Disney-ABC inks pay TV features deal in South Africa

MUMBAI: In line with its commitment to build the presence of its content in key international markets, Disney-ABC-ESPN Television has concluded a multi-year deal with pay TV broadcaster M-Net in South Africa.

The agreement will launch a selection of feature films from the portfolios of Walt Disney Pictures, Disney/Pixar and Miramax Films to M-Net’s subscribers.

Under this agreement, M-Net’s viewers across South Africa will be able to enjoy films like There Will Be Blood starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and the Academy Award-nominated comedy Enchanted, featuring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.

The Disney Channel original movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year is also included under the agreement, along with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

In addition, the agreement encompasses Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning cosmic comedy adventure.

Disney-ABC-ESPN Television senior vice president, programme distribution, EMEA (South) Francesca Tauriello said, "We are thrilled to be bringing so many diverse hit features to M-Net’s subscribers, and we hope viewers will enjoy each and every one of them. This deal is a significant step in the development of our content presence in South Africa, and we are delighted to be working with M-Net in this dynamic market."

M-Net content director Jan du Plessis added, "M-Net has become renowned for showcasing only the best in international content and this multi-year deal will enable us to once again bring a variety of big blockbusters to our channels. Content from Disney-ABC-ESPN is always hugely popular in South Africa and M-Net is honored to be a platform for these products."