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Updated: Following CEO Bob Iger’s lead, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo won’t break out financial numbers for Espn. But he strongly hints that its financial prospects are rosy by offering a few projections for Disney’s cable networks, which are dominated by Espn. He tells investors to expect high single digit annual growth in revenues from pay TV distributors through 2016, and a similar growth rate for operating income. He’s confident about these projections because Disney has programming deals with eight of the 10 largest pay TV distributors, with the remaining two due by year end. In addition, most of its contracts with sports leagues last for years. The company won’t project ad sales but says Espn has strong pricing power. Previous, 11:06 Am: Disney’s dumping a lot of data about Espn this afternoon to ease Wall Street fears that the company’s cash cow could face leaner »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Welcome to Issue #41 of The Marvelous Da7e!
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
Come With Me To Days Of Future Past!
Did anyone else notice that the last trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past was scored by a remix of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” but at a faster tempo with modern instrumentation, so it instantly called to mind the last modernized-up-tempo “Kashmir.” It was called “Come With Me” and was a track for 1998′s Godzilla.
Check out the video for that, in case you don’t remember.
Ok, then here’s the Days of Future Past “final trailer”
Do You Hear It?!?! It’S The Same Tempo.
As the proud owner of XMenDaysOfFuturePast. »
There’s bound to be a lot of movement inside the Disney/ABC Television Group in the coming year as Ben Sherwood takes the reins from outgoing president Anne Sweeney. But one thing that won’t change in the near future is the leadership of ABC Entertainment Group.
Paul Lee has sealed a multiyear deal to remain president of the group, which encompasses the entertainment operations of ABC network, the ABC Studios production division and entertainment fare for Disney syndication and ABC Daytime. His contract renewal talks were under way well before Sweeney’s plan to step down in January was announced last month.
Disney topper Bob Iger has said that he tabbed ABC News prexy Sherwood as Sweeney’s logical successor as soon as Sweeney let her intentions be known to him last summer. But Iger has also voiced his support for Lee despite ABC’s rocky performance with »
- Cynthia Littleton
The show snuck on the air in the middle of August, using a set recycled from the defunct soap opera “The City.”
Nobody, not even exec producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, thought “The View” had much of a chance of surviving in the 11 a.m. weekday time period that had been a black hole for ABC for a more than a decade.
Seventeen years and nearly 3,800 episodes later, “The View” has made an enormous mark on morning TV. And it has contributed greatly to Walters’ considerable legacy by showing a side of her that viewers previously hadn’t seen.
But make no mistake — “The View” was never designed to be softball TV. “We’re not a puff show,” Walters says. “We can be more opinionated.”
Walters deliberately cut through the aura of her news icon persona, and in so doing extended her on-air career in a way that was »
- Cynthia Littleton
Barbara Walters is known for turning her interviews into sob sessions, but as she exits the business she’s known all her life, she’s determined not to do that. When the legendary broadcaster retires next month at age 84 from ABC’s “The View,” following a groundbreaking career that’s featured more than 50 years in front of the television cameras, she’s adamant she won’t shed any tears.
“I’m not going to cry,” Walters says, from her corner office at ABC News in midtown Manhattan. She recalls watching Jay Leno’s misty final appearance on “The Tonight Show” in February. “I think Jay felt that he was pushed out,” Walters says. “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” Walters says she settled on a timeline for her departure three years ago, as rumors about her retirement began to swirl.
It’s been a long goodbye. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Good news for wookiee fans this morning, with THR reporting that Chewbacca is set to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. THR reports that Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Han Solo’s hirsute buddy and co-pilot, nearly forty years after he first donned the suit. Presumably Chewie will be one of the “very familiar faces” promised by Disney CEO Bob Iger back in March, when he teased what we could expect from the film. Hopefully the presence of both Mayhew and Harrison Ford will mean at least a couple of scenes of Han and Chewie...
- George Wales
It’s the end of an era.
ABC announced Monday that Barbara Walters’s final day co-hosting The View will be Friday, May 16. That same night, ABC will air a two-hour special at 9:00 p.m. Et highlighting her life and career. Walters announced last May that the 2013-2014 season would be her last on the daytime talk show she created in 1997.
“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Walt Disney Company in a statement. “She’s a dear friend and colleague »
- Erin Strecker
Walters’ 50-plus years in television will be feted that night with a two-hour primetime special on ABC.
“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” said Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger. “She’s a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it’s impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It’s hard to imagine television without her.”
Walters speaks exclusively to Variety about her long career and post-retirement plans in a cover story to be published on Tuesday.
- Cynthia Littleton
Barbara Walters' retirement is imminent. Her last day co-hosting The View will be May 16, ABC announced Monday. To celebrate Walters' long list of achievements, the network will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night. Walters, who co-created created the morning talk show with Bill Geddie in August 1997, will continue to executive produce The View. The 84-year-old will continue to contribute to ABC News on occasion. "In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company tells E! News in a statement. "She's a dear friend and colleague as well as someone »
Peter Mayhew Joins Episode VII Cast
Mayhew, 69, who first played Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, is officially signed on for the latest film by Disney and LucasFilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mayhew is the latest Star Wars veteran to officially join the cast of Episode VII. It’s already been announced that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would be reprising their iconic roles in the franchise. As for the main actors in the film, the studios are keeping tight-lipped.
Episode VII Casting
“We have a lot of them [in place]," Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said. “We’re just not completely done yet.”
“There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads," offered Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger. »
In what may be an 'April Fools' prank, it has been reported that the home of 'Donald Duck' is bringing together Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios for a fresh live-action reboot of creator Steve Gerber's "Howard The Duck".
