Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ to Be Touted in ‘Bundle Pavilion’ at D23

Streaming services Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ will be touted at the D23 Expo 2022 in early September.

At the event, presented by Visa, attendees will be able to enjoy immersive experiences, talent appearances, and photo opportunities at the Disney Bundle Pavilion along with live demos of the latest features on Disney+ and special perks for Disney+ subscribers across the show floor, according to the studio.

This year, the global celebration of Disney+ Day returns Sept. 8, leading into the D23 Expo Sept. 9 to 11. Attendees will be treated to news, first looks, and talent appearances from upcoming Disney+ Originals as part of the Hall D23 showcases including the Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disney Live Action presentation on Sept. 9, and the Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios and Disney Branded Television presentations on Sept. 10. Throughout the weekend, Disney+ subscribers attending D23 Expo will be able to unlock special giveaways or promotions at Offer Spots on the show floor when they present their Disney+ subscriber pass, which can be picked up at D23 Expo starting on Sept. 8.

In honor of the new home of “Dancing With the Stars,” Disney+ will ​​invite guests to step into the ballroom for a special celebration on the Backlot Stage on Sept. 11. Co-hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro will be joined by a panel of executive producers and judges to share their memories from the show and reveal new details about season 31, premiering Sept. 19 on Disney+.

On the show floor, the Disney Bundle Pavilion will showcase the collection of entertainment and sports content offered across Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ with special programming and experiences. Disney+ will exhibit two installations. A lenticular installation offers guests an opportunity to look for their reflection among the moving images, while a Disney+ holographic display will offer beamed-in appearances by characters.

Hulu will invite guests to “Check in to Their Obsessions” as they walk through the Hulu green vessel. They will be able to join the Belchers for a “Bob’s Burgers” family photo opportunity, as well as put themselves in the hot seat of a confessional from their favorite reality TV shows, as they navigate a variety of immersive experiences.

ESPN+ will offer fans a close-up look at some of the most iconic memorabilia in sports, including the College Football Playoff trophy, the UFC Championship belt, an El Clásico game ball, and more. Fans will also be able to snap a photo sitting behind a sports news desk. 

The Disney Bundle Pavilion stage will host three days of panels, trivia, activities, screenings, and more, highlighting the offerings from Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.

The tentative schedule includes:

Friday, Sept. 9
11:35 a.m. — “Pixar’s Onward Story Presentation” by story supervisor Kelsey Mann
12 p.m. — “To the Edge of the Unknown” from National Geographic with Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold
12:35 p.m. —” Sketch With an Animator” with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Eric Goldberg
1:55 p.m. — “The History of Cars: Road Trip from the Original Film to New Series ‘Cars on the Road'” with creative director Jay Ward
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Hispanic Voices Panel”
6:25 p.m. — Hulu dance party

Saturday, Sept. 10
12:10 p.m. — “A Conversation with Frozen Filmmakers” with Academy Award winners Chris Buck (director) and Peter Del Vecho (producer)
1:10 p.m. — “Sketch with an Animator” with Lindsay Carrozza of “Solar Opposites”
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Made by Her Panel”
4:50 p.m. — “Meet the Muppets: The Muppets Mayhem Conversation” hosted by Tahj Mowry
6:25 p.m. – Hulu dance party

Sunday, Sept. 11
10 a.m. — “A Conversation with Encanto Filmmakers” with Academy Award winners Jared Bush (director/writer), Clark Spencer (producer), and Yvett Merino (producer)
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Black History Always Panel”
6:25 p.m. — Hulu dance party

Continuing the Disney+ Day celebration, fans will be treated to first looks at some of the new movies, series, specials, and shorts coming to Disney+ in 2023 and beyond during the following panels:

Friday, Sept. 9
10:45 a.m. — “The Simpsons” (Premiere Stage)
3:30 p.m. — “Studio Showcase, Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar” (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. — National Geographic and Disney+ special screening: “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory” (Hyperion Stage)

Saturday, Sept. 10
10 a.m. — “Studio Showcase, Day 2: Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios” (Hall D23)
3:30 p.m. — “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!” (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. — National Geographic and Disney+ special screening: “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” (Hyperion Stage)
6 p.m. — “The Santa Clauses: Conversation with Cast and Creators” (Premiere Stage)
6 p.m. – sneak peek at Zootopia+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios (Backlot Stage)

Sunday, Sept. 11
10 a.m. — Disney original documentary’s sneak peek of Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (Backlot Stage)
10:30 a.m. — the cast and creators of the Disney+ Series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Premiere Stage)
6 p.m. — “Dancing With the Stars” 31st season celebration (Backlot Stage)

The Disney+ Innovation Lounge Presented by Imax Enhanced will feature innovations from across partners and products in a dedicated space to learn and explore the future of the streaming service. In the lounge, Disney+ subscribers and D23 Gold Members will receive a Disney+ collectible card pack featuring custom illustrations.

D23 Expo is sold out, according to the studio.  Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

NAB Show Launches April 23 With Attendees From 154 Countries

The NAB Show, the annual conference for broadcast, entertainment and technology professionals, will host attendees from 154 countries April 23–27 in Las Vegas, according to organizers.

Speakers at the show include Nick Cannon, Ashleigh Banfield, Lester Holt, Byron Allen and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

Attendees from outside the United States make up nearly one-quarter of all pre-registered 2022 NAB Show attendees, which closely mirrors the 2019 NAB Show percentage, according to organizers.

“At a time when content can travel around the world in a blink of an eye, there is nothing like NAB Show to help the content community discover the tools, trainings and insights that will unleash the next global phenomenon,” said Chris Brown, NAB EVP and managing director of global connections and events, in a statement. “We are excited to welcome back our friends and partners from all across the globe as our industry gets back to doing business in person.”

The NAB Show participates in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Event Partnership Program, which recruits international trade delegations to select U.S. trade shows and connects international buyers with U.S. suppliers.

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Delegations attending the show hail from Brazil, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Turkey, Vietnam and more.

The NAB Show’s exhibit floor, located in the North Hall, Central Hall and the newly constructed West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will host 358 exhibitors from 38 countries outside of the United States, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Belgium and France. The exhibition will also host the following pavilions:

  • Bavarian Pavilion — Central Hall
  • Brazilian Pavilion — North Hall
  • French Pavilion — West Hall
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland Pavilion — North Hall
  • Global Trade Show Row — West Hall

 

Additionally, several international organizations, including the Brazilian Society of Television Engineering (SET), will host meetings for their members at the NAB Show. Demonstrations of global technologies currently deployed outside of the United States will also be conducted by broadcasters and other media and entertainment companies throughout the confab.  

The NAB Show is put on by the National Association of Broadcasters, an advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. The NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs.

IBC Media Confab Free to Attend, Stream Online

The 2021 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) for the first time is allowing interested parties to watch the sessions free in person in Amsterdam or via streaming platform IBC Digital, which launches Oct. 21. The confab, which was delayed from September, takes place Dec. 3-6. IBC 2019 attracted more than 56,000 attendees from 150 countries.

The 52nd annual event will showcase the following themes: production and post production, content supply chain, over-the-top video, direct-to-consumer, live and remote production, and innovation.

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Keynote speakers include: James Gibbons, EVP and GM of U.K. and Nordics at Discovery; Mike Davies, SVP of field operations for Fox Sports; Johannes Larcher, head of international at HBO Max; Vincent Tauzia, VP of partnerships at Netflix; Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services; Superna Kalle, president of International Networks at Starz; Mike Wuetherick, head of M&E solutions at Unity Technologies; and Bob Hesskamp, EVP of engineering for WarnerMedia.

“We understand that not everyone will be able to join us in Amsterdam,” Imran Sroya, director at IBC, said in a statement. “As a result, we are launching IBC Digital to create a hybrid event that will be accessible to IBC’s 250,000 strong community, regardless of whether they’re joining us in Amsterdam or onscreen at home.”

The IBC Accelerator Media Innovation Program winners include: Al Jazeera Media Networks, Associated Press, the BBC, ITV, Olympic Broadcasting Services, Sky and WarnerMedia.

“There’s a huge desire for the industry to get together again and do business, which is exemplified by the recent sharp uptick in registration,” said Steve Connolly, director at IBC. “Visitors at this year’s show will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations from at least 700 exhibitors, including major industry players and companies making their IBC debut.”