Disney Family.com Wins Best Family/Parenting Site and People’s Voice Award in the 13th Annual Webby Awards

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The 13th Annual Webby Awards and the Webby People’s Voice Awards named Disney Family.com Best Family/Parenting site of the year. Over 500,000 votes were cast by people around the world for their favorite sites, videos, and ads in The Webby People’s Voice Awards and 10,000 entries were received for this year’s Webby Awards. Disney Family.com is dedicated to offering helpful, relevant and timely information parents and families can use every day.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, “Simpson’s” creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.

Disney Family.com was honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers on June 8th in New York City. Fans can watch the ceremony online at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at: http://www.webbyawards.com.

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Walmart Offers Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Videos and Free Downloads for Jonas Brothers

BRISBANE, Calif., June 9  — Walmart today unveiled a new, exclusive Jonas Brothers concert and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the band that can only be seen online at Walmart.com. The private concert was filmed in Hollywood last month and features never-before-seen footage of the band’s first live performance of songs from their upcoming album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, scheduled for release in all nationwide stores and online on June 16. Starting today, Walmart.com allows Jonas fans to watch Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas sing songs from and talk about making their new, highly anticipated album.

“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to provide our fans an opportunity to enjoy a special performance from our new album, like the one you’ll find online today at Walmart.com,” said Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

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Disney Partners with Vudu to Allow Consumers to Purchase Over 60 Downloadable Hi-Def Disney Films

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4  — VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment products and services, today announced that the VUDU service is the first to offer titles from Buena Vista Home Entertainment for download-to-own in high definition. Beginning today, VUDU users can select from a collection of over 60 titles featuring recent hits, such as Doubt and High School Musical 3, as well as past favorites, such as No Country for Old Men, The Sixth Sense and National Treasure. The selection of movies available to own in HD on VUDU will continue to expand as new titles are made available.

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Walt Disney World Online Moms Panel Wins Public Relations Award

The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently held its 22nd annual Big Apple Awards event in New York City. From a record of 186 entries, 37 awards and 18 honorable mentions were given. “The winning agencies demonstrated a gold standard in public relations, a clear understanding of client objectives and flawless execution,” said PRSA-NY President elect, Irene Maslowski.

In order to be eligible for the award, the entrant must be located in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area and had to perform most or all of the actual work on the program, which could have been executed anywhere within the United States. The panel of judges was comprised of experienced, senior level public relations practitioners, representing a broad range of disciplines.

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Hyperion Unveils ‘Kernl’ Web Publishing Initiative

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America will mark the official debut of a new ‘e-imprint’ initiative by Disney publisher Hyperion called Kernl (reasons behind name/spelling not revealed). Looking like your standard run-of-the-mill web-based video player, the Kernl is offered in a tabbed format and offers more in-depth text and other forms of information to supplement the originating content.

If you’re not confused about why this is news, please let me know, because I sure don’t get it.

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TV Personality Joan Lunden, Actor/Comedian Brad Garrett go ‘On the Record’ with Best Walt Disney World Vacation Tips (Video)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 13 — Want the “celebrity scoop” on visiting Walt Disney World? Look no further. Families can now access park tips from celebrity moms and dads via the Walt Disney World Moms Panel site, www.disneyworldmoms.com. Disney Parks welcomes television personality Joan Lunden and actor/comedian Brad Garrett, as they go on camera to share vacation advice based on their family travel experiences. Lunden and Garrett are just another two parents, like the real parents on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, who have mastered the art of planning a Disney vacation.

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Theme Park Merchandise Now Available Online at DisneyShopping.com

Disney Parks AuthenticThis year, the Walt Disney Company appears to be celebrating synergy more than anything else and they’ve taken it to a whole new level here.

With very limited cross-over in the past, the Walt Disney Company has done well to keep its merchandising lines completely separate from each other. Even when Disney owned the Disney Store the first time, the merchandise found at the Theme Parks (often marked with both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland logos along with a golden castle logo) was primarily available only at the theme parks or mail order (or the occasional shopping by proxy), but never at the Disney Store or online.

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ABC.com Introduces Music Lounge for Music Featured on its Television Programs

Beginning today, in response to viewers’ love for not only their favorite ABC shows, but also the music in them, ABC Entertainment launches the ABC Music Lounge on ABC.com, providing users with an interactive online music experience that is uniquely ABC. Reflective of the network’s commitment to using digital platforms to deepen its relationship with viewers, the ABC Music Lounge showcases everything about the music and artists featured on ABC’s popular primetime schedule, offering a deep catalog of music-related content.

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ABC Launches YouTube Channel

ABC News announced today the launch of its branded channel on YouTube, youtube.com/ABCNEWS, featuring short form news content. The channel will include breaking news as it happens, highlights from newsmaker interviews, as well as ABC News programming from morning to night — including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “20/20″ and “Primetime” limited series.

“We look forward to expanding our online audience for ABC News reporting on our new YouTube channel,” said David Westin, president, ABC News. “ABC News audiences will now be able to watch us on one of the top video portals on the Internet.”

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