‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Gets Interactive with Facebook Social Game

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Facebook GameEach week fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” tune in to watch Ty Pennington and his design crew build new homes for people in need. With each new challenge, the team conquers unexpected obstacles and is always forced to dream up new creative solutions.

With that spirit in mind, ABC.com and show producers are launching a new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Facebook social game, where players can build virtual homes for actual families from each week’s episode, or work with an almost endless supply of fictional scenarios in order to play as often as they want.

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ABC News and Yahoo! Announce Alliance; Partnership to Produce New Online Programming

Yahoo!, the premier digital media company, and ABC News today announced a strategic alliance that will enhance and transform the delivery of news and information across the digital landscape. This multifaceted relationship blends Yahoo! News’ unmatched audience, as well as its depth and breadth of content, with ABC News’ global newsgathering operation and unrivaled lineup of trusted anchors and reporters. Yahoo! News and ABC News reach a combined audience of more than 100 million people in the U.S. each month on PCs, mobile devices and tablets.

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ABC News and United Nations Announce ‘Million Moms Challenge’

Today ABC News and the UN Foundation launch an initiative engaging millions of Americans to support millions of moms across the globe around the critical issues of pregnancy, childbirth and children’s health — moms here helping moms worldwide.

The Million Moms Challenge will be featured on weekly segments on ABC News’ broadcasts including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline” and “20/20,” as well as other ABC News platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden, “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour and Juju Chang will be among those contributing reports. The initiative will lead up to an hour-long edition of “20/20” on maternal health anchored by Diane Sawyer on December 16, 2011 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

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ESPN Announces Plans for 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Coverage

ESPN will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a combination of features, essays, tributes and live event coverage throughout the day.

Below is a sampling of ESPN’s 9/11-related content plans:

  • ESPN will observe the national moment of silence Sunday at 8:46 a.m. ET.
  • SportsCenter and Outside the Lines will feature a roundtable discussion with three of New York’s professional coaches on the day of the attacks: Joe Torre and ESPN’s Herm Edwards and Bobby Valentine.

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ABC to Launch ‘Club Millionaire’ Daytime Viewer Rewards Program

ClubMillionaireTV.com from ABC DaytimePerhaps in an effort to offer consolation to those still reeling from the news that their decades-old favorite soaps have been shoved to the web to make way for Katie Couric, ‘The Chew’ and ‘The Revolution,’ as well as engage viewers, ABC Daytime has put up the framework for ClubMillionaireTV.com, a viewer loyalty rewards program which allows members to earn points by shopping through associated retailers online, entering in ‘certificate grants’ offered by partners offline and even by watching ABC Daytime for codes to redeem online. Once points are accumulated, they can be used to purchase merchandise and/or to enter prize-filled sweepstakes as well as donate to charities through the site. Membership to ClubMillionaireTV.com is free and requires only minor activity to maintain the account.

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‘Pixie Hollow’ ‘How Will You Train?’ Contest to Give Away Ultimate ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ Viewing Party

Training Fairies in Disney Online's Pixie HollowComing to Disney Channel this fall, “Pixie Hollow Games” is a world premiere television event where fairy talents from all over the Hollow gather to compete in a thrilling athletic competition. To prepare for this exciting television special, the Never Council wants to know how YOU will train for the Pixie Hollow Games!

The fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow are busy training for the Pixie Hollow games and for three weeks the virtual world of Pixie Hollow, will celebrate the Games by hosting the “How Will You Train?” art contest.  The contest, which runs from August 16 – September 6, invites Disney Fairies Fans to draw and share how they will train for the Pixie Hollow Games, with the grand prize winner receiving the ultimate viewing party kit.

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ESPN Announces foursquare Partnership to Provide Sporting Events Information

ESPN on foursquare - Friends TabESPN today announced an agreement to supply sports venue data on foursquare’s newly launched Events platform, enhancing the check-in experience at sporting events with game time, teams, venue, location information and more.  With the new feature, fans will not only be able to share their check-ins at the venue, but also access all the news and information from ESPN about the game.

“Having ESPN integrated into foursquare’s check-in functionality is a great way to serve highly engaged fans at the game,” said John Kosner, Senior Vice President, Digital and Print Media at ESPN.  “Teaming up with the talented team at foursquare is in line with our goal to deliver our content wherever fans are, and foursquare’s growing audience of 10 million users is an important place for us to be.”

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Disney’s ‘Secret Agent X’ Online Community That Does Only Everything

If there’s blood under my fingernails, it’s only from scratching my head too much over this little revelation. Recent trademark applications by Disney Online are identifying an online social networking service(s) going under the title of ‘Secret Agent X.’

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Speculation: Could Disney Imagination Online Reincarnate Virtual Magic Kingdom?

Admittedly, this little puppy has been sitting in the Stitch Kingdom inbox for a long time, but recent activity makes it harder to ignore. You see, back in March, Disney registered a slew of domain names at once, including: disneyimaginationgame.com, disneyimaginationgame.net, disneyimaginationworld.net, disneysimagination.net, disneyworldofimagination.net, imaginationonlinegame.net, disneyimaginationonline.com, disneyimaginationonline.net, disneyimaginationworld.com, disneysimagination.com, disneyworldofimagination.com, imaginationonlinegame.com, disneyimagination.net, disneyimagination.org, disneyimaginationgame.org, disneyimaginationonline.org, disneyimaginationworld.org, disneysimagination.org, disneyworldofimagination.org and imaginationonlinegame.org.

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Disney Parks InsidEARS Update

Back in November, we reported on the mysterious Disney Park InsidEARS, a website to feature advice and information, news and commentary in the field of travel as well as the field of entertainment.

We thought it’d be a good time to check up on the state of the new source of travel and entertainment information, especially in light of Disney registering several anti-InsidEAR domain names, presumably in a move to block potential for spoofing/criticism. Among the domain names registered are outsidear.com, outsidear.net,outsidear.org, outsidears.com, outsidears.net and outsidears.org. Either that, or Ponyboy will be the resident Disney Parks expert.

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