Disney EMEA President Jan Koeppen Reaffirms Theatrical Commitment and Highlights Disney+ Success

Hey there, Disney fans! We’ve got some exciting updates from The Walt Disney Company EMEA right here on Mickey News. Speaking at the Deloitte and Enders Analysis Media & Telecoms 2024 and Beyond Conference in London, Disney EMEA President Jan Koeppen emphasized Disney’s unwavering commitment to theatrical releases. “Everyone at Disney loves movies, and we love to make them big,” said Koeppen, indicating that Disney remains steadfast in its support for the cinema experience.

At the same time, Koeppen showcased how Disney’s legacy extends beyond the silver screen, referring to “The Lion King” as a prime example. Since its animated debut 30 years ago, “The Lion King” has expanded into a global phenomenon, encompassing Broadway stage shows, Disney+ streaming options, theme park attractions, and consumer products. Koeppen proudly referenced the upcoming spin-off, “Mufasa,” set to release this winter. “We believe strongly that the breadth of our business is a key source of advantage,” Koeppen noted, highlighting Disney’s strategy to diversify and innovate.

Given its incredible four-year journey, Disney+ also took center stage. Now available in 85 countries across EMEA, Disney’s streaming service has captivated millions. Remarkably, half of the subscriptions in the EMEA region come from households without children, contradicting the notion that Disney’s appeal is limited to children. Series like “Shōgun,” which holds the title of the most-viewed general entertainment series premiere in the region, and the U.K. favorite “Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story,” only second in views to “The Kardashians,” illustrate Disney+’s broad allure.

Koeppen also shared his admiration for the talent and scale at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., home to numerous Disney productions including the highly anticipated “Deadpool & Wolverine.” The studio has seen around 20 Disney projects in the past five years, making it a hub for cinematic excellence and training ground for new talent. “On every single production, there are trainees getting experience to begin their careers in film and TV,” Koeppen said, underscoring Disney’s long-term commitment to nurturing local talents.

Disney’s robust presence in the U.K. also extends to local originals, with recent hits like Sally Wainwright’s “Renegade Nell” and Jilly Cooper’s adaptation, “Rivals.” With over 75 years of history operating within the U.K., Koeppen highlighted Disney’s pride in its enduring relationship with the region, saying, “Our long and deep connection with the UK is something that we’re very proud of.”

So, Disney enthusiasts, what are your thoughts on Jan Koeppen’s reaffirmation of Disney’s dual focus on theatrical releases and the evolving digital landscape? Share your thoughts with us in the comments and let’s keep the conversation magical!

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