Our Mission

The Walt Disney Company has been at the forefront of family entertainment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for over 80 years. It is focused on creating exceptional entertainment experiences for its fans to build local affinity and trust for the company, its brands and characters. We execute the global strategy of Creativity, Innovation & International growth and seek to deliver the best entertainment to our fans and consumers where, when and how they want it with local relevance. The Walt Disney Company EMEA has a physical presence in 30 countries employing more than 6,000 people (Disneyland Paris employs an additional 16,000 people); its channels reach children and families in 133 countries.

EMEA Leadership

A commitment to excellence, creativity and innovation. Our executive team’s vision and strategic direction deliver stories, characters and experiences that are welcomed into the hearts and homes of millions of families around the world.


Jan Koeppen

President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Kakhaber Abashidze

Country manager and media head, The Walt Disney Company Russia & CIS and Central & Eastern Europe


Paolo Agostinelli

Senior Vice President, Affiliate Distribution, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Simon Amselem

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Spain, Portugal and Africa and Head of Media, Spain


Deborah Armstrong

Senior Vice President, Advertising Sales, Brand Partnerships, Media Communications, National Geographic and The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Simon Bailey

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Luke Bradley-Jones

Senior Vice President, Direct to Consumer and General Manager, Disney+ EMEA


Tony Chambers

Senior Vice President, Studio Distribution, The Walt Disney Company EMEA and Country Manager UK & Ireland


Roger Crotti

Country Manager and Head of Studio Distribution, The Walt Disney Company Germany, Switzerland & Austria


Marco De Ruiter

Country Manager and Head of Media, The Walt Disney Company Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg


Hélène Etzi

Country Manager and Head of Media, The Walt Disney Company France


Tasia Filippatos

Senior Vice President, Consumer Products Commercialization, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Daniel Frigo

Country Manager & Head of Studio Distribution, The Walt Disney Company Italy and Country Manager Turkey, Israel & Greece


Lee Jury

Senior Vice President, Studio & Integrated Marketing, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Diego Londono

Executive Vice President, Media Networks and Content, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


François Masson

Vice President, Human Resources, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Nami Patel

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Amy Phillips

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company EMEA


Hans van Rijn

Country Manager and Head of Media, The Walt Disney Company Nordics


Peter Wiley

Chief Regional Counsel, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio continues to bring quality movies to consumers throughout EMEA.

Live Entertainment

From long-running shows such as The Lion King, to new experiences such as Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live, our Live Events business strives to bring the most immersive, quality entertainment to consumers across the region.


Our media networks division in EMEA comprises a vast array of broadcast, digital and direct-to-consumer businesses.

Parks and Resorts

Disneyland Paris is Europe’s leading tourist destination, with more than 320 million visits since its opening in 1992, and over 15,000 Cast Members working on site. Disneyland Paris is the number one private employer of its home region (Ile de France) and the number one single-site employer in France. Its activity generates 56,000 direct and indirect jobs in France.

Retail and Licensing

From toys and apparel, to music, apps and games, The Walt Disney Company EMEA brings our stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences.

History of Disney EMEA

Try to think of a company that looks to its past more than The Walt Disney Company. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family.

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Disney completes its aquisition of 21st Century Fox.

Disney+ Logo


Disney + launched in the Netherlands on November 12th 2019, the first country in EMEA to launch the direct-to-consumer service.

1932 Topolino History


‘Topolino’ Magazine first published in Italy.


'Mickey Magazine’ first published in France.


First ‘Donald Duck’ magazine published in the Nordics.


Mickey Mouse Magazine’ first published in Germany.

1952 Donald Duck Magazine History


‘Donald Duck’ magazine first published in the Netherlands.


Launch of L’Ami Public Numéro 1 a TV show hosted for 18 years in France.


The first Disney Store in Europe opens in Regent Street, London.


Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.

1995 Disney Channel History


Disney Channel first launched in EMEA in October 1995 in the UK and Ireland.

1995 Beauty and the Beast History


Disney’s first stage musical production in EMEA was Beauty and the Beast in Vienna in 1995.


Disney’s The Lion King musical premieres in EMEA at the Lyceum Theatre, London in 1999.

2002 Walt Disney Studios History


Walt Disney Studios theme park opens in France in 2002.

2003 Finding Nemo History


Finding Nemo is the highest grossing ‘animated’ Disney film of all-time in EMEA with $324.5M. It is the industries 4th highest grossing animated film of all-time (behind Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and Minions).


Disney∙Pixar’s Cars releases. It’s the first Disney film ever to be dubbed in Ukrainian.


EMEA red carpet premiere of Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2 at London’s O2.


Disney France creates Disneynature, an independent film unit of Walt Disney Studios that produces nature documentary films.

2010 ABC History


Disney launches an ABC-branded video on demand entertainment service in the UK in 2010.


Disney Middle East & North Africa office opens in Dubai.

2011 Disney Media Sales & Partnerships History


Disneymedia+ (now Disney Media Sales and Partnerships) launches in Poland, the first of the EMEA countries in 2011.


The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships were completed at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Disney spent $1.7 billion on these ships with 23,000 people working on their construction.

2013 Minnie Mouse Love mag history


Minnie Mouse on the cover of LOVE magazine, 2013.

2015 Star Wars History


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing Disney film of all-time in EMEA with $618.6M. It is the industries 3rd highest grossing film of all-time (behind Avatar and Titanic).

DisneyLife history


DisneyLife streaming platform for selected Disney films, songs and games was launched in the UK in 2015.


First MediCinema opens in Italy, providing the full collection of Disney∙Pixar movies to bring joy and escapism to patients undergoing hospital treatment.


The Lion King celebrates its 15th anniversary in Hamburg with over 11 million visitors since 2001.


Marvel Zone at IMG’s Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, opens in Dubai in September 2016.


Disney PRIDE UK&I marches in the Pride in London Parade, the first time ever Disney has participated outside of the US and consequently winning an award for Best New Group.


Black Panther is the highest grossing theatrical release of all-time in East Africa, South Africa & West Africa.