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McDonald’s Targets Pre-School Disney Viewers with Sponsorship Pact

News, 27 February 2002

Walt Disney Company’s cable network, Disney Channel, has signed a ten-year global sponsorship deal with McDonald’s.

The burger behemoth is the channel’s first ever corporate sponsor, providing 15-second messages to run before and after shows broadcast during the pre-school-targeted Playhouse Disney segment. Such spots cost McDonald’s an estimated $3 million.

The channel revealed it is looking for similar sponsorship deals, but insisted this did not mean it was accepting commercial advertising, which it has never run.

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