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Disney media distribution extends partnership deal with Fox Intl. Channels

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 the network's unparalleled movie channels ' 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 recent favorites "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 evergreen and blockbuster library titles have also been licensed for telecast on STAR Movies and Fox Family Movies. These include "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," said Ward Platt, President, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Fox International Channels. "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."

"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 Rob Gilby, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific

Disney Media Distribution licenses features from the Walt Disney Studios to linear television channels and on-demand digital media platforms across the world. The Walt Disney Studios is one of the leading Hollywood based movie studios which produces and distributes motion pictures globally from the Walt Disney Pictures, the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, DisneyNature, Touchstone Pictures as well as Marvel. As a part of a global agreement, Disney will also handle distribution and marketing for all live-action motion pictures produced by DreamWorks from 2011 in all markets globally except India.

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