Disney's Investor Day: Marvel, Star Wars, and More Live Recap
On Thursday at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT, Disney is playing host to its annual Investor Day event. This year’s event is getting a special emphasis, as Disney has faced unexpected adversity this year in the face of a global pandemic which has forced its theme parks to close, movie theaters to stop showing movies, and productions to halt on its Disney+ shows. As the world looks to emerge from a difficult year, Disney and all of its subsidiary brands will be on display Thursday with a preview of what’s to come in an effort to ensure its investors that there is a bright future. Of course, this means the fans will likely come away from it with insight of the future.
Disney is expected to push Disney+ heavily during the event, emphasizing its streaming service which got of to a booming start with subscription numbers in its freshman year. Marvel and Star Wars content will likely be at the forefront of titles to be included in announcements and promises as a means to assure confidence in investors. Pixar, ESPN, Hulu, Disney theme parks, other original programming, and more will be touched on during the event.
Throughout Thursday’s Disney Investor Day event, ComicBook.com will have a live recap for those unable to attend or listen to the event. This article will be updated live, starting at 4:30pm ET on Thursday. Be sure to bookmark it and send it to friends who need to keep up! The fastest updates in the west, right here.
Start – 4:35pm ET
The virtual event start with Lowell Singer welcoming everyone to the Investor Day. “With today’ Investor Day, we aree so excited to explain why we are so excited for our direct to consumer opportunity.” Singer offered a breakdown of the schedule and promised an exciting slate of footage looking at the future of Disney content. He tossed the event to Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
“While I wish we could be together for this, I think you’ll find the presentation we have you to be truly spectacular,” Chapek said. He highlights Disney+’s success in its first year. The “DTC” business model is a priority. “Given that story telling is at the heart of eveerything we do at Disney, we’ree incredibly proud of how our stories ave been embraced by people around the world,” he explains. “More than 1 billion people have identified themselves as true fans with deep connections to our brands.” Disney+ has 86.8 million subscribers.
Chapek explains how curiosity leads the company down new paths “with smart, bold risks and strategic investments” in their future.” Chapek highlights avengers: Endgame as the biggest movie of all time. He is excited to offer a preview of what Marvel has coming.
Direct to Consumer
Kareem Daniel takes the stage. He is running through Disney’s plan to expand direct to consumer business. They are using insights from subscribers to learn how to engage with their audience. He emphasizes the value of theaters and other distribution before placing some of the products on direct to consumer services. 10 Marvel shows, 10 Star Wars shows, and 15 Disney & Pixar original shows, and 15 Disney & Pixar original films coming in the next few years.
Raya and The Last Dragon will go theaters and to Disney+ on the same say in March of 2021. Daniel hands the stage over.
Raya and The Last Dragon
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A new report indicates that Disney as met its performance goals for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. 86.8 million Disney+ subscribers, 38.8 million Hulu subscribers, and 11.5 million ESPN+ subscribers. These results have bolstered the aspirations from those programming the streaming services. Disney+ will soon launch across Eastern Europe, South Korea, and Hong Kong, among other places.
Michael Paul, President of Disney+ And ESPN+ thanks Rebecca for the hand off. He highlights the amplified reach and subscriber engagement. “I’m excited to announce today our new agreement with Comcast,” he explains. Disney+ and ESPN+ will be available on Xfinity X1. He also highlights Fortnite teaming up with Disney+ to reach Fortnite players.
Star will allow mature content like Atlanta, Die Hard, Aliens, and Kingsman to be accessed in international markets. Star+ will do the same as an independent service, with sports included, in Latin America. The attention shifts to Hulu, its successes, and areas of growth in Hulu Originals efforts. Hulu will premiere titles by 20th Century Studios and Searchlight. Hulu will soon have ESPN+ accessible through its app. ESPN+ has tripled its subscribers in a year.
ESPN+ has plans to expand wit more original programming, like Season 2 of Peyton’s Places and a talk show with Stephen A. Smith.
10-minute break before Bob Iger previews future content on a creative front.
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