The Magical Partnership: SM with Disney
September 1, 2015 – the SM Group announced a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia to bring the Disney brand of stories closer to Filipinos through mall, retail, entertainment and amusement opportunities. The two companies aim to bring Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars brands to life through unique Disney experiences at SM’s many leisure and entertainment properties. Fans can look forward to a host of innovative offerings including Disney branded events, promotions and other unique experiences themed around fan-favorite Disney brands and characters.
“We are thrilled to be associated with the iconic Walt Disney Company. Mr. Henry Sy Sr. envisioned and purposed a second home for Filipinos across the nation where they can create memorable bonding activities with their families through amusement facilities, retail centers, and food establishments, all found in one mall,” says Edgar Tejerero, president of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. “65 years later, and with 52 malls across the Philippines, it had just been high time that SM forged an official collaboration with the best family entertainment company in the world.”
“Every day, we make millions of Filipinos laugh and smile with our stories and characters from Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. We have worked with the various arms of SM group over the years and today we are delighted to announce our collaboration on a comprehensive plan to create magical moments and memories that will last a lifetime for fans across the Philippines,” said Rob Gilby, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.
As president of the Walt Disney Company Asia, Paul Candland is responsible for coordinating all of its business efforts in Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Greater China. Reporting to Walt Disney International Chairman Andy Bird, Mr. Candland works with all of Disney’s business unit leaders across the region, driving the company’s strategy and overseeing its business activities. Mr. Candland joined the Walt Disney Company (Japan) in 1998 as a representative director and general manager of Disney Store Japan. In 2002, he became managing director of Walt Disney Television International (Japan). Since being named president of Disney Japan in 2007, Mr. Candland has helped the company expand its business and deliver double-digit growth across all business segments. Mr. Candland was appointed president of Disney Asia in 2014. He is driving strategies for sustained growth in Asia – a region of growing importance for the company – working across business units and borders to focus on sharing best practice.
Both SM and Disney have given, and continue to give, customers happy lifetime memories across all generations. Both brands offer a legacy, a tradition, a way of life—a world that customers identify with and find attachment to. Through this partnership, SM will continue to create these experiences and bring the Disney magic closer to Filipinos.
With their official partnership and its official launch here in the Philippines, Guests, VIP’s and Media were serenaded by our local performers. much of our childhood was spent cuddled up on the couch watching a Disney classic like Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, pocahontas, snow white, The Frozen soundtrack, which features songs like “Do You Want to Build a snowman, Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid, A Whole New World – Aladdin a lot more, musical numbers by Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, Manila Phil Harmonic Orchestra, the Performance gives us Goosebumps by Ralph Salazar and Morisette, and an impressed performance of Noel Comia Jr , who captured many hearts during his performance with his angelic voice.
SM has synergized the efforts of all its subsidiaries — including SM Supermalls, SM Markets, The SM Store, Toy Kingdom, and its lifestyle and entertainment arm, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. – to produce a complete and one-of-a-kind Disney experience for its patrons: from the moment they enter the mall to watch a movie, to the time they purchase their favourite snack and Disney merchandise. Patrons can also take their SM Cinema and Disney experience with them home, or wherever they go, through the newly launched Blink app.
As a precursor to an already successful association, Disney and SM have worked hand in hand to bring multiple experiential events to the Filipino families such as the recent Avengers Experience in SM North Edsa, wherein guests were treated to life-size characters, avenger-themed games, and a meet and greet with Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow.
To officially jumpstart its formal bond as allies, SM and Disney will be launching a “Star Wars Galactic Christmas” to welcome the latest instalment of the movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Theexhibit will include life-size figurines of characters from the movie, interactive games, and official merchandise from the SM Store and Toy Kingdom.Watch out for the “Star Wars Galactic Christmas” event in Select SM Supermalls near you.
About SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment solutions company of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, and leisure. Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into fourteen major brands. Currently tucked under its belt are: SM Cinema, Director’s Club Cinema, IMAX Theatre, XD: 4D Theatre, WM Cinemas, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, Exploreum, Galeon, Snack Time, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, Mall of Asia Arena, SM Tickets, and Blink. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.
About The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia (NYSE:DIS)
The Walt Disney Company has been active in Southeast Asia since 1995 when Disney Channel first launched in Malaysia and has grown to five offices in the region (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) with the headquarters in Singapore, employing over 300 permanent staff. Disney is one of the most active and largest global entertainment companies in the region with diversified businesses in film, consumer products, publishing, mobile content, television and family entertainment overseeing content from six key brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, ABC and Lucasfilm.
Television is a key driver in growing the Disney brand in the region. The three Disney-branded channels available across the region are: Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. The company also distributes Disney owned programs and channels to television, mobile, broadband and on-demand platforms to over 25 Southeast Asian providers including terrestrial broadcasters, pay-TV and channels as well as digital platforms.
Studio Entertainment reached new box office heights with several titles in 2015. Big Hero 6 was a phenomenal animation success for SEA, and set new records as the biggest animation release of all time in several markets. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron achieved the Biggest Opening Weekend in Philippines and was the 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
As one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality digital experiences, Disney Interactive produces interactive entertainment for the whole family including multi-platform video games, online short form video, mobile and social games and digital destinations across all current and emerging media platforms. Entertaining guests of all ages, Disney Interactive’s key products include the video game platform Disney Infinity, top virtual world for kids Club Penguin, popular mobile franchises like Frozen Free Fall and Disney Tsum Tsum, top online destinations for kids, parents and fans including Disney.com, Oh My Disney, and Babble.com and the Disney social network reaching more than 1 billion guests on Facebook.
From apparel and toys to food and stationery, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the world’s leading licensor and works with over 400 licensees across all product categories in Southeast Asia for all ages and lifestyles. Disney Publishing is active in 6 countries in 6 different languages in Southeast Asia, publishing a diverse range of products in the region including story, activity and e-books, magazines and comics that reach a wide demographic from pre-schoolers to pre-teens and adults. For more information, please visit www.Disney.ph.