In response to a big subscriber loss in the early months of 2023, Disney has announced plans to axe multiple forms of content from its streaming services starting May 26, possibly in preparation of a Hulu/Disney+ merge.
The cost cutting efforts continue. In response to a whooping loss of four million subscribers in the early months of 2023, Disney CEO Bob Iger and chief financial officer Christine McCarthy recently announced plans to axe multiple forms of content from its streaming services, according to Deadline. Reasons for the purge could include reducing overhead costs on storage and royalties as well as preparation efforts toward the upcoming merge of Hulu and Disney+.
“We are in the process of reviewing the content on our DTC services to align with the strategic changes in our approach to content curation,” CFO Christine McCarthy said.
The list of projects on the chopping block include short-lived series, specials, and direct-to-streaming movies. Currently queued for removal are Disney+ projects Willow, Big Shot, Turner & Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Just Beyond, Diary of a Future President, The Mysterious Benedict Society and The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Hulu’s Y: The Last Man, Dollface, The Hot Zone, Maggie, Pistol, and Danny DeVito’s animated series Little Demon.
Additional doomed content includes Disney+ projects The Right Stuff, The Making of Willow, Just Beyond, Marvel’s Project Hero, The Real Right Stuff, Cheaper by the Dozen, The One and Only Ivan, Stargirl, Hollywood Stargirl, Flora & Ulysses, Artemis Fowl, The Princess, Encore!, Black Beauty, Clouds, America the Beautiful, Better Nate than Ever, Weird But True!, Timmy Failure, Be Our Chef, Magic Camp, Earth to Ned, Foodtastic, Stuntman, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, Wolfgang, It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer, The Big Fib, Rogue Trip, More than Robots, Shop Class, Pick the Litter, Own the Room, Among the Stars, Harmonious Live!, and Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays.
On the Hulu side are The Premise, Love in the Time of Corona, Everything’s Trash, Best in Show, Best in Dough, Darby and the Dead, The Quest, Rosaline, Life Below Zero: Next Generation, National Geographic Investigates: LSD and Psychedelics, 9/11: One Day in America, The Armstrong Tapes, Buried Secrets of WWII, Bin Laden’s Hard Drive, Crocs that Ate Jaws, Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, Drug Lords: The Next Generation, Extreme Rescues, Most Wanted Sharks, Locked Up Abroad, North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator, To Catch a Smuggler Rome, and Ultimate Survival WWII.
Content cuts from both streaming platforms are set to begin May 26.