The Walt Disney Company India
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Mahesh Samat (MD)|
|Parent||The Walt Disney Company|
The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited (or simply Disney India) is the Indian subsidiary of American media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, and is a premier entertainment company in India, which develops and produces motion pictures and videos for children. The company is based in Mumbai, India and operates as a subsidiary of Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney India was formed in August 1993 with licensing agreement as a joint venture partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Modi Enterprises. Disney filed in October 2001 with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to create a wholly owned subsidiary company to launch the Disney Channel in India. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion granted Disney an initial approval for the subsidiary but with Modi protesting due to similarities to their joint venture. When the 10 year licensing agreement ended, Modi and Disney could not come to a new agreement, thus ending the joint venture agreement in August 2003.
Walt Disney Television International (Asia Pacific) took over distribution of content in September 2003 to STAR Movies, AXN and HBO plus 29 hours of children's programs per week to DD Metro, Eenadu, SET, Star Plus and StarWorld.
The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited (WDCI) started operations in July 2004 based in Mumbai. On 17 December, Walt Disney Television International India launched the Disney Channel and Toon Disney channel with three language feeds (English, Tamil and Telugu). The channels are to be distributed by the Star Group. WDCI planned to initially focus on its channel operations before expanding in to other areas. In the long term, a Disney theme park in India is possible as land has been reportedly found on the outskirts of Delhi. Also in December and partnered with Indiagames, the Walt Disney Internet Group released Disney games, wallpapers and ringtones in the market which is also available on AirTel. In 2005, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has begun working with various Indian retail outlets to establish Disney Corners within the outlets to sell licensed merchandise. In August, Funskool India and Disney entered in a contract for Funskool to sell Disney Princess products in India.
In July 2006, Disney India acquired a controlling stake in Hungama TV from UTV Software Communications Limited while also taking a 14.9% share in UTV. In 2008, the company took an additional 17.5% share in UTV.
On 26 September 2006, the Disney Jeans brand was launched under license to Indus Clothing, who planned to open 30 Disney Jean stores by the end of 2007. In October, DCP franchised to Ravi Jaipuria Corporation the rights for five years to set up 150 Disney Artist brand stores and wholesale under the Disney Artist brand Disney character branded greeting cards, stationary, arts, crafts and party product in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives.
Disney Publishing Worldwide (India), a division of Walt Disney India, announced a licensing agreement in April 2009 with local publisher Junior Diamond to publish Disney comic books, in both English and Hindi. Jetix/Toon Disney switch over in India to Disney XD on 14 November.
In May 2011, Disney and UTV agreed to co-produce Disney branded family films with both handling creative function and UTV producing, marketing and distributing the films. Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) Pvt Ltd. in July 2011 offered to purchase the public shareholders' stakes with approval given by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for them to increase their ownership. In February 2012, Disney announced the completion of the acquisition of UTV with UTV Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Screwvala becoming Managing Director of TWDC India replacing Mahesh Samat, who joined the company in 2007 from Johnson & Johnson.
Disney India launched its Live Entertainment operations in 2015 with the production of Beauty and the Beast musical to be shown from October to December in Mumbai and Delhi. The staff on the show include Vikranth Pawar (director), Lesle Lewis (music director), and Terence Lewis (choreography).
Disney India indicated in August 2016 that it was shutting down UTV Pictures, its Hindi film production unit, and focusing only on distribution of its Hollywood films. Disney India managing director Siddharth Roy Kapur also indicated he would let his contract lapse on 1 January 2017. On 28 November 2016, Mahesh Samat was to return as managing director four year after he left the company.
Disney Channel India
Disney Channel India has adopted a 360 degree blanket approach for marketing and promoting its new property amongst its target groups. In 2006, the channel launched its first locally produced series called Vicky & Vetaal. Since then, the network's programming consisted of even more local productions such as Agadam Bagdam Tigdam, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, Break Time Masti Time, Kya Mast Hai Life, and Ishaan. Disney Channel (India) also acquired content from Star India such as Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo, Shararat and Son Pari to draw in a larger audience. They also acquired rights of TV Movie Feluda: The Kathmandu Caper which premiered on 1 January 2011 and a companion 13 episodes series Mysteries and Feluda which aired on Disney XD India in 2011.
