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Disney Finds New Avenue for Revenue in Partnership With Ford

By Jennifer Saibil – Jul 2, 2020 at 11:42AM

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The two companies are teaming up to produce product launch ads to broadcast on Disney's Hulu.

Entertainment giant Walt Disney (DIS -2.60%) has been suffering for the past few months while its parks and experiences were closed, and only a few have recently reopened. Its main revenue driver during the COVID-19 pandemic has been its streaming services, and it's been finding innovative ways to make them more profitable, such as releasing new films straight to streaming. 

A new partnership with the Ford Motor Company (F -3.60%) is another path to bringing in much-needed cash.

A Ford Explorer with mountains in the distance.

Image source: Ford Motor Company.

Catching customers' attention

Ford had planned to reveal its new Bronco 4x4 family of cars at an auto show in Detroit, but had to think up a new strategy to make a splash in light of the pandemic. The alternative plan is to unveil the collection throughout Disney's broad platform of broadcast, cable, digital, and streaming channels, including ABC, ESPN, National Geographic, and Hulu.

"As a new era for Bronco begins, we're proud to tap the strengths of epic adventurers like Jimmy Chin and Disney storytellers to help bring Bronco to life and inspire millions of people to get out into the wild," said Ford COO Jim Farley in a press release.

New frontiers for Disney

Disney's CreativeWorks agency worked with Ford to bring branded content across its networks. The agency has created three-minute films to air on each of three networks on July 13. An ad featuring country music star Kip Moore will air on ABC during the Country Music Association's concert event; an ad featuring professional rock climber Brooke Raboutou will air on ESPN; and an ad featuring Jimmy Chin, who is an award-winning director and climber who collaborated with Disney on the project, will air on National Geographic.

All of the films will be available for streaming on Hulu with added content.


Jennifer Saibil has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walt Disney and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $60 calls on Walt Disney and short July 2020 $115 calls on Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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