Tag Archives: ESPN

Disney Spokeswoman Addresses 4-Hour Network Outage

You may have noticed on Friday, July 6, that multiple Walt Disney Company websites were not working for about four hours. According to the Orlando Sentinel, this was a widespread problem affecting a variety of Disney related content including the Walt Disney World website, the Disney Cruise Line website, ESPN’s website, and more. The outage lasted between […]

Summary of Announcements Made at Today’s ESPN Upfront Presentation

This morning at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City, ESPN is holding their 2018 Upfront presentation. Below is a look at the announcements and highlights of the upcoming programming: Basketball: A Love Story Coming this October from ESPN Films. A mosaic of 60+ short stories featuring some of the sport’s biggest stars. Epic project explores the complex […]

ESPN+ and UFC Reach Multi-Year Media Agreement

The Walt Disney Company has reached a multi-year media agreement with the mixed martial arts organization UFC. Starting in January 2019 the programming will be viewed via the new direct-to-consumer streaming service ESPN+, ESPN’s television platforms, as well as social and digital platforms. ESPN President and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks Jimmy Pitaro said of […]

Disney Announces Agreement with Twitter for Content and Advertising

The Walt Disney Company announced today a new partnership to create both live content and advertising opportunities on the Twitter platform. The deal extends to the entire Disney portfolio, but it appears that ESPN will be the first division with new content. Both this afternoon and later this week, ESPN will be announcing new live […]

Disney to Launch ESPN+ Streaming Service This April

The first streaming service developed as part of The Walt Disney Company’s new focus on direct-to-consumer media now has an official launch date and subscription cost. Beginning on April 12th of this year, ESPN+ will offer customers an array of live sports, original content, and an on-demand sports library for $4.99 a month. ESPN+ was […]

Disney CEO Bob Iger Names New President for ESPN

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has named James Pitaro as the new president of ESPN effective immediately. Pitaro was serving as the Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. According to Iger, “Jimmy is a talented and dedicated leader with the right strategic vision, relentless drive and passion for […]

Disney CEO Bob Iger Hints at Tiered Pricing for Streaming Services

During the 1st quarter earnings call earlier this month, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger talked about a $4.99 for ESPN Plus, the new streaming sports service that’s set to debut soon. Now, Iger is suggesting that the ESPN service, as well as the still unnamed Disney entertainment service, may adopt a tiered pricing structure. […]

CNN President Jeff Zucker Speculated About for ESPN Leadership Role

Since the early December resignation of ESPN head John Skipper, numerous possible candidates for a replacement have been discussed. The newest addition to that list is CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who multiple outlets claim has been in talks with Disney regarding the position. According to CNN, Zucker is staying where he is. Initially reported by […]

ABC Sports Broadcast Legend Keith Jackson Dies at 89

Keith Jackson, one of the most notable voices in college football, passed away Friday night at the age of 89. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO for The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement released by ESPN: “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football. When you heard his voice, you knew it was […]

ESPN’s Executive Vice President Says Password-Sharing is Piracy

Digital content via Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and other streaming services has become a large market for how people consume media. Often times friends and family share their passwords for these services, but now Justin Connolly, an executive vice president of ESPN, says that password-sharing should be considered piracy. He said to Bloomberg, “It’s people […]