Apple, Pixar and Disney Reflect on Life and Death of Steve Jobs

After several years of health complications, Steve Jobs (b. February 25, 1955), founder of Apple Computer, former Chief Executive of Pixar Animation Studios and largest shareholder of The Walt Disney Company, passed away earlier today at the age of 56.

The news was delivered by the Apple Board of Directors who released the following statement:

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Gary Marsh Named as Lightcap’s Successor as President, Disney Channels Worldwide

The Disney/ABC Television Group today announced that Gary Marsh has been promoted to president, Disney Channels Worldwide. He will also continue in his role as the Channel’s Chief Creative Officer. This announcement follows the decision by Carolina Lightcap to step down as president, Disney Channels Worldwide.

In this new position, Mr. Marsh will have full creative oversight and leadership responsibility for Disney’s successful and burgeoning global kids TV business, comprising more than 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and feeds which are available in 169 countries and 35 languages. The portfolio spans Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Disney Cinemagic and Hungama brands; the Radio Disney broadcast and satellite radio network and station group; as well as subscription video-on-demand and the content-rich broadband websites DisneyChannel.com, DisneyJunior.com, DisneyXD.com and RadioDisney.com. Previously, Mr. Marsh had been president, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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Robert Chapek Named President, Disney Consumer Products; Role to Expand Dramatically

The Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert A. Iger announced today Robert Chapek, President of Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, has been promoted to President of Disney Consumer Products, reporting to Iger.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead our newly expanded team and to grow our brands, franchises and movie properties in the fast-changing retail and licensing marketplace.”

With this announcement, Chapek will oversee a newly formed companywide consumer products organization, which will consolidate retail and licensing across Disney’s lines of business including Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Media Networks, Interactive Media and Consumer Products.

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Andy Mooney Resigns as Chair of Disney Consumer Products

Andrew P. Mooney corporate photo © DisneyAfter leading Disney Consumer Products for close to 12 years, Andrew P. Mooney, has decided to resign from his post. Mr. Mooney joined the company in December 1999 as president of DCP and was promoted to Chairman in May 2003.

“The contributions that Andy has made to Disney have been enormous,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Not only has he consistently delivered business results year after year, but his focus on the Disney brand and the creation of new franchises like Disney Princess will leave a legacy for decades. I wish him nothing but best wishes and am confident that he will continue to contribute greatly to the creative and business worlds.”

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Disney, Carnegie Mellon Free MoCap Technology from Studio Confines

Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around — mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves — scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas and outdoors.

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Chiquita to Sponsor ‘Living with the Land,’ ‘Crush’n’Gusher’ at Walt Disney World

Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) and Walt Disney World Resort announced an agreement today that will bring premium, healthy fresh Chiquita® and Fresh Express® products to a number of retail points at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and the Disney Cruise Line. This new strategic alliance represents the commitment of both companies to provide consumers with healthy food options.

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Disney Partners with Lilly Diabetes to Promote Awareness for Families

Lilly Diabetes and Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bookLilly Diabetes today announced the launch of an innovative collaboration with Disney Online and Disney Publishing Worldwide that combines Lilly’s deep understanding of diabetes with some Disney magic to provide inspiration, education and practical advice to families with children who have type 1 diabetes. The companies have created a variety of resources for families, including a special online hub found on Disney Family.com and a series of custom books by Disney Publishing Worldwide for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes.

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Parks Prez Al Weiss Announces Retirement After Nearly 40 Years of Service

Nearly 40 years after he began working at the Walt Disney World Resort at the age of 18 in 1972, Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has announced his retirement from The Walt Disney Company, effective November 1, 2011. Weiss has held his current position since 2005 after leaving his role of President of Walt Disney World.

Weiss sent the following e-mail to cast members earlier today:

Fellow cast members,

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Lloyds of London Underwriters File Suit Against Walt Disney World

Even if I were to understand half of this, I don’t think I understand any of this, thus it’s right up my alley. Some underwriters at Lloyds of London recently filed a claim against Thomas Wright of Loganville, Georgia, owner of Paintball Sports Promotions and Disney Parks and Resorts, specifically Walt Disney World, in what appears to be the next step in an already complicated legal mess.

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Mufasa Becomes Spokes-lion for Responsible Fatherhood Campaign

Lion King Fatherhood Ad Council AdWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has partnered with the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance and the Ad Council for the the Responsible Fatherhood program, which helps promote the cause of fathers being involved in their children’s lives. This represents the second time the Walt Disney Company has partnered with the campaign which began in 2008, the first being a joint effort with ESPN in 2009.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 24 million children (34%) in the U.S. live apart from their fathers. The PSA campaign is an effort to show fathers the unique and irreplaceable role they play in their children’s lives.

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