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Disney to Tailor Streaming Content for Competitive Asian Markets After Shuttering Linear Channels

Barely five years ago the Asia head of Fox Networks Group was able to boast that his cluster of linear channels made more in annual profit than his rivals saw in revenues from the region. That was before 21st Century Fox was sold to Disney, before the executive in question left the group, and before […]
Tags: Asia, News, Disney, Global, Fox, Netflix, Fox Networks Group, Disney Plus


Muppets Go Spooky With ‘Haunted Mansion’ Halloween Special Dropping This Fall on Disney Plus

The Muppets are ghosting Disney Plus, and it’s a good thing: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn and the rest of the puppet pals will star in their first-ever Halloween special “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” dropping this autumn exclusively on Disney Plus. The special promises to feature a star-studded Muppets cast, likely […]
Tags: Halloween, News, Disney, Haunted Mansion, Muppets, Disney Plus


Julia Louis-Dreyfus on ‘Veep,’ ‘Seinfeld’ and Why Republicans Have ‘Lost Their Minds’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has created iconic characters on “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” and with her overall deal with Apple, she’s poised for her next chapter. That future may or may not include more appearances as the Marvel villain Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine on Disney Plus’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — something she can barely […]
Tags: Apple, News, Disney, Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Power Of Women, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine


Disney Plus Documentary ‘Shipwreck Hunters’ Starts Shooting in Australia

Underwater filming has now begun off the coast of West Australia on “Shipwreck Hunters Australia.” The six-part series is the first Australian documentary to be made for streaming platform Disney Plus. The area is one of the most spectacular ocean environments in the world and has an estimated 1,600 shipwrecks. The series will mix new […]
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Disney, Global, Production, Screen Australia, West Australia, Disney Plus, Shipwreck Hunters


Disney TV’s Craig Hunegs to Step Down, Successor Yet to Be Named

After two years at the company, Walt Disney Television president of entertainment Craig Hunegs is departing the media giant at the end of May. The decision to leave was Hunegs’, according to a source familiar with the matter, and follows Disney’s major reorganization last fall that realigned its businesses, splitting off its content creation team […]
Tags: News, Disney, The Walt Disney Company, Disney TV, Craig Hunegs, Walt Disney Television, Hunegs


Glenn Close Talks Wanting to Play Cruella Again and Her New Jazz Album (EXCLUSIVE)

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Emma Stone may be taking on the role of Cruella de Vil in Disney’s “Cruella,” but that doesn’t mean Glenn Close is done playing the Disney villain. “I have a great story to make another Cruella with my Cruella,” Close tells me. She’s tightlipped about details but teases, […]
Tags: News, Disney, Emma Stone, Glenn Close, Columns, Michael B. Jordan, New Music, Glenn, Cruella de Vil, Cruella, J Balvin, Just For Variety


Snow White And The Rightwing Outrage Cycle: Fox News’ Latest Fixation Lives At Disneyland

Last week, it was a totally fabricated red meat ban in President Joe Biden’s climate plan. And an imagined scandal centered on Vice President Kamala Harris’ children’s book.  [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: New York Post, News, Disney, Joe Biden, Fox News, Disneyland, Kamala Harris, Kate Riga


Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie and Disney Plus Project in 2021 and Beyond

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, audiences have  created a plethora of new “Star Wars” content. The sequel trilogy — 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2017’s “The Last Jedi” and 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” — wrapped up the main storyline of the Skywalker Saga. Standalone films “Rogue One” and “Solo” explored specific stories within […]
Tags: Star Wars, News, Disney, Lucasfilm, Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus Project


'Simpsons' producer Al Jean on new 'Star Wars'-inspired short and the 'Mandalorian' cameo you didn't see

"The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean and the show's team could have used a little of The Force's power when producing the new Disney+ short -- "Maggie Simpson in 'The Force Awakens From Its Nap'" -- in a mere four months.
Tags: Disney, Cnn, Al Jean, Maggie Simpson


Disney unveils a real-life lightsaber

Ever since "Star Wars" premiered in 1977, kids and adults alike wanted to get their hands on a lightsaber. The "elegant weapon for a more civilized age" is one of the most famous props in movie history and pop culture — and now Disney has apparently created a "real" one.
Tags: Disney, Cnn


Disney's new Star Wars resort will feature retractable, life-like lightsaber props

