Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International is a business segment of The Walt Disney Company consisting of Disney's subscription streaming services: an unnamed Disney streaming service, ESPN+, and Hulu; overseas media businesses; global advertising sales for ESPN, ABC, and other channels; and syndicated television sales. As part of the company's formation, BAMTech has been be placed under Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.
Walt Disney International in 2014 appointed Luke Kang to head up its Greater China unit. With the retirement of its Asia head Paul Candland after 19 years in September 2017, Disney split the Asia region into two, North Asia and South Asia. North Asia consists of Japan, South Korea and Greater China and is head by Kang. While, South Asia combined India and South East Asia with India's head Mahesh Samat would assume leadership over the unit by October 1st.
In August 2016, The Walt Disney Company acquired a 1/3 stake in BAMTech for $1 billion, with an option to acquire a majority stake in the future. On August 8, 2017, Disney announced that it would increase its ownership in the company to a 75% controlling stake for $1.58 billion. Disney also reiterated its plan to launch an ESPN-branded over-the-top service in early-2018 followed by a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. Bamtech named Kevin Swint as senior vice president and general manager of the Disney forthcoming streaming service in January 2018 with Agnes Chu as programming executive. New programming developed for the OTT service come from across Disney content centers include a live action Star Wars series from Lucasfilm, Pixar's Monsters, Inc. series, High School Musical series from Disney Channel films, The Muppets Studio and a Mighty Ducks series.
Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International was formed as part of The Walt Disney Company’s March 14, 2018 strategic reorganization with units coming from all of the other segments. With the restructuring, Disney International chair Andy Bird is expected to leave Walt Disney Company.
|Disney Digital Network||Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media||2018–|
|Hulu (30%)||Disney–ABC Television Group||2018–|
|Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment||Walt Disney Studios||2018–|
|Disney–ABC Domestic Television||Disney–ABC Television Group (DATG)||2018–|
|Disney Channels Worldwide|
|Disney Media Distribution|
|DATG advertising sales|
|ESPN sales and marketing||ESPN Inc.|
|Walt Disney International South Asia||Walt Disney International||2018–|
|Walt Disney International EMEA|
|Walt Disney International North Asia|
|Walt Disney International Latin America|