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 USDisney has launched its own streaming service with the announcement of new productions, including a Marvel TV series starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki,…

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As growth fizzles out, it’s as if the last 10 years never happened

Flaws in the global economy that led to the 2008 financial crisis were papered over rather than dealt withLast week marked the 10th anniversary of the London G20 summit, an event that took place at the low point in the deepest slump since the 1930s, ye…

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Podcasting’s Netflix moment: the global battle for domination

With huge audience growth forecast, the race is on to lead podcast distribution Podcasting is experiencing a Netflix moment. Global hits – from the ground-breaking Serial to Up and Vanished, and TV crossovers such as Dirty John – and Spotify’s plan to …

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As government flounders, investors find a way to curb executive pay

An unlikely hero – the Investment Association – is wading into pension inequality with a simple, compelling propositionWhen the former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin reluctantly agreed, in the wake of the bank’s collapse and nationalisation, …

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Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disney’s deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect …Disney closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox film and entertainment assets this week, bringing The Simpsons, Star Wars an…

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‘A monopolistic blob’: what the Disney/Fox merger means for cinema

This cartoon-like demonstration of alpha-capitalism will lead to stricter, safer and blander entertainment – and with each acquisition, the stakes get higherThe mouse just ate the fox – and created a monster. Or rather, an even bigger monster than the …

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