Radio Disney’s ‘N.B.T.’ Season Four Kicks Off October 14

Radio Disney, the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families, will kick off its fourth season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing) beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the careers of Kicking Daisies, Coco Jones and Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page, or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group.

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Sneak Peek: Mitchel Musso’s ‘Prankstars’ on Disney Channel

123432_1678 Disney Channel has provided us with these sneak peeks at the first episode of its new reality prank show, ‘Prankstars,’ hosted by Mitchel Musso and featuring your favorite Disney Channel stars.

In this first clip, Mary is at an audition for a bubble gum commercial when she’s paired up with a ‘BFF’ for the ad. When Mary and her new best bud are sent off into a corner to go learn about each other, Mary learns a valuable lesson. If it walks like Selena Gomez and it quacks like Selena Gomez, it’s probably a Selena Gomez impersonator — unless you’re being pranked!

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‘TRON: Uprising’ to Find Genesis as Disney Channel Original Movie

TRON: UprisingBefore it finds life as an animated series on Disney XD in 2012, TRON: Uprising, the sequel prequel, will make its debut as a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) according to the publisher’s description of the junior novel of the same name.

Slated to be released on January 3, 2012, which is historically early relative for a movie it promises in the spring, the book’s description reads as follows:

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Disney.com Offers ‘Disney Friends for Change Games’ Exclusive Content

To support the “Disney Friends for Change Games” on Disney Channel and Disney XD, Disney.com has launched an online destination at Disney.com/ProjectGreen, where kids and families can take part in the Games from home and help the planet — by making personal pledges of their own, playing online versions of the Games, and making art that matters! When kids play online versions of the Games at Disney.com/ProjectGreen, they can donate the points they earn to one of the four charities involved. At the end of the Games, the charity with the most points given by the Disney.com online community will receive $100K.

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‘Prankstars’ Featuring Disney Channel Favorites Premieres July 15

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Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez, Debby Ryan and Mitchel Musso surprise their biggest fans in the premiere episode of “PrankStars,” a hidden camera series where unsuspecting tweens and teens are set up by family members and come face to face with their favorite celebrities in unpredictable and humorous situations. Premiering Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, the reality series is hosted by Mitchel Musso (“Pair of Kings,” “Phineas and Ferb”), who directs the pranks live from a covert mobile command center. New episodes will premiere every month featuring a roster of new stars.

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‘Lemonade Mouth 2,’ ‘Shake It Up’ Movies in Development

Disney Channel announced at Licensing International Expo 2011 that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) “Lemonade Mouth 2,” the sequel to the hugely popular movie, is currently in development, along with a DCOM based on the hit buddy comedy series “Shake It Up.”

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Production Starts on ‘Jessie’ for Disney Channel, Starring Debby Ryan

Production has begun in Hollywood on “Jessie,” a new comedy series starring 18-year-old Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck,” “16 Wishes”) as an idealistic teen from rural Texas who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny for a high-profile couple with four kids. The series is scheduled to premiere in fall 2011 on Disney Channel.

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Bridgit Mendler’s ‘We Can Change the World’ to Premiere on Disney Channel, Radio Disney on June 10

“We Can Change the World,” the inspiring new pop/rock anthem for Disney’s Friends for Change — performed and co-written by 18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Lemonade Mouth”) — will premiere Friday, June 10 on Radio Disney at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT and Disney Channel in the 7:00 pm ET/PT hour. Beginning Saturday, June 11, the song will be available on Disney.com/ProjectGreen and the music video will be available at iTunes. Coinciding with its premiere, Disney will donate $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund benefiting global charities. “We Can Change the World” is the third Disney’s Friends for Change anthem. Previous songs have helped raise more than $800,000 for conservation projects around the globe.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dance Contest Awards Winner Role on Future Episode

Leveraging the success of the hit dance-driven series “Shake It Up,” Disney Channel will launch its first-ever talent competition exclusively for kids and tweens, “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition,” where kids will help decide the winner. Beginning Friday, July 1, with the consent of a parent, kids will have the opportunity to show off their “mad dance skills” by uploading their own short dance video, up to 45 seconds long, for a chance to compete in the ultimate dance off to air on Disney Channel this October. The Grand Prize includes a performance in an episode of “Shake It Up.”

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Production Begins on ‘Austin & Ally’ Sitcom for Disney Channel

Disney Channel has ordered “Austin & Ally,” an original, live-action comedy series chronicling the friendship of an unlikely duo whose lives unexpectedly enliven when one becomes an overnight Internet musical sensation. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood this summer for a scheduled late 2011 premiere on Disney Channel.

Starring are newcomer Ross Lynch as Austin, Laura Marano (“Without a Trace,” “Back to You”) as Ally, Raini Rodriguez (Disney’s Prom, “I’m in the Band”) as Trish and Calum Worthy (“Psych,” “Good Luck Charlie”) as Dez.

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