Disney Disney announced that its new lightsaber prop would be in use for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Disney will open the immersive two-day Star Wars resort in 2022. See more stories on Insider's business page. Guests at Disney's new resort can get a more realistic Star Wars experience than ever starting in 2022.On Tuesday, Disney confirmed that its retractable, life-like lightsaber will be one of the attractions waiting for guests at the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser ...
Tags: Star Wars, Florida, News, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Disney Parks, Disney Disney, Josh D Amaro, Galactic Starcruiser, Annabelle Williams, Ben Ridout, Galactic Starcruiser Disney, Disney Parks @DisneyParks


IPL Cricket Tournament Halted as COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc in India

The high profile Indian Premier League has been indefinitely suspended after players and officials from several teams tested positive for COVID-19. The tournament is the world’s richest cricket tournament and one of the biggest sports media properties in the world. Disney’s Star India, then owned by Fox, had bid $2.55 billion for tournament rights through […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Disney, Global, Fox, Ipl, Indian Premier League, Star India, Coronavirus


Disney Plus Hotstar to Launch in Malaysia With Local Content Component

Walt Disney Company is set to launch its Disney Plus Hotstar streaming service in Malaysia from June 1. The platform will boast a significant local content component in addition to the mainstay Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic brands. The launch is being held in association with Astro, the country’s leading pay-TV platform. […]
Tags: Asia, News, Disney, Global, Malaysia, Walt Disney Company, Disney Pixar Marvel Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus Hotstar


Dove Cameron: Why the former Disney star is one to watch in 2021

With two TV shows, a movie and a pop career in the making, the former Disney star is one-to-watch.
Tags: News, Disney, Dove Cameron


'American Idol' features a Disney songbook night

"American Idol" featured a Disney night on Sunday, with 10 artists from Season 18 given a second chance to win the final spot in the Top 10.
Tags: Disney, Cnn


Disney Strikes Korean Content Supply Deal With N.E.W. Affiliate

South Korean film and TV studio Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.) has struck a long-term agreement to supply content to streaming service Disney Plus. The deal appears to bring forward the likely launch of Disney Plus in the key territory, while also further stoking competition for Korean films and TV series. The agreement was disclosed little […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Disney, Global, Next Entertainment World, Disney Plus


‘The Simpsons’ Meets ‘Star Wars’ in First Look at Disney Plus Short ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap’

Disney Plus has announced plans to celebrate Star Wars Day 2021 on May the 4th. Along with the previously-announced debut of the animated series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” the platform is also dropping the “Star Wars”-themed “Simpsons” short “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap,’” as well as two bundles of virtual […]
Tags: Star Wars, News, Disney, The Simpsons, Maggie Simpson, Disney Plus, The Force Awakens From Its Nap


'American Idol': Katy Perry borrows Orlando Bloom's ears for Tinker Bell fit, top 7 revealed

"American Idol" returned Sunday with a Disney songbook night and the top 7 contestants were revealed with Arthur Gunn making a comeback.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Disney, Katy Perry, American Idol, Usa Today, Orlando Bloom, Arthur Gunn


As Disneyland Reopens, Visitors and Many Workers Eager to Return: ‘I Can Already Feel the Magic’

After shuttering for 13 months amid a devastating global pandemic, Disneyland is reopening — and David Vaughn, for one, is excited. Before COVID-19 hit, the 36-year-old would visit theme parks about twice a month. In line to enter Disneyland on Friday morning, he described the atmosphere as “incredibly relaxed,” with other eager visitors wearing masks […]
Tags: News, Disney, Disneyland, Universal Studios, David Vaughn, Disneyland Reopens Visitors


Aaron Rogers might attend "Mighty Ducks: Game Changers" reunion

For executive producer Steve Brill, the man behind the "Mighty Ducks" film franchise and the Disney+ series based on the world, he knew it was inevitable: At some point, he was going to bring the original Quack Attack back.
Tags: News, Disney, Stories, Aaron Rogers, Mighty Ducks, Steve Brill


"Mighty Ducks: Game Changers" stages reunion with possibly more familiar faces to come -- and maybe Aaron Rodgers

For executive producer Steve Brill, the man behind the "Mighty Ducks" film franchise and the Disney+ series based on the world, he knew it was inevitable: At some point, he was going to bring the original Quack Attack back.
Tags: Disney, Cnn, Aaron Rodgers, Mighty Ducks, Steve Brill


