September 12, 2012
Google is ready for some "Monday Night Football. " Walt Disney Co. has struck a distribution deal with Google Fiber to add its cable networks, including ESPN , ABC Family and Disney Channel, to the new broadband pay-TV service the search-engine giant is launching in the Midwest. For Google, getting the Disney properties will be key to competing against Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish. Google Fiber is being unveiled in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. In both cities, Time Warner Cable is the major multichannel video program distributor.
October 31, 2011
Walt Disney Co. has gotten on the Amazon gravy train. Looking to acquire content for its video streaming service Prime Instant, Amazon has struck a deal with Disney's ABC broadcast network as well as its cable channels including Disney Channel, ABC Family and some older shows made by ABC Studios including "Felicity. " The short-term agreement is much smaller than Disney's current arrangement with Netflix, but the structure is similar. Like Netflix, Amazon will not get access to current shows in season.
February 8, 2011
A healthier media advertising market and greater theme-park traffic drove Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. to increased revenue and profits in the last three months of 2010 compared with a year earlier. The first quarter of Disney’s 2011 fiscal year brought a 10% increase in revenue to $10.7 billion, up from $9.7 billion during the same period last year, the company reported Tuesday. Profits soared by 40% to $2.2 billion, versus $1.57 billion a year earlier. Cable and broadcast networks are by far the biggest source of revenue for the company, which owns ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Lifetime.
November 24, 2009
Those who know Debby Ryan are familiar with her role as Bailey Pickett on Disney Channel’s original series “The Suite Life on Deck,” a spin-off of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” But what most of her fans don’t know is she’s a photographer, collage artist, equestrian and has started a blog that features her interviews with bands, she said. “I’m super close to the equestrian center and go riding with my friends,” she said.
March 14, 2009
Kelly Blatz is living his dream of becoming an action hero, and landing the lead role on a new Disney station — Disney XD — makes it that much sweeter. The 21-year-old Burbank native plays Charlie Landers in the new show “Aaron Stone.” Landers is a video game world champion whose expertise lands him a job as a secret agent. Now he must fight crime while learning to use all the nifty top-secret gadgets in between keeping up his school work and home life.
June 27, 2007
The Falcon Theatre's Children's Show this summer, "The Ohmies," was good enough to be imported over the hill to Burbank via the Geffen Playhouse down in Westwood, the Skirball Cultural Center off the 405 Freeway, and across the country via the 45 Bleecker Theatre in New York's Off-Broadway district. Promoting itself as a world of music, movement and creative problem-solving, "The Ohmies" is part mainstream toddler fare (think: a colorful and well-planned "Barney" road tour), part educational assembly program (think: shows you've seen at school while sitting on a hard, wood folding chair in a big auditorium with a bunch of rowdy classmates)
May 23, 2007
Skybus takes off out of Bob Hope Airport Bob Hope Airport saw its first flight come in from the new Skybus airline Tuesday coming in from Columbus, Ohio. The flight was almost full. The airline offers some tickets for $10 and others at relatively low rates for flights to and from its home base in Columbus. Burbank is one of the few destinations the airline flies from and to. The company plans to fly to 25 cities from Columbus and currently has flights to nine different locations including Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., San Francisco and Boston, Mass.
December 3, 2005
LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE -- E. Cardon "Card" Walker, who rose from mailroom worker at the Walt Disney Co. to the entertainment giant's highest ranks, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his La Cañada Flintridge home. He was 89. In 1971, Walker was named president of the company, succeeding co-founder Roy O. Disney after his death that year. Five years later, he became chief executive officer, and was elected chairman of the board in 1980. "Card was one of the great leaders of certainly his generation or perhaps any generation," said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.