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Disney promotes two senior executives

30 June 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.

McCarthy succeeds James A Rasulo as CFO and most recently served as evp of corporate real estate, alliances and treasurer.

She will now oversee investor relations, corporate planning and control, tax, corporate treasury, corporate real estate, facilities, integrated supply chain management, and corporate citizenship. She reports to chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

Mayer has served since 2005 as evp of corporate strategy and business development. He rejoins the studio from L.E.K. Consulting and reports to Iger and COO Thomas Staggs. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

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Academy revises Oscars rules for 2016 show

24 June 2015 4:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility. 

Final determination of the qualifying producer nominees for each nominated picture will be made by the Academy’s producers branch executive committee.

The change comes after the board of governors approved Oscars rules and campaign regulations for the 88th Academy Awards at the most recent board meeting on Tuesday night.

In the visual effects category, the number of eligible films initially shortlisted has climbed to a maximum of 20. The number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting remains 10.

In the documentary short subject category, the number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting has increased from eight to 10 titles, while the number of nominees will no longer be three, four or five but a fixed five.

Qualifying titles »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Academy revises Oscars rules

24 June 2015 4:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility. 

Final determination of the qualifying producer nominees for each nominated picture will be made by the Academy’s producers branch executive committee.

The change comes after the board of governors approved Oscars rules and campaign regulations for the 88th Academy Awards at the most recent board meeting on Tuesday night.

In the visual effects category, the number of eligible films initially shortlisted has climbed to a maximum of 20. The number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting remains 10.

In the documentary short subject category, the number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting has increased from eight to 10 titles, while the number of nominees will no longer be three, four or five but a fixed five.

Qualifying titles »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Elon Musk, Bob Iger, Rupert Murdoch and Sons Topline Allen & Co.’s Sun Valley Media Conference Guest List

24 June 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tesla founder Elon Musk, Disney chief Bob Iger, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and sons are among the big-name guests invited to Allen & Co.’s annual Sun Valley conference. The impressive Hollywood group also includes CBS CEO Les Moonves, Viacom Chairman Philippe Dauman, the Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Disney CFO Thomas Staggs, Liberty Media’s John Malone, NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke, Paramount chief Brad Grey and Time Warner Inc.’s Jeff Bewkes. In addition to Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, outgoing 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey is also expected to attend. The »

- Tony Maglio

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Allen & Co.’s Guest List Includes Newcomer Elon Musk, Bob Iger, Rupert Murdoch, Tim Cook

24 June 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Media moguls, technology upstarts and political leaders converge next month on Sun Valley, Idaho, lured to the mountainside retreat by the promise of hobnobbing with their fellow elite at Allen & Co.’s annual confab.

Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, is perhaps the biggest name among new attendees at this year’s gathering. The guest list obtained by Variety overflows with Hollywood players such as CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom president Philippe Dauman and Paramount chief Brad Grey, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, the Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger and COO Thomas Staggs, Liberty Media’s John Malone, NBC Universal chief Steve Burke and Time Warner Inc. head Jeff Bewkes.

Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James, who will be taking the reins at 21st Century Fox next month, are expected to attend, as is outgoing chief operating officer Chase Carey. »

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Disney Board Declares Cash Dividend for First Half of 2015

24 June 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Walt Disney Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend Wednesday of $0.66 per share for the first six months of fiscal 2015. The dividend will be payable July 29 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 6. With this offering, Disney will begin paying dividends on a semi-annual basis, as opposed to once per year. July’s dividend is up 15 percent year over year. “Disney delivered significant increases in revenue, net income and Eps for the first half of fiscal 2015,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to raise our dividend 15 percent. »

- Tony Maglio

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7 Characters That The Third Star Wars Anthology Film Could Focus On

16 June 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In April 2013, Disney Chairman Alan Horn made the dreams of millions come true when he announced a range of new plans for the iconic and beloved Star Wars film franchise. Beginning with a new trilogy of core sequels – headed up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the studio confirmed that there would also be several standalone, spinoff movies, giving a broader view of Star Wars action.

With this parallel Star Wars series quickly becoming known as the Star Wars Anthology films, the imaginations of fans ran wild – with such a rich universe to draw upon, the possibilities seemed endless. The schedule for these new plans was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger – the intention being, to release of a new core film every two years, interspersed with an Anthology film. The result of this schedule means we will potentially see a brand new Star Wars film every year, for six years, »

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Jay Rasulo to Step Down as Walt Disney Company CFO at End of June

1 June 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jay Rasulo is stepping down as The Walt Disney Company’s chief financial officer at the end of this month, the company announced Monday. A replacement will be named at a later date. “Jay has been a valued colleague and friend, as well as a vital contributor to Disney’s success, particularly in his roles as chief financial officer and chairman of our Parks and Resorts division,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him in this new advisory role, where his strategic acumen and savvy insight will continue to benefit the company. »

- Tony Maglio

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Disney CFO Jay Rasulo to Step Down on June 30

1 June 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jay Rasulo will step down as CFO at Walt Disney on June 30 at which time he'll become an advisor to CEO Bob Iger and assist with the transition of a yet-to-be named CFO, the company announced Monday.  The news was not unexpected as Rasulo had been working for Disney without a contract since his expired at the end of January.  Rasulo had been seen as a candidate for COO, which would have presumably made him the heir apparent to Iger when his contract runs out in mid-June, 2018. Iger, however, chose former Parks and Resorts chairman

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TV Power Shifts From Network Biz to Content Ownership

18 May 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Content is indeed king.

The transformation of the “TV business” into the “content business” has accelerated to a gallop, forcing the industry to face the harsh realities of trying to run a traditional network in an on-demand world.

