The Walt Disney Co. has just struck a huge multi-year agreement with Al Jazeera, reports Variety.
The deal, says Variety, is between Disney and "Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC), the pan-Arab free-to-air network that reaches millions of Middle Eastern and North African TV homes. The large-scale agreement covers hit toon series such as ‘Phineas and Ferb’ and ‘Lilo and Stitch,’ live-action shows including ‘Zeke and Luther’ and movies including ‘A Bug’s Life,’ ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars’ and ‘Tangled.’"
The article did not disclose exactly how many years the agreement covers, nor did it disclose the cost of the deal.
The story does note, however: "Prior to this deal Disney had a pay TV presence in the region, where pay penetration is low."
The article also says: "Disney content will go out across the Middle East and North Africa region on JCC, which targets 7- to 15-year-olds, and also on Bareem TV, its sister pre-school channel, which will air ‘Handy Manny,’ ‘Little Einsteins’ and ‘Jojo’s Circus,’ among other fare. All shows will be dubbed into Arabic and will roll out in coming months."
The article adds that "a large portion of the estimated 74 million TV homes in the region" will have access to the Disney programming.