Canal+ Scores Disney Deal for Africa


PARIS: Canal+ has signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company for first- and second-window rights in Africa to a range of series and movies, including the latest release from the Star Wars franchise.

As part of the pact, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios and Pixar films will be added to the Canal+ platform in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. Among the movies included are the new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, while series offerings will include black-ish.

Additionally, the agreement will see Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Disney Cinema being carried on the Canal+ Overseas platform. The platform is available in 25 countries across French-speaking Africa, where it has around 2 million subscribers.

“We are delighted with this agreement, which allows us to offer our African subscribers the excellent productions of Disney studios and major youth channels for all ages,” said François Deplanck, the director of channels and content at Canal+ Overseas. “The match between our family audiences and the content developed by Disney makes this an ideal partnership.”

“We are delighted that 2 million subscribers in Africa are discovering or rediscovering the great Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars movies and now have access to all of our Disney channels,” said Jean-François Camilleri, country manager for The Walt Disney Company in France, Belgium, Holland, Maghreb and Francophone Africa.