Disney Plus: new streaming service launched with Marvel and Star Wars spin-offs

Entertainment giant to take on Netflix with Disney+ platform, which will also stream The Simpsons in US Disney has launched its own streaming service with the announcement of new productions, including a Marvel TV series starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki, a new Star Wars series with actors from Rogue One and US streaming rights to The Simpsons. The entertainment behemoth has been it bought 20th Century Fox last month. Disney already owned Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. The company intends to make any new film releases exclusive to its platform, and has already begun the process of pulling its content from other services like Netflix. Disney Plus will launch in the US on 12 November, at a cost of US$6.99 a …

Its genuine, you know?: why the online influencer industry is going authentic

The long read: Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industrys top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real In a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath tall, with signature silver hair was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam Futures. She chatted easily, her high, delighted voice ringing out over the roar of the hairdryers and her manner so convincingly intimate that it was possible to think she knew her followers as well as they knew her. In a group …

Apple is staffing up as it expands the News app and launches a subscription service

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. At the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino on Monday, I spotted execs from Condé Nast, News Corp, New York Media, the LA Times and other firms. Here’s my recap of the event. In sum: Apple is taking Texture, the “Netflix for magazines” app it acquired last year, and turning it into News+. Texture (which never attracted a big audience) will be shutting down at the end of May, and its users will be steered to News+. Apple is pitching access to 300 magazines, plus a select group of other outlets. “This is really important to us. We believe in …

Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disneys deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect Disney closed its while also dominating globally. Overnight this has jumped to 36% after the Fox takeover. By comparison, its closest competitor, Warner Brothers, had a 16% share last year. Expect fewer X-Men as the Marvel team comes together When Disneys deal to buy Fox was first announced Marvel fans rejoiced at the prospect of (most of) the Marvel universe being brought back together for the first time in almost three decades. Chunks of rights to franchises, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, had been sold off to different studios when Marvel hit hard times in the 1990s. The Disney deal has brought them back …

Former head of Verizon’s troubled media branch exits with massive payout

New York (CNN Business)The former head of Verizon’s ailing digital media division is set to walk away with a multimillion dollar golden parachute. But Oath hasn’t made much of a dent in the duopoly. Armstrong exited Oath’s CEO seat at the end of September and left the company entirely in December, just as Verizon announced it was forced to take a $4.6 billion writedown on Oath’s brand value. The segment was rebranded as Verizon Media in December, and in January it announced layoffs affecting 7% of its staff. Still, the digital content division is a drop in the bucket for Verizon’s overall business: The company has a market value of more than $230 billion. Last June, Verizon signaled that it …

The EUs plan to rein in Facebook and Google will do exactly the opposite | Carlos Fernandes

The proposed shake-up to copyright law will only entrench the dominance of tech giants. There are other, better ways, says Carlos Fernandes The growth of the internet and user-generated content in the past 15 years has been underpinned by speed and ease of use. The foundations for this are commonly referred to as safe harbour provisions in copyright law. This means that organisations that allow users to upload content to their websites Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook et al are not liable for copyright infringement of their users, but are required to speedily remove content after the fact, if a copyright makes a complaint. Now, through article 13 of its new copyright directive, the EU is curtailing these safe harbour provisions, and …

Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exploded into our living rooms with Fleabag, her vicious comedy about an angry, awkward woman. As it returns, Guardian writers pick their TV heroines Shonda Rhimes Who gets to be the bitch? This woman is such a rarity she is basically a unicorn. Shonda Rhimes is a black single mother who began as a freelance scriptwriter and struck gold in Hollywood when she created soapy medical drama Greys Anatomy, whose riotous success (15 seasons and counting), together with that of her political drama Scandal, made her one of the most powerful players in the business. She has her own production company called Shondaland and, most recently, scored a $150m deal with Netflix. Rhimes is a born storyteller, but …