View Full Version : Disney and Fox merge for new Toon channel

01 January 2004, 01:34 AM
"Fox Kids, the worldwide children’s television brand launched by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and ABC Cable Networks, which is run by Disney, unveiled a corporate revolution that will result in children in countries as far apart as Israel and Brazil feasting on an action-adventure diet of Power Rangers, X Men, Spiderman and Inspector Gadget.

“Jetix will be among the most widely distributed television brands for kids around the world and a showcase for new and existing action adventure programmes, including the new season of the best-known series in the genre, Power Rangers” said Anne Sweeney, president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channel Worldwide.

It is a formidable partnership. Fox Kids and ABC claim that programmes produced and broadcast under the new banner, mainly animation, will reach 137m households in 77countries in 18 languages. The alliance will enable the broadcasters to share costs in buying programmes, as well as making them.

The name will appear first in the US next month, with Jetix-branded programmes appearing in the morning on the ABC Family network, and in prime time on Toon Disney."

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