Award-Winning Journalist, Ben Sherwood, Named President, ABC News

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Ben Sherwood, an award-winning journalist, bestselling author and digital media entrepreneur, has been named as the new president of ABC News, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this position, Mr. Sherwood will be responsible for all editorial, programming and digital aspects of our global news business encompassing all ABC News programs on the ABC Television Network, ABC News Radio, ABC News.com and ABC News NOW.

In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated, “Ben’s proven success in the news business, along with his entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and keen intellect, make him the ideal choice to lead ABC News into the future. His previous tenure at ABC led to the most successful seasons in GMA’s history, and his success as a bestselling author and digital entrepreneur demonstrate a unique skill set that is as valuable as it is diverse.”

Mr. Sherwood said, “It’s a great honor and privilege to be asked to lead this amazing news organization, and I am humbled by the opportunity. For more than 20 years, I’ve known firsthand of the passion, excellence and integrity of the people who work for ABC News. I am thrilled to be coming back home, and look forward to harnessing our innovation and creativity to build on our great history of success.”

Mr. Sherwood began to explore a career in journalism with student internships at KCET public television in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau, and the CBS Evening News in New York. In 1984-1985, during a year off from college, he worked for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; the Los Angeles Times Paris bureau and the United Nations Border Relief Operation in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.

He launched his career in earnest when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News’ PrimeTime Live with hosts Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time his investigative reports explored flaws in the secretive B-2 stealth bomber program, the dangers of unlicensed mental health practitioners, and the unheralded risks of an overprescribed heart medication.

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Video: Walt Disney World Union Workers Release ‘MouseTrapped 2010’ for Public Viewing

With a contract set to expire on December 11 and contract negotiations which have not seen any significant movement over the past six months, workers from the 20,000+ strong Service Trades Council Union have produced and released an updated edition of ‘MouseTrapped’ to make their appeal to the company and (now) the public at large. At the heart of the dispute appears to be a proposed 3% wage increase vs. rising cost of living expenses including the cost of health care and needed medication. The film also makes some sharp accusations that the company’s emphasis on safety is nothing more than lip service to boost its own public image.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb’ on Disney Channel

Jack Black joins Phineas and Ferb on 'Take Two with Phineas and Ferb' © Rick Rowell/Disney ChannelOn its official YouTube channel, Disney Channel has posted segments of its new mostly-animated talk show, ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb,’ which premieres tonight on Disney Channel beginning at 9 pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Phineas and Ferb and with the assistance of producer/stage manager Isabella, the two-minute interview segments will encourage guests to mix it up, do the unexpected, disclose their fondest hopes and deepest thoughts and debate the implications of myriad subjects from super powers to juggling. Some segments will include musical performances. Advanced technology is a vital component of the “Take Two with Phineas and Ferb” production, allowing others, including Dr. Doofenshmirtz, the opportunity to interact with the guests.

To kick it all off, here’s first guest Jack Black on the show:

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for December 3, 2010 (20 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for December 3, 2010

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Decorative Tangled Rapunzel PillowDecorative Tangled Rapunzel Pillow – $24.95
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Wallet by Disney CoutureHarveys Minnie Mouse Wallet by Disney Couture – $110.50
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Vinylmation Urban 5 Series Figures - 3 - Tray of 24-Pc.Vinylmation Urban 5 Series Figures – 3” – Tray of 24-Pc. – $310.80

Vinylmation Urban 5 Series Figures – 3” – Tray of 24-Pc.
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Satchel by Disney CoutureHarveys Minnie Mouse Satchel by Disney Couture – $154.50
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney Couture -- LargeHarveys Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney Couture — Large – $154.50
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney Couture -- MediumHarveys Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney Couture — Medium – $134.50
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Baquette by Disney CoutureHarveys Minnie Mouse Baquette by Disney Couture – $129.50
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Harveys Convertible Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney CoutureHarveys Convertible Minnie Mouse Tote by Disney Couture – $154.50
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Harveys Minnie Mouse Boat Tote by Disney CoutureHarveys Minnie Mouse Boat Tote by Disney Couture – $139.50
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Paisley Mickey Mouse OrnamentPaisley Mickey Mouse OrnamentSALE $11.99 — SAVE 20%!
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Harlem Globetrotters to Debut Basketball’s ‘4-Pointer’ Shot on ESPN2, December 5

Harlem GlobetrottersThis Sunday, December 5, at 7:30 pm, ESPN2 will broadcast the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located in Walt Disney World.

