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Disney Network brings over 500 hours of fresh programming this summer

Over 24 series launches and 20 award winning movie premieres across channels

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | May 4, 2012

Disney network, the leading entertainment network for kids and families in India will present over 500 hours of fresh content this summer across Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Hungama TV. The channels will premiere 24 new series across genres including live-action, Disney original animation, local animation and over 20 Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Disney classic movies that have defined family viewing for generations across the world.

“Summer is the most fun time for kids and families. This season Disney network will present entertainment as a child sees it; with exciting shows that promise adventure, comedy, laughter and a fun-filled ride. This is the first time in the genre that such a strong content pipeline has been created to grow the category during our primary viewership months. Through this robust and multi-dimensional programming showcase and exciting marketing initiatives, our endeavor is to push the envelope further using Summer as a spring board to include more kids and family viewership in the genre through-out the year”, says Devika Prabhu, Director, Programming, Walt Disney Television, International India.

Disney Channel has already started the summer blitz with the premiere of its newest family sitcom “The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir”. The series debuted on April 8 and was well-received by over 7.5 million audiences across all airings. The show was a favourite amongst girls across the age group of 4 to 14 and also amongst older kids aged 10 to 14, both girls and boys.

In addition, the second season of everyone’s favorite record-breaking family comedy “Best of Luck Nikki” will return with a fun-filled season in May. Viewers can catch the adorable baby Nikki talk this season, go to preschool and create many more delightful moments for her family and her fans. The channel will also showcase a special episode of the show set in Hong Kong Disneyland. Returning favorites with new episodes include, “Phineas and Ferb”, “Art Attack”, “Doraemon”, Disney Junior’s “Jake and The Neverland Pirates” and “101 Dalmatians” series.

All through summer, weekend mornings will be made special for kids and families with award winning Disney movies including the Indian Television premiere of Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty”, “Lady and The Tramp”, “The Tigger Movie”, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”, “The Extremely Goofy Movie” and the globally acclaimed animated movie “Alice in Wonderland”. Other evergreen classics such as Oscar winning “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid” along with “Duck Tales, The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp”, “Pinocchio” and many more will also be featured in this time slot. In addition, the number one character for kids -- Doraemon will be seen in the movie “Doraemon in Nobita’s Steel Troops”, to be showcased on the channel during the summer months.

Disney XD will amp it up by presenting a slew of action adventure content with the centrepiece --“Marvel Universe” -- a dedicated programming block for all Marvel content such as the animated series “Ultimate Spiderman” and “Iron Man: Armored Adventures”. Marvel Universe on Disney XD will be the ultimate place for fans to find exclusive Marvel content, including new animated short-form series and live-action interstitials. In addition, Disney XD will bring alive the quintessential Indian detective story by Oscar winning filmmaker and master storyteller Satyajit Ray -- “Feluda” as an animated series, along with new shows “Heroman”, “VR Troopers”, “Luv Kushh” and new episodes of Disney XD’s star show “Kick Buttowski”.

Hungama TV will also take the fun and mischief up a notch with the showcase of new episodes of returning favorites and new shows such as “Chimpui”, “Ultra B”, “Luckyman”, “Space Goofs” and more. Everyone’s favorite mischief maker Shin Chan will be seen in a brand new movie – “Shin Chan in Dark Tama Tama Thrilling Chase”.

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