WHAT: Disney Music Group has re-upped with Universal Music Group, expanding their distribution relationship geographically by also giving Walt Disney Records to UMG outside of North America for the first time. Beyond distribution, the deal also includes creative components for Disney and apparent synchronization opportunities for UMG artists and songwriters. "When you think about our platforms--which extend to soundtracks, films and television with the Disney Channel and ESPN/ABC Family--we also wanted a collaborative partner," Disney Music Group executive VP Ken Bunt says.

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