DISNEY ON PATH TO SURGE PAST NETFLIX: While Disney+ may have had a few growth issues recently, it is still on target to surpass Netflix‘s subscriber numbers by 2025, according to the research firm Digital TV Research. The firm predicts Disney+ will have 284.2 million subscribers in 2026, to Netflix’s 270.7 million. Amazon Prime, meanwhile, is forecast to hit 243.4 million.
NETFLIX & WALMART TEAM UP ON MERCH: Netflix and Walmart are ready to cash in on megahits Stranger Things, Squid Game, Witcher and more with a line of products ahead of the holiday shopping season. Expect toys, apparel, games, books and other products. This is the first time the mega-streamer has teamed up with a national retailer.
BAFTA CANCELS L.A. BRITANNIA AWARDS: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) annual Britannia Awards, presented in L.A., has been nixed for the second year in a row. “BAFTA Britannia awards will be a key part of our plans for 2022, for the rest of this year we are continuing to focus on our year-round learning and talent programs, which include scholarships, the GSA Bafta Student Awards and Breakthrough USA – which we will announce the new cohort for later in the year,” the BAFTA said in a statement to Variety.