The New York Times offers an article which looks into how the Walt Disney Company has attempted to reach out to a market many feel it has been neglecting over the years while competition has stepped it up. Read it here.
Production has begun on “Next X,” an exciting reality sports series developed by Disney XD in association with ESPN, featuring five of the world’s top professional action sports athletes mentoring promising young amateurs in their chosen sport, showing them how to crank up the action, hone their technical tricks and skills and to go “big time,” imagining, learning and growing to be the next action sports superstar. The eight-part short-form series will debut MONDAY, JUNE 8 (7:05 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, DisneyXD.com and DisneyXD mobile platforms. The story will culminate in August with a 30-minute television and online special highlighting the amateur athletes’ VIP experience at X Games 15.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine’s first big-screen outing.
The movie ranks as the second-best Easter opening, following 2006′s “Scary Movie 4″ with $40 million.
Abstract of published article from the study conducted at Carleton University in Canada which can be found in the March/April edition of Child Abuse Review:
The 45 Disney animated feature films produced between 1937 and 2006 were analysed for representations of child maltreatment and child maltreatment interventions according to criteria set out in the US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. Although there are 263 maltreated child characters in 30 of the 45 films, they seldom show formal interventionists at work. The types of resolutions and interventions to child maltreatment in the films were analysed and contrasted with the single depiction of a social worker. The actions of this character were assessed according to national codes of ethics and standards for social worker interventions and decision making. Implications are drawn for the profession of social work and the findings are discussed within the context of previously published analyses of media representations of social workers.
You can read a review/summary of the report here.
Department of Energy and Commercial Real Estate Executives Launch Alliance to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9 — Top executives from 19 commercial real estate companies met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials in New York City today to discuss plans to dramatically reduce the sector’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting officially launched DOE’s Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a partnership of commercial real estate owners and operators who have volunteered to work together with DOE to make lasting change in the energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings in the United States. Currently, commercial buildings account for 18 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) — A New Jersey family was awarded a trip to Europe at the 1,000th performance of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.
The Moore family, including 8-year-old twins, were brought up on stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre and presented with the vacation Thursday night, which was provided by the show and Adventures by Disney.
“To a shower of confetti following the curtain call, the Moore family of Marlboro, N.J., were brought on stage, visibly moved, as Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, presented them with a 6-night/7-day vacation to London and Paris,” representatives of the family-friendly musical said in a news release. “The travel package will take the Moore family to the rooftops of London and beyond with a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience in Europe, including a VIP backstage tour of the Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ in the West End; a visit to Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London; high-tea at the world-famous Harrods of Knightsbridge; lunch inside the Eiffel Tower; a privately guided tour of the Louvre; a bike ride through the royal gardens of Versailles and much more.”
Courtesy of Disneyshawn(‘s wife), see them here.
Also an edited video from OrlandoCentral on YouTube:
A /FILM reader offers a photo and a first hand report of some filming from the new film here.
On covering the Walt Disney Living Character Initiative (LCI)’s Remy, Orlando Sentinel Theme Park Ranger
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 9, 2009 — Magical Moments are one of the many things Cast Members do to leave lasting impressions on Walt Disney World Guests long after they return home. Often times, Guests surprise Cast Members and leave lasting impressions on us as well.
During a conversation with a female Guest at the Magic of Disney shop at Orlando International Airport, Merchandise Host Joseph Haworth discovered that she graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park. He attended the same school but wasn’t able to participate in his graduation ceremony, a major milestone in a college student’s life.
“I had accepted the invitation to attend the ceremony with everyone else, but I was reassigned to Sunneyvale, Calif., with the Air Force, and I didn’t have the money to travel back, so I missed it.”
Joseph didn’t think anymore about the conversation with the Guest until she returned to the shop. His story had touched her so that she came back to create a special Magical Moment just for him: She brought him a graduation gown and a medallion from the university, and conducted a graduation ceremony for him in the shop as Guests and Cast Members looked on and applauded.
“I thought it was some kind of joke when she came out with the gown,” he said. “And then she put the medallion around my neck and she said, ‘You didn’t get to walk. This is your walk.’
“All of a sudden I saw my manager taking pictures and everyone looking on, and that’s when it hit me. I was overjoyed and tears came to my eyes.”