FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What does Disney do in the Nordics?
Disney Nordic is part of the global media and entertainment group The Walt Disney Company. The Nordic business acts as the local representative for all of the company’s global business units and spans distribution of studio content in theatres, home entertainment and TV, program sales from ABC Studios, distribution of the Disney TV-channels, media sales, consumer products licensing, games retail distribution and the Disney Store business, as well as support for Disneyland Paris. The Nordic Disney unit also manages the local marketing efforts.
2. How many people work for Disney in the Nordics?
There is currently about 200 people working for Disney in the Nordics. The company has offices in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
3. When did Disney establish its business in the Nordics?
Disney’s first product launch in the Nordics was a Mickey Mouse book series published in Denmark in the early 1930s. In 1948, came the Donald Duck magazine through the local media house Egmont Publishing. The magazine became a huge success, even today remaining key to the local business and brand affinity. In the 1960s, Disney established its first permanent business representation in the Nordics to serve the growing product licensing market. In 1992, Disney opened its first wholly-owned Nordic office in Stockholm to manage the distribution of studio content in theatres and for the home, which until then had been managed through local agents. The first Disney TV-channel launched in the Nordics in 2003, it was Disney Channel, which was followed by Disney Junior and Disney XD in the years thereafter. The first Nordic Disney Store launched in 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark, followed by the Danish and Swedish online stores in 2013. Disneymedia+, which is the unit that manages media sales and promotions was introduced in 2012 in the Nordics.
In the end of 2009, all Nordic Disney business units were collected under one brand and one Nordic leadership – which today oversees the work within all Disney’s global business units – Studio & LIVE Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks & Resorts as well as Consumer Products & Interactive Media – across the Nordic region, the Baltics and the Faroe Islands.
4. I would like to work for Disney or be part of a Disney-production – how do I go about submitting my application?
Disney is a global multi-industry company with many different career opportunities, so depending on what area you are interested in exploring the opportunities and application process varies.
The job opportunities within Disney Nordic are primarily within sales and marketing. If you are interested in submitting your interest to work for Disney within these fields in the Nordics, please submit your resume, merits and desired work field to TWDC.Nordic.firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will be saved in our local candidate data base, and if a positioning that matches you profile opens up, you may be contacted by our HR-department.
If you are interesting in submitting your application for voice casting of Nordic productions, please submit a voice sample and your resume to our local partner: SDI MEDIA Norway, Sandakerveien 24c, Bygning E1, N-0473 Oslo, Norge.
For more information about auditions for performers in our Parks, please see www.disneyauditions.com
For more information on career opportunities within animation at Disney, please visit www.disneyanimation.com/careers/student
Please note that we generally do not manage casting processes for films and TV-productions within our Nordic branch. For career opportunities in that field or in the other Disney offices outside of the Nordics, please turn to the respective office or studio.
5. How can I learn about when a specific title will premiere in my local cinema or on DVD/Blu-ray?
We generally announce our upcoming releases on our local Facebook pages. For more information about theatrical tickets and schedules, please turn to your local cinema. For more information on DVD/Blu-ray availability, please turn to your local retailer.
6. Where can I learn more about the Disney TV-channels?
Disney offers three TV-channels in the Nordics; Disney Junior, which is fun content that encourages basic knowledge for the youngest audience and their parents, Disney XD which is focused on action and humor – a lot of the programing is animated – and Disney Channel, which is a family oriented channel with anything from tweens series to classic Disney animation. The schedules can be found on each of the local channel web sites.
7. I represent a group that would like to setup a stage show featuring the Disney’s brand and/or characters, how do we go about to do that?
Depending on the type of show you are interested in, the process varies.
Music performances; As a general rule, anyone can freely interpret a music piece that has been publically performed so long it is reported to the appropriate local performing right society – in Norway it is Tono. In this type of performance and context, unless agreed with Disney, there can be no referral to Disney, or its copyrighted properties either on stage or in any marketing, this includes copyright protected Disney visuals and brands. Approval is typically given only to established Disney partners.
Disney stage shows; As a general rule, no use of the Disney brand or its properties is allowed for commercial stage shows unless approved by Disney. Producers looking to apply for setting up a stage show based on a specific Disney property can find the available shows on www.josef-weinberger.com/ The site also holds information on the application process.
8. I have a business idea which includes use of the Disney brand/characters, where do I turn for more information about how to pursue this?
Use of our brand and/or characters for commercial purposes requires a contract with Disney (i.e. a product license agreement) for the intended product and market. The contract will specify the commercial details and the framework for the manufacturing.
Anyone interested in applying for a product license needs to submit an overview of the project/plans and the business/organization to TWDC.Nordic.email@example.com The Nordic merchandise licensing team will then come back on how to proceed. Whether a license can be issued or not depends on multiple factors, including producer features/qualities, the intended plans and the current competitor context in the specific market in question. Please be as specific as possible in your initial submission for a smoother process.
9. I would like to set up a local Disney Store – how do I go about doing that?
The Disney Stores are all owned and run by Disney. There is hence no opportunity for an external party to obtain franchise rights to set up a Disney Store in the Nordics.
If you have an established store and are interested in learning more about how to become a Disney products retailer, please send your proposition to TWDC.Nordic.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
10. I have complaints about a Disney product, where do I turn?
If you have feedback on a purchased product, you should always turn to the store where you bought the product.
11. There is disturbance on my TV screen when I watch the Disney channels – where do I turn for assistance?
Disney and our local distributors share the responsibility for providing a high quality viewing experience. If you experience problems with your reception or with the content display, please specify what channel, show and time that you have experienced the issue as well as the name of your TV-distributor, and send the information to us at email@example.com You should also reach out to your TV-content provider with the same information.
12. I would like to report a suspected copyright infringement relating to Disney, where do I turn?
Please send a brief overview of your observations in English along with any supporting imagery to firstname.lastname@example.org