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Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.

The 16-year Disney veteran will oversee Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Greater China. He reports directly to Walt Disney International chairman Andy Bird.

Rob Gilby, managing director of Twdc South East Asia, will report to Candland.

Stanley Cheung, managing director of Twdc Greater China, has been promoted to chairman of Twdc Greater China and reports to Bird.

Senior vice president Luke Kang will assume Cheung’s former role and report to both Cheung and Candland with direct oversight of Disney’s businesses in Greater China.

Kang’s remit does not cover Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which report to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs.

“Asia is a region of incredible growth and great promise for Disney, and these management changes are designed to ensure we maximise our opportunities there today and in »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Get Ready For Five More Years Of Frozen!

21 July 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you'd told me that Frozen was going to become Disney's top grossing film of all time, as well as the top grossing animated film of all time, I'd have laughed. While the trailer looked somewhat promising, it didn't look like it'd progress anywhere past a modest Disney sized hit. Then the film was released, and everything started to change. Frozen's fandom built itself overnight, leading to all sorts of parodies, awards, and box office glory that most animated films only dream of. The film became an overnight sensation, and is now identified as one of the studio's top 5 franchises. Which means that it's time to strike while the iron is hot and cash in! Huff Post Entertainment was the bearer of the news that Bob Iger and Disney are more than keen on executing a five year plan to extend the life of the Frozen brand. Through a massive, »

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'Daredevil' Will Not Immediately Connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

16 July 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

During his promotional tour for Guardians of the Galaxy in London, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered a brief update on Marvel's Daredevil, the new TV series that is currently in production and will debut on Netflix next year. While he wouldn't divulge any specific plot details, Kevin Feige did reveal that the producers aren't planning on linking the show to the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, although that may happen in the future.

"I think they're being very smart about that, approaching the shows the way we approach movies, which is to focus on the core project, make sure it's as great as it can be, beginning, middle, and end. Then they see if there are places where it makes sense for some interweaving of continuity. Right now, their goal, and they're in production on the Daredevil series, is focusing on making it the best incarnation of Daredevil that has ever existed. »

- MovieWeb

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Dolby Laboratories, Family Contribute $12 Million to Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

15 July 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ movie theaters.

The Dolby family has also made a $5 million donation to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign. In recognition of the gift, the Academy will name the Museum’s rooftop terrace the Dolby Family terrace.

Dolby Laboratories, founded nearly 50 years ago by Ray Dolby, continues to enhance and transform how we experience the movies,” said Bob Iger in a statement. Iger is chairing the Academy Museum’s capital campaign along with co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. “These generous gifts will help to ensure that the world will continue to experience the magic of cinema through the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.”

“My husband Ray was passionate about elevating the sound of entertainment, and his company’s contributions to cinema sound are well known, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Academy Museum Receives $12 Million In Gifts From Dolby

15 July 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide cutting-edge audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ movie theaters. Additionally, the Dolby family has made a $5 million gift to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign. In recognition of this gift, the Academy will name the Museum’s rooftop terrace the Dolby Family Terrace. “Dolby Laboratories, founded nearly 50 years ago by Ray Dolby, continues to enhance and transform how we experience the movies,” said Bob Iger, who is chairing the Academy […] »

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Star Wars: Episode VII Delay Rumors Pop Up Once Again

11 July 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Here we are again folks, after a lot of back and forth on rumors and even an official press release saying things were still on track for a December 2015 release, there's a chance that Star Wars: Episode VII could be pushed back to May 2016.  The reasons aren't exactly what you might think, however, and have more to do with studio politics than anything.  Come inside to check out the latest report and sound off with your thoughts. 

Over the weekend, you may have seen the announcement from Lucasfilm that two new cast members had joined Star Wars: Episode VIIOn top of that, they announced a 2-week hiatus of filming to re-schedule some things, but ultimately the film was on track for it's December release date.  This seemed to end the matter of the persistent rumors surrounding the film that the film would be delayed due to Harrison Ford's injury. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Star Wars: May The 2016 Be With You?

11 July 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Wtf is this post? That's not how you spell Star Wars.  It's me, Da7e, basically a waste of carbon, because I spend all my time thinking about things I like and other people who like those things. This is my weekly column where I discuss news, rumors and happenings in the world of Star Wars

Spoilers? Usually, but not this week.

I thought this was all over two weeks ago, but maybe it isn't. 

Here’s a rumbling from the deep behind-the-scenes that I cannot confirm: Jj Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy aren’t done wrestling with Bob Iger to push Star Wars: Episode VII back into 2016 with Batman, Superman and Captain America.

