October 1, 2013
Dish Network subscribers don't have to worry about losing ESPN or Disney Channel ... yet. Walt Disney Co., parent of ABC, ESPN, ABC Family and several other networks, and the satellite broadcaster have agreed to a short-term extension of their current contract in the hopes of coming to terms on a new distribution deal, according to the Los Angeles Times . The pact was set to expire Monday night. However, neither side has taken out attack ads against the other, which is often a telltale sign that talks are going south.
August 21, 2013
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people. “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
July 23, 2013
It looks like "Teen Beach Movie" is making waves for Disney Channel. The made-for-TV flick drew 8.4 million viewers on Friday night, making it the channel's most-watched original film in four years. Targeted at tweens, "Teen Beach Movie" was Disney Channel's third-highest-ever-rated original among kids aged 2-11 and kids aged 9-14. The premiere of the movie musical, in which a pair of teenagers are transported into a 60s-style beach movie called "Wet Side Story," is now the fifth-most-watched original for the channel, beating the debut of the original "High School Musical," which attracted 7.7 million. PHOTOS: Disney reanimated "High School Musical 2" delivered 17.2 million viewers in its 2007 debut, a cable record.
June 18, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. means a lot of things these days: Marvel superheroes, "Star Wars" and Pixar among them, but the company is going back to basics for its latest Disney Channel series, titled simply, "Mickey Mouse. " The new series will feature short adventures starring the company's mascot getting involved in slapstick hijinks the way he used to back in the 1930s. In a deliberate attempt to get away from the modern look of computer animation, the new Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in traditional 2-D animation and feature a Mickey Mouse styled as he was in the 1930s, back when his short films were nominated nine times for best animated short film.
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)