Disney-Sony Movie Rights Deal Points to Future of Film Licensing

On the surface, Disney and Sony Pictures Entertainment seem to be two studios heading in opposite directions when it comes to business strategy. Disney is investing huge sums of money and resources into building direct-to-consumer streaming platforms. Sony Pictures has vowed to stay on its traditional studio path, dealing high-end content to the highest bidders. […]
Tags: News, Marvel, Spider-Man, Disney, Sony, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Disney Sony Movie Rights Deal Points


What the Media’s Most Powerful Execs Were Paid in 2020: Did Pandemic Pay Cuts Have an Impact?

Do media barons believe in shared sacrifice? When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, several CEOs made headlines by voluntarily cutting their take-home pay or forgoing salaries. After all, the global health crisis had closed movie theaters and theme parks and brought film and television production to a standstill, forcing companies to lay off or […]
Tags: News, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, ViacomCBS


What’s Coming to Disney Plus in May 2021

Disney is all in for May the Fourth Be With You, otherwise known as the “Star Wars” fandom holiday that celebrates the iconic intergalactic franchise. May 4 kicks off the release of “Star Wars: Bad Batch,” which releases each Friday in May thereafter. The series follows experimental unit Clone Force 99, which was first introduced […]
Tags: News, Disney, Lists, Disney Plus, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Star Wars: Clone Wars


Disney Channel Announces ‘Disney’s Magic Bake-Off’ (TV News Roundup)

Disney Channel has announced their first-ever competitive baking series, “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” in partnership with Tastemade. The 13-episode series will combine the wonder of baking with the innovation of young pastry chefs. Along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, co-hosts Dara Reneé and Isaac Ryan Brown will guide the kid contestants, aged six through […]
Tags: News, Disney, Disneyland, Disney Channel, Physical, Loudermilk, Dara Reneé, Who Killed Sara, Graciela Gomez, Disney's Magic Bake-Off, Disney Channel Announces ` Disney, Isaac Ryan Brown


Disney Slashes Linear TV in Asia With 18-Channel Closure, Shifts Focus to Disney Plus

Disney is to close 18 TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong as the conglomerate puts a greater emphasis on direct-to-consumer streaming. The move will take effect from Oct. 1, 2021. Many of the channels set to be shuttered joined the group less than three years ago as part of Disney’s acquisition of 21st […]
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, News, Southeast Asia, Disney, Global, Fox Sports, Disney Plus, WandaVision, Disney Slashes Linear TV, Channel Closure Shifts Focus to Disney


Julie Townsend, Head of ABC News Communications, to Depart

Julie Townsend,  head of communications for ABC News since the fall of 2014, will leave the Disney unit as it prepares to welcome a new president. Townsend, a VP who has supervised outreach on behalf of flagship news programs ranging from “Good Morning America” to “World News Tonight,” will leave May 14 “to lead global […]
Tags: News, Disney, Abc News, Townsend, Julie Townsend, Kim Godwin, Julie Townsend Head, ABC News Communications


Josh Gad, James Gunn and More React to Disney World Anti-Wokeness Op-Ed

The Orlando Sentinel published an op-ed on Friday by a loyal Disney fan that condemned the evolving “wokeness” of Disney World. His claims were met with ridicule from people across the entertainment industry. “I love the Orlando Sentinel, but racist ‘journalism’ is ruining the experience,” “Frozen” actor and frequent Disney employee Josh Gad tweeted. I […]
Tags: News, Disney, James Gunn, Disney World, Orlando Sentinel, Josh Gad, Josh Gad James Gunn


Disney World 'wokeness' column on Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, other changes stirs Twitter debate

Twitter is ablaze over column from a loyal Walt Disney World fan who is strongly rethinking his family's commitment to Disney.       [Author: USA TODAY NETWORK]
Tags: Usa, News, Disney, Walt Disney World, Disney World, USA TODAY Network


‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Finale: What Will Happen to the Power Broker and the Contessa, and Other Burning Questions

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched the first season finale of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” streaming now on Disney Plus. The six-episode run of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has in many ways centered not on the Falcon or the Winter Soldier individually but on the legacy of […]
Tags: News, Disney, Recaps, Falcon, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier



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