Disney Partners With Nollywood To Bring American Movies To English-Speaking West Africa

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Sept. 22, 2020, 2:35 p.m.

Disney, the American mass media and entertainment conglomerate, is joining forces with a Nigerian production and distribution company, Nollywood, to market some of Disney’s new releases such as "Mulan" in English-speaking West Africa.

The deal makes FilmOne Entertainment, a Nigerian entertainment company, the sole distributors of Disney-owned films in Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia.

"It is a major career highlight, that we're able to get the world's biggest movie studio as a partner," Moses Babatope, a director at FilmOne, stated.

"What the deal means is that we are exclusive marketers and distributors of Disney titles in the English-speaking West African countries that have studio licensed cinemas. We will distribute the films to all those cinemas in the territory," he explained.

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Disney Africa's country manager, Christine Service, also added in a statement 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,"

FilmOne Entertainment has been at the forefront of growing Nigeria's cinema culture and has built cinemas across the country, including IMAX screens.

The firm has also distributed and produced Nigerian box office hits such as "The Wedding Party," and "New Money".

The agreement, which commenced this month, covers titles from all Disney studio divisions including Pixar, Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, and Blue Sky pictures.

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