Disney+ Hotstar

Disney+ Hotstar takes ‘Dead Pixels’ into India with Tamada Media

Disney+ Hotstar in India has ordered a remake of BBC Studios (BBCS) comedy Dead Pixels. The Telugu adaptation will be a six-parter and is being produced by BBCS India and Tamada Media, with animation by Keyframe Studios. Aditya Mandala directs, with Akshay Poolla attached to write and Niharika Konidela, Harsha Chemudu, Sai Ronak, Akshay Lagusani […]

Disney+ Hotstar & Banijay expand reality with Bollywood star Malaika Arora

Indian streamer Disney+ Hotstar has ordered Moving In With Malaika, a new reality series following the daily life of actor and model Malaika Arora. The series will give Arora’s fans access to “her past, present, and future” through “unfiltered conversations” and guest appearances from her friends and family as they “spill the tea” on what […]

Disney+ Hotstar snags Korean, Turkish & Spanish shows from Gary Pudney’s O4 Media

Disney+ Hotstar has struck a deal with Gary Pudney’s O4 Media for a raft of international programming across scripted and unscripted. The deal includes 14 shows in three different languages – Korean, Turkish and Spanish – which will become available from August and will “introduce hundreds of hours” of programming dubbed into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. […]

Disney hires Google veteran to lead streamer Disney+ Hotstar in India

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in India, including […]

Opinion: Atwater Capital’s Carol Lim on private equity’s interest in local language

Carol Lim, principal at US-based investment firm Atwater Capital, explains why streaming giants must think globally when making their investments in local language content. The influx of private equity capital into the media and entertainment sector has garnered significant attention of late. What has been less well documented, however, is how much of this capital […]

Disney+ Hotstar remakes BBC Studios format ‘Doctor Foster’ in Indonesia

Disney+ Hotstar is remaking UK drama Doctor Foster in Indonesia. The show will be produced by Screenplay Films and based on the BBC Studios scripted format, which tracks a trusted doctor whose life implodes when she uncovers her husband’s infidelity. The show will be known as Mendua (Between Two Hearts) and is being directed by Pritagita Arianegara (Surga […]

Disney to surpass Netflix Southeast Asian subs by end of 2021

Disney+ Hotstar is expected to overtake Netflix in the Southeast Asia region by the end of the year. According to TBI’s sister research house Omdia, the regional version of Disney’s streaming service, which incorporates the existing Hotstar brand, will surpass Netflix for subscribers in 2021. The report notes that successful launches in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia […]

Netflix & Disney+ Hotstar account for 78% of SVOD revenues in India, after surge in subs

Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar accounted for 50% of all SVOD subscribers in India in 2020 and almost 80% of subscription revenues in the country, according to data revealed today. The findings, which come from Omdia’s latest 2021 Online Video Market and Consumer Trends Report, found that online video subscriptions revenue grew by 142% in India […]

India’s Disney+ Hotstar expands ‘Special Ops Universe’

Indian streamer Disney+ Hotstar has announced plans for Special Ops Universe, a multi-project franchise based around its recent spy thriller Special Ops. Neeraj Pandey will return to helm the project, which will include Special Ops Season 1.5: The Himmat Story, revealing the backstory of Kay Kay Menon’s character Himmat Singh from the original show. Creator […]