'Howard the Duck' is a three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, who generally wears a tie and shirt, and is almost always smoking a cigar. In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
His near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth. »
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) "Bloomberg Businessweek‘s" profile of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, timed to coincide with the release this week of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", naturally focuses on the film division, but it also drops some fascinating nuggets about the company’s corporate culture and the 2009 purchase by Disney. • “In March, Feige gave me a tour of Marvel Studios at Disney headquarters in Burbank, Calif.,” writes Devin Leonard. “The offices are furnished like a college dormitory, with threadbare couches. The hallways are decorated with cardboard superheroes hawking Pizza Hut and Burger King. There’s barely enough room in Feige’s office for a replica of Thor’s hammer.” While that description may come as a surprise to some, Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter has a well-established reputation as a penny-pincher, reusing paper, limiting the number of coffee pots and even fishing paperclips out of trashcans. Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals that »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Marvel head Kevin Feige recently revealed that he would like to go from releasing two superhero films per year to as many as four. And now comes word that he already mapped out how he wants to expand the cinematic universe all the way to 2028. "[Feige] concedes that Marvel won't recover the film rights to Spider-Man or the X-Men anytime soon, but says Marvel has something more valuable: a universe of thousands of characters it controls entirely," said Business Week. "Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters. People might show up for 'The Avengers,' meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There's a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige's office." Disney CEO Bob Iger added that he would love to replicate the success of "The Avengers" with other Marvel teams, »
Marvel Studios has always been lauded for its ambitious plans, but said plans may be even more ambitious than many first thought.
A new extensive feature on the studio's chief Kevin Feige for Bloomberg reveals that he has a map of what's coming in the Marvel pipeline in his office and he "printed out a new one recently that went to 2028."
Disney's Bob Iger has also teased that if this Summer's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the success they hope, the studio could potentially spin off the key characters so that we might see Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon get their own features.
The article also goes into the previous films, with Feige being the one that fought hard for the first standalone "Thor" and "Captain America" films, and for the period/location settings of both those films. »
- Garth Franklin
Nothing can stop this Marvel juggernaut from happening.
In a Business Week article, it highlighted some future goals and plans for the movie franchises. Since Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion more than four years ago, Marvel proved to be a gold mine for the House of Mouse.
Besides the obvious “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opening this Friday and “Guardians of the Galaxy” for August 1st, there are plenty more Marvel movies in the works since his plan is to issue multiple Marvel movies a year.
According to Disney Presdient Bob Iger, Marvel “could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features.” Wow, individual spin-off movies for these characters? Marvel definitely expects it to be a huge Blockbuster this summer.
In addition, Iger and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn met with the Marvel team »
- Gig Patta
Marvel Studios is always planning ahead, far head. It’s why ever since Iron Man proved that the young production house could do right by moviegoers by honoring the comics, they’ve been bringing in actors and actresses and signing them to lengthy multi-picture deals, setting precedents in the industry for growing talent while building a shared cinematic universe. Now, rival studios who also own Marvel characters are rushing to emulate the formula, with both Sony and Fox recently announcing multitudes of sequels and spinoffs that are all connected.
The reason why Marvel succeeded and why Disney boss Bob Iger was interested in acquiring the company boils down to one man and his small committee of ...
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- Rob Keyes
Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is the man with the plan. The studio is a juggernaut when it comes to the superhero/comic book genre and the expansive, intricate and fascinating “cinematic universe” that they’ve put together is extremely impressive. With so many projects in development, and several phases of their universe already planned out, one has to wonder how Mr. Feige keeps everything organized. According to him though, it’s very simple: he has a map.
In an interesting feature that was recently done by Bloomberg, it was revealed that Feige has a map on the wall of his office that shows exactly what’s being planned for the future. And not just the immediate future. Apparently, the studio has all of their projects mapped out right up until 2028. Of course, the vast majority of their future projects are currently unannounced, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has teased »
- Matt Joseph
While Marvel Studios head honcho and producer Kevin Feige had previously teased that Marvel movies were planned through 2021, its now revealed that the studio actually has things plotted out all the way through 2028. And that may include spin-offs for both Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The spin-off movies may follow one of the main characters in Guardians of the Galaxy depending on how well they, and the movie, are received. This means we might see a solo adventure for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) or Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) himself. It is also possible that we will see a Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor) solo movie, with Vision and Scarlet Witch a huge possibility.
The report comes from Business Week, who landed a quote from Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Much of Marvel's success »
Marvel Studios has a roadmap that stretches until 2028.
President Kevin Feige has said that the company has its film releases planned out for the next 14 years.
"It's like looking through the Hubble telescope," Feige said of the plan, which hangs on the wall of his office.
"You go, 'What's happening back there? I can sort of see it'. They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028."
The interview also revealed that Marvel Studios had clashed with parent company Disney over its plans for the movie franchise.
Feige insisted that The Avengers be released after the Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger films, opposing suggestions from Disney that the characters be introduced in the ensemble movie. Disney was also »
How many sequels can you have for "Thor"? One man knows: producer and Marvel Cinematic Universe overlord Kevin Feige who has, over the past decade, almost single-handedly engineered the expansive, interconnected series of films linked to the popular stable of Marvel superheroes. In a lengthy Business Week profile of Marvel (and Feige), the producer let on just how far into the future he is looking to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the article, Disney head Bob Iger concedes that they are unlikely to have the rights to popular franchises "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" revert back to Disney, although he is hopeful about the thousands of other Marvel characters that have yet to make it to the big screen. As the grand wizard of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or McU, as it's called), Feige knows exactly what characters are being earmarked for expansion. According to the article, "There's a map of »
- Drew Taylor
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