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Why Is Pixar So Successful? Behold - The Ultimate Secret!

I liken Pixar Animation Studios to the Roadrunner. No matter how many traps the coyotes of the desert try to lay down for the purpose of capturing and devouring the essence of this miraculous being, it speeds on through, turning almost any effort to siphon the powers on show into a painful instance of backlash. […]

Zac Efron Guest Stars On Disney Channel's "The Replacements"

Zac Efron (High School Musical) will guest star on Disney Channel’s new animated series The Replacements on Saturday, November 18, at 8:00pm (ET/PT). In order to get Johnny Hitswell’s attention, Riley replaces the old pool lifeguard with Davey Hunkerhoff (voiced by Zac Efron), a hunky 14-year-old lifeguard she can flirt with to make Johnny jealous. […]

Playhouse Disney October 2006 and Year-to-date Highlights

The following are highlights of Playhouse Disney’s performance for October 2006 and for the year up through October: In October 2006, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” ranked as the #1 basic cable series with Girls 2-5 (374,000/4.8 rating), and finished among the Top 5 in Kids 2-5 (#4 – 693,000/4.4 rating). Calendar year to date, “Mickey Mouse […]

"The Replacements" Scores Impressive Ratings for Disney Channel

Disney Channel’s original animated series The Replacements finished as TV’s most watched series (broadcast & basic cable) the week of October 9-15 in Kids 6-11 (1.39 million/5.7 rating) with the episode “Halloween Spirits” that aired on Saturday, October 14. Since its premiere, The Replacements is the #1 animated series on Disney Channel with the key […]

Disney Announces "Finding Nemo" Stage Musical

Confirming a story first reported in April, the Walt Disney Company has announced that Finding Nemo will be adapted into a stage musical. Previews are scheduled to begin in November for a January 2007 premiere at the Theatre in the Wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The director of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

"Handy Manny" Generates Record Ratings for Disney Channel

The launch of Handy Manny (Saturday, September 16, 10:00am – 10:30am) on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney block debuted as the most-watched Playhouse Disney series premiere on record in Kids 2-5 (1.11 million), Girls 2-5 (588,000) and Boys 2-5 (521,000), ranking No. 1 in its time period versus all basic cable. In addition, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse‘s […]

Disney Channel Announces Halloween Programming

Disney Channel has announced several Halloween programming highlights for this year, including Halloween-themed episodes of The Replacements and The Emperor’s New School airing at 8:00pm and 8:30pm, respectively, on Saturday, October 14. Click here to view the press release with full details.

David Levine Promoted at Disney Channel and Jetix

David Levine has been promoted to Vice President, Worldwide Programming Strategy and Windowing for Disney Channel and Jetix. In his new role, Levine will oversee all aspects of the worldwide programming strategy group, including facilitating communication between Disney and Jetix channels to coordinate and roll out programming strategies on a global basis. He will report […]

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