Originally created 05/26/98

Disney in deal to dub cartoons in Arabic

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Viewers in the Middle East will hear their favorite cartoon characters speak Arabic for the first time under an agreement between Lebanon's Future TV and Disney.

The private Lebanese station and Buena Vista International Television, the program sales arm of Walt Disney Television International, did not disclose terms of a renewed five-year deal.

The deal calls for a locally hosted version of the Disney Club program later this year with some of Disney's top animated shows dubbed in Arabic. Programs are currently broadcast in English, sometimes with Arabic subtitles.

Buena Vista will also license television rights to Future TV for animated and live action series, documentaries and live action features, including top films from Hollywood Pictures and Touchstone Pictures, the announcement said.

Future is controlled by billionaire Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It is widely viewed in the Arab world.


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