Disney Channel (Bulgaria)
|Launched||April 1, 1999 (as Fox Kids)
January 1, 2005 (renamed to Jetix)
October, 2007 (Bulgarian audio track)
September 19, 2009 (renamed to Disney Channel)
|Owned by||Disney-ABC Television Group (Disney Channels EMEA)|
|Picture format||576i (DVB/PAL)|
|Formerly called||Fox Kids (1999-2005)
Disney Channel is a Bulgarian language children's television channel that began broadcasting on September 19, 2009 (as announced in a TV promo), after replacing Jetix CEE. Like all new CEE Disney Channels, it will be operated under a formal agreement by Jetix Europe NV to lease its channels to sister company, Disney Channels EMEA (in both of which Giorgio Stock is part of the company management). Like Jetix CEE, Disney Channel will be distributed in Bulgaria by Media Link, who will also provide translation for the channel's series.
Founding and history
The channel was founded in 1999 as Fox Kids Central and Eastern Europe, following the 1996 start of the UK channel of the same name (now Disney XD). Fox Kids' programming consisted mostly of older shows from Fox Children's Productions, which were aired in the US Fox Kids block, and shows from its co-owners, Saban International. Saban also supplied the channel with the series from the Marvel animated universe. Most Bulgarian operators made it available in 1999, often with Russian audio. Later, they mostly switched to the English track.
Meanwhile, in 2000 a new Bulgarian channel bTV owned by News Corporation at that time launched and had a Fox Kids block, which aired on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings. In 2004 the Fox Kids block was renamed to Jetix. The block was removed in 2008, although bTV still airs shows from Jetix, but not part of any block.
In 2001, The Walt Disney Company announced its intention to buy Fox Kids' majority owner, Fox Family Worldwide, along with Haim Saban's entertainment companies, which in turn partly owned Fox Family. After the deal, new original programming got less than before, as Saban's animation studio was not bought by Disney and was split off as a separate company - SIP Animation. In 2002, Disney created the Jetix brand, set to replace Fox Kids (the name of which was related 20th Century Fox). However, it only appeared in Europe in 2004 as a block on all Fox Kids channels. Finally, on January 1, 2005 all channels were re-branded to Jetix.
After Robert Iger became Disney's new chief executive officer, the company started to rename some of its properties in order to focus more on its key brands - Disney, ABC, and perhaps ESPN. Maybe as a result of this, in 2008 Disney announced it would close its US Toon Disney channel, along with its Jetix programming block, and replace it with Disney XD - a new channel aimed at a different audience (boys aged from 6–14 years) with more action-oriented shows. After Disney XD successfully launched on February 13, 2009 in the US, the Disney-ABC Television Group re-branded Jetix France to Disney XD on April 1, 2009 and it was expected to be rolled out to other European territories in 2009. On May 26, 2009, however, Disney announced that the Jetix channel in certain countries (namely Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria) will be renamed to The Disney Channel, marking that channel's first introduction in these countries. An exact date was not mentioned but it was expected that the change would happen by the end of 2009. The first Disney Channel promos, which appeared on Jetix CEE on July 8, simply said "coming soon", but on August 2, new promos appeared that stated the launch date as September 19, 2009. It was also announced to the media a few days later. On that date, at 6am local time, Disney Channel launched. The last show on Jetix was Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream while the first show on Disney Channel was American Dragon: Jake Long. The Bulgarian and Romanian versions of the Disney Channel broadcast as a single video feed with two different audio channels for each language. At the commercial break ident it shows just the Romanian word for "commercials":"RECLAME", without showing the Bulgarian word for commercials: РЕКЛАМА, like the Central Europe version of Disney Channel, where it shows first:"REKLAMA", then"REKLÁM". Before rebranding, it was showing "RECLAME", then "РЕКЛАМА" on Jetix. On May 1, 2011 Disney Channel adopted a new look and logo and it was announced that the Playhouse Disney block will be rebranded to Disney Junior on June 1, 2011.
This version of Disney Channel (similarly to the Central European one) aims to air mostly new content produced by Disney Channels Worldwide and selected programs from Disney XD, since that channel is still unavailable in the area. It also airs a selection of animated series produced after 2002. Since the launch, the remaining Jetix animated series have been pushed to the night timeslot, with H2O: Just Add Water being the only past Jetix series to air regularly during daytime.
|Name||Bulgarian Title||Dubbing studio|
|Aaron Stone||Арън Стоун||Media Link [voice-over]|
|American Dragon:Jake Long||Американски дракон: Джейк Лонг||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Бранди и Господин Уискърс||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Hannah Montana||Хана Монтана||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|JONAS||Джонас||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Jonas LA||Джонас: Лос Анджелис||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Kim Possible||Ким Суперплюс||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Phineas and Ferb||Финиъс и Фърб||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Sonny with a Chance||Съни на алеята на славата||Media Link [voice-over] ; Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|The Replacements||Смяна||Media Link [voice-over]|
|The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Лудориите на Зак и Коди||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Have a Laugh!||Посмейте се!||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||Магьосниците от Уейвърли плейс||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Zeke and Luther||Зик и Лутър||Media Link [voice-over] ; Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Good Luck Charlie||Късмет, Чарли||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|I'm in the Band||В групата съм||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|The Suite Life on Deck||Корабните приключения на Зак и Коди||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Kick Buttowski||Щурият Бутовски||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Shake It Up (TV series)||Раздвижи се||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Fish Hooks||Риби Тийнейджъри||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|A.N.T. Farm||Фермата Г.О.Т.||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Jessie||Джеси||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Dog With a Blog||Куче с блог||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Austin & Ally||Остин и Али||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Liv and Maddie||Лив и Мади||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Third party productions:|
|Stoked||Вълнения по вълните||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|H2O: Just Add Water||H2O (read as "Русалки" in bTV Comedy)||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Jimmy Cool||Джими Куул||Media Link [voice-over]|
|The Fairly Odd Parents||Кръстници-вълшебници||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Kid vs Kat||Хлапето срещу господин Кот||Media Link [voice-over] ; Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Monster Buster Club||Монстър Бъстър Клъб||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Pokemon||Покемон||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Jake & Blake||Джейк и Блейк||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Jungle Junction||Кръстовище в джунглата||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Handy Manny||Майстор Мани||Dolly Media Studio [lip sync]|
|Mickey Mouse Clubhouse||В клуба на Мики Маус||Alexandra Audio [lip sync]|
|Special Agent Oso||Специален агент Осо||Media Link [voice-over]|
|Jaden The Cat||Jaden котката||Media Link [voice-over]|
- http://www.waidev2.com/php/PDFS/STUDIO_v2_Asset_Library/3490---PDF.pdf Jetix Europe NV - Extraordinary General Meeting - Minutes of Meeting, 23 June 2009
- "French Jetix becomes Disney XD". Broadband TV News. 2009-02-16.
- "Jetix France rebrands as Disney XD". C21 Media. 2009-02-17.
- Jetix to become Disney - Broadband TV News, by Chris Dziadul, published and retrieved: 2009-05-26
- Disney Channel тръгва в България от 19 септември Ekip News/news.dir.bg, 2009-08-04
- Disney Channel Bulgaria's YouTube Page
- Disney Channel Bulgaria website
- TeleManiac Disney Channel forum (in Bulgarian)