Disney-ABC reups South Africa pact

'Hannah Montana,' 'Housewives' included in deal

Renewing a successful TV partnership in South Africa, Disney-ABC International Television and the South African Broadcasting Corp., South Africa's No. 1 free-TV broadcaster, have inked a new volume agreement for a wide range of content.

The deal includes live-action dramas including "Desperate Housewives," Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" and such successful library titles as "My Wife and Kids."

Also included in the agreement is a selection of hit movies from the portfolios of Walt Disney Pictures, Disney/Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films. Titles include "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the Disney/Pixar hit "Finding Nemo." Selected titles will air in a new monthly "Wonderful World of Disney" time slot, which will showcase family movies.

This new agreement builds on the success of Disney-ABC International Television's content on SABC's channels, such as "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2," which aired in the fall on SABC3 and in the top 10 films on the channel for the year.

Also in 2007, SABC3's top scripted U.S. series all were licensed from Disney-ABC International Television -- "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "Desperate Housewives" and "8 Simple Rules." "The Amazing Race" also was a hit for the channel.