CTC Media, Inc. (CTCM), Russia’s leading independent media company, and The Walt Disney Company CIS have announced the signing of a new two-year agreement to broadcast the films and animated content of The Walt Disney Company CIS (“Disney”) via Channel 31, one of the largest players on the television market in Kazakhstan.
The agreement marks yet another step in the continuation of the successful cooperation between the two companies, which began in 2008. Under the terms of the agreement, Channel 31 receives the rights to broadcast 140 Disney movies and full-length animation titles, around 20 animated series and children’s video game TV shows, as well as the latest “Funniest Home Videos” episodes. The deal also includes the following ABC television series: “Revenge”, “Once Upon A Time”, “The River” and “Missing”.
Bagdat Kodzhakhmetov, Head of Channel 31: “Disney is our long-standing strategic partner and the first major entertainment provider with whom Channel 31 has signed a sizeable agreement. We have been cooperating for more than four years now, during which the Disney content has consistently held top positions in our ratings. We even had “Disney Days” during the New Year and Christmas holidays, which drew in huge audiences, and our viewers can also look forward to such animated films and movies as “The Lion King”, “Cars”, “Brave”, “The Avengers” as well as “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series in weekend slots.”
Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan, CEO of The Walt Disney Company CIS: “The television market in Kazakhstan is developing rapidly, and we are striving to be in sync with the new trends. We are very glad that our agreement with Channel 31 will allow us to share the very best content created over many years with viewers in Kazakhstan.”
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