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July 11, 2006

Dis' 'Musical' global gold

PASADENA -- The Disney Channel phenomenon known as "High School Musical" is striking a chord overseas. Disney Channel Worldwide president of entertainment Gary Marsh gave a progress report on the smash original movie's global strength at Disney ABC Television Group's session on the first day of the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour, which runs through July 27. Mirroring U.S. success as a movie, DVD and soundtrack album, "Musical" is making its mark everywhere from New Zealand, where the album went gold, to Australia, where the movie was the second-highest-rated telefilm on the country's air. "We expect that kind of success to continue as we roll that out around the rest of the world," Marsh said. (Andrew Wallenstein)