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MOUSE HAS CANNES-DO FEEL.

CANNES -- Just because a wave of Euro-originated reality programming is sweeping the international TV biz, don't think the Hollywood majors aren't making money.

Thanks to their ongoing output deals in most of the key European territories with the top terrestrial broadcasters -- and the continuing popularity of American blockbuster movies with Euro auds -- the studios are pocketing the lion's share of the money changing hands on the Cannes Croisette during Mipcom.

Take Disney. The company's newly appointed exec VP, television distribution, Laurie Younger said Wednesday in Cannes that the company's international business "had doubled in volume and more than doubled in profitability" over the past five years.

Younger, who is attending her first Mipcom, pointed to the increased complexity and layering of the international marketplace over the past few years as well.

Disney, for example, boasts 13 Disney Channel feeds worldwide, partial ownership in a number of movie channels, and holdings in terrestrial stations in Germany and the U.K.

As for programming sales, her colleague David Hulbert, who is president of Walt Disney TV Intl. and reports to Younger, said the company is tying up a dozen package deals for its product.

One is with the ITV station group in the U.K. for the Mouse House's 1999 feature film releases, and another is a renewal with pan-Euro station group SBS for both films and series.

Hottest item for the company was "Pearl Harbor," which heads a number of the package deals being sealed over the next few weeks.

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Author:GUIDER, ELIZABETH
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Oct 9, 2000
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