June 16 is ‘Jonas Day’ on Disney Channel

“Jonas Day,” a programming event dedicated to the multi-platinum recording artists and TV stars the Jonas Brothers, will be presented TUESDAY, JUNE 16 (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Included are three one-hour blocks (six episodes) of “JONAS,” the #1 scripted program on all of TV among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 for the month of May, plus music videos, a sneak peek at Jonas Brothers’ upcoming concert tour, and their Friday, June 12 performance of “Poison Ivy” and “Paranoid” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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Disney Orders Third Season of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Announces Soundtrack on CD

Disney Channels Worldwide has ordered a third season of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb” for its Disney XD and Disney Channel platforms.    Created and executive-produced by Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (“The Simpsons” and “Rocko’s Modern Life”) and featuring a notable voice cast, the series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.

In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “’Phineas and Ferb’ is the simplest of ideas – two brothers determined to do something unique, something outrageous every single day of their 104 days of summer vacation — and Dan and Swampy have executed it with brilliant comedic flair.”

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Handy Manny’s Sensational Summer Saturdays – All New Episodes Begin June 20

Disney Channel will premiere eight new episodes of its hit multicultural series “Handy Manny,” starring the voice of Wilmer Valderrama, every Saturday throughout the summer beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 a.m. ET/PT) and concluding with a marathon of episodes on SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 (6:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET/PT). Guest stars featured in the new episodes include “Happy Days” alumni Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, Broadway’s “Hairspray” alumni Shannon Durig and Ashley Parker Angel, and Lance Bass.

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June 22 is ‘Night of Premieres’ on Disney XD, Featuring All Your Favorite Shows with Celebrity Guests

Disney XD will present a ‘Night of Premieres’ featuring new episodes of its top-rated series for kids and families, including “Aaron Stone,” guest-starring world champion wrestler Chris Jericho; “Phineas and Ferb,” featuring “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu; plus the new comedy “Zeke and Luther,” MONDAY, JUNE 22 (7:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The night marks the Season Two debut of “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”

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Best Western and the Disney Channel Launch a Rockin’ Vacation Sweepstakes to Meet Stars of Hit ‘JONAS’ Series

PHOENIX, June 8  — Have you dreamed of hanging out on the set of a Disney Channel original series? One lucky fan and his or her family will have the exclusive opportunity to visit the set of the Disney original series JONAS and rock out with the cast as part of the Best Western International Rockin’ Vacation Sweepstakes, which begins today.

Through August 16, fans can enter the Best Western Rockin’ Vacation Sweepstakes by visiting www.bestwestern.com. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to travel to Los Angeles with up to three additional family members for a three-night vacation and the chance to meet the JONAS cast in early 2010, when the show begins taping second season episodes.

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Playhouse Disney Adds Ludorum’s Chuggington to its Lineup, Spring 2010

LONDON, June 8  — Ludorum plc, a leading specialist in the creation of global pre-school childrens’ IP, announced today that it has licensed Chuggington, its successful train based pre-school series, to Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney programming block in the United States.

Disney Channel will launch the series, consisting of 52 episodes, on Playhouse Disney block in the U.S. in the Spring of 2010.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a Free Breakfast Event from Disney XD and ESPN Zone

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Father’s Day at special events hosted by Disney XD at ESPN Zone® locations in Anaheim, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.). Reservations are required and guests should RSVP at www.disneyxdfathersday.com, between June 1 and June 15. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Disney Channel Orders Second Season of ‘Sonny With a Chance,’ Fourth Season of ‘Hannah Montana’

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of “Sonny With A Chance,” TV’s #1 program for Kids 6-11 and#1 scripted program for Tweens 9-14, it was announced today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide. The series, which premiered in February, stars Demi Lovato, Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight, Brandon Mychal Smith, Doug Brochu and Allisyn Ashley Arm. It was created by Steve Marmel, who executive-produces along with Michael Feldman, Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.

Marsh said: “’Sonny’ was a hit right out of the gate, thanks in no small part to the stratospheric trajectory of our newest star, Demi Lovato. She and the entire talented cast, along with our gifted writing and producing teams, have turned ‘Sonny With A Chance’ into ‘destination television’ for kids everywhere. We thrilled with the direction this first season has taken, and look forward to tapping further into its comedic potential, adding music and more, in Season Two.”

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Jeffrey Hornaday to Direct and Choreograph ‘High School Musical 4: East Meets West’

Jeffrey Hornaday, a renowned choreographer (“Flashdance,” “A Chorus Line”) and director (“Shout”), will helm “High School Musical East Meets West,” the fourth movie in the franchise that is a cultural sensation around the world. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide. The Disney Channel Original Movie, written by Peter Barsocchini, is scheduled to debut in 2010.

Casting is underway for the fourth story of the celebrated “High School Musical” franchise, a classic story set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights.

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‘Handy Manny’ Measures Up with New Season, Shortform Series, Specials and New Friends

In addition to 29 brand new episodes for its third season, today Disney Channel announced a new short-form series and two primetime specials. “Handy Manny’s School for Tools,” 20 animated shorts, will begin production this year for a 2010 premiere. In Fall 2009, Disney Channel will present the first of two primetime specials, “Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure,” which takes viewers along on Manny’s exciting and unexpected road trip to his family reunion. The special features four new songs including “Rolling” performed by renowned East Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos. The second primetime special will debut in 2010. The daily series will also introduce 10 new tools: a jackhammer, a power screwdriver, a power socket wrench, a shop vac, a pair of needle nose pliers, a deluxe tool box, a laser level and a trio of crescent wrenches.

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