The Walt Disney Company India
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The Walt Disney Company India Private Limited, known simply as Disney India, is an Indian subsidiary of the Indo Pacific region of the American media and entertainment conglomerate The Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Walt Disney India was formed in August 1993 with a 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 because of 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 via Star Movies, AXN and HBO plus 29 hours of children's programmes per week via DD Metro, Eenadu, SET, Star Plus and Star World.
Wholly owned subsidiary
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 five language feeds (English, Malayalam,Kannada,Telugu and Tamil language). The channels are to be distributed by the Star Group. WDCI planned to focus initially 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, with Indiagames as a partner, 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) began 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.
Disney India and Yash Raj Films agreed to co-produce and co-finance a yearly animated film for the India market in January 2007. Both companies would also work together on merchandising and games for the films.
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, which 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, stationery, arts, crafts and party products in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives.
Disney Publishing Worldwide, 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 was switched 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.
In October 2012, Disney launched Disney Junior India, an ad-free channel for preschool kids. Earlier it was a one and a half hour programming block on Disney Channel India. Disney India launched its Live Entertainment operations in 2015 with the production of a Beauty and the Beast musical to be shown from October to December in Mumbai and Delhi.
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 years after he left the company.
On 12 September 2017, Walt Disney International announced a restructuring of its business in Asia, and that Mahesh Samat is to lead the new Disney South Asia division, combining India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.
On 5 October 2017, The Walt Disney Company India officially announced the launch of Disney International HD on 29 October 2017. The channel was to be the exclusive home to live action Disney Channel original content. The channel will not have any animation content, and will be replacing Bindass Play.
Disney launched its second HD channel UTV HD on 21 October 2018, showing Bollywood and Hollywood films in Hindi. It premieres a new movie every Friday.
On 7 November 2017, Disney announced the promotion of Abhishek Maheshwari as country head for India. He was to report to Mahesh Samat, Walt Disney International South Asia managing director. On 14 December 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which includes Star India.
On 13 December 2018, Disney announced Uday Shankar, who serves as president of Fox Asia and chairman of the Star India, will lead Disney's Asian Pacific region and chairman of Disney India after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, including Star India closes. On 1 April 2019, Uday Shankar, president Disney Asia Pacific, announced the restructuring of the complete entity of Star India and Disney. Sanjay Gupta will lead the Indian businesses and head the Disney Studios India, Fox Star Studios and UTV Motion Pictures in India, directly reporting to Uday Shankar who is also Chairman of Star and Disney India. Gupta resigned as country head in November 2019.
Disney XD was shut down in January 2019 to be replace with Marvel HQ channel on 20 January. Star India networks took over distribution of Disney channels in July 2019. Disney Channel, Hungama TV, Marvel HQ and Disney Junior became part of Disney Kids Pack while Bindass and Disney International HD became part of Star Value Pack.
On 30 December 2020, Disney announced that the Star branding will be replaced with Utsav from February 1 in Netherlands.
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|Disney Jeans||Indus Clothing||26 September 2006|
|Disney Artist||Ravi Jaipuria Corporation||10 October 2006|
|Disney & Me||DLF Brands||April 2018|
- Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
- Star India
The following films were produced by Walt Disney Pictures India.
The following Indian films were released under the 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|
Disney Live Entertainment
- Beauty and the Beast (2015) The staff on the show include Vikranth Pawar (director), Lesle Lewis (music director), and Terence Lewis (choreography).
- Aladdin (2018) The musical is co-produced with Indian company BookMyShow.
Disney Media Networks
|Bindass||24 September 2007||Hindi||Music||Acquired in 2012|
|UTV Stars||19 August 2011||2014
|Acquired in 2012|
|Bindass Play||1 October 2014||2017
Disney International HD
|Disney International HD||29 October 2017||English||Entertainment|
|Disney Channel India||17 December 2004||English
|Disney Junior India||15 October 2012|
|Marvel HQ||20 January 2019|
|Toon Disney India||17 December 2004||2009|
|Disney XD||14 November 2009||2019|
|Hungama TV||26 September 2004||Hindi
|Acquired in 2006|
|UTV Action||24 September 2007||Hindi||Movies||Acquired in 2012|
|UTV Movies||24 February 2008|
|UTV HD||21 October 2018||Hindi||It shows Hollywood and Bollywood movies|
|UTV World Movies||3 February 2008||5 October 2014||English||Acquired in 2012|
Star India Channels
- List of films released by UTV Motion Pictures
- List of Walt Disney Pictures films
- List of Disney television films
- List of Disney theatrical animated features
- List of Indian animated feature films
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