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

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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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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Expert Finds Species on Border of Extinction

Cotton-top tamarins at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom © DisneyA tiny Colombian primate known for its distinctive punk-rock hairstyle is in imminent danger of extinction, according to new research done by an animal expert at Walt Disney World Resort. The findings paint the clearest picture yet of a dwindling population at risk.

The endangered cotton-top tamarin is found in a small area of northwest Colombia. According to the research featured in the journal Nature Communication, there are now just 7,000 of the species left in the wild.

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Dozens of New Hi-Res Stills, Movie Surfers and the Experience

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty darn excited about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer. We’re just a few days away from the world premiere and the publicity is stepping up accordingly.

Disney Channel recently released this Movie Surfers segment in which the Surfers meet up with Jay Baruchel who talks about impressing his mom by saving the world, learning valuable lessons and providing sage advice: if you’re going to go on a quest to save the world, use the restroom first. A small amount of new footage in this segment very much directed at its demographic.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 2, 2010 (4 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 2, 2010

Below is a list of new items 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.

Peter Pan Costume for Boys Peter Pan Costume for Boys – $39.50
Personalized Cars Armchair for Kids Personalized Cars Armchair for Kids – $99.95
The Best of Mickey Mickey Mouse Egg Ring The Best of Mickey Mickey Mouse Egg Ring – $3.95
D23 Membership Exclusive 15th Anniversary Pocahontas Pin D23 Membership Exclusive 15th Anniversary Pocahontas Pin – $19.95

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Voice of Cinderella and Disney Legend, Ilene Woods, Dead at Age 81

Disney D23 has reported that Ilene Woods, best known to Disney fans as the original voice of Cinderella, has passed away at the age of 81. No additional details have been provided at this time.

Woods was offered the opportunity to audition for Cinderella after she had recorded demos of songs from the film for songwriters Mack David and Jerry Livingston who had become friends with her through a music radio show she once hosted. After hearing the recordings, Walt Disney extended an invitation for Woods to audition for the film — she won the role, but never met Walt until after the film had been completed.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 1, 2010 (51 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 1, 2010

Below is a list of new items 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.

Personalized Disney Princess Armchair for Kids Personalized Disney Princess Armchair for Kids – $99.95
Lightning McQueen Standup -- 28 x 51 Lightning McQueen Standup — 28” x 51” – $39.95
Fitted All-Star National League Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults Fitted All-Star National League Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults – $24.95
Club Penguin 2 Mix N Match Figure Pack -- Ranger and Ninja Club Penguin 2” Mix ‘N Match Figure Pack — Ranger and Ninja – $6.95
Spider-Man Cake Pan Spider-Man Cake Pan – $19.95
Fitted All-Star Game American League Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults Fitted All-Star Game American League Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults – $28.95
Fitted All-Star Game Los Angeles Angels Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults Fitted All-Star Game Los Angeles Angels Mickey Mouse Tee for Adults – $24.95
Winnie the Pooh Cake Pan Winnie the Pooh Cake Pan – $19.95
Walts Classic Collection Fun & Fancy Free Bongo Pin Walt’s Classic Collection Fun & Fancy Free Bongo Pin – $9.95
Toy Story 2 Figurine Play Set -- 7-Pc. Toy Story 2 Figurine Play Set — 7-Pc. – $12.50
All-Star Game Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey Mouse Tee for Kids All-Star Game Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey Mouse Tee for Kids – $19.95
Club Penguin 2 Mix N Match Figure Pack -- Secret Agent and Rookie Club Penguin 2” Mix ‘N Match Figure Pack — Secret Agent and Rookie – $6.95
Character Ears Collection Donald Duck Pin Character Ears Collection Donald Duck Pin – $13.95
Character Ears Collection Pluto Pin Character Ears Collection Pluto Pin – $13.95
Phineas and Ferb Action Figures -- 2-Pc. + Bedroom Play Backdrop Phineas and Ferb Action Figures — 2-Pc. + Bedroom Play Backdrop – $5.95
Phineas and Ferb Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Agent P Action Figures -- 2-Pc. + Play Backdrop Phineas and Ferb Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Agent P Action Figures — 2-Pc. + Play Backdrop – $5.95
Club Penguin 2 Mix N Match Figure Pack -- Sensei with accessories Club Penguin 2” Mix ‘N Match Figure Pack — Sensei with accessories – $6.95
Club Penguin 2 Mix N Match Figure Pack -- Prom Girl and Tuxedo Guy Club Penguin 2” Mix ‘N Match Figure Pack — Prom Girl and Tuxedo Guy – $6.95
Club Penguin 2 Mix N Match Figure Pack -- Herbert P. Bear, Esquire and Klutzy the Crab Club Penguin 2” Mix ‘N Match Figure Pack — Herbert P. Bear, Esquire and Klutzy the Crab – $6.95
Phineas and Ferb Action Figures -- 2-Pc. + House Play Backdrop Phineas and Ferb Action Figures — 2-Pc. + House Play Backdrop – $5.95
Cinderella Castle Collection Stitch Pin Cinderella Castle Collection Stitch Pin – $9.95
Spider-Man Party Essentials Set for 16 Guests Spider-Man Party Essentials Set for 16 Guests – $44.95
Then and Now Attractions Collection Kitchen Kabaret Pin Then and Now Attractions Collection Kitchen Kabaret Pin – $9.95

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Disney Store Montebello to Offer First Phineas and Ferb Meet and Greet

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There’s 104 days of summer vacation, but Disney XD’s most popular duo just found a good way to spend one of them.

On July 10, Phineas, Ferb and Agent P will be on hand at the Disney Store Montebello to greet guests from 11:30 am – 3 pm. They’ll be trading off at the half-hour with Phineas and Ferb kicking it off at 11:30 and the bottom of each hour thereafter with Agent P beginning at 12 and appearing at the top of every hour following.

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Disneyland Resort’s ‘World of Color’ Kicks off California Tour July 7 in San Francisco

Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

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Disney Interactive Media Group Acquires iPhone Veteran Developer Tapulous

The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto-based Tapulous, Inc., a leading developer of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through a merger agreement, Tapulous is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).

Tapulous is a leading mobile games developer whose flagship title Tap Tap Revenge has been installed by more than 30% of iPhone/iPod touch users and remains one of the most successful gaming franchises on the iPhone platform. The company’s other popular games include the wildly innovative Riddim Ribbon and Tap Tap Radiation, the #1 game on the iPad at launch.

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Walt Disney Studios Releases Free ‘Disney Movies’ App Exclusively for iPad

The Walt Disney Studios has launched a new Disney Movies app, exclusively for the Apple iPad, that lets users discover more about current and classic Disney movies. The app is part of the continuing effort to engage fans and provide them with access to their favorite Disney movies on the platform they prefer.

“The Disney Movies app is a perfect way for our fans to learn more about the amazing creative content that is currently available from The Walt Disney Studios,” said Greg Brandeau, the Studios’ Chief Technology Officer.  “Whether they want to head straight to their local theater, buy the latest Blu-ray or DVD, download the newest digital release on their iPad, or search and discover new details about our films, the Disney Movie app provides fans with a dynamic and engaging experience.”

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