The purchase of the 11 per cent share brings Disney's ownership of the pan-European kids entertainment company to approximately 96 per cent.
Following completion of the deal at the end of the year, Disney intends to obtain ownership of 100 per cent of the shares in Jetix, including through statutory buy-out proceedings. In addition, Disney and Jetix intend to seek termination of Jetix's listing on Euronext Amsterdam.
The acquisition will position Disney to better serve its large and growing Jetix audience and distribution partners through improved programming, more targeted branding, more integrated management and implementation of company-wide synergies.
“Television continues to be a strong brand builder for Disney around the world and this investment enhances our efforts to reach kids and families,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group.
“By achieving operating efficiencies, we will have additional opportunities to create more family-friendly programming and locally-produced content across Europe.”