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 …

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 …