TV and Movies Digital Media 0 Share your voice The Mandalorian is a big-budget series produced by Jon Favreau, which follows a lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Lucasfilm Disney’s live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian will be available at launch when the company’s Netflix-like Disney Plus service rolls out later this year. “We’re trying to make it look like Star Wars — a lot of visual effects, a lot of editing,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau said of his work now that shooting of The Mandalorian has finished. He spoke Thursday at an event in Los Angeles unveiling Disney Plus.A short featurette about The Mandalorian, shown to investors gathered at the Disney studio lot, featured the Mandalorian bounty-hunter character walking across a gray, snowy landscape near an alien outpost. He holds out a beeping tracker with a blinking red light, and the scene cuts to the character entering a bar with drums pounding. In the featurette, Favreau said the series starts with the bounty-hunting Mandalorian tracking down quarries. “This is a character you’ve never met before and period of time you’ve never seen before,” Favreau says. The story takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. High-profile originals like The Mandalorian are a crucial selling point for Disney as it attempt to launch a Netflix rival from scratch. After years of putting streaming in the back seat to protect its big-budget blockbusters and lucrative TV model, Disney has made streaming its top priority this year, even restructuring the company around it. It’s the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood going to extreme lengths to fortify against competition from digital powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple. The Mandalorian will star Pedro Pascal, known for playing Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones (aka the guy who lost that hand-to-hand fight against the Mountain. Yes, that one). The Mandalorian is one of two known Star Wars series planned for Disney Plus, in addition to a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor. The company also has Marvel originals in the pipeline, with programs that center on Avengers characters Loki, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. Disney Star Wars Fox Hulu Netflix Tags Post a comment
Infosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season, won’t be doing so this quarter. Instead, it will be rival Tata Consultancy Services this time.The company did not cite any reason for the slight delay this time, though it usually releases its results in the second week of April.”A meeting of the Board of Directors of the company will be held on April 24, 2015, inter alia, to consider the audited financial results for the quarter and year ending March 31, 2015,” the software firm said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday.Tata Consultancy Services, the largest domestic IT firm, is set to start earnings season for fourth quarter on 16 April.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalize the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.Sikka and senior executives in Infosys are currently in the process of finalizing the strategy document that has caused the delay; Infosys wants to outline the roadmap when it declares its numbers, according to three other Infosys executives familiar with the development who asked not to be identified as they are not authorized to speak with the media, Livemint reports. The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.”Postponement of Infosys results might be keeping in view that Vishal Sikka, the new CEO, will get enough time to give out a direction and strategy for FY16 for Infosys, which has been struggling to match industry growth for three years,”said Ankita Somani, IT analyst with MSFL Research, to Deccan Herald.”In addition, overall we have been getting mixed signals regarding the demand environment for IT companies. Therefore, a slight delay in result declaration may increase visibility on client budgets and project kickstarts,” Ankita added.The Bengaluru-based company recently announced an average salary hike of 6.5 per cent as it faces the highest attrition rate among domestic IT firms.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6 percent in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.