Disney may look to evolve its current cable deal regarding Star Wars rights ahead of the launch of its streaming service.According to Bloomberg, The Walt Disney Company has made an inquiry to Turner Broadcasting about adjusting their 2016 deal that gives Turner the rights to air the Star Wars movies.Turner, which is owned by AT, currently has the rights until 2024 to show most of the movies on its cable networks, which in the US include TNT and TBS, as well as streaming on the internet.However, a Disney rep has told CNET that while a conversation has taken place about potentially amending the current Turner deal to reflect the current marketplace and business needs, there has so far been no discussion about buying back the rights regarding the cable television window that this deal covers.CNET has also reached out to Turner Broadcasting for comment and did not immediately hear back.The rights were sold to Turner in 2016 in a deal said to be worth $275 million before Disney announced plans to launch its own streaming service.
Google said on Friday it has appointed Sanjay Gupta, a former top executive with Disney India and Star, as the manager and vice president of sales and operations for its India business.Gupta will be replacing Rajan Anandan, who left the company in April this year to serve VC fund Sequoia Capital India as a managing director.Gupta served as a managing director at Disney India and Star (which Disney now owns) before joining the Android -maker.(Not to be confused with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who hosts a popular medical show on CNN.)He helped Star make a major push in the digital consumers business through video streaming service Hotstar, where he aggressively worked on partnerships and licensing for cricket rights and other content.Hotstar has cashed in on the popularity of cricket — during a major cricket season earlier this year, Hotstar claimed that more than 100 million users were enjoying its service each day and more than 300 million were doing so each month.
Madhavan takes over from Uday Shankar who had stepped down as president, the Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman, Star and Disney India, last October