It’s being reported that Disney will invest $233 million into new projects for the free Disney Channel in Russia currently in development in partnership with Media One TV (Disney will have a 49% stake in the channel). The channel is already expected to air dubbed versions of Hannah Montana and other Disney Channel staples, but will also feature exclusive content developed directly for the market.
O the humanity! Spring Walt Disney World guests are still reeling over the cancellation over the never-quite-official Mickey’s Pirate & Princess Parties for 2009 and now this. According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker, the planets and stars (Disney stars that is) have completely misaligned for this tradition. The games are reportedly taking a backseat to the stars’ careers and with the introduction of Disney XD, other promotional plans are in the works. See the rest of the report here.
In case the Super Bowl has you feeling too manly, please enjoy the opening credits from the new Disney Channel show Sonny With A Chance starring Demi Lovato, premiering next Sunday.
UPDATE: Tickets are no longer available for the Walt Disney Studios tapings, but see here for a related contest.
The LA Times is reporting that The View will be broadcasting from the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA the week of March 9.
The inspiration for the location came from executive producer Bill Geddie who accompanied Barbara Walters when she was honored with a Disney Legends Award. The article cites Geddie as being enamored by the Disney Studio’s Legends Plaza (see image on left) which faces the seven dwarfs adorning the Michael D. Eisner building and holds replicas of the famous Disney statues Partners and Sharing the Magic in addition to a giant sculpture of the Disney Legends award itself. Plaques containing the names of Disney Legends cover the plaza’s columns.
The first part of the 2 part series premiere of the future Disney XD show Aaron Stone is available for free now on iTunes. Direct link.
LOS ANGELES, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) plans to lay off 200 people at its ABC division, a Disney executive familiar with the situation said, underscoring the media industry’s struggle with sliding ad sales. (more…)
TMZ is reporting that Richard Fronduto filed a lawsuit today in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming he wrote a script in 1990 initally called “The Secret Life of Sindi” which was pitched to and well received by Disney and could be the real origins to Hannah Montana.
A New Selection of Classic and Contemporary Disney Films Available Every Month
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA – News, CMCSK – News), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, together with Disney-ABC Domestic Television today announced the launch of the subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, Disney Family Movies. The service, which showcases classic and contemporary Disney family movies from one of the world’s largest film libraries, is now available to Comcast digital customers. (more…)