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Disney, Fox seal Asia deal

Exclusive pay TV pact extended

CANNES — Disney Media Distribution, the Mouse House’s sales arm, and Fox International Channels have extended their multi-year agreement for Fox to bring first-runs of Disney’s films on pay TV in Asia via Star Movies and Fox Family Movies.

This exclusive agreement, revealed at the Mipcom sales mart, follows a 10-year long pact between Disney and FIC in Asia.

Under the terms of the deal, Star Movies and Fox Family Movies will deliver feature films from Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, DreamWorks and Marvel to their subscribers across 13 Asian markets.

Pics include recent box office hits “Alice in Wonderland,” “Toy Story 3” and “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”

All the movies will be offered as a high-definition service and will be made available over the subscriber video-on-demand platform.

Disney Media Distribution also announced international licensing agreements for new ABC Studios family action-adventure series “No Ordinary Family.”

The first season of the show, starring Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), has been picked up in Asia Pacific by ABS-CBN (the Philippines), Channel Seven (Australia), Media Prima (Malaysia), SingTel mio TV (Singapore), TVNZ (New Zealand) and Zee Network (India).

European sales include Cuatro (Spain), Fox (Italy), Mediaset (Italy) and UKTV in Blighty for its dedicated drama web, Watch.

In Latin America, Sony Entertainment Television has licensed the series in a pan-regional pay TV deal.

Meanwhile, Disney said that Shanghai Media Group has pacted to produce a second season of reality skein “The Amazing Race: China Rush.”

Move follows local versions of the show in Oz on Channel Seven.

Webs in Brazil, Israel, pan-Asia and Latin America have also produced their own adaptations of “The Amazing Race.”

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