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Disney EMEA Boss Jan Koeppen Restates Commitment to Theatrical Distribution, Cites ‘Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story’ as Top Unscripted U.K. Series

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K.J. Yossman Jan Koeppen, president of The Walt Disney Company EMEA, has restated the company’s commitment to cinemas, speaking of the company’s “belief in the importance of theatrical distribution.” “Everyone at Disney loves movies, and we love to make them big,” he said.

The Disney EMEA boss was speaking at Media & Telecoms 2024 and Beyond Conference in London on Tuesday morning, where he touched on the breadth of Disney’s business, from theatrical to linear.

Using “The Lion King” as an example, he noted that since the animated film’s debut 30 years ago it has spawned stage shows, theme park experiences, consumer products, is available on Disney+ and has a spin-off, “Mufasa,” coming out this winter. “We believe strongly that the breadth of our business is a key source of advantage,” he said. “It brings strength, resilience and opportunity.” Unsurprisingly, Koeppen also spent some time talking about Disney+, which launched four years ago and has now been rolled out in 85 countries across EMEA.

Of the tens of millions who subscribe in EMEA, he said, half are households without children. Of the shows that have made the most impact in EMEA, there is “Shōgun,” which is the most viewed general entertainment series premiere ever in the region while U.K.

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