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[via press release from Reelz]

(Albuquerque, NM) Tuesday, May 21, 2024 — REELZ today announced its June 2024 premieres led by new original documentary special Walt Disney: Behind the Magic taking viewers inside the kingdom and presenting the life story of the complicated man behind the iconic Mickey Mouse. The Disney name exploded into American pop culture courtesy of a scrappy cartoon mouse that still captivates audiences today. Walt Disney created the happiest place on earth but his life was far from a fairytale. Employee strikes, financial hardships and devastating personal tragedies threatened Disney’s dream but his passion to conquer the seemingly impossible and provide audiences and visitors with countless immersive entertainment experiences was unshakeable. June 2024 premieres also include new episodes of hit original documentary series On Patrol: Live every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. On Patrol: Live follows live news-gathering protocols as its cameras document for viewers in real time the everyday work of police officers on patrol across America. Each episode is preceded by a new episode of On Patrol: First Shift at 8pm ET/5pm PT where viewers get additional insight and updates from previous episodes of On Patrol: Live.

“Everyone knows the Disney name but the man behind it is a mystery to most until now. From his early cartoon sketches to opening Disneyland and beyond Walt Disney: Behind the Magic is an insightful look at his relentless vision to give people a fun experience and in the process radically alter what it meant to be entertained,” said Steve Cheskin, SVP of REELZ Programming. “We also look forward to new episodes of On Patrol: Live every Friday and Saturday night in June as the series recently marked the tremendous milestone of 36 straight premiere telecasts topping all cable entertainment networks on
Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm – 12mid in several key demos including the important A25-541.”

Highlighting June 2024 premieres is Walt Disney: Behind the Magic on Monday, June 24 at 9pm ET/6pm PT about the rollercoaster life story of the man who had an unwavering persistence to share his imagination but Disney watched his dreams nearly shatter repeatedly as he battled ferociously with forces within and beyond his control. At a time when cartoons were considered cheap entertainment Disney forged ahead founding his first animation company at just 20 years old. When cartoon competition began to heat up just a few years later Disney’s vision was almost crushed when a harsh lesson in character rights saw him lose his key cartoon character as well as most of his animators. Walt Disney: Behind the Magic chronicles the many highs and lows of Disney’s personal and professional life from the genesis of Mickey Mouse, the important bond he had with his brother Roy and the chaos filled grand opening of Disneyland to managing studio strikes and the tragic loss of his mother right as his success was finally paying off. Sharing their stories of working with Disney are former Imagineer at Walt Disney Studios Bob Gurr along with former Mouseketeer in The Mickey Mouse Club Cubby O’Brien while Disney historian and host of Connecting with Walt podcast Michael Bowling and Associate Professor of Film & Television Studios at the University of Vermont Sarah Nilsen help tell the remarkable story of Disney. Walt Disney: Behind the Magic is produced by AMS Pictures.

REELZ is a leading independent television network that is home to the hit original series On Patrol: Live that follows law enforcement officers live from a diverse mix of police departments and sheriff offices across America. REELZ original programming is focused on real people in revealing stories ranging from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours of… and the network is also home to true crime stories and law enforcement action including Gangsters: America’s Most Wanted, Mobsters, COPS, COPS Reloaded and Jail that take place in real communities across America.

REELZ is available in more than 50 million homes on DIRECTV (238),

DISH Network (299), Verizon
FiOS TV (692HD), AT&T U-verse (799/1799HD) and Xfinity, Spectrum, Optimum, Mediacom, Peacock, Philo, Freecast, DIRECTV Stream, Dish Sling and many other cable systems and major streaming services nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by visiting www.reelz.com. If REELZ is not available, or not in HD, on your cable, telco or streaming provider, we encourage viewers to call them and ask for it. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZ is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based in New York City with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.

REELZ library programing is available in more than 30 million additional homes and growing via major streaming platforms such as Amazon Channels, Fire TV, Roku, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Tubi, Samsung Smart TV+, Vizio, Xumo, Redbox and FreeVee.

As one of the last truly independent television networks remaining in today’s media landscape REELZ has created the Independence Happens Here® website to help keep free thought and innovation alive by highlighting the importance of independent businesses. The website can be found at http://IndependenceHappensHere.com.

For more information, contact the REELZ Media Line
877- REELZTV (733-5988) / pr@reelz.com

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