Last September, Das Vierte has filed a request with the regional media authorities in Northrhine-Westphalia (Landesanstalt fuer Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM) for a green light for change of ownership. Disney is taking over the shares of Mini Movie International Channel in Das Vierte as well as a small private interest to take 100% ownership of the channel.
The company MMW Minimovie World holds 99.65% of the shares in Mini Movie International Channel, a 50/50 joint venture between Dmitry Lesnevsky and Iren Lesnevskaya. Iren Lesnevskaya also holds 0.35% of the shares in the channel.
The Walt Disney Company is a major investor in German TV channels, with interests in RTL II, Super RTL, the premium Disney channels as well as an indirect interest in the German A+E Networks channels.