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Nigerian film distributor, FilmOne Entertainment has signed an exclusive theatrical distribution deal with The Walt Disney Company Africa.

The deal, which kicked off on September 1, will give FilmOne exclusive distribution rights to titles from all of the Walt Disney Studios divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Pictures.

The agreement will therefore give FilmOne the exclusive right to distribute Disney films in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.

“We are proud to be Disney’s film distribution partner for West Africa and see this as the beginning of an exciting new chapter for both companies in the region. Our expertise and knowledge of the market, coupled with the unrivaled quality of Disney’s titles, will drive box-office growth for many years to come,” directors of FimOne, Kene Okwuosa, Moses Babatope, and Craig Shurn jointly said in a statement.

The Senior Vice-President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, Christine Service, added that: “With their in-depth knowledge of the region and expertise in bringing theatrical releases to fans, we are thrilled to welcome FilmOne as our distribution partner for this territory.”

These are good times for businesses in the film industry. You will recall that Netflix, the global streaming giant, continued to expand its footprint across Africa with the signing of a partnership deal with Mo Abudu’s Ebonylife Tv to produce two original television series and several other Netflix branded movies.

The two original series are the film adaptations of Wole Soyinka’s Death and The King’s Horseman and Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.

Musa Suleiman
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