Disney Makes Dealski with Russia's Channel One

December 20, 2007

Disney-ABC International Television has concluded a major, multi-year partnership with Russian state broadcaster Channel One. The agreement covers the licensing of features, live-action series, animated series and made-for-TV movies, and also the launch of monthly family film timeslot "The Wonderful World of Disney."

Disney's total distribution revenues for the Russian market have increased by more than 400% in the last three years. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END was the number one foreign release of all time in Russia and RATATOUILLE was the most successful non-sequel feature animation. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products and the Walt Disney Internet Group have also seen compelling growth in their Russian business over the past year.

With this agreement, viewers across Russia will be able to enjoy a wide range of recent features including PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and FINDING NEMO, as well as such animated classics as THE JUNGLE BOOK, 101 DALMATIONS and PETER PAN, to be shown on free TV in Russia for the first time.

Many of the titles will premiere on "The Wonderful World of Disney," which will run monthly, for 10 months a year.