The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.
ESPN has acquired substantially all of the intellectual property of PVI Virtual Media Services, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The acquisition will augment ESPN’s innovative use of virtual technology across its multiple platforms. Under this agreement, ESPN will hire substantially all of the highly-talented staff of engineers who have developed many of PVI’s virtual innovations. As a result of the transaction, ESPN will hold the rights to substantially all of PVI’s intellectual property including intellectual property which relates to virtual insertion, player tracking, iTV applications as well as 3D graphics development. In addition, certain rights to PVI’s technology have been separately sold to a third party.
“Secret Millionaire,” the one-hour alternative series that follows some of America’s most successful, self-made business people on a once-in-a-lifetime journey — as they spend a week in the country’s poorest areas and ultimately gift unsung community heroes with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money — will premiere Sunday, March 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will return to its regular time period with original episodes on Sunday, April 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
Amazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for the Disney Channel Original Movie, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, starring Ashley Tisdale who revives her role of Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical series. The movie will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy as well as a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD-only editions. The 3-Disc set will include a limited edition pink clutch purse.
Ke$ha and Taio Cruz will perform live from Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011,” on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Both will make their debut performances as Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the show live in New York with Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. In 2010 alone, Ke$ha has dominated the charts with five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s. Her debut album Animal has been certified platinum, having sold over 1 million units in the U.S. and 2 million worldwide. Multi-platinum UK singer/songwriter/pop star Taio Cruz’s debut album, Rokstarr, spawned not one but two triple-platinum singles with “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris, and “Dynamite.” “Break Your Heart,” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and made history as the biggest ever jump to No. 1 by a newcomer to the chart.
The elite unit of elves from ABC’s Emmy Award® winning holiday special “Prep & Landing,” extends their adventures online this holiday season with more fun and games than ever before. ABC.com and Disney.com are the designated online command centers for all things Prep & Landing, offering streaming of the full-length special and new 7-minute short after they air on ABC; new Prep & Landing online creativity tools and activities on Disney.com’s Create; exclusive videos, online games and more. Disney Family.com is also offering a variety of Prep & Landing printable crafts, recipes and holiday activities the whole family can make and enjoy together.
She’s Armed…He’s Dangerous. Stick ‘em up! Collect two new limited edition prints from ABC’s hit series “Castle.” Titled “The Perfect Murder” and “Shadow of a Doubt,” these images will be custom printed and numbered on high quality photo paper. Only 500 numbered reproductions of each 16×20 print will be available for purchase at $49.99 each, while supplies last. For a limited time, ABC is also offering prints of Richard Castle & Kate Beckett’s hottest moments through the seasons. Purchase your favorite 8×10 prints for $19.99 and 11×14 at $24.99 before they run out. Visit www.officialcastlephotos.com.
Disney Television Animation has reeled in a second-season pick-up of Disney Channel’s animated comedy series “Fish Hooks” and an order for a new animated Disney Channel comedy series, “Gravity Falls,” each creator-driven series from noteworthy storytellers Noah Z. Jones and Alex Hirsch. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced a new licensing agreement between the two companies that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and – for the first time – ABC Family over the Internet.
The agreement, brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, will add significantly to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed from Netflix. Once made available to Netflix from Disney-ABC – which, for relevant programming, will be no earlier than 15 days after initial telecast – episodes can be streamed instantly with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 a month.
Have you met your perfect match? If you have and you’re ready to pop the question, then you could have the chance to propose to your significant other during an upcoming episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” That’s right — pop the question on national TV! ABC and Jared® The Galleria of Jewelry are looking for two creative and unique proposal stories to air during a commercial break on the Monday, January 31 or Monday, February 7 (8:00-10:01p.m., ET) episodes of “The Bachelor.”