ESPN to Launch ESPNFrontRow.com, Behind-the-Scenes Corporate Blog

ESPNFrontRow.com mock-upESPN announced the launch of its new corporate blog site, ESPNFrontRow.com, which will debut Wednesday, March 30.

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Patent: Disney Virtual Pets Travel Globe in Real Life

Traveling Virtual PetWith the ‘Traveling Virtual Pet Game System’ (U.S. Patent Application 20110070935), inventor Damon R. Beggs hopes to bring the perpetual successes of the virtual pet into the 21st century, allowing it to travel the world (and beyond) all while in the palm of your hand.

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The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks Issue 2010 Corporate Citizenship Reports

The Walt Disney Company today released its second Corporate Citizenship report detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts. The report also includes the Company’s first set of comprehensive citizenship commitments and goals, aligned around three core principles:

  • Act and create in an ethical manner and consider the consequences of our decisions
  • Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents and families in our endeavors
  • Inspire kids, parents, employees, and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world

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The Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5M+ to Japan Relief Efforts

The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid efforts related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In addition, the Company will match Disney cast member and employee donations to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million total.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery.”

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Patent Says Simulated Floor System is Snow Problem

Whether your clothing shop is planning on an extravagant ‘Christmas in July’ pre-winter sale, you’re creating a new theme park attraction or perhaps even a Ski Lodge DVC resort, consider this new patent for Disney Enterprises which looks at creating a flooring system that simulates natural environments such as snow.

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Joe D’Ambrosia Named Vice President, Programming for Disney Junior

Joe D’Ambrosia has been named Vice President, Programming, Disney Junior, it was announced today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Disney Junior Worldwide, to whom D’Ambrosia reports. D’Ambrosia joins Disney after nearly two decades of writing, producing and developing children’s television programming and family films at companies including Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded, Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment.

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MasterCard Becomes Official Card of Disney in Europe and Africa

The Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney Associés S.C.A. and MasterCard announced today a six-year strategic corporate alliance across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS.

The agreements make MasterCard the official partner in the payment services category of The Walt Disney Company EMEA & Russia and of Euro Disney Associés C.S.A.. As a result, this provides MasterCard with opportunities to create and deliver unique promotional opportunities for its cardholders across the breadth of Disney including motion pictures and the more than 100 Disney Stores across the region and in Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination.

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The Walt Disney Company to Sponsor Hawaii Diversity Committee

Hawaii Minority Supplier Certification (HawaiiMSC) announced today that The Walt Disney Company will become the 2011 sponsor of its Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which counsels HawaiiMSC on local diverse business development and impact.

“The Walt Disney Company continues to be one of our strongest corporate advocates for Hawaii’s certified ethnic minority businesses,” President Scott A. Vowels said. “I’m pleased that Disney has stepped forward to support the activities of our Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which is designed to keep HawaiiMSC’s vision aligned with the best interests of our local Minority-owned Business Enterprise community. We have exciting initiatives and programs planned for 2011, and with The Walt Disney Company’s support we’ll make powerful inroads in connecting local businesses with Corporate America, Tier 2 contractors, and each other.”

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Robert Iger to be Recognized for Efforts by Alzheimer’s Association

The 19th Annual “A Night at Sardi’s,” a star-studded benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton, will honor The Walt Disney Company’s President and CEO Robert A. Iger for his contributions in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Iger will receive the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award, which is presented to an individual who has shown an extraordinary commitment to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Disney Store Unveils Initial Plans for New and Remodeled Stores in 2011

Disney Store continues to break ground with plans to unveil its innovative concept store in new North American and international markets. Building on the successful launch of its interactive and immersive stores in 2010, the international specialty retail chain is on target to add more than 25 new and remodeled locations in 2011 ultimately transforming all 350+ locations in countries around the world. Today at the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” in New York City, Disney Store announced the first 11 North American and 10 European locations and plans to reveal additional locations later this year. With a retail strategy focused on securing locations in premier mall and shopping centers, Disney Store is in prime position to deliver “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” to the more than 85 million children, families and tourists who visit it each year.

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