Disney & Fox International Channels ink movie content deal for Asia


MUMBAI: Disney Media Distribution and Fox International Channels (FIC) have extended their multi-year agreement for the international broadcast network to bring first-runs of Disney’s extensive portfolio of films on pay-TV to Asia over Star Movies and Fox Family Movies.

This exclusive agreement extends a ten-year long relationship that Disney has enjoyed with FIC in Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Star Movies and Fox Family Movies will bring all feature films from The Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, DreamWorks and Marvel to their subscribers across 13 markets across Asia.

Viewers will enjoy a range of current and library live-action and animated features, including the two latest billion-dollar box-office hits Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3; as well as movies like Prince of Persia, The Princess and The Frog, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Disney’s A Christmas Carol, which become part of FIC’s latest movie programming slate for 2011. 

In addition, a number of blockbuster library titles have also been licensed for telecast on Star Movies and Fox Family Movies including Ratatouille, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and National Treasure.

In keeping with Disney and Fox International Channels’ strategy of introducing more diversified pay-TV services to consumers, all the movies will be offered as High-Definition (HD) service and made available over the Subscriber Video On-Demand (SVOD) platform.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Disney after 10 years of cooperation in bringing the best collection of motion pictures to Asia. We look forward to providing viewers across Asia Pacific with an excellent choice of movies as well as HD and SVOD services. The agreement we reached today also signifies our ambition to develop Star Movies and Fox Family Movies into the strongest movie channel offering in Asia’s pay-TV market for consumers, affiliates and advertisers,” said Fox International Channels president, Asia Pacific and the Middle East Ward Platt.

“We are proud to announce that Star Movies and Fox Family Movies will be the home of some of the world’s best known and most loved movies from Disney in Asia. We look to build on the success of our decade-long strategic partnership with Fox International Channels by making our content available not only via their two premium linear movie channels but also over digital media platforms to reach more audiences in markets across Asia,” said Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific senior vice president and managing director Rob Gilby.