After the success of American series like Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Disney India started producing Indian versions on international TV series like Best of Luck Nikki (adaptation of Good Luck Charlie), The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir (adaptation of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), Disney Q Family Mastermind (adaptation of Mastermind), Shake It Up (adaptation of Shake It Up), Oye Jassie (adaptation of Jessie) and Palak Pe Jhalak (adaptation of That's So Raven) which helped them in building a brand in india.
Luck Luck Ki Baat channel's first locally produced Television film premiered on 30 September 2012. Another TV Movie Apna Bhai Gaju Bhai, an animated movie based on Disney Channel's TV series "Gaju Bhai" premiered on 3 July 2016.
Currently, the channel airs Homegrown animated series like Arjun the Prince of Bali(Green Gold Animation), Astra Force(Graphic India), Gaju Bhai (Toonz Animation), V 4 Virat (Toonz Animation) and Yom (Graphiti Multimedia).
The following films were produced by Walt Disney Pictures(India)
|2008||Roadside Romeo||Jugal Hansraj||Aditya Chopra||Animated Film
Co-produced with Yash Raj Films and Disney World Cinema
National Film Award for Best Animated Film
Nominated- Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
|2010||Do Dooni Chaar||Habib Faisal||Arindam Chaudhuri||Co-produced with Planman Motion Pictures and Disney World Cinema
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
|2011||Feluda: The Kathmandu Caper||Tapaas Chakravarti||DQ Entertainment International||Animated TV Movie
distribution only; produced by DQ Entertainment International
|Anaganaga O Dheerudu||Prakash Kovelamudi||Prasad Devineni
Co-produced with A Bellyful of Dreams Entertainment, Arka Media Works and Disney World Cinema
|Zokkomon||Satyajit Bhatkal||Walt Disney Pictures|||
|2012||Arjun: The Warrior Prince||Arnab Chaudhuri||Ronnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Co-produced with Disney World Cinema and UTV Motion Pictures
Nominated - Grand Prix at 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
|Luck Luck Ki Baat||Iqbal Khan||Disney Channel India||Television film
Remake of 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie The Luck of the Irish
Co-produced with SOL Productions
|2014||Khoobsurat||Shashanka Ghosh||Anil Kapoor
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
|Co-produced with UTV Motion Pictures and Anil Kapoor Film Company|||
|2015||ABCD 2||Remo D'Souza||Siddharth Roy Kapoor||Sequel to the 2013 film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance.
Co-produced with UTV Motion Pictures
|2016||Apna Bhai Gaju Bhai||Sandeep Patil and Aarsh Vohra||Disney Channel India||Animated TV Movie
based on Disney Channel's Animated TV series Gaju Bhai
Co-produced with Toonz Animation
|Dangal||Nitesh Tiwari||Aamir Khan
Siddharth Roy Kapur
|Co-produced with Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures|||
|2017||Jagga Jasoos||Anurag Basu||Anurag Basu
Siddharth Roy Kapur
|Co-produced with PictureShuru Entertainment, UTV Motion Pictures and Ishana Movies|||
The following Indian films were released under Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment banner
|Home Entertainment Release date||Film||International Title||Original Theatrical Release date||Production Company||Notes||Ref.|
|12 January 2010||Taare Zameen Par||Like Stars on Earth||21 December 2007||Aamir Khan Productions and PVR Pictures|||
|26 July 2011||Anaganaga O Dheerudu||Once Upon a Warrior||14 January 2011||Disney India, A Bellyful of Dreams Entertainment, Arka Media Works and Disney World Cinema||Part of Disney World Cinema series|||
|Do Dooni Chaar||Two Twos Are Four||8 October 2010||Disney India, Planman Motion Pictures and Disney World Cinema|
|Zokkomon||Zokkomon||22 April 2011||Disney India and Disney World Cinema|
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- Beauty and the Beast Musical Trailer