Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, confirms the company’s commitment to localisation in India in her keynote speech at FICCI FRAMES 2013 on March 12, 2013. Sweeney attributed Disney India’s success to a focus on the audience and a commitment to creating compelling stories.

“So how did creativity grow Disney Channel from ‘small national network’ to ‘huge global success’? And more importantly, how do we think we can create such success here? The answer to both questions is: by focusing on the audience, by creating compelling storytelling, by fulfilling our brand promise, and by taking risks and learning a lot along the way,” said Sweeney. 

Disney India, which launched in 2004, evolved its traditional strategic direction to one that leans towards a “kid-driven, family-inclusive” brand by creating entirely new programmes that reflects the local Indian culture and expectations. Sweeney gave examples of local adaptations of U.S series Best of Luck Nikki and The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir, which are re-imagined versions of Good Luck Charlie and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody respectively.