I’ve only heard pieces of this from two sources and they don’t necessarily corroborate each other. Previously in this space, we discussed how Abrams and Kennedy wanted a May 2016 release date but Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, »

- Da7e

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Disney Accelerator selects 11 start-ups

7 July 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme. 

Disney Accelerator is a 15-week immersive initiative that gives companies access to mentorship from Disney executives, up to $120,000 in investment capital and access to The Walt Disney Company resources.

Mentos include Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger (pictured) as well as senior brass from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, Espn and Walt Disney Imagineering as well as leading executives from the entertainment and business space.

The programme culminates with a Demo Day in October, where each team will present their company to industry leaders, Disney executives and the entrepreneurial community.

The selected companies are:

Buzzstarter – a scalable programmatic content marketing platform;

ChoreMonster – a web and mobile platform that aims to make chores fun for children;

Codarica – providing an early interaction with the world of code for children;

Cogo – providing video monetisation results for content creators;

Jogg – aims to simplify the act of acquiring »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Rumor: J.J. Abrams Wants to Push Star Wars 7 to May 2016, But Disney Holding Strong with 2015 Date

27 June 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We almost made it an entire week with only two Star Wars rumor stories, but alas, we’ve got one more to close out the week.  To be fair, this latest rumor does have some weight to it, if only to clear up confusion regarding the possibility of a release date delay.  As you well know, Harrison Ford recently injured his leg pretty badly on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  The actor will be out of commission for two months, which is a significant blow to the production as Han Solo is said to play a major role in director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  On Monday, a rumor surfaced that filming could maybe be postponed due to the injury, but now word comes that Disney is adamant that Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015—despite the fact that Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have apparently been lobbying for a delay to May. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Star Wars 7 Won't Be Delayed; Plus New Plot Rumors

27 June 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Da7e from Latino Review has posted yet another Star Wars VII update. You can read the full reporter here, or read the basic gist below. The most important info that he covers is debunking the recent rumors that Star Wars VII could be delayed six months so that Harrison Ford's broken leg can fully recover. - The movie will Not be delayed because of Harrison Ford’s injuries. (I can actually second source this thanks to Star Wars 7 News)  This information is from this week, it’s not old, it’s not speculation. - Kathleen Kennedy and Jj Abrams want a May 4th, 2016 release date. - Bob Iger is not giving it to them. Da7e also provided a nice roundup of recent rumors: AICN reported: "And this is a huge problem because Han Solo is pretty much the main character of Episode VII, leading a galaxy-wide search party for Luke Skywalker. »

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Star Wars: December 2015 Or Bust!

27 June 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Um.

Did we break it?

All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.

Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.

Then, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and Lucas passed off his notes to Kathleen Kennedy who got Lawrence Kasdan, writer of the Original Trilogy sequels, »

- Da7e

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Disney's Bob Iger Re-Elected Vice Chair of Us-China Business Council

5 June 2014 3:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been re-elected vice chair of the U.S.-China Business Council, which focuses on commercial relations between the two nations. Iger was elected to another term at the council's biannual board meeting Wednesday. Chairing the board is Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO of chemical company DuPont, who was also reelected. Also read: China's Biggest Film Company Invests in 2 Legendary Movies The Disney CEO is the only representative of the entertainment industry on the Uscbc board, which is otherwise populated by high-level executives from engineering, tech, and investment concerns. Disney — and the rest of Hollywood — has a. »

- L.A. Ross

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From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Hunger Games,’ How Theme Parks Have Caught Franchise Fever

5 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate investors who presumed there was no more value to wring out of “The Hunger Games” beyond its final installment next year got a nice surprise last week. CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new way to capitalize on the mega-franchise: A touring exhibition devoted to the movie will kick off next summer, the first element of a bigger plan aimed at putting the studio in the theme park business.

Indeed, blockbuster entertainment franchises are getting integrated into the parks with increasing frequency. Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in April, expanded with Super Silly Fun Land, the seaside carnival featured in the film. Up next: Universal is teaming with Warner Bros. to open Diagon Alley, a faithful re-creation of the London location from the “Harry Potter” films, on June 20.

As part of the massive expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida built a »

- Marc Graser

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Christians in Hollywood – Part 1: Prayers for Hollywood

4 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The prayer walkers arrive around lunchtime at major Hollywood movie lots. At Walt Disney Pictures in Burbank, clusters of Christians who have been allowed onto the lot by key executives, first turn to face the Disney Feature Animation Building and the ABC Building, where they pray for the employees working inside. Then they move on to the production facilities where they pray for movies and TV shows that are currently in the works. From there, the prayer walkers stop in front of the executive building to pray for Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger and his upper staff, who oversee the global media conglomerate. “We keep our eyes open and do not join hands,” explains Tamara Khalaf, who attends Ecclesia church in Hollywood and manages the design team for Disney’s Animation Research Library and who has participated in the prayer walks since 2005. Sometimes they pray for »

- Robert W. Welkos

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‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank to Helm Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Movie

4 June 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chronicle” and “Fantastic Four”-helmer Josh Trank will direct a standalone “Star Wars” movie, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced.

