Additional D23 News from Press Conference Call

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D23 Head Steven Clark began the call by providing some background and inspiration on D23, talking about how the Walt Disney Company first got its start on October 16, 1923 (where the 23 comes from) by signing its contract to produce the Alice comedies.

Clark addressed concerns about why there hasn’t been a greater outreach by Disney to its fans in the past. He stressed that Disney has always reached out to its fan base in many different aspects but that they’ve always been at the hand of individual units. D23 represents the first time the company has formed a united front to bring that level of relationship to the Disney fan community. Clark defines D23 as pulling back the curtain, going behind closed doors, going backstage and meeting the cast members that make the magic every day, all summed up as the ultimate insider Disney experience.

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Investors Re-elect Disney Board, Reject Say On Pay

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (Reuters) – Shareholders at Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) annual meeting on Tuesday re-elected the company’s 12 directors but defeated proposals that would have given investors an advisory say on executive compensation.

Disney investors also voted down a proposal that would have barred the entertainment company from providing death benefits to the families of executives who die on the job.

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D23 Merchandise and Club Information on DisneyShopping.com

D23 Membership Kit

D23 Membership Kit

Membership is $74.99 plus sale tax annually per individual. At this time, registration can only be done online at either Disney.com/D23 or DisneyShopping.com. In the future, vouchers will be able to be purchased at the theme parks, the Disney Store and the Disney Cruise Lines.

International guests are able to join, but will have to pay additional shipping as required (for now, domestic shipping is free).

Gift memberships are also available to give to loved ones in addition to those under the age of 18.

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Report: Disney Shareholders to Vote on Exec Pay

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co shareholders, will vote on Tuesday on a proposal that would give them a non-binding, advisory vote on the pay packages given to Chief Executive Bob Iger and other top executives, the Los Angeles Times said.

Disney is one of nearly 100 public companies whose shareholders will vote on the “Say on pay” initiative, which is backed by a group of 75 investors, including TIAA-Cref and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS), the paper said.

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The Walt Disney Company Announces Significant Long-Term Environmental Goals

BURBANK, Calif., March 9, 2009 — The Walt Disney Company today announced a landmark set of strategic environmental goals and challenging 3 to 5 year targets to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, and its impact on water and ecosystems.

The goals are part of Disney’s 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s approach to critical corporate responsibility issues ranging from charitable giving to nutrition and from online safety for kids to workplace diversity.

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Fortune Magazine: Disney at Top of Its Game

Fortune MagazineThe March 16 issue of Fortune will feature its 2009 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. The list is a result of a survey of executives, directors and analysts of the largest companies in the world who were asked to first rank companies in their own industries and then to rank them overall based on certain criteria.

In the Entertainment industry, the Walt Disney Company ranked #1 in all nine categories giving it an overall rank of 1 while the company ranked #13 out of all industries combined. For more details and the full results of the survey, click here.

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The View From Walt Disney Studios – Episode Details

[if you haven't yet, now would be a *great* time to check out Stitch Kingdom's tour of the Walt Disney Studios!]

Jimmy Kimmel (ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) and Calista Flockhart (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”) will make their first-ever appearances Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 13, respectively on ABC’s “The View,” as the popular talk and entertainment show broadcasts live from Disney Legends Plaza on the Walt Disney Studios lot, MARCH 9-13. Additional stars scheduled to appear include Patrick Dempsey (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Kyle MacLachlan and Doug Savant (ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”), Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”), Maurice Benard (ABC’s “General Hospital”) Miley Cyrus, Jay Leno (host, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”), Sally Field (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”), “The Hills'” Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt and musical guests Lady Gaga and Keysha Cole. (more…)

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Disney D23 Magazine Review – Lotsa Details, Some Photos

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Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover
Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover

Thanks to a tip from a Distant Creations reader, I was able to get my hands on a copy (or two, actually) of Disney twenty-three magazine, the companion guide to the new Disney 23 Official Community for Disney Fans, or the ‘Disney affinity club,’ as CEO Bob Iger recently referred to it.

First Impressions: First of all, I hesitate to call this a magazine. It’s not at all what might first come to one’s mind at the thought. No, this is actually more of a timely coffee table book. With 62 pages of content, this quarterly periodical packs in plenty of full color photos (when available) laid out in a very contemporary fashion accompanied by some well detailed articles. Quite arty. The pages are binded with glue, not staples and the pages are of a thicker stock than traditional magazines. The cover, which features an embossed title, might as well be hardcover. Priced at $15.95, it’s a modest investment. And I almost forgot to mention, it comes complete in a plastic, resealable protective pouch.

So what exactly is D23 aside from the tagline? According to the inside cover, D23 (referred to throughout the issue as Disney twenty-three) ‘celebrates the adventure Walt embarked upon and the amazing legacy that lives on in the work of Disney storytellers, animators, film-makers, Imagineers and Cast Members around the world.’ (more…)

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