Newswire: Disney could give Star Wars and Marvel their very own TV channels

Disney already has a considerable television empire, composed of ABC, ESPN, the A&E networks, and at least four separate channels devoted to raising your impressionable children into insufferable tweens. But after years of focusing on the incredibly niche audiences of sports fans and parents, the media monolith could be developing its most broadly appealing TV branches yet: networks devoted entirely to Marvel and Star Wars.

“We have said that with these channels and these brands—ESPN, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel—we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers,” Disney CEO Bob Iger recently said during a conference call with investors. And while some might dismiss this as idle bragging that Disney has completely cut out the door-to-door salesmen so many other studios rely on, the mention of Star Wars …

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