The subject of the movie has not been revealed, but would feature characters from the “Star Wars” universe and not be part of the upcoming trilogy, starting with next year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII” that J.J. Abrams is currently helming.

Trank’s deal follows Lucasfilm’s hiring of “Godzilla”-director Gareth Edwards to helm a separate standalone “Star Wars” adventure.

Disney has previously said it wants to release a new “Star Wars” film every year, following “Star Wars: Episode VII,” out Dec. 18, 2015. Last month, Disney chief Bob Iger said the company and Lucasfilm plan to produce three more films and “at least” three spinoffs over the next decade.

See Also: Disney CEO Sees Growth in the Movie Business

“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. »

- Marc Graser

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Stream Market: Hollywood eyes McN buys

3 June 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).

“We generate over six billion video views a month,” said Maker Studios chief development officer Chris Williams on a panel about MCNs (multi-channel networks that produce content on YouTube) in Santa Monica. “These creators have created massive audiences in a way that traditional media companies don’t have.

“It’s important for these large companies that have incredible IP to get new bites of the apple across new platforms.”

Williams added that The Walt Disney Co chairman Bob Iger personally drove the acquisition of Maker Studios after executives scrutinised the McN for over 18 months to understand potential benefits in an unfamiliar sector.

George Lucas is understood to be exploring short-form content for the Star Wars property and Disney top brass are investigating »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Stream: Hollywood eyes McN buys

3 June 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).

“We generate over six billion video views a month,” said Maker Studios chief development officer Chris Williams on a panel about MCNs (multi-channel networks that produce content on YouTube) in Santa Monica. “These creators have created massive audiences in a way that traditional media companies don’t have.

“It’s important for these large companies that have incredible IP to get new bites of the apple across new platforms.”

Williams added that Walt Disney Co chairman Bob Iger personally drove the acquisition of Maker Studios after executives scrutinised the McN for over 18 months to understand potential benefits in an unfamiliar sector.

George Lucas is understood to be exploring short-form content for the Star Wars property and Disney top brass are investigating ways to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Stream: Big Media eyes McN buys

3 June 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).

“We generate over six billion video views a month,” said Maker Studios chief development officer Chris Williams on a panel about MCNs (multi-channel networks that exist on YouTube) in Santa Monica. “These creators have created massive audiences in a way that traditional media companies don’t have.

“It’s important for these large companies that have incredible IP to get new bites of the apple across new platforms.”

Williams added that Walt Disney Co chairman Bob Iger personally drove the acquisition of Maker Studios after executives scrutinised the McN for over 18 months to understand potential benefits in an unfamiliar sector.

George Lucas is understood to be exploring short-form content for the Star Wars property and Disney top brass are investigating ways to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Stream:

3 June 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is symptomatic of what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target potentially lucrative ways of exploiting IP in an area they may know little about, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).

“We generate over six billion video views a month,” said Maker Studios chief development officer Chris Williams on a panel about MCNs (multi-channel networks) in Santa Monica.

“These creators have created massive audiences in a way that traditional media companies don’t have. It’s important for these large companies that have incredible IP to get new bites of the apple across new platforms.”

Williams added that Walt Disney Co chairman Bob Iger personally drove the acquisition of Maker Studios after executives scrutinised the McN for over 18 months to understand potential benefits.

George Lucas is understood to be exploring short-form content for the Star Wars property and Disney top brass are investigating ways to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Have Espn’s Profits Obscured A Mediocre Return On Disney’s Big Acquisitions?

27 May 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

That’s the eyebrow raising conclusion Cowen and Co’s Doug Creutz reaches today in a bracing in-depth analysis of Disney‘s profits. The analyst has been cool on Disney for years and remains so even as company shares touch new all-time highs (including one today). But he says that Espn has been its “primary driver of growth over the last 10 years” and fueled “the expensive transformations that Disney has undergone since Bob Iger assumed the CEO role in 2005.” Despite the much-heralded outlays for Pixar, Marvel, and theme park upgrades, returns on invested capital (Roic) during the past decade for the other broadcast, movie, digital, and theme park businesses “have been pretty pedestrian.” Related: Disneyland Raises Ticket Prices – Again – And Suspends SoCal Pass Sales Creutz says he has been trying to make this kind of analysis for about three years but was stymied by the scant details Disney offers about Espn’s profits. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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