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Disney is developing a new "Star Wars" TV series that will air exclusively on its forthcoming streaming service, along with a new Marvel show and adaptations of "Monsters Inc." and "High School Musical." CEO and chairman Bob Iger announced the plans on the company's quarterly earnings call, along with the development of a new "Star Wars" film trilogy with director Rian Johnson. (Johnson helmed "The Last Jedi," the latest big screen Star Wars adventure, which hits theaters on December 15.) Iger also said Disney plans to produce four or five original movies a year for the streaming service, and that the platform will not feature ads. He expects the Disney streaming service to cost less per month than Netflix, in order to "attract as many subs as possible starting out." – VARIETY

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Netflix has cancelled its deal with Louis CK following a New York Times report detailing numerous sexual harassment claims against the comedian. On Friday, CK posted a statement confirming that "these stories are true." Netflix had signed CK for two stand-up specials, but only one - "2017" - had yet been produced; the second will no longer move forward. In a statement, Netflix called the allegations against CK "disturbing" and cited his "unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues" as the reasoning behind its decision. HBO also announced that CK would no longer appear on its forthcoming autism benefit show "Night of Too Many Stars," airing on November 18. FX, which produces "Louie" along with numerous other CK-affiliated shows, announced that their relationship with the comedian was "under review." The distributor of CK's new film, "I Love You Daddy," announced on Friday that it would cancel the movie's release and its New York City premiere. – DEADLINE

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ESPN's new streaming service will be named ESPN+, and will launch in the spring of next year. According to Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger, ESPN+ will be available through an app, and will include streaming versions of ESPN channels plus additional coverage of "thousands of live sporting events." The app will also post updated scores and highlights. Though Iger has previously said that consumers could subscribe for ESPN+ content centered around specific sports, it's unclear if the entire platform will be available for cord-cutters or only to cable customers. Iger said that the monthly subscription cost would reflect that, overall, ESPN+ has less content than streaming services like Netflix or Hulu Plus. An unnamed source told CNBC this week that ESPN is planning to lay off about 100 employees after the Thanksgiving break. – ENGADGET

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Hulu is the first video streaming app available for Nintendo's Switch console. The Hulu app first appeared in the Switch eShop update on November 9, and is currently available as a free download. (Following a trial period, a subscription is required to watch on the Switch, as with other platforms.) When the Switch launched earlier this year, Nintendo had indicated that, eventually, a number of the most popular streaming services would be available for the hardware. – TECHCRUNCH

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British crime drama series "Top Boy" will move to Netflix with the help of executive producer Drake. "Top Boy," which follows drug dealers in London's East End, aired for two seasons on Channel 4 in the UK. The new season will reunite the creative team - including stars Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson - and pick up where the previous episodes left off. (Seasons 1 and 2 of "Top Boy" are currently available to stream on Netflix.) According to Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of Original Content, rapper Drake was a fan of the original series and approached the company about developing new episodes. – VARIETY

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Netflix released a first trailer for the German-language thriller series "Dark." The promo hints at a supernatural mystery involving missing children, and a town that's potentially trapped in some kind of time loop. (Many critics have likened the show to Netflix's breakout hit "Stranger Things," a comparison embraced by creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.) The 10-episode series debuts on December 1. – VERGE

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All eight films in the Harry Potter series will be available to stream on HBO starting January 1, 2018. HBO already has the streaming rights to the prequel film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" as part of its HBO Go and HBO Now library. The network is also planning a Harry Potter marathon on New Year's Day, featuring all nine films in order. The entire line-up of Potter films has rarely all been available on a single subscription platform, requiring fans to purchase missing films from Amazon or iTunes. HBO and Warner Bros., which owns the Potter franchise, are both owned by Time Warner. – POLYGON

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As part of a wide-ranging interview with Variety, director Christopher Nolan discussed his previous criticisms of Netflix, conceding that "I should have been more polite." Nolan, whose "Dunkirk" is thought to be a serious Best Picture contender in 2018, told IndieWire earlier this year that Netflix "has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films," calling the company's insistence on simultaneous theatrical and streaming releases "mindless" and "untenable." He now tells Variety that, though he stands by his original point, he was "undiplomatic." Nolan also called Netflix's achievements "revolutionary" and "extraordinary." – VARIETY

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Hulu shared a behind-the-scenes look at the use of stunts and practical effects on its new sci-fi action comedy series "Future Man." The show frequently references 1980s nostalgia, specifically "The Last Starfighter," including an emphasis on retro visuals and effects technology. "Future Man," produced by the team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, debuts on November 14. – IO9

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