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Disney and Dreamworks Ink Long-Term Distribution Deal


The rumors reported on Friday are true. Disney and Dreamworks SKG have signed an exclusive long-term distribution deal that will include about about six films a year starting as soon as next year. The arrangement with filmmaker and DreamWorks Studios co-founder Steven Spielberg, and partner Stacey Snider, chief executive officer of DreamWorks, includes all upcoming live-action motion pictures produced by DreamWorks under their partnership with Reliance BIG Entertainment, part of The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

Under the terms of this arrangement, Disney will handle distribution and marketing for approximately six DreamWorks films each year. The first DreamWorks motion picture to be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner is scheduled to hit theaters in 2010.

DreamWorks principals Spielberg and Snider partnered with Reliance BIG Entertainment last fall to form a new motion picture company. In addition to being a partner in DreamWorks, Reliance will also distribute the new company’s projects in India.

Commenting on the announcement, Walt Disney Studios Chair Dick Cook said, “We’re both thrilled and honored to be marketing and distributing all of DreamWorks’ signature upcoming live-action motion pictures, and to begin a new relationship with such respected colleagues as Steven, Stacey, and their creative team at DreamWorks. Steven has made some of the biggest and most loved films of all-time, and continues to be one of the great icons of our industry. Stacey has an impeccable reputation and a phenomenal track record for making a wide variety of quality films. Their motion pictures will be the perfect complement to the already robust slate of Disney and Touchstone films being made by Oren Aviv and his team.”

Bob Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, added, “We are tremendously pleased to join forces with Steven Spielberg, whose artistic vision and commitment to quality filmmaking are legendary. DreamWorks has had a great creative and commercial track record under the leadership of Steven and Stacey Snider and I am delighted they’re now associated with Disney.”

Steven Spielberg said, “Disney is the birthplace of imagination and has always been as close to the worldwide audience as any company ever has. I am so pleased that industry leaders like Bob Iger and Dick Cook reached out to become our distribution partner. This is a major step forward for us and Reliance.”

Stacey Snider added, “Under Bob Iger and Dick Cook’s leadership, The Walt Disney Company represents the highest standard of quality in our industry. Everyone at DreamWorks is thrilled to be embarking upon this new and exciting partnership and we look forward to our future with their great team.”

Previously: Disney and Dreamworks, a match made in Heaven?

7 thoughts on “Disney and Dreamworks Ink Long-Term Distribution Deal”

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  2. Strange bedfellows, in my opinion. I realize that Dreamworks Animation has been a separate entity for awhile now, but it really is bizarre that the company that Katzenberg helped to originate has now joined forces with the very company that he left in a huff from. This merger will probably see Roger Rabbit emerge from a longtime legal limbo now that his two “parents” have gotten back together and will likely resolve custody issues. Having never been a Roger Rabbit fan myself, I’m not convinced that will necessarily be a good thing…

  3. Roger Rabbit’s rights are tied up with Spielberg’s first production company, Amblin Entertainment, and probably are unaffected by anything he does with DreamWorks or its successor company.

    And where’s the evidence that Spielberg is interested in revisiting that 21-year-old character? It is possible he’s moved on?

  4. JK’s main beef was with Michael Eisner, if I recall correctly. And he’s no longer in charge at Disney. Besides, like many other industries, movie makers are willing to work with people they aren’t so fond of in order to make money.

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