The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that it is will induct Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2016. Iger was selected by members of TIA in recognition of his significant contributions to the industry and the impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide. According to the announcement, Iger is ‘the steward of the world’s largest media company and some of the most respected and adored brands around the globe. He has grown Disney’s portfolio of beloved brands with the acquisition of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), and Lucasfilm (2012), three of the entertainment industry’s greatest storytelling companies. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader through its creative content offerings across new and multiple platforms.’
As it completes its debut run at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Discovery Times Square in New York City has quietly announced it will play host to the ‘Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume,’ exhibition, a display of 60 costumes from the iconic Star Wars anthology of films. Discovery Times Square will be the second of twelve museums to host to the touring exhibit.
ABC Family has announced that cast from its hit series ‘Pretty Little Liar’ and ‘Stitchers,’ and highly anticipated saga series ‘Shadowhunters’ will appear at New York Comic Con on October 9-10.
All three series will present fans with the opportunity to see exclusive footage from the upcoming season, as well as experience a Q&A with the series’ casts and creators. The ABC Family booth will feature talent appearances, giveaways, and other activities and activations. Talent scheduled to appear include the full cast of ‘Stitchers’ and ‘Shadowhunters’ and all five ‘Pretty Little Liars.’
In preparation for the world-wide roll-out of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens products at midnight on September 4, 2015, Toys ‘R’ Us has announced its plans to commemorate the event including an entire day of Star Wars related events the day before at its global flagship store in Times Square.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in association with The School of Visual Arts have announced that on May 29, 2015, they will be offering a special advanced screening of Pixar Animation Studio’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015) to be followed by a Q&A with co-writer/co-director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. The event serves as the finale of a series of presentations focused on the history of animation titled ‘An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI.’ Docter and Rivera are promised to ‘share behind-the-scenes details about the movie, its inspiration and what it took to bring it to the big screen.’
Bandai Namco today announced the upcoming worldwide launch of ‘Star Wars: Battle Pod,’ a high-speed arcade game set in the Star Wars galaxy. Featuring arcade-exclusive gameplay on a unique dome screen enveloping your entire area of sight, ‘Star Wars: Battle Pod’ will first be available with a U.S. launch in January 2015 at participating arcades around the country. For those in the New York City area who don’t wish to wait to check out the game, it will be on display at Dave and Buster’s in Times Square through November 2.
Via the official app, New York Comic-Con has released the full panel schedule for the upcoming 2014 New York Comic-Con. Below, we have compiled information on all of the official panels covering the Disney universes of Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and ABC television. Please note that all information below was hand-typed and may contain typographical errors, so be sure to compare with the schedule for exact information. Also, it should go without saying that the schedule is subject to change and may not in fact be complete. On that note, it’s only fair to point out that the one ABC series that is on the schedule, ‘Forever,’ is being done so courtesy of co-producers Warner Bros. Television. We will attempt to update this article as much as possible.
Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.
Nintendo of America and Disney Interactive have announced that they will be holding a launch event for ‘Disney Magical World‘ for the Nintendo 3DS at Nintendo’s Nintendo World in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The event, which will feature ‘Dog with a Blog’ star G Hannelius, will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 12 pm – 3 pm.
For the event, the popular destination for Nintendo fans will be transformed into a Disney paradise and include festivities such as the ability to play the new game, a Disney themed photo booth, Disney sketch artists, a giant AR card that players can scan in to download an outfit for the game and access to the Disney Cafe for cupcakes and beverages (while supplies last).
Victory Hill Exhibitions, in association with Marvel Entertainment, announces the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., the highly anticipated new exhibition based on the global box office smash, Marvel’s The AVENGERS. Premiering May 23, 2014 at Discovery Times Square, this S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based exhibition will run from May 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
The Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive exhibit experience that allows visitors to participate in a simulated recruitment as if they were being trained as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.