Handy Manny to Fight Flu in New Disney Channel Interstitial Beginning December 11

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Handy Manny, a hugely popular character among the preschool set and star of Disney Channel’s hit series “Handy Manny,” highlights the importance of washing hands and offers other tips to prevent the spread of germs, especially during flu season, in a new interstitial segment premiering FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 (9:25 a.m. ET/PT) during Playhouse Disney, the learning-focused programming block for preschoolers seen daily on Disney Channel.  The interstitial will recur multiple times daily and will be available at PlayhouseDisney.com, with a link to the Center for Disease Control’s flu prevention micro-site and printable tips for parents on how to prevent and treat the flu.

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ABC.com Kicks off New Season of Scrubs with WinstonUniversity.com

Just in time for the hour-long season 9 debut of Scrubs on ABC tonight at 9 pm ET/PT, ABC.com launches WinstonUniversity.com, a website dedicated to the educational institution that serves as home to the new Sacred Heart.

Not much on the site as of yet, just a couple of bios and blogs of students Lucy Bennett (Kerry Bishe) and Drew (Michael Mosley) who will face the comic tutelage of  Dr. Turk and (of course) Dr. Cox. They will be joined by fellow student Cole (Dave Franco) who evidently has other priorities in life than blogging (at least for now).

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Leads Nominations for 37th Annual Annie Awards

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 1  — The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 37th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog” received eight nominations, including Best Animated Feature and individual nominations for animated effects, character animation, production design and voice acting, while its “Prep and Landing” received nine nominations including Best Animated Television Production and individual nominations for character animation, character design, music, production design, storyboarding and writing.

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Debut of ABC’s ‘Prep & Landing’ Pushed Back to Dec 8

Initially set to air on December 1, ABC has decided to push back the debut of its first holiday special from Walt Disney Animation Studios to December 8 at 8:30 PM ET (not Central as others have been reporting) because of a televised press conference by President Obama. Although the press conference is scheduled to run from 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm and would apparently not overlap with Prep & Landing‘s airing at 8:30, ABC has decided to move it anyway.

The back-to-back season premiere of Scrubs is expected to air at 9PM ET as scheduled.

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Updated: Download Music from ‘Prep & Landing’ for Free, Exclusively at ABC Music Lounge

From the upcoming holiday special, “Disney Prep & Landing,” the ABC Music Lounge will exclusively debut the song “Jingle Jang and Jive” by composer Michael Giacchino (“Lost”). The song will be available for free download in the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com starting Monday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m. PT, until Friday, December 11 at midnight, ET/9:00 p.m., PT.

“Disney Prep & Landing” is ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will air TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Celebrities Share Their Movie Memories in All New Special Celebrating Disney Animation

Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation” is a look back at 75 years of Disney magic on the silver screen and a look ahead to the all-new animated adventure comedy, “The Princess and the Frog.” Host Vanessa Williams is joined by some of the brightest stars of television, movies, music and sports, who share their favorite memories of Disney animation, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

This one-hour special explores the key ingredients of these treasured Disney films – the captivating characters, breathtaking artistry and unforgettable music – as well as the power they have to inspire and influence real-life dreams.

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ABC to Present ‘Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special’ on December 13

Oprah Winfrey will usher in the holidays at the White House, visiting President Obama and the First Lady as they prepare for their family’s first Christmas there, on “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special,” airing SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

The intimate, informative and entertaining hour-long special will include a one-on-one conversation with the President, marking the first time Oprah has interviewed him since he took office, as well as an exclusive sit-down interview with the First Couple. The special will showcase behind-the-scenes preparations as the White House gets ready for the holiday season.

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Carolina Lightcap Named President of Disney Channels Worldwide; Gary Marsh Becomes CCO

BURBANK, Calif. (November 24, 2009) — Carolina Lightcap has been promoted to President, Disney Channels Worldwide, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, Co-chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom she will report. A highly-regarded executive with more than 20 years in the media/entertainment industry, Ms. Lightcap joined The Walt Disney Company in 2000 and most recently served in the dual roles of senior Vice President, Programming and Creative Affairs, Disney Channels Latin America, and Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company, Latin America. She will assume her new position within the Disney/ABC Television Group effective immediately and will relocate from Buenos Aires to Burbank.

A versatile and well-regarded executive who, during her career, has been based in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, Ms. Lightcap will be charged with shepherding Disney Channels Worldwide, the global leader in kid-focused, family-inclusive entertainment, through its next period of growth. The Disney Channel global executive team representing Programming and Production, Business Affairs, Business Planning and Development, Marketing, Brand Management, Advertising Sales and Radio Disney, will report to her.

And in recognition of his extraordinary and continuing contribution, Gary Marsh will assume the new title of Chief Creative Officer in addition to his current title of President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, remaining in charge of all program development, creative and production, reporting to Ms. Lightcap.

In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated: “Carolina has made enormous contributions to Disney over the past decade, especially in launching and building Disney Channel Latin America into the #1 cable channel in the region. She’s a highly respected member of our global team and her wealth of experience, leadership acumen and programming, marketing and franchise building skills make her the ideal executive to lead Disney Channels Worldwide into the future.”

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Jenny McCarthy, Dean McDermott Seek ‘Elves’ to Help Set Guiness Record in NYC December 7

Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – In support of its new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe,” and the network’s annual 25 Days of Christmas event – the biggest programming event on cable – ABC Family will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the largest gathering of Santa’s “elves” together in one place! ABC Family’s World Record Elf Party will take place in New York’s The Pond at Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) on Monday, December 7 from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM ET. “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” stars Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott will be on hand to help gather over 250 “elves” to set the new world record.

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Radio Disney to Premiere Tiffany Thornton and Kermit the Frog Christmas Duet Nov 27; Video Debuts Dec 4

Tiffany Thornton and Kermit the Frog. © DisneyDisney Channel will premiere the music video for Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”) and world renowned star Kermit the Frog’s Christmas duet, “I Believe,” on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. Prior to the premiere on Disney Channel, Radio Disney will debut the song on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27. Thornton and Kermit the Frog will perform the song during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, November 26.

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