August 27, 2012
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has concluded an investigation into contamination on the site of the Walt Disney Studios, a senior board official said. The agency's decision comes a day after The Times reported the board, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , was investigating whether a vintage air conditioning system and cooling towers at Disney were the source of groundwater and soil contamination from chromium 6, a cancer -causing heavy metal.
May 15, 2013
Iron Man is already part of an elite crew of superheroes, but now he is set to join a rarefied group at the box office. "Iron Man 3," the third film in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. , will pass the $1-billion milestone, possibly by Wednesday night. As of Tuesday morning, Walt Disney Studios said the Shane Black-directed movie had collected $962.2 million worldwide and was still selling tickets in territories worldwide. The well-reviewed picture will become only the 16th film to gross over $1 billion globally, and the first in Marvel Studios' Tony Stark trilogy to cross the impressive milestone.
December 7, 2012
A pedestrian standing outside Walt Disney Studios on Alameda Avenue and Kenwood Street in BUrbank was struck after two cars collided and one spun out of control onto the sidewalk, police said. The man was smoking outside the Disney building just after 5 p.m. when the collision occurred, said Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert. Police reported that the car also struck the building. While the extent of the pedestrian's injuries are unknown at this time, “it's not going to be a fatality,” Dilibert said.
December 2, 2009
OTS relocates to Glendale OTS Solutions LLC, a offshore software development service provider, with offices in the United States and India, announced this week that it has shifted its regional sales office from Burbank to Glendale. OTS Solutions Chief Executive Hemant Madaan explained the move as being necessary in order to enhance the reach of potential clients, but also to serve its existing clients better. ? Disney Channels Worldwide VP named Carolina Lightcap, vice president of programming and creative affairs and chief marketing officer of Disney Channels Latin America, has been named president of Disney Channels Worldwide.
March 8, 2013
Blockbuster -starved studios rarely reach Hollywood's Emerald City, but Walt Disney Studios appears headed there this weekend. The studio's $200-million-plus 3-D production is set to open this weekend with a massive gross of about $90 million, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. (Disney is predicting a softer opening of roughly $75 million.) Not only would that make for the biggest debut of 2013 by far -- "Identity Thief" currently holds the record with its $34.6-million February launch -- but the strong opening could help jump-start what has been a slow year for film-going.
April 17, 2013
The Force is strong with Alan Horn. At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the Walt Disney Studios chairman said the company plans to release three “Star Wars” films by the end of the decade - one in 2015, 2017 and 2019. In between those movies, “we expect to have pictures derived from that universe,” Horn said, indicating that spinoff movies should be expected in 2016 and 2018 as well. The news comes six months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a surprise deal for $4.05 billion.
June 15, 2002
Laura Sturza MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Monterey High School graduates overcame obstacles that included being teen parents, working while in school, caring for family members and catching up on credits. The 66 students in the class of 2002, which included four teen parents, accepted their diplomas in a courtyard ceremony at Walt Disney Studios on Wednesday. Monterey is an alternative school, featuring smaller classes and designed to "nurture students," Principal Ann Brooks said.
April 18, 2013
The fight between the nation's largest theater chains and Walt Disney Studios over the upcoming release of "Iron Man 3" escalated on Thursday, when AMC Chief Executive Gerry Lopez took the studio to task for taking what he described as an unusually hard line in negotiations. The dispute prompted AMC, the nation's second-largest theater chain, to announce Wednesday that it would stop selling advance tickets for the film. In another development, Regal, the nation's largest theater chain, also on Wednesday night decided to stop selling tickets for "Iron Man 3" because of objections over Disney's terms, a source close to the circuit said.
December 17, 2005
New technologies, high-quality films, expanding markets on agenda for new company head. MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Expanding into new technology and creating profitable yet high-quality films will be among the areas of focus for the new president of the Walt Disney Studios. Alan Bergman was promoted to the post Wednesday by Walt Disney Pictures Chairman Dick Cook. Bergman had been serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the studios. "I'll be focusing on strategy and operations of the studios," said Bergman, who joined the Disney company in 1996.
July 31, 2004
Bobby Edward Schifferle Bobby Edward Schifferle died July 26, 2004, in Ventura. He was 84. He was born March 3, 1920, in Noel, Mo., and was a Burbank resident for 54 years. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Mailloux and Donna Tchirkow. No services are planned. Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills handled the arrangements. Andrew Alfons Engman Andrew Alfons Engman died July 16, 2004, in Victorville. He was 92. He was born Nov. 21, 1911, in Vasta, Finland, and was a Burbank resident for 27 years.