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The role Maker Studios will play inside the Walt Disney Co. is getting a little clearer months after buying the network of online channels for $500 million.
Disney describes the company as “mostly a distribution play,” according to chief financial officer Jay Rasulo, who spoke Wednesday at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference in New York City.
But Maker also is also being positioned alongside Marvel, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation Studios as “a big studio” and “content creator” for the Mouse House in the future.
That’s largely because of the massive audience of millennials that Maker has been able to attract to its channels. Since Disney purchased the company at the end of March, Maker has grown from 4 billion monthly views to 9 billion, and now has over 450 million subscribers to its channels, Rasulo said.
While some of that audience has grown through the addition of new channels to Maker’s network, »
- Marc Graser
The award will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“On behalf of the entire Lionsgate team, it is a tremendous honor and deeply humbling to join the elite group of recipients previously honored with the Milestone Award,” said Feltheimer. “The Producers Guild represents the creativity, innovation and dynamism that sets our industry apart from all others.”
PGA Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Jon Feltheimer is one of the most accomplished leaders in the industry and has played a pivotal role in Lionsgate’s evolution from independent studio to global content leader. Jon’s passion across the spectrum of storytelling has brought us such iconic films and TV shows as ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Weeds,’ ‘Orange is the New Black, »
- Dave McNary
Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate CEO, will be presented with the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The guild’s highest honor, The Milestone Award recognizes an individual who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Disney’s Bob Iger was the 2014 recipient of the award. PGA Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said in a statement, “Jon Feltheimer is one of the most accomplished leaders in the industry and has played a pivotal role in Lionsgate's evolution from independent studio to global
- Gregg Kilday
Early Wednesday morning, John Lasseter stood in front of a small group of journalists in a theater in the animation building on the Disney lot to introduce a presentation about November's new animated release, "Big Hero 6," and it felt to me, after over a decade of attending events where Lasseter has spoken, like a bit of a victory lap. And why not? Since "Bolt," Disney Feature Animation has been slowly but surely rebuilding what was a tarnished brand into something that is every bit as strong as the strongest moments from the "Mermaid" through "Lion King" era. "Frozen" was a global smash hit, and more than that, it managed that elusive cultural penetration where it goes beyond being successful and simply becomes omnipresent. "Frozen" was everywhere. Everyone knew what it was. Considering how dark things were for the studio before it was re-organized from within, it's amazing to see »
- Drew McWeeny
Will Walt Disney, the home of Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics make an offer to purchase Time Warner, home of Warner Bros and DC Comics, after a bid by Rupert Murdoch from 21st Century Fox of $80 billion was rejected ?:
"...'The prospect of combining Disney's Marvel with Time Warner's DC Comics might be too compelling to ignore. Plus CNN would give Disney the cable news asset it lacks.
"'Disney's market cap as of Aug. 8 was $149 billion compared with Time Warner's $63 billion, which gives Disney CEO Bob Iger more leverage than Murdoch might have had'..."
"'For Silicon Valley companies, a (Disney) deal would make them instant players in the content business.
"'For Verizon, access to Time Warner could boost its pay-tv and broadband platforms. »
- Michael Stevens
When Rupert Murdoch tried to buy Time Warner, we jokingly speculated that a merger could potentially lead to a movie featuring the Justice League and X-Men (though there's really no reason why that couldn't have happened had the $80 billion bid been accepted). However, the Marvel and DC Universe becoming one could actually be one step closer as The Hollywood Reporter names Walt Disney as a potential buyer - along with Google and Apple - should China's wealthiest man Wang Jianlin fail to add the company to his empire. "The prospect of combining Disney's Marvel with Time Warner's DC Comics might be too compelling to ignore," the site states, adding, "Plus CNN would give Disney the cable news asset it lacks. Disney's market cap as of Aug. 8 was $149 billion compared with Time Warner's $63 billion, which gives Disney CEO Bob Iger more leverage than Murdoch might have had." Though »
Disney has paid tribute to the late Robin Williams.
The actor, who famously voiced Genie in Disney's 1992 movie Aladdin, was found dead at the age of 63 yesterday (August 11).
"He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed." http://t.co/yNcHF3AVC5 http://t.co/lJnzbQuI6X
— Disney (@Disney) August 12, 2014
The film company posted a gif featuring Genie on Twitter, alongside the message: "He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed."
"An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favourite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to »
Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »
- HitFix Staff
The shock of Robin Williams’ death spread far and wide on Monday, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.
Tributes came in from friends and colleagues, studios and executives, the directors of his many movies, fellow comics and even President Obama. Those who knew and worked with him described Williams as a comic genius with a generous heart.
Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Peter opposite Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”
“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” Spielberg said.
