Disney Hires Former Exec of Samsung and Apple for Its Streaming Service

 As Disney plans for the streaming service of the company that is due to be launched in 2019, Variety reports that it has snagged an executive to manage the operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) was a former employee of Apple for five years. He eventually managed the tech giant’s iTunes movies business globally, prior to managing the content and launching Milk Video at Apple’s rival, Samsung. Currently, he is the SVP and GM of the BAMTech Media company of Disney. He will be in charge of creating and running the new Netflix competitor of the company.

The new service will be the home of the new releases of Disney from 2019 onwards, including Marvel and Star Wars flicks, and could add substantial additional content if the company’s purchase of Fox finally becomes official. Reports do not have many details regarding the said acquisition yet. However, during an earnings call, CEO Bob Iger said that at launch, it will be priced lower than Netflix.