Warner has signed an exclusive deal with Disney to distribute the company’s music catalogue in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.
The agreement covers both physical and digital distribution of Disney movie soundtracks and is an extension of Disney’s long-time partnership with Russian label Gala Records, which became part of Warner Music earlier this year.
“We are especially glad that we will also be distributing [Disney’s] digital catalog, which is the most promising and fast-developing area of the record business,” said Warner Music Russia’s general director Alexander Blinov. “This is why we are looking with a lot of optimism at this new stage in cooperation with Disney.”
General director of Disney in the region Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan added. “We are very happy to obtain a music partner in Russia.
“This long-awaited contract will allow us to bring to our country a catalog of all soundtracks for Disney’s animated and feature films.”
Warner Music Group acquired Gala Records Group for an undisclosed fee in June, marking the company’s first wholly owned local presence in Russia.