Al Jazeera Children's Channel (JCC) has announced a new free TV agreement with Disney, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
JCC has acquired the rights to a selection of Disney's most popular children's and family content, including Disney and Disney/Pixar movies as well as Disney Channels' live action and animated series. Shows will include Phineas and Ferb, Kim Possible, Lilo and Stitch and Zeke and Luther. Baraem TV, JCC's pre-schoolers channel, will feature popular titles like Handy Manny, Little Einsteins and Jojo's Circus.
JCC will also feature popular animated films from Disney including A Bug's Life, Toy Story, Cars and Tangled.
JCC's acting executive general manager, Haya bint Khalifa Al Nassr, said: "Through this agreement, we at JCC look forward to enriching the first Arab children's channel with a wide range of entertaining shows for our audience. In line with our child-centric strategy, we will continue to address the needs of Arab children and households by creating or acquiring content that is entertaining, culturally appropriate and supports their learning and development.
"This deal is the start of the exciting content transformation, considering the aspirations, culture, and identity of our Arab audience. We do hope our new content would appeal our audiences."
Didier Vanneste, Walt Disney country manager, MENA, commented: "We continually look for opportunities to bring our hit stories and beloved characters to wider local audiences, and look forward to working with JCC to deliver this broad range of popular kids and family programming to viewers across the Middle East".
All programmes will be dubbed into classical Arabic and will roll out in the coming months.