The Houston Chronicle reports that the ten television stations that make up the ABC Owned Television Stations Group (AOTS) will be launching a new network in late April to be carried by Comcast and other cable providers called LiveWellHD. The channel will feature original content created by the stations in the group which includes Houston’s KTRK ABC13. More details can be found in the article here.
The Disney Store UK announced plans today to sponsor a 50 acre section of Heartwood Forest, an 858 acre endeavor to bring a a new native forest to England.
The Disney Store UK will be selling a specially designed reusable bag featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet with a portion of the proceeds going to Disney’s section, dubbed the Magical Wood.
PARIS, March 19 (Reuters Life!) – An animated 3-D comedy directed by the one of the creators of “Toy Story” will raise the curtain on the Cannes Film Festival, the first time an animated film has opened the world’s biggest cinema competition, organisers said on Thursday.
The Orlando Sentinel reports all the nitty gritty in this article that covers a re-negotiated deal that heavily favors Disney who once had to prove to OIA that its free transportation program had merit.
GLENDALE, Calif., March 18 – Introducing babies to sites and sounds of the world, the award-winning Baby Einstein Company reaches beyond classical music to explore global cultures with the launch of World Music. From banging a drum to shaking a maraca, little ones now have the opportunity to discover the different cultures of the world through the universal language of music. Featuring world music from all seven continents, World Music takes babies on a captivating journey and introduces them to the world’s colorful sights and sounds with the fun-loving puppet host, Jane the Monkey, and her toy drum as she travels across the globe to play music with her puppet friends.
Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli enjoys an early birthday meal of spaghetti and meatballs March 17, 2009 at “Tony’s Town Square” restaurant at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Imperioli, who starred on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” can be seen on the ABC series “Life on Mars.” The actor/writer/producer, who was born March 26, is celebrating his birthday with his family at Walt Disney World Resort. On “The Sopranos,” Imperioli won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti.
CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) announced, today, the launch of its new membership program, entitled “Experience Rewards”, designed to incent past customers to a return visit to the track for more laps and added excitement.
Membership in the program is available, free of charge, for customers who have driven with RPDE in the last 5 years and to all new customers who participate in a driving experience. Benefits include the opportunity for 12 months to participate in an unlimited number of Rookie Experience programs for just $199 – a savings of more than 50% – or to receive a discount of $199 on the Kings and Experience of a Lifetime programs. Members are also invited to bring along 3 friends who will each get a $50 discount off their driving program and, in turn, become members themselves.
Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”) perform the new high-energy pop dance song, “Let It Go,” from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, “Hatching Pete,” in a music video to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 28 (7:20 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Leading up to the television debut, the handclapping, chanting song will be available exclusively online at www.Disney.com/MusicVideos and mark its debut on Radio Disney on March 20.
Disney Media Advertising Sales and Marketing Group has signed State Farm as a sponsor of Disney Channel in an agreement that calls for 30-second messages designed to empower young viewers to influence safe driving and to make a difference in their families’ lives. The messages feature 16-year-old star Selena Gomez (of Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”) and will rotate during Disney Channel’s primetime programming block, the market leader among Kids age 6-14.
The messages have debuted today on Disney Channel and www.statefarm.com/teendriving.
Disney XD’s signature series, “Aaron Stone,” will be seen in a seven-episode marathon that includes special trivia on-air and online, in “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition,” airing FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.
Disney XD avatars “Sk8r,” “Tekhed,” “INsdr,” “gthgrl,” “Hllywrd” and “gAmr” will present behind-the-scenes footage and trivia about the series’ special effects, the cast’s martial arts training and gamer jargon. The fun facts include that there are six custom-made Aaron Stone suits (three for actor Kelly Blatz and three for his stunt double), and that Kelly Blatz spent several weeks in martial arts training to prepare for his role as Aaron Stone.
Viewers can also log onto www.DisneyXD.com to watch an encore presentation of “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition” (beginning at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT) and take a quiz for a chance to earn online rewards/trophies. Users can also create a unique 3D avatar representation of themselves. By playing games and completing special challenges, guests will be able to collect exclusive items to then transform their avatars.