Doug Miller is executive VP, MD Disney Intl Asia-Pacific

MUMBAI: Doug Miller has been appointed executive VP and MD of Walt Disney International Asia-Pacific and Walt Disney Television International Asia Pacific. He will oversee all of Disney's television activities in the region

Working in conjunction with all Disney business unit leaders in the region Miller will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing growth opportunities for Disney throughout the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan). As reported earlier by Disney is expected to launch three channels in India in October.

The distribution partner is expected to be finalised in July. Right now the main competing parties are said to be Star and Sony. Star has the advantage in that ESPN belongs to Disney. ESPN has a 50:50 JV with Star Sports.

Coming back to Miller his brief also involves targetting new business opportunities while at the same time expanding and increasing the penetration of existing businesses. He will lead the development of business and operations in emerging markets.Miller will report to Disney president Andy Bird and Walt Disney Television International president David Hulbert. Previously, Miller was senior VP and MD Walt Disney International Television (Asia-Pacific) since August 2002.

Bird who was a keynote speaker at the Ficci Frames convention in March added, ''From a strategic perspective, the Asia-Pacific region is a key area of long-term growth for the entire Disney organisation. This is why it is crucial to have an executive of Doug's caliber in place, whose extensive international business experience will lead our efforts in further developing Disney's businesses throughout Asia.

"In an increasingly competitive and diversified international marketplace, Doug's outstanding abilities, which he has successfully demonstrated in growing our television business throughout Asia, will be a significant asset.'

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