The Walt Disney Internet Group today announced the acquisition of Minds Eye Productions, one of the leading interactive TV game developers in Europe. The agreement demonstrates WDIG's commitment to the iTV games market and to developing new growth businesses for The Walt Disney Company.

Disney entered the interactive TV games market in the UK in August 2004, with the launch of 'Disney Channel Play' on Sky. This service provides games featuring some of Disney's most popular TV programmes, movies and characters including those from The Lion King and Kim Possible.

Mark Handler, executive vice president and managing director, Walt Disney Internet Group, International, explained: "Interactive TV gaming is a growing and exciting market, and Minds Eye is the leading UK developer. This acquisition allows us to build on our successful Disney branded iTV game service and shows our commitment to this market. We already have a great portfolio of interactive assets in Europe, and Minds Eye is a natural fit with our activities."

"It is a great move for Minds Eye to become a part of Disney, the greatest family entertainment company in the world" said Martin Batten, managing director of Minds Eye Productions. "Our employees are delighted to join the Disney family, and look forward to helping Disney expand its interactive TV gaming activities."