February 9. 2009 – Disney Announces Distribution Deal with DreamWorks
“Disney is the birthplace of animation and has always been as close to the worldwide audience as any company ever has.” – Director Steven Spielberg
On February 9, 2009, Disney announced that they would enter in a long-term distribution deal with DreamWorks studio. The original deal DreamWorks was with Universal, but the plan fell through when DreamWorks had asked for cash to finance their movies under their contract with Reliance BIG Entertainment. Under the Disney deal, Disney agreed to market at least six of the films created under DreamWorks’ agreement with Reliance, a Bollywood producer. The deal did not include the DreamWorks Animation company. The first film released under this deal was the film I Am Number Four, which was released under the Touchstone Banner on February 18, 2011.