The signs of upheaval were impossible to miss last week as the major networks closed out upfront season with 2015-16 schedule presentations that emphasized how much they recognize that there’s no such thing as a status quo anymore.

“The erratic schedules of the past just don’t work anymore,” Fox TV Group chair Dana Walden told the crowd in her first upfront presentation as head of programming. Her partner atop Fox, Gary Newman, vowed that Fox would redouble its efforts to “market (shows) relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform.”

The sense of urgency emphasized onstage comes at a time when the traditional economic model »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Disney Plans Marvel & Star Wars Channels?

16 May 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney CEO Bob Iger has suggested that the company's successful TV division could be getting something a little extra in the future - namely a channel or channels dedicated to their two biggest properties - Marvel and "Star Wars".

According to Daily Finance, as part of a conference call last week Iger was asked about the chances of the Mouse House unleashing its own streaming service. His response seemed to suggest that those in the studio are continually looking at ways to expand their brands:

"We have said that with these channels and these brands - Espn, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel - we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers."

This of course has raised many questions regarding how such a channel/channels would be delivered, details that Iger did not go into. »

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Disney Planning Star Wars and Marvel TV Channels

16 May 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Disney already owns a bunch of television channels, including ABC and Espn. And now, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that the company is planning to create "Star Wars" and Marvel channels. He said: "We have said that with these channels and these brands . Espn, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel . we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers." It's not clear whether the channels will be full of original Marvel and "Star Wars" programming or something else entirely. Stay tuned. »

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Disney Potentially Planning Marvel and Star Wars TV Channels

15 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

“Honey, what do you want to watch tonight?” “I don’t know, what’s on the Star Wars channel?” That seemingly impossible conversation could happen if Disney CEO Bob Iger has his way. The man in charge was recently doing an investors call and casually mentioned that Disney, which already has a booming TV division with ABC, Espn […]

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Diego Luna in Talks for Lead Role in Star Wars: Rogue One: Report

13 May 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Is the force officially with Diego Luna?! The 35-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff movie, according to Variety. Not much else is known about the casting or who Luna will play. Luna will join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn in the highly anticipated film (Mendelsohn is set to star as the film's primary villain according to the trade). The plot of Rogue One reportedly revolves around the heist of the Death Star by a group of rebel fighters with Ahmed and Luna playing rebel fighters. Back in March, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news of a Star Wars stand-alone film, which, according to the press release, is »

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Disney CFO Jay Rasulo Not ‘Concerned’ Fans Will Tire of Superhero Films

13 May 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scratch off the list of things that the Walt Disney Company is worried about: superhero “fatigue.” The company’s chief financial officer said in an interview Wednesday in New York that Disney’s comic book franchise films are sufficiently diverse and audiences abundantly welcoming. He said good times should continue to roll for the shiny offerings.

“They are not all thematically the same, and I think that creates diversity and audiences don’t feel like they are seeing the same movie every time,” said Jay Rasulo, Disney’s CFO, speaking on a panel at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit. “If they are fun and exciting and they give great action … people will come and see them. It’s not something we talk about at all or are at all concerned with.”

Rasulo and Lowell Singer, Disney’s senior VP for investor relations, told host Michael Nathanson that the power of »

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Upfront Scorecard: ABC Tries to Get Away With Stability

12 May 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox’s “Empire” swallowed up so much oxygen that it’s easy to forget ABC had a very strong 2014-15 season too, anchored by not just “How to Get Away With Murder,” Shonda Rhimes’ latest dramatic hit, but the network’s ability to renew several new comedies, among them the diversely cast “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Naturally, the network was all too eager to remind advertisers of that fact during Tuesday’s upfront presentation, which saw ABC unveil a more stable lineup than we’ve seen in recent years while taking a few interesting stabs, designed to create a bit of buzz, if not necessarily knock ’em dead by Nielsen standards.

Like Fox, ABC came into the upfront with a bit of momentum to tout and a clear vision of where its strengths lie. And unlike NBC, the network was able to point to the power of its news division, »

- Brian Lowry

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Best Jokes from ABC’s Upfront Presentation

12 May 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel once again enlivened ABC’s upfront presentation with a standup performance that lobbed zingers at his own employer and plenty of others in the TV biz.

Here are the highlights:

“I spoke to Bob Iger — since we have ‘Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars,’ we don’t need money from you guys this year.” Of ABC’s commitment to diversity: “We’ve got women, we’ve got men, we’ve got women who are turning into men.” “We’re so diverse, when CBS drives by us they lock their doors.” Noting the ratings success of Diane Sawyer’s Bruce Jenner interview on his transgender transformation: “We promise this fall someone on ABC will change genders every week.” To ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee: “Without Shonda you’d be back at Hogwarts with the other Muggles.” The death of Patrick Dempsey’s character in a car crash on “Grey’s »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Story Behind the Scripting of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

8 May 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

George Lucas revealed earlier this year that following his selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, the studio decided not to use the treatments he'd outlined for the next trilogy of Star Wars films. "The treatments that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those," he told Cinema Blend. "So they made up their own. So it's not the one that I originally wrote for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has said as much over two years ago when quoted by Bloomberg saying, "We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are." In the same piece Lucas was fine with this situation saying, "Ultimately you have to say, »

- Brad Brevet

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D23 Expo 2015 Schedule Announced: Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Theme Parks and More

7 May 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Walt Disney Studios have announced the big presentation line-up for D23 Expo 2015. The line-up includes a Disney Legends Awards Ceremony hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, presentations by Disney Animation and Pixar, as well as Walt Disney Studios live action (which includes Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm).  Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will have a […]

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