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NEW DELHI -- Walt Disney Television International India is for the first time filming a Disney Channel original movie in India with The Cheetah Girls: One World, the Mumbai-based division said Wednesday.
A musical sequel to the successful Cheetah Girls tween franchise is underway in Udaipur, in the western state of Rajasthan. The original premiered on the U.S. Disney Channel in August 2003 and was followed by The Cheetah Girls 2 in November 2006.
In India, the movies premiered on the Disney Channel in 2007, where WDTI claims they reached over 4.7 million viewers.
One World tells the continuing story of friends Chanel, Aqua and Dorinda, as they journey to Mumbai, where an aspiring Bollywood director offers them roles in his movie, Namaste Bombay, (Hello Bombay).
Disney will release One World in the U.S. in August. The Disney Channel India also will air a version dubbed into Hindi with Bollywood songs.
"The movie uses local settings, talent and creativity to further strengthen our brand affinity while providing the environment that Indian kids relate to," said Antoine Villeneuve, WDTI senior vp and managing director. »
Scott Garner, a senior Disney Channel executive who played a key role in the success of "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical", has been named senior vp planning, scheduling and acquisitions at Lifetime Networks.
Garner, based in Los Angeles, will oversee all scheduling for Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. He also will oversee the acquisition of longform movies and off-network series for Lifetime Networks. He replaces Leslie Glenn-Chesloff, who left Lifetime in October after executives decided to move the position from New York to the West Coast.
As senior vp programming at Disney, Garner was responsible for all programming content on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney and the Jetix block on Toon Disney as well as nonlinear platforms.
He was involved in the planning, scheduling and stunting of such series as "Hannah Montana", "Cory in the House", "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "That's So Raven", "Kim Possible" and "Lizzie McGuire" and also contributed to the success of Disney's original movies, including "HSM" and its sequel as well as "The Cheetah Girls 2".
At Lifetime, he reports to president of entertainment Susanne Daniels. »
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