Following Stan Lee’s recent appearance at Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, Stan and his company POW! Entertainment (PK: POWN) are pleased to confirm today two new exciting announcements for the company. POW! Entertainment’s project with Walt Disney Studios Time Jumper, the multi-platform digital comic book about a college student who must protect the time travel device his father invented, has been made available on the PlayStation network as of March 31. This will allow audiences around the world to access the 10 episode compilation for $9.99 and play it on their PlayStation 3 or any PlayStation portable device.
Fifty days, fifty fabulous tunes, all free for the downloading: That’s the idea behind Walt Disney Records’ “50 Days of Disney Music.” Offering fans more free music than any program in the label’s history, “50 Days of Disney Music” draws on songs spanning the Disney universe, from classic animated films such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Bambi” to hit Disney Channel series such as “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” plus Disney Channel Original Movies “High School Musical” and “Camp Rock.” With free downloads available via social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, as well as via a special mobile phone list, “50 Days of Disney Music” kicks off May 3.
Club Penguin and its millions of animated penguin inhabitants are going green. On April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the popular children’s virtual world will launch a special online party and new ways for its players to exercise their passion for making the world a better place.
“Our players constantly ask for ways they can improve the virtual world of Club Penguin and the world at large, and we like to encourage that spirit of global citizenship and giving back,” says Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “Children today are far more environmentally aware than ever before and they truly want to make a difference. It’s important that their experiences on Club Penguin reflect and reinforce those ideals.”
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Disney Digital Books (DDB) is offering kids everywhere a 7-day free trial to four Earth Day themed books in addition to its robust online library of over 600 other classic Disney stories all available at the click of a mouse.
The Earth Day themed books, which contain relevant content to help kids learn about the environment, include all new illustrations and an audio component, providing early readers an engaging storytelling experience with entertaining voices and sound effects and the ability for children to follow along as the story is read aloud.
ABC Music Lounge goes live today with a special music stream dedicated to Lilith 2010 artists. The stream is filled with over eight hours of songs from artists such as Lilith founder Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Erykah Badu and Marina & The Diamonds, to name a few. The stream is available now on the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com.
ABC Music Lounge will also present a musical tribute to the fan-favorite series “Ugly Betty” with a special 11-song playlist available for streaming directly after the series finale, on the ABC Music Lounge on ABC.com Wednesday, April 14 (11:00 p.m., ET) at www.abcmusiclounge.com. The 11 songs selected for the playlist were used throughout the series in pivotal and memorable moments, including two songs performed by the cast.
As part of its ongoing strategy to provide original creative content where and how consumers want it, Disney will offer applications from all of its businesses on the new Apple iPad.
The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad. iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 popular ABC series through a wi-fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store. The ABC iPad app brings the full experience of ABC.com’s Emmy Award-winning full episode player to a touch-screen, handheld device for the first time. Additionally, the ABC.com site is now optimized for the iPad, complete with full-functionality for all its features, including short-form video.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has built two original “Toy Story” read-along apps for the iPad, both combining Disney stories and unique activities with cutting edge technology. Each “Toy Story” read-along is an immersive multimedia experience – the books feature video from the feature films, karaoke and voice record features, the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, songs from the movies, original games, and even an interactive coloring feature that lets kids finger-paint with up to 10 fingers on the screen. The “Toy Story” app is free and the “Toy Story 2” app is $8.99 and comes with a one month free subscription to disneydigitalbooks.com. In addition, new “Disney Princess,” “Phineas & Ferb,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “Toy Story 3” apps will go live on the iPad later this spring.
Disney Online has built a custom iPad version of its flagship website, Disney.com, which focuses on exclusive video content. iPad videos featured at launch include new scenes from highly-anticipated Disney films “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” full-episodes of popular Disney Channel and Disney XD series “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Suite Life on Deck” and “Phineas & Ferb,” and a new Muppets music video, “Stand by Me.”
“The iPad provides a very compelling consumer experience, and we are pleased to have new forms of original, interactive content on this great device,” said Bob Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to the ABC player and “Toy Story” read-along apps, Disney, ABC and ESPN will launch the following applications:
Disney Family.com and award winning actress Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) announced today a new joint Web project, GetHatched.com “A Chick’s Guide to Life.” The new site, which will launch in May, will be produced by Disney Family.com, with creative and editorial content and insight provided by Ms. Hatcher and a team of experts. The joint effort will create a fun, inspirational and unique web destination that features a variety of topics and solutions for the needs of all women.
ESPN is in a New York state of mind with ESPNNewYork.com, the latest edition of ESPN’s network of local sites and newest destination for New York sports news and information. The site features exclusive, original content from local contributors, locally relevant content created from ESPN’s multiple platforms and branded programming.
“We are committed to offering a truly local experience with these sites, and thus with the launch of ESPNNewYork.com, we are dedicated to finding contributors and authentic voices that have a passion for all things New York, an expertise on the hometown teams and a real, meaningful connection with fans in the NY area,” said Jim Pastor, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Local. “Our mission is to serve sports fans, and in just one year, we’ve managed to establish a deeper relationship on a local level with fans in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles. They are each among the top local sports destinations for fans in their respective markets, and we have high hopes for New York as we build our presence from the solid foundation we’ve established through the success and reach of our owned and operated station, ESPN Radio 1050 AM.”
The site launches under the day-to-day editorial leadership of new executive editor Leon Carter, a news veteran with over 24 years of experience with the NY sports media world, most recently as sports editor for the New York Daily News and previously with Newsday. He is an award-winning editor who has covered the NY area sports scene since 1984.
In 2009, Carter was honored with the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for his efforts promoting diversity in the newsroom and guiding the careers of more than 250 minority journalists over the past 16 years. He co-founded and continues to instruct at the Sports Journalism Institute, an intensive nine-week training and internship program for aspiring minority journalists held every summer since 1993.
“New York is one of the world’s greatest sports cities, home to one of most passionate fan bases and some of the most storied franchises in sports,” said Rob King, vice president and editor-in-chief, ESPN.com. “Leon is a veteran of the NY media world who truly understands the NY area sports landscape. His leadership will drive the editorial direction of ESPNNewYork.com and build a sports site for true NY sports fans.”
Scrapblog™, the leading online service for social storytelling through photos, announced today that it has been named by Disney as “The Official Memory-Maker for Disney’s D23.” For the first time, Disney fans can get creative with one-of-a-kind Disney content for their scrapbooks, calendars, family trees, travelogues, yearbooks, fan tributes, greeting cards, and any other creations they make on Scrapblog.
Scrapblog users can decorate their online photo creations with unique stickers and backgrounds featuring Mickey, Minnie, and the classic crew, plus beloved Disney feature film characters like Ariel, Tinker Bell and the Mad Hatter. The content featuring these familiar Disney friends, and many more, can be found exclusively in the Scrapblog D23 store. In addition to its new Disney selection, Scrapblog has also created content that is available exclusively to D23 Members.
D23 themes full of charming character stickers and whimsical Disney-themed backgrounds are available immediately on Scrapblog, and there is much more magic to come in 2010. Also, Scrapblog will host a variety of creative contests with great prizes, including D23 Memberships and tickets to exclusive D23 events held throughout the year.
There’s a hush in Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world this month as the new Animal Friends are fluttering about in the meadows. Every baby Animal Friend needs a Fairy to help them grow. From fireflies and ladybugs to hummingbirds and dragonflies, there’s a baby animal perfect for every Fairy.