Disney Channel, Microsoft unite for “Start your story”

Disney Channel and Microsoft have come together to offer Indian kids a unique opportunity to unleash their creativity with “Start your story” contest.

Kids across India are invited to script their original creations in less than 1000 words using Microsoft Windows XP.They could even add some colour using illustrations and pictures to create prize-winning stories. The contest began recently and entries will be accepted till 20 December, 2005.

Walt Disney Television International (India) director – marketing and communications Tushar Shah said, “Storytelling is Disney’s foundation. We continuously stretch the boundaries of our imagination to tell compelling stories with unique appeal. Disney Channel inspires young viewers to fire up their creativity and write their own stories. I would imagine that using Windows XP to pen their plot makes it a perfect proposition for our young writers.”

Microsoft India director Windows client business group Rishi Srivastava said, “We are excited about this initiative with Disney Channel. It truly brings out the spirit of our ‘Start Something Global Marketing’ campaign, which showcases how people can explore, enhance and pursue their personal interests using Windows XP. As we enter the third decade of Windows, this program is designed to inspire kids and their parents to start something new with Windows and use it to open up a new world of creativity and convert their imagination into a reality.”

The best story will fly the lucky winner of the Grand Prize to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, USA.The first 100 prizes will have the winners names featured on Disney Channel and will receive a Microsoft Encarta CD. The top 10 story-writers stand to win Media Center PCs and their stories will be featured for a week on the channel’s website to be reviewed and voted by users.

Five reviewers whose choice matches that of the jury also stand to win Media Center PCs. The top 10 winners will additionally be flown into Disney Channel Studio in Mumbai to be featured on the channel. The Grand prize winner’s story will be featured on Disney Channel and besides the Grand Prize, there will also be a Viewer’s Choice Award.

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