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[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Network Wants to Shut Down Dish’s Autohop

Sources have announced that Disney-owned ABC Network will attempt to shut down Dish Network Corp.’s ad-skipping Autohop feature.
ABC seeks a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, despite the fact that another judge dismissed a similar claim from another broadcaster two weeks ago. The controversy surrounding Dish’s Autohop feature, which allows viewers to automatically skip advertisements during recorded shows instead of manually fast-forwarding, has many broadcasters claiming it “threatens their very survival.”
While a Dish spokesman declined to comment on the impending injunction from ABC, Dish said in court …

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[9 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney in Talks to Reboot ‘Condorman’

The Walt Disney Co. is currently in talks to remake the 1981 film Condorman, which originally starred Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed and James Hampton.
The film follows the story of a cartoonist who magically transforms into the superhero he draws, but the original film didn’t meet with much success. Despite its initial failings, Condorman has grown into somewhat of a cult classic over the years. Because of this, Disney seems on the fast track to getting this reboot under production as quickly as possible.
We’ll let you know more when further details …

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[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Could Acquire Scripps Networks Interactive

On Monday, Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet reported that The Walt Disney Co. could be interested in acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive, the network responsible for Food Network, HGTV, Travel and DIY channels.
While Disney offers plenty of offerings for all types of consumers, with the end of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Disney seems to be lacking in programming for the female demographic. By acquiring Scripps Networks, Disney could boost their existing cable audience by at least 50%, according to the Citigroup analyst.
Scripps has actually become aquainted with Disney before, when their HGTV channel …

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[19 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
ABC Adding 10 New Shows to Next Season Lineup

Walt Disney-owned ABC Network will be adding 10 new shows to its next season lineup, sources say.
666 Park Avenue and Last Resort are two new shows slated to begin in September. The network hopes to build on the success of a lineup that will include returning favorites Revenge and Once Upon a Time. Despite the success of these two shows, ABC is averaging 3.1 million prime-time viewers in the 18-49 year old demographic – a number that’s down 3.7 percent from last year.
Four additional new dramas will be added, including …

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[13 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Former BBC Exec Louise Bucknole Comes to Disney UK

The UK branch of The Walt Disney Company has hired Louise Bucknole to replace Johnathan Bosely, who left his position as VP of of programming and production in January.
Bucknole moves to Disney from her previous position as the Children’s head of scheduling at the BBC, and also had a brief stint as a senior program manager for Disney between 2007 and 2009.
Now, Bucknole will take on the role of Disney’s director of programming for the UK and Ireland, where she will oversee programming for the Disney Channel, Disney XD and …

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[15 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Walt Disney Company to Create Jobs for Returning Veterans

Recently, The Walt Disney Company announced their intentions to set a company-wide initiative to create jobs for 1,000 returning veterans. These jobs are expected to be created/filled within the next three years, and are part of a program Disney has instated to help service members and their families adjust to civilian life.
In addition to hiring veterans for jobs within the company, Robert Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, says the company will also be investing in several nonprofit groups designed to provide training and support for veterans.

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[27 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
No Representative of Jobs Estate Will Serve on Disney Board

Sources have reported that no representative for the estate of the late Steve Jobs will serve on the Walt Disney Company’s board of directors.
Despite the fact that the estate is Disney’s largest shareholder, with 7.7 percent of the company’s common stock, papers filed by Disney last Friday say that no one will be serving on the board on Jobs’ behalf. His widow is not a candidate, nor are any other representatives of the estate. As of this writing, no word has been heard from Disney about this news.

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney’s ABC Network to Preview New Show in Movie Theaters

In an effort to build viewers, The Walt Disney Co.’s ABC network will be airing episodes of their forthcoming show The River in movie theaters. Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment, says:
We love the idea and we think that the benefits of making the show available to more viewers outweigh the impact it might have on ratings for the show.
The theatrical release of the new show will begin January 18 in Los Angeles, while theaters in New York, Philadelphia and Austin, TX will have episodes available later in the month. …

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[5 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Veterinarian Hired for Position at a Colorado University

The director of animal operations from the Walt Disney Co., Mark Stetter, has just been hired at Colorado State University to be the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Stetter’s credentials are impressive; in total, he has more than 23 years of experience in veterinary medicine.
The university has one of the top-ranked veterinary programs in the nation, and has won numerous accolades for their infectious disease and cancer research as well as other health-related research.
While working for Disney, Stetter helped oversee the care of thousands of …

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[9 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
The Walt Disney Company to Hold Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in Kansas City

On March 13, The Walt Disney Co. will be holding their annual shareholders’ meeting in Kansas City, MO. According to the Kansas City Business Journal, this will be the first time the meeting has been held in Kansas City since 1998.
Disney spokeswoman Kathryn Kranhold says:
Disney is delighted to be going back to Kansas City, where Walt discovered his great love for animation and produced Alice’s Wonderland, the short cartoon that marked the founding of the Walt Disney Co.
As of this writing, it’s uncertain specifically where the meeting will …