Disney Pauses All Business in Russia

From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele

From the Hollywood Reporter-

The Hollywood giant’s linear TV channels, consumer products — even cruise ships and National Geographic magazine — will all be put on hold in the country.

The Walt Disney Co. is pausing all of its business in Russia in light of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, a company spokesperson says.

Disney had previously paused all theatrical releases in Russia, but the new move takes things a step further. The company says that it will be pausing “content and product licensing, Disney Cruise Line activities, National Geographicmagazine and tours, local content productions and linear channels.

“Some of those business activities we can and will pause immediately. Others—such as linear channels and some content and product licensing—will take time given contractual complexities,” a company spokesperson added.

Disney has a number of linear channels in Russia, and St. Petersburg has long been a port of call for its cruise ships. Likewise, Disney-branded consumer products and National Geographic magazine have long been available around the world, including in Russia.

The Disney spokesperson added that the company’s Russia-based employees will remain employed.

Disney joins a long list of media and entertainment companies choosing to pause or exit the country since its invasion, and since Russia’s legislature, the Duma, passed a law banning “false news,” which could ensnare some companies with journalists in the country.

This week, Amazon, WarnerMedia and Discovery all paused their Russia businesses, as did Netflix. The war also upended production in Eastern Europe, with Russia, Ukraine and neighboring countries having become popular locations for some international film and TV production.


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