The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 69 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.
Hutch Dano (of Disney XD’s hit series “Zeke and Luther”) and G. Hannelius (“Sonny With A Chance”) star in the winsome comedy “Den Brother,” a Disney Channel Original Movie about a self-centered teen hockey star, who must swallow his pride, step in and become substitute leader of his little sister’s Bumble Bee troop. Filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, “Den Brother” premieres FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
In anticipation of the movie, DisneyChannel.com will present the opportunity for visitors to become Bumble Bee Scouts, play games and earn virtual badges through various tasks, as well as find information on pro-social activities to help their community, such as donating to charity and recycling.
In honor of the fourth and final series of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana in which Hannah (aka Miley Stewart as played by Miley Cyrus) hangs up her wig for good, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing Hannah Montana Forever: Who is Hannah Montana? on DVD November 2, 2010.
In addition to the fourth and final season’s hour-long premiere episode, this collection offers seven additional episodes from the series, showing Hannah’s best wig raising moments as she reveals her secret dual identity to Lilly and Olliver, to Jake and more, including the series pilot.
Walt Disney Studios and the Disney Channel have just released this clip of Sorcerer’s Apprentice stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel introducing the scene in the new film inspired by the title segment from Disney’s Fantasia in which the apprentice breaks a cardinal rule and attempts to use his new-found craft as a shortcut only to find himself knee-deep in trouble (and water).
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer opens nationwide on July 14. For all of our coverage of the film, check this bookmark.
Disney Junior, which will be a rebranding of Playhouse Disney on the Disney Channel in 2011 as well as a new channel replacing SOAPnet (in 2012), has announced its first original series, ‘Doc McStuffins’ according to Variety.
The health-focused series revolves around a 6 year old who actively communicates with and tends to ‘stuffed animals and toys.’ It was created by Christine Nee, whose resume reads like a who’s who of children’s television writing, particularly with popular Nick Jr. shows. ‘Rugrats’ director Norton Virgien is set to direct.
Rita Ferro, an executive with a strong track record in advertising sales and promotions, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Disney Media Sales and Marketing, effective June 28. Ms. Ferro will relocate to New York from Miami, where she’s been an integral part of Disney and ESPN’s Latin America business since 1997. She succeeds Tricia Wilber who was recently named Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In her new role, Ferro will lead the integrated sales team that represents and maximizes advertising sales, marketing and promotions across The Walt Disney Company’s media platforms serving kids, moms and families, including its kid-driven, family inclusive TV channels, its wide-range of online offerings, its mom-focused publishing business, and its kid- and mom-focused radio platform. The portfolio, consists of Disney Channel, Disney XD, Playhouse Disney (soon to re-brand to Disney Junior), plus over 20 Disney Online properties serving kids, families and/or women including Disney.com, DisneyFamily.com, DisneyChannel.com, RadioDisney.com, Kaboose.com and FamilyFun.com, among others.
Ferro will report to three business unit leaders – Carolina Lightcap, president, Disney Channels Worldwide; Paul Yanover, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Disney Online, and Russell Hampton, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide.
Ms. Lightcap said, “Rita has a great reputation in the advertising community and a strong background in generating strategic opportunities for diverse clients in a dynamic multichannel, multi-brand business.” She continued, “I am excited to be working closely with her again, and know our integrated ad sales team stands to benefit enormously from her keen insights, strong relationships and leadership skills.”
Supporting Disney’s ongoing commitment to helping kids and parents achieve healthier lifestyles, Disney Channel will premiere the second season of Playhouse Disney’s popular animated short-form series for parents and preschoolers, “Tasty Time with ZeFronk,” on MONDAY, JULY 19 (9:25 a.m., ET/PT), with new episodes every day throughout the week. Beginning July 6 www.playhousedisney.com will feature all of ZeFronk’s recipes, which are simple creations that kids and their parents or caregivers can make together at home. Kids are also invited to craft personalized recipe books.
This Sunday night, Disney Channel will be offering an exclusive first look at Disney’s Tangled starring Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider. For this momentous occasion which takes place during Sonny with a Chance at 8 PM ET/PT, they’ve been running the following promo which features our real first look at actual animation from the film.
Most interestingly, this preview takes place one day before the trailer is released online.
In case you miss the event on Disney Channel, we plan on bringing the segment to you.
Production has begun on “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” a Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Emmy Award-winning director Michael Lembeck (“Tooth Fairy,” “Santa Clause 2″ and “Santa Clause 3.”). Ashley Tisdale stars as the scene-stealing drama queen Sharpay Evans in the role she made so popular in the “High School Musical” TV movies and feature film. “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” is scheduled to premiere in 2011 on Disney Channel.
In addition to Tisdale, the movie stars Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected” and “Ruby and the Rockits”) as the confident film student Peyton Leverett and Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) as a precocious young dog owner and Sharpay’s nemesis, Roger Elliston the 3rd.