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- Alex Stedman and Cynthia Littleton
There's no word on just what character Daisy Ridley plays in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, but the fact she's the female lead in the film has been pretty much guaranteed form the start and now Deadline adds "the plan is for her carry through to the second and third films" for director Rian Johnson (Looper). In addition to this news, Disney CEO Bob Iger recently told CNBC he's seen some of the early footage from the film saying: I can only tell you that production is underway. We have a very brief hiatus, which is due in part to the fact that Harrison Ford broke his ankle. The footage we've seen is very, very exciting to us. I think there's about 500 days left between now and December 18th, 2015 when the movie comes out. That doesn't seem like very long. There's a lot of pent up demand. We're »
- Brad Brevet
Star Wars Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels rumors, praise, trivia and even inside Hollywood stuff are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following: Disney CEO Bob Iger has seen Star Wars Episode VII footage. New rumors have risen about the location of the Millennium Falcon. Is Jabba’s Buboicullaar back in […]
- Germain Lussier
During a shareholder’s call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger revealed Disney is "developing designs for a far greater 'Star Wars' presence" in the company's theme parks. While some locations already have attractions like "Star Tours" (a 3D motion simulator) and "Jedi Training Academy" (an interactive show), Iger says the plan is to build new attractions for Disney's parks. It's been rumored »
- Jesse Giroux
But, fear not: The Walt Disney Co. has big theme park plans for its big franchise. “We’re also developing ideas and designs for a far greater Star Wars presence in our parks,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “We expect to provide details about this sometime next year.”
When asked whether or not Disney has a parks franchise that’s comparable to Harry Potter for Universal, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The first look at new attractions based on the sci-fi franchise, beyond “Star Tours” that currently operates at several of its parks, will be revealed next year, Iger said during a conference call with analysts to discuss Disney’s record third quarter results.
Lucasfilm and Disney also will host Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on April 16-19, while “Star Wars” is expected to have a major presence at the D23 Expo, Aug. 14-16, again from the Anaheim Convention Center.
Disney opted not to inject more “Star Wars” into its parks until its $4 billion acquisition of the company was complete. Deal also gives it the Indiana Jones franchise, »
- Marc Graser
Thanks to big screen hits and its wide range of other businesses, Disney posted extremely strong financials in the third quarter, including record earnings per share. The company reported on Tuesday that earnings per share rose to $1.28, on $12.46 billion overall revenue. Last year, the third quarter saw the company earn $1.03 per share. See photos: Disney Launches Virtual Map of Walt Disney's La, Revealing Founder's Home and Haunts (Exclusive Photos) “Our strategy of building strong brands and franchises continues to create great value across our company,” Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger said. “This quarter we delivered the highest Eps. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Consumers aren’t showing any sign of giving Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Frozen” the cold shoulder.
With the toon having charmed its way to nearly $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, the film continues to generate strong sales from home entertainment and related merchandise at retail, which helped boost studio revenue 14% to $1.8 billion during the company’s third quarter.
Overall, Disney saw profits rise 22% to $2.2 billion during the three-month period that ended June 30, on a 8% gain in revenue of $12.46 billion. It’s a record for any quarter in the company’s history.
As diluted earnings per share during the frame increased 27% to $1.28, “we delivered the highest Eps in the companys history, and weve now generated greater Eps in the first three quarters of Fy 2014 than we have in any previous full fiscal year.,” said Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger in a statement to discuss the results. »
- Marc Graser
First comes a warning.
Everyone has their white whale; that elusive treasure or goal that they fetishise and dare to find and covet. For some it was the lost footage from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. For others it was the mythical buried reels of The Wicker Man, which rather ludicrously had been rumoured for years to be buried in the concrete foundations of an English motorway. For me it was always the deleted scenes of David Lynch’s much maligned Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk with Me. Even in a pre-internet, pre-dvd extras age, I obsessed over this rumoured material and what possible insights it may offer into Lynch’s labyrinthian mystery. And now, thanks to the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, they are finally here. So how do they stack up? What do they tell us? »
- Michael Parkes
Haim Saban, the multibillionaire media mogul who is chairman of Univision Communications, said he isn't surprised by Rupert Murdoch's attempt to acquire Time Warner because CEO Jeffrey Bewkes has been grooming the company for a takeover. Speaking on Bloomberg TV Tuesday, Saban said Bewkes has "trimmed the company to the point where he's prepared it for a takeover" and that, in doing so, he may eventually prove himself to be more clever than competing chief executives like Murdoch at 21st Century Fox, Bob Iger at Walt Disney and Brian Roberts at Comcast. "You have companies like Comcast acquiring assets like
- Paul Bond
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 »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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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