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December 17, 2008 | Dawn Chmielewski
The Disney Channel is headed for Russian television. A unit of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. has formed a joint venture with Media-One Holdings Ltd. to start a Russian version of the family channel on 30 stations throughout the country. Anchored by familiar Disney Channel shows for kids and families such as "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place," dubbed in Russian, the venture also plans to create original Russian programming.
March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her. Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel...
Accused rapist and killer Vincent Sanchez methodically studied his victims before he allegedly attacked them. But he became increasingly violent and reckless as his personal life fell apart and the attacks increased. That picture of Sanchez emerges in 1,145 pages of Ventura County Grand Jury testimony that tells a chilling story of an alleged crime spree that terrified Simi Valley residents for five years and escalated to the slaying of 20-year-old Moorpark College student Megan Barroso.
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years. "Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating.
November 25, 2009 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Walt Disney Co., in a move that many in the industry didn't foresee, tapped an executive with extensive international experience to run the Disney Channel, underscoring the role of global markets in the network's future. Carolina Lightcap, credited with building Disney Channel into one of Latin America's top cable networks, Tuesday was named president of Disney Channels Worldwide. She succeeds Rich Ross, who left in October to take over as chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Many speculated that the top Disney Channel job would go to its entertainment chief, Gary Marsh, a well-regarded executive responsible for developing several successful Disney properties, including "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical."
July 31, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before learning how to score gymnastics. The Skinny: Lots of gripes about how NBC is covering the Olympics (see below). My favorite complaint is that NBC has a "monopoly" on the games. Well, they outbid Fox and ESPN for that "monopoly. " No one handed them the Games and said "go to town. " Tuesday's headlines include the above-mentioned Olympic coverage complaints, a look at how much money Warner Bros. pumps into the local economy and a new Disney Channel cartoon is a hit with African Americans.  Daily Dose: Fox Business Network continues to make gains on CNBC.
March 12, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
"Gravity Falls" doesn't sound like classic Disney animation. The new cartoon comedy series follows twins Dipper and Mabel, whose school vacation plans are dashed when their parents ship them off to spend the summer with cranky old Uncle Stan in Gravity Falls, Ore., where pterodactyls swoop overhead and gnomes plot to abduct Mabel and make her their queen. "Disney wasn't the first place I would have thought of going to," said the show's creator, Alex Hirsch, who grew up watching Fox's irreverent animated comedy "The Simpsons.
December 31, 2009 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
If dying is easy and comedy is hard, then writing comedy for Disney Channel must be harder still. Take the biology joke originally considered for the network's new sitcom "Good Luck Charlie," which is slated to premiere in the spring. A teenage girl and her "hot" classmate are snuggled on the couch during a study date. When he reaches to turn off the light, she was to say: "Now I'm in the mood for some biology." The line received a hearty laugh at a table reading but also raised the eyebrows of Adam Bonnett, Disney Channel's senior vice president of original series, who jokingly asked the show's creative team if they could convey the same information without being "so . . . biological."
November 27, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Cory & Topanga 4Ever" is no longer a silly scribble in a notebook. Disney Channel confirmed Tuesday that it's developing a spinoff of the '90s ABC comedy "Boy Meets World" -- and that the original show's central couple will be back. After weeks of rumors (that had twentysomethings squealing), the network acknowledged that it is working on a pilot called "Girl Meets World," a sequel to the popular sitcom that aired from 1993 through 2000. "I'm going to be a father! Well, on TV at least.
June 19, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS
Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, announced that James P. Jimirro is resigning as president of the Disney Channel and also as president of the company's telecommunications and non-theatrical unit. The company said Jimirro would continue to play an "active role" until a new executive is named and will then continue as a consultant and marketing strategist.
March 11, 2014 | By Meg James
The most powerful woman at the Walt Disney Co. - and perhaps in all of Hollywood - said that she would leave her job overseeing the company's $10-billion-a-year entertainment TV networks, leaving Disney to search for a successor in an increasingly treacherous television business. After 18 years at the Burbank entertainment giant, Anne Sweeney surprised many by saying she would