Earlier this year, it was announced that Disney was planning on making 50 original series for Disney+ across Europe by 2024.
During a special keynote speech at the French Series Mania TV Festival, Jan Koeppen, who is the president of The Walt Disney Company Europe, the Middle East and Africa, revealed that they are now on track to produce 60 European original series by 2024.
“While The Walt Disney Company has a long heritage of producing content in Europe for our channels business, as well as producing some of our big blockbuster movies like ‘Cruella’ or ‘Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker’ here – it is the launch of Disney Plus that has allowed us to put an afterburner on our European productions and to create a whole new slate of local originals. We have already announced 16 local original Disney Plus series for Europe, and had previously announced our plan to grow this to 50 European series by 2024 – so we are leaning in. Given the reception we have received by the creative communities across Europe, I’m pleased to report that we are currently on track to exceed 60 originals in that same timeframe.
Disney Plus can showcase local content to global audiences – creating a positive fly-wheel effect for European content by helping creators make their stories resonate with our fans around the world. It really is a time like no other to be creating diverse stories. We believe that it is important that people see themselves reflected in our stories, whether it’s the lead cast of France’s ‘Oussekine’ being entirely of North African heritage, or the sharp humor from the super-talented Turkish-German women that wrote ‘Sultan City’ in Germany. As far as I can see, there has never been a more exciting time to be in European production. The opportunities are boundless, creating a win for the producers and creators and for an industry that is thriving. And if this were not enough, we are also adding a meaningful dimension of cultural diversity on a global scale.”
At the same event, a new Disney+ Original Kaiser Karl was revealed, which is in addition to previously announced European made Disney+ and Star Originals such as “Wedding Season”, “Nautilus”, “Sultan City”, “Oussekine“, “Parallels”, “The Ignorant Angels” and ‘The Good Mothers’.
Creating local shows for Disney will also help the streaming service achieve its requirement to meet a quota of locally made content required in Europe. Which is there to help maintain jobs in Europe and to keep local cultures and languages represented.
Netflix has seen lots of success in creating local original content and also releasing it globally, such as with “Money Heist” and “Lupin”. So it makes sense for Disney to follow suit. Recently, the Spanish Star Original “Besos Al Aire” was released on Disney+ in many countries around the world.
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Source – Variety