Today, Disney has begun its purge of over 100 original titles from its streaming services worldwide, including Disney+, Hulu and Star+. These original titles have been removed as part of an impairment charge of around $1.8 billion dollars. An impairment charge is a term used to account for an asset that is no longer as valuable as it may have once been.
Earlier this month, during Disney’s quarterly investors call, Disney’s CFO Christine McCarthy revealed they would be removing more content from its streaming services, which would include Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Star+ and Hotstar.
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 that you’ve heard Bob discuss. As a result, we will be removing certain content from our streaming platforms and currently expect to take an impairment charge of approximately $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion. The charge, which will not be recorded in our segment results, will primarily be recognized in the third quarter as we complete our review and remove the content.
As part of this large $1.8 billion dollar write-off, over hundred original titles have been removed, much to the dismay of fans and creators alike. While Disney did reverse the decision to remove a handful of titles, it was still committed to removing a huge chunk of original programming, to help set Disney+ up for profitability.
Here is a list of what originals have been removed from Disney+ globally:
Note: This list may vary between countries, and there may be other originals that have been removed.
America the Beautiful
Among the Stars
Be Our Chef
Behind the Magic: The Making of Willow
Best In Snow
Better Nate Than Never
Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear
Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)
Chorus: Success, Here We Go!
Club Mickey Mouse
Diary of a Future President
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
DisneyNature – Penguins – Life On The Edge
DisneyNature – In the Footsteps of Elephants
DisneyNature – Diving With Dolphins
Earth To Ned
Flora & Ulysses
The Hip Hop Nutcracker!
It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer
It’s All Right!
Low Tone Club
Marvel’s The Runaways
Marvel’s Project Hero
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
More Than Robots!
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Own The Room
Pentatonix: Around The World For The Holidays
Pick Of The Litter
Queen Family Sing-Along
Race To The Center Of The Earth
Super / Natural
The Big Fib
The One And Only Ivan
The Right Stuff
The Real Right Stuff
The World According To Jeff Goldblum
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Turner & Hooch (Series)
And here is a list of originals that have been removed from Hulu in the United States, Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ internationally:
Note: This list may vary between countries, and there maybe other originals that have been removed.
Best In Dough
Chef vs Wild
Conversations with Friends
Darby And The Dead
Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW
Hache: Let’s Not Talk About It
It Was Not My Fault
Keep This Between Us
Looking for Alaska
Love In The Time Of Corona
Love Trip Paris
Marvel’s The Runaways
Mask vs Knight
Motherland Fort Salem
Queen Family Sing-Along
The Cry of the Butterflies
The Come Up
The Deep End
The Heartthrob: TV Changed, He Didn’t
The Heir: The Freestyle Dynasty
The Hot Zone – Seasons 1 & 2
The Next Thing You Eat
Together as One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage – A Soul of a Nation Presentation
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller
Wilderness of Error
Y: The Last Man
This isn’t the first time Disney has removed titles from the services to save money, such as “Queens” and “Rebel”. Last winter, hundreds of titles were removed from Disney+ worldwide. It’s worth noting that Disney hasn’t officially revealed what would be removed in advance. Disney also isn’t the only streaming service to use an impairment charge to write off unsuccessful shows and films, as Warner Brothers Discovery, did a similar thing last year to HBO Max Originals. We will likely see this tactic often used with failed shows and films that have been released directly onto streaming services.
Disney has written off these projects for business purposes, because they were considered to be a failure, either regarding viewing numbers or how they didn’t bring in new subscribers, but are now basically costing them money, paying out for things like residuals, server costs etc.
Recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger has spoken about how he wants to create less content, but with higher quality and a return to focusing on profitability, which will mean more theatrical releases for films and less generic shows.
These shows may not be completely deleted from existence, since Disney can try to generate revenue from them by selling the content to other platforms like FAST channels. However, any income will be adjusted against the write-off. Disney also can’t use these shows or films on their streaming platforms until the previous license expires, which is usually around ten years later. Hopefully, these shows and films will be available on some other platforms to watch, but many of them are likely to be unavailable legally, possibly forever.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.