Disney Loses ‘Millionaire’ Lawsuit to Tune of $270 Million

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Back in February 2009, we reported on a lawsuit filed by Celador, creator of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, against The Walt Disney Company on claims that Disney cut its own internal deals and cut Celador out of the process, effectively denying the company of revenue it claims it was owned.

Recently the trial was held and the jury agreed with the game show’s creators, awarding Celador $269.4 Million in damages.

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Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Den Brother’ Starring Hutch Dano to Premiere August 13

119418_0144 Hutch Dano (of Disney XD’s hit series “Zeke and Luther”) and G. Hannelius (“Sonny With A Chance”) star in the winsome comedy “Den Brother,” a Disney Channel Original Movie about a self-centered teen hockey star, who must swallow his pride, step in and become substitute leader of his little sister’s Bumble Bee troop. Filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, “Den Brother” premieres FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

In anticipation of the movie, DisneyChannel.com will present the opportunity for visitors to become Bumble Bee Scouts, play games and earn virtual badges through various tasks, as well as find information on pro-social activities to help their community, such as donating to charity and recycling.

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Marvel Television to Produce Live-Action Dramas for ABC, ABC Family

Jeph Loeb, who was recently appointed head of Marvel’s new Television department provides this Marvel.com exclusive clip in which he talks about current and new projects that fall under his watch such as Disney XD’s The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man and Cartoon Network’s Marvel Super Hero Squad, but he also hints at new hour-long dramas that are being planned for ABC and ABC Family, television networks also under the banner of The Walt Disney Company.

In the video, which you can watch above, Loeb vaguely talks about the future plans for the new dramas, but does say that more news will be released at the upcoming San Diego Comic-con in San Diego, California.

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J. David Davis Named President and General Manager of WABC-TV New York

J. David (Dave) Davis, executive vice president, ABC News, has been named president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, the ABC Television Stations Group’s flagship station in the nation’s largest television market, it was announced today by Rebecca S. Campbell, president of the ABC Television Stations Group. The appointment of Mr. Davis, an executive with 30 years experience in the station business, is effective immediately, and marks a return to the number one station that he successfully managed from 2003-07.

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ESPN Films’ FIFA World Cup Doc, ‘I Scored a Goal,’ to Premiere July 3 on ABC

Anchor Brian Kenny with legendary soccer player Pelé on ESPN's SportsCenter, May 25, 2010 © ESPNThe ESPN Films documentary I Scored a Goal will premiere Saturday, July 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ABC during the ESPN Sports Saturday programming block. The one-hour program represents one of ESPN’s most ambitious initiatives surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The documentary features interviews with most of the 34 living men who have scored a goal in the title match of the FIFA World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1930. Among those interviewed are Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia (1950), Brazil’s Pele (1958 and 1970) and Ronaldo (2002), Germany’s Gerd Müller (1974) and Rudi Völler (1986), Holland’s Dick Nanninga (1978),  and Argentina’s Mario Kempes (1978, now an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International), all of whom represent countries still competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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ABC Family Orders Additional Episodes of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

ABC Family has ordered 12 additional episodes of the network’s hit one-hour series, “Pretty Little Liars,” announced Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Development. The order will bring the show’s first season to a total of 22 episodes.

“‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a break-out hit for the network,” said Juergens. “We’re thrilled that our Millennial viewers have responded so strongly to the show. It’s a perfect fit with the network’s strong slate of original scripted dramas, including ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Make It or Break It.’”

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ABC Family Details 2010’s ‘Harry Potter Weekend’ Filled with Exclusives; New Trailer to Air June 28

Take a break from the heat, pop open a butterbeer and join ABC Family for an extra-long weekend of magic and Quidditch matches with everyone’s favorite boy wizard and friends. The weekend starts with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Thursday, July 8th and will include airings of each of the first five films through Sunday, July 11th. Fans will also be treated to never-before-seen interviews and footage of Harry’s epic final showdown with Voldemort from the much anticipated two-part motion picture, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Part 1 is due in theaters November 19, 2010, Part 2 on July 15, 2011.

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Stars of Disney XD’s ‘Zeke and Luther’ Kick Off Nationwide Meet & Greet Tour

The stars of Disney XD’s hit comedy series “Zeke and Luther” — Hutch Dano (Zeke), Adam Hicks (Luther) and Daniel Curtis Lee (Kojo) — will greet fans at multiple AT&T retails stores across the U.S. beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 26. Each local event, hosted in conjunction with Disney XD, AT&T U-verse® TV and Radio Disney, the No.1 radio outlet for kids, tweens and families, will feature one or two of the young actors plus entertainment by the Radio Disney Road Crew. Fans can submit an entry card in a drawing box at the retail store for the chance to win an Xbox 360 to be given away every 20 minutes during the event at each store. Winners will be selected in random drawings.*

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‘Doc McStuffins’ Named As First Original Series for Disney Junior

'Doc McStuffins' on Disney Junior © Disney EnterprisesToys coming to life is a good business for Disney.

Disney Junior, which will be a rebranding of Playhouse Disney on the Disney Channel in 2011 as well as a new channel replacing SOAPnet (in 2012), has announced its first original series, ‘Doc McStuffins’ according to Variety.

The health-focused series revolves around a 6 year old who actively communicates with and tends to ‘stuffed animals and toys.’ It was created by Christine Nee, whose resume reads like a who’s who of children’s television writing, particularly with popular Nick Jr. shows. ‘Rugrats’ director Norton Virgien is set to direct.

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Cast of ‘The Lion King’ Las Vegas to Perform During 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS has just announced that the Las Vegas cast of Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King will perform during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards airing live from the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, June 27 from 9 PM – 11 PM ET/PT. The performance joins a previously announced line-up of Vegas-based acts such as the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil and the showgirls of Jubilee. The awards show will be hosted by Regis Philbin.

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