Walt Disney Studios VP, John J. Nicoletti, Named VP of Communications for Disneyland Resort

John J. Nicoletti has been appointed vice president of communications for the Disneyland Resort effective Nov. 1, 2010.

In this new role, Nicoletti will lead the Resort’s communication functions, including media relations, external and internal communications, guest and executive communications. He will serve as a top spokesperson for the Resort, and will be responsible for growing relationships with news media and other external stakeholders. Nicoletti will report to Lisa Haines, vice president of public affairs.

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Doctor Drama ‘Off The Map’ to Premiere on ABC January 12

From executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and executive producer/creator Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”) comes an uplifting medical drama that explores how far one has to go in order to truly heal. Six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place, on “Off the Map,” premiering Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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ESPN Casts Off BASS Fishing Enthusiast Organization

BASSESPN Inc., announced Tuesday that it has finalized the sale of BASS, LLC to a group of investors including Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland.  An agreement in principle was announced in August by ESPN and the transaction was completed Monday.

BASS is the largest membership organization of bass anglers in the U.S. with more than 500,000 members.  It was purchased by ESPN in 2001 and includes several media platforms, including three magazines and a popular web site.  The investor group is a powerful combination of business acumen and superior knowledge of the outdoors industry.

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Walt Disney Studios Pre-Releases Music from ‘Tangled,’ ‘TRON: Legacy’ and More

On its official site to garner Oscar attention, Walt Disney Studios has recently begun to promote several of its films from 2010 including Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 / Day & Night, Secretariat, Tangled and TRON: Legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes photos, videos and more, there are also a few gems that have yet to have been formally introduced to the public at large which includes Daft’s Punk original score for TRON: Legacy, ‘I See The Light‘ performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi from Disney’s Tangled and even the screenplay to Toy Story 3.

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First Look: Pantene Television Commercial for Disney’s ‘Tangled’

Now, now, we all knew this day was coming. Here we get our first look at one of the key promotional tie-ins for Disney’s Tangled, that for Pantene’s line of hair care products. Although essentially a rather eclectic and frenetic compilation of snippets from the film, there is one slight element of new animation created solely for this advertisement.

Disney’s Tangled stars the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy and many more and opens nationwide on November 24. For more information on the film including featurettes, concept art, character art, fun facts, photos of the meet & greet characters at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and more, follow this bookmark.

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for November 2, 2010 (68 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for November 2, 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.

D23 Disney twenty-three Winter 2010 Magazine D23 Disney twenty-three Winter 2010 Magazine – $15.95
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Pook-a-Looz Cheshire Cat Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Cheshire Cat Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Cheshire Cat Plush Toy — 12”
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Phineas and Ferb: Agent P and Candace Tootin Space Suit Figurine Play Set -- 2-Pc. Phineas and Ferb: Agent P and Candace Tootin’ Space Suit Figurine Play Set — 2-Pc. – $12.50

Phineas and Ferb: Agent P and Candace Tootin’ Space Suit Figurine Play Set — 2-Pc.
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Pook-a-Looz Alice Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Alice Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Alice Plush Toy — 12”
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Pook-a-Looz Pluto Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Pluto Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Pluto Plush Toy — 12”
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D23 Disney twenty-three Winter 2010 Magazine -- Membership Exclusive Cover D23 Disney twenty-three Winter 2010 Magazine — Membership Exclusive Cover – $15.95
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Pook-a-Looz Eeyore Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Eeyore Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Eeyore Plush Toy — 12”
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Pook-a-Looz Dumbo Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Dumbo Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Dumbo Plush Toy — 12”
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Pook-a-Looz Kermit Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Kermit Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

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Pook-a-Looz Fozzie Bear Plush Toy -- 12 Pook-a-Looz Fozzie Bear Plush Toy — 12” – $12.50

Pook-a-Looz Fozzie Bear Plush Toy — 12”
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Video Sneak Peek: Singing Articulated Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Rapunzel Doll from Disney Store

We first told you about the new line of singing, articulated Disney Princess dolls coming from Disney Store this holiday season back when they were first shared with us in June. Featuring the vocal talents of their respective original performers (or official current when original not available), the 17″ dolls belt out their iconic songs a capella in 15 second segments. Now through YouTube, someone has leaked the Rapunzel doll from Disney’s Tangled in which Mandy Moore performs ‘When Will My Life Begin?’

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Video Q&A: Flynn Rider

Walt Disney Animation Studios has just released the following video Q&A with Disney’s Tangled directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard in which the pair discuss the attraction of one of the film’s stars, Flynn Rider (as voiced by Zachary Levi). Although there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of new footage, the directors talk about the infamous ‘hot guy game’ which helped develop Flynn’s looks with the assistance of the women who worked at the Studios and throw in some of the behind-the-scenes footage from that.

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‘Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You’ Holiday Special to Debut on ABC December 13

From the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, ABC Television Network presents international superstar Mariah Carey in the music special, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You,” Monday, December 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The special will feature Mariah performing songs from her new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, available Tuesday, November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group.

Viewers are in for a special treat as Carey sings unforgettable renditions of yuletide classics and original tunes, including her new holiday hit, “Oh, Santa!” In the spirit of giving, the program will also feature Carey surprising some very special fans and helping to make their wishes come true.

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ESPN on Xbox LIVE Launches Today

ESPN today officially launched ESPN on Xbox LIVE, delivering the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans with live events from ESPN3.com, ESPN.com video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other features on the Xbox 360 console. Xbox LIVE members are able to access the service via today’s Xbox LIVE software update.

Xbox LIVE Gold members who are customers of an affiliated service provider will have access to thousands of live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college hoops, college football and bowl games, basketball, baseball, top international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more. For more information about the service, click HERE.

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