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Oct 13, 2014
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Disney signs major deal with Canal
Canal+ Group and Disney Media Distribution France have renewed their content supply deal. The contract includes both first run feature films and SVOD services.

A key element of the agreement is feature films to be screened in Canal+. This covers Walt Disney Pictures titles, Marvel Studios, Disney-Pixar and Lucasfilm films. This includes Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action The Jungle Book and Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the Academy Awards and ABC Studios series.

CanalPlay, the French pay-TV operator’s SVOD offer, will continue to carry ABC Studios on demand. Included in this segment are popular series Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Castle, which viewers can access as complete box sets. Disney Movies on Demand gives viewers access to animated and live action Disney classics and Disney-Pixar titles such as Cinderella (pictured) and Robin Hood, Cars, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story – all providing viewers with the flexibility to enjoy high quality Disney programming and feature films.

Astrid Barbot, GM, Disney Media Distribution France said, “This agreement starts a new chapter in our relationship with the Canal+ Group. We are sure Canal+ audiences in France will thoroughly enjoy a greater variety of Disney’s much loved characters and gripping, emotive storytelling wherever, however and whenever they wish, across a portfolio of programming that includes a fantastic slate of feature films and television series.”

Didier Lupfer, Head of Films, Canal+ Group, added: “We are proud to renew our agreement with Disney, both for Canal+ and CanalPlay. We will be able to offer our subscribers some of our greatest productions from the prestigious Disney studios, which also include films from Marvel Studios, Disney-Pixar and Lucasfilm, starting with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

It goes without saying that agreement with Disney, often at the forefront of new distribution technologies, is a key element of any pay-TV operator’s portfolio.

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