Last month, Disney removed almost one hundred original shows and films, including “Willow”, “Big Shot” and “The Mysterious Benedict Society” from its streaming services around the world, (Hulu, Star+ and Disney+), as part of a $1.5 billion dollar impairment charge. And it was also revealed in a recent SEC filing that Disney might incur further impairment charges of up to approximately $0.4 billion related to produced content by the end of this financial quarter, aka the end of this month.
During a quarterly investors call earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that they need to strike the right balance between their local and global programming. As he believes they spent too much creating local content and are now focusing on global releases. We have already seen Disney remove several Latin American originals last month, but now it looks like it’s Turkey’s turn.
The second wave of removals is expected to be much smaller, and with just days until that deadline, we are now seeing what the next wave of removals will be, and so far, over half a dozen Turkish originals look to be leaving. As Hulu is now showing what titles will be removed at the end of the month on its expiring page, and the French streaming service, Canal+, is showing some titles set to be removed from Disney+ in France at the end of the week, which is likely to indicate a global removal, though it’s unknown if these Turkish Originals might stay available in Turkey.
Here is a look at some of the items that are set to be removed this week from Hulu in the US and internationally on Disney+:
Recep İvedik 7
King Shakir Recycle
Dunyayla Benim Aramda (Between The World And Us)
New Year’s Eve (2022)
The Nightingale of Bursa (2023)
My Apologies (2023)
Expect to see more titles added to this list in the coming days, as $400 million dollars worth of content is much more than what’s listed here.
Disney isn’t the only studio to write off original programming as tax write-offs, as Paramount and Warner Brothers Discovery have also been doing the same with Paramount+ and Max.
We might likely see some more originals removed from Disney+, Star+ and Hulu in the coming days, ahead of the quarter’s result, but so far, the content cuts don’t look anywhere near as deep as in May.
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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.