February 22, 2012 / 10:52 PM / 7 years ago

Wrestling scion joins Disney in the ring in China

Vince McMahon (L), the chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. holds a plaque as he poses with his son Shane after the former's Hollywood Walk of Fame star was unveiled in Hollywood, California March 14, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

(Reuters) - Shane McMahon, the son of pro-wrestling impresario Vince McMahon, will team up with Walt Disney Co to distribute video-on-demand Disney movies in China.

The 42-year-old chief executive officer of YOU On Demand Holdings - a joint venture with government-run network CCTV - had previously obtained the rights to distribute movies from Warner Brothers, a unit of Time Warner, and from Hollywood studio Lionsgate.

The latest agreement gives McMahon’s company the rights to offer what it called “officially approved” Disney films both under subscription or through individual transactions, where movies are rented by consumers who watch them on their TV sets.

“We are very proud to work with The Walt Disney Company in bringing the best in home entertainment to China,” McMahon said in a statement obtained by Reuters that was prepared for a Wednesday release.

McMahon joined YOU On Demand in 2010 after a 21-year career at World Wrestling Entertainment, where he started as a referee under the name Shane Stevens. At one point, he appeared onscreen in a scripted role as a rival wrestling promoter who tried to steal wrestlers from his father.

Offscreen, McMahon rose through the ranks at WWE and in 1998 helped create the company’s digital media division. He was executive vice-president of WWE Global Media from 1993 to 2010 and oversaw international TV distribution, event books and digital media in overseas markets.

Reporting by Ronald Grover; Editing by Gary Hill

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