During the game, the team will premiere the ‘4-pointer,’ a shot taken at a distance of 35 feet from the hoop which is almost 12 feet away beyond the NBA’s current 3-point arc.

‘The Globetrotters have been at the forefront of basketball’s evolution throughout the sport´s history,’ said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. ‘From the alley-oop to the slam dunk to the behind-the-back pass, the Globetrotters have long brought innovations to basketball that are now staples of the game, and we’re confident the 4-point shot will change the game of basketball going forward.’

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Walt Disney Signature to Debut ‘TRON: Legacy’ Inspired Chair by Dror Benshetrit

Chair inspired by 'TRON: Legacy' from Walt Disney Signature and Dror BenshetritYesterday we shared news  of a re-imagining of the Airline chair favored by Walt Disney and his team of animators which makes its debut today at the Art Basel/Design Miami fairs.

Also making its debut from Walt Disney Signature is a new chair inspired by TRON: Legacy by New York designer Dror Benshetrit.

‘Dror’s mission is to articulate the complex meaning of objects in the simplest of ways. Their uses become a part of their narratives, expressed in transformations that are both metaphorical and literal. Raw Data forms a jagged and angular landscape, serving as a muse for a chair that is comprised of intersecting layers and textures of ‘digital’ rock. Constructed of composite material consisting of impregnated fiberglass with polyester resin processed with manual layering, these Special Production Walt Disney Signature TRON Armchairs invite you to “sit off the grid.”‘

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First Look: Disneynature’s ‘African Cats’ Full Length Trailer

'African Cats' from DisneynatureApple Trailers has debuted the first full-length trailer from the next Disneynature film, African Cats, bowing in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, 2011.

Although it’s remarkably similar to the initial teaser trailer that debuted alongside Oceans, there is some new material and the trailer also refers to the recently announced campaign in which proceeds from the film’s opening week will go towards protecting the Savanna.

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Disney D23 Announces Slate of Member Exclusive Events in 2011; Disney Legends Ceremony Returns

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is pleased to announce the coming year’s slate of special events, designed especially for its diverse and growing membership base.

Among the exciting offerings for 2011 are exclusive D23 Studio Tours throughout the year, four free 50 and Fabulous film screenings on the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, D23’s Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World, the highly anticipated Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, the perennial favorite Sip & Stroll event during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a D23/Disney Junior ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ event on the Burbank Studio Lot for the budding Disney fan, the festive Magic and Merriment event at the Walt Disney World Resort to kick off the holiday season and, of course, D23 Expo 2011.

D23 Members receive advance notification of all special events through D23’s biweekly FanFare email, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. More details on events, and on becoming a D23 Member, can be found at www.D23.com.

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Report: AI Winner Lee DeWyze, AGT Wunderkind Jackie Evancho Also Added to Disney Parks Christmas Parade Line-up

A recent entry in a thread on disboards.com regarding additional talent expected to perform during the Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day parade whose performances are being taped today and tomorrow. As somewhat expected based on the previous couple of years, the 2010 ‘American Idol’ winner, Lee DeWize, was named as a performer by a cast member who was credited as the source. Although not mentioned by name, it’s probably very reasonable to expect that the ‘little girl’ from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be ten year old Jackie Evancho who blew the house down with her unbelievable operatic voice as featured in the YouTube video below.

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Disney Starlet Debby Ryan Confirmed as Christmas Parade Performer as First Speculated by Stitch Kingdom

Admittedly it was a very targeted shot in the dark, but the Orlando Sentinel now provides official confirmation from the Walt Disney World Resort that ‘Suite Life On Deck’ co-star Debby Ryan will be performing in the Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as we first speculated late last month. Ryan was an easy pick for us as she performs in a music video for ‘Deck the Halls’  on the The Search For Santa Paws direct-to-video movie, following in the footsteps of Steve Rushton who had the same honor (give or take) last year.

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