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Corus bags Canadian licensing rights to Disney Channel's content

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MUMBAI: Canada’s media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment Inc has inked a long-term licensing agreement with the Disney/ABC Television Group that marks a new chapter for kids and family entertainment in Canada.

Under the terms of this expansive agreement, Corus has bagged the English and French-language rights to Disney Channel's content and will also launch Disney Channel in Canada.

Scheduled to debut on 1 September, 2015, Disney Channel will give Canadian kids and families full access to its slate of shows such as K.C. Undercover, Girl Meets WorldAustin & Ally, Liv and Maddie and many others. The agreement also includes authenticated simultaneous streaming and ad-supported video-on-demand rights for select programs airing on the channel, allowing fans to catch-up on episodes of their favourite series. Following the launch of Disney Channel in the fall, select Disney branded kids linear television offerings will also be rolled out in the future as those brands and programming are transitioned to Corus.

This multi-year agreement expands on the relationship between Corus and the Disney/ABC Television Group that began in 2011, when Corus announced the launch of its millennial-targeted service ABC Spark, based on Disney/ABC's hugely successful ABC Family channel in the United States.

“We are very excited to take our partnership with the Disney/ABC Television Group to the next level, and proud to be forging a new course for the iconic Disney Channel brand in Canada. With an extensive roster of exceptional content to tap into, we look forward to delivering the full Disney Channel experience to families across the country. This deal underscores our commitment to provide Canadians with the highest quality content from around the world and reinforces our position as Canada's market leader in kids and family-focused offerings,” said Corus Entertainment president and CEO Doug Murphy.

“With this licensing agreement, we couldn't be more pleased to expand upon our highly valued and significant relationship with Corus Entertainment by bringing the Disney Channel brand -- along with its hit programs and franchises -- under their purview in the Canadian marketplace,” added Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution president Janice Marinelli.

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