I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
Disney Boss Confirms Release Dates For The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, The Mandalorian And WandaVision on Disney+
According to Disney chief Bob Iger, Disney Plus’ “Star Wars” original spinoff series “The Mandalorian” is returning for Season 2 in October. He said this on the company’s earnings call on Tuesday.
Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will premiere in August, while “WandaVision” will make its debut on the streaming service in December
Iger also disclosed that Disney Plus, as of Monday, had accrued 28.6 million paying subscribers, confirming Variety’s earlier report of an expected 25 million to 30 million subs. By Dec. 28, the streamer had 26.5 million paid subscriptions, per the company’s quarterly report.
The move to create original series for the streamer has paid off, in Iger’s view. He told analysts on the call that 65% of Disney Plus subscribers who had watched “The Mandalorian” had watched at least 10 other things on the service.
“The decision that we made to go with quality and not just volume is working,” he said on the call.
Iger added that the company is working on plan to expand Hulu internationally in 2021 but at the moment, Disney Plus is a “priority.”
“We had a strong first quarter, highlighted by the launch of Disney+, which has exceeded even our greatest expectations,” said Iger in the earnings report. “Thanks to our incredible collection of brands, outstanding content from our creative engines and state-of-the-art technology, we believe our direct-to-consumer services, including Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu, position us well for continued growth in today’s dynamic media environment.”