premiered in theaters, Baymax! returns the film’s cuddly star (voiced by Scott Adsit) to the small screen tomorrow on Disney+. The filmmakers of the Oscar-winning 2014 movie are behind the new sequel series, which also stars Maya Rudolph as the voice of […]

How ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Brilliantly Bridges Gap Between Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness’ Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Character

[This story contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.]  Hello there. Come here, my little friend. Don’t be afraid. For years, Star Wars fans have wondered about the gap in which Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi. And thanks to the most recent Star Wars miniseries on Disney+, viewers have a far better understanding […]

How ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Deepens the Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker

[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi.]  The emotional stakes of Obi-Wan Kenobi were enormous — even if much of the outcome was already known. Throughout the Disney+ Star Wars miniseries, it isn’t the threat of life or death that set viewers’ hearts racing, but the journey to better understand the […]

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi:’ All the Questions Answered in “Part V” of the ‘Star Wars’ Series

[This story contains spoilers from Obi-Wan Kenobi “Part V.”]  There is a wish list among Star Wars fans of what they hoped to see in Obi-Wan Kenobi, and this week’s episode checked a big box with a lightsaber dash. Within seconds of the opening of “Part V,” the penultimate episode of the Disney+ series treated […]

Disney+ Could Hit $1.8B In Ad Revenue by 2025, Netflix May Reach $1.2B, Analyst Estimates

With streaming giants Netflix and Walt Disney planning to roll out advertising tiers with lower subscriber prices, MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson has shared his estimates for how much ad revenue the companies may bring in over the coming years. Disney+ could generate $1.8 billion in U.S. ad revenue by 2025, with Netflix reaching $1.2 billion, […]

Disney Drops French Theatrical Release for ‘Strange World,’ Angering Local Exhibitors

Disney’s decision to drop a French theatrical release for Strange World and put Don Hall’s animated action-adventure movie directly onto its streaming platform Disney+ in the territory has French exhibitors up in arms. France’s National Cinema Federation (FNCF) protested the move on Wednesday, calling it “a losing choice for everyone” that would “seriously undermine the […]

How ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Is Fixing ‘Star Wars’ Plot Holes While Developing New Galaxy Lore

Thus far, Obi-Wan Kenobi has seen no shortage of intensity, surprises and emotional nostalgia — along with a lot of lore and Easter eggs for fans to unpack. And despite the fact most viewers know how it all ends — Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s iconic final showdown in Star Wars: Episode IV — the […]

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: Inside the Rip-Roaring Fan Screening at Star Wars Celebration

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi.]  The first day of Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center concluded Thursday evening with thunderous applause and excitement as fans gathered for the world premiere of the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Announced earlier that day at the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase, […]

Disney’s Next Streaming Deal Brings National Geographic and Disney+ Closer Together (Exclusive)

There aren’t many subscription offerings that combine a 134-year-old print magazine brand with a 3-year-old streaming video service, but National Geographic and The Walt Disney Co. are giving it a try. National Geographic, which counts Disney as its majority owner, is launching a new subscription deal that combines a Nat Geo digital membership, print issues […]