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LA Times on Disney's Theme Park Strategy

The Los Angeles Times delves into the Disney Corporation’s efforts to update and upgrade their theme park attractions on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland (free registration required). The article addresses Disney’s strategy to compete with other theme parks as well as other entertainment media competing for recreational dollars.

Disney Channel May 2005 Animated Movies and Specials

Disney Channel has announced the following animated movies and specials for the month of May. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999) – Sunday, May 15 (11:00am, ET/PT) Care Bears: Journey to Joke-A-Lot (2004) – Monday, May 9 (8:00pm, ET/PT) Duck Tales: The Movie: The […]

Disney, Pixar Trying to Make Up

Walt Disney and Pixar are trying to patch up their differences, The Times of London reports. Dick Cook, the head of Disney Studios, says it is “definitely our desire” to conclude a new pact with Pixar, while Pixar’s Ed Catmull says that Pixar will resume negotiations with Disney in September, now that Disney CEO Michael […]

Toon Zone Talks to Greg Weisman, Part One: "Gargoyles"

Toon Zone would like to welcome readers to the first of a four Greg Weisman interviews, each touching upon his involvement with the programs Gargoyles, The Batman, Roughnecks, and W.I.T.C.H.. New installments will be posted throughout the summer. December 7th, 2004 saw the release of Gargoyles: The Complete First Season on DVD to a rabid […]

Lindeman Joins Disney Channel

The Disney Channel has named Jill Lindeman vice president/creative director for marketing, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Kim Possible: So the Drama Premiere Ratings for Disney Channel

The premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama — from Walt Disney Television Animation — on Friday, April 8 (8:00 p.m.), ranked as the #1 basic cable telecast of the day with: · Kids 6-11 (10.4 rating/2.0 million) · Tweens 9-14 (8.9 rating/1.8 million) · Girls 6-11 (13.9 […]

Disney Channel Orders Second Season of "Higglytown Heroes"

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of Wild Brain Productions’ Higglytown Heroes, the network says. [Source: Disney ABC Cable Networks Group]

Playhouse Disney Adds "Handy Manny" to Lineup

Disney Channel will add Handy Manny, 3D computer-animated show, to its Playhouse Disney bloc in early 2006, AWN reports. The series, created by Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen, will star Wilmer Valderamma in the title role; Los Lobos will provide theme music. Correction: Title corrected.

Iger Demotes Disney's Chief Strategist

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Disney Corporation Chief Strategic Officer Peter E. Murphy has been demoted within the company as part of a reorganization led by incoming CEO Robert E. Iger (free registration required). Murphy’s strategic planning unit will also be dramatically downsized. The move is seen as a way for […]

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

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