a 15-minute courtesy call on President Kalam, Eisner
and Iger, reportedly, discussed things in general,
while briefing the former on various business activities
of Disney in India that are mostly related to children.
according to government sources, also gave the foreign
visitors, accompanied by the India head of Disney's
business Rajat Jain, a guided tour of his official
media barons and senior execs of such companies don't
call on the President, preferring the Prime Minister
instead, but Kalam's fondness for children-related
issues, probably, made Disney overturn set norms to
call on Kalam. An appointment for the meeting was
sought late in March.
and Iger began the first leg of their India visit
in Delhi today and are due to arrive in Mumbai on
27 April (Wednesday). The duo will be flying out on
Thursday, thus ending their four-day visit to India.
from the President and Prime Minister, they are due
to meet I&B minister Jaipal Reddy as also some
other government officials as well as business leaders
to explore and discuss future opportunities for Disney
in the burgeoning Indian market.
says, "Throughout its history, Disney has connected
with audiences around the world through its high-quality,
family-oriented movies, television shows, theme parks,
consumer products and live productions. We are committed
to strengthening the affinity people around the world
have for Disney's characters, stories and other entertainment
offerings, especially in dynamic, expanding markets
like India, where our content already enjoys particularly
high recognition and positive associations."
who is due to take over the reins at Disney from 30
September 2005, says, "We are tremendously pleased
with the early success of Disney Channel and Toon
Disney, which are critical components in building
our brand awareness and driving growth in India. Disney
is focusing its energies on creativity and innovation
combined with the application of new technologies
to drive worldwide expansion of all its core businesses."
Walt Disney Company has identified international expansion
as one of its key strategic priorities and maintains
a particular focus on growing markets such as India.
Disney currently has several established businesses
in India such as film distribution, consumer products
and media networks. The company's two channels - The
Disney Channel and Toon Disney launched in India in
December last year.
current presence in India also includes branded mobile
content. In December 2004, the Walt Disney Internet
Group, along with Indiagames, introduced Disney games,
wallpapers and ringtones in the market; the content
of which, is also available on AirTel.
Consumer Products is establishing Disney Corners at
select retail outlets throughout the country from
which it will sell licensed merchandise. Apart from
that Disney Publishing is also in the process of entering
Disney International president Andy Bird says, "Disney's
presence in India today is well poised for growth.
We are developing, distributing and licensing content
that makes efficient and effective use of our popular
brands and creative properties, all of which we expect
to contribute to building robust businesses over the
Disney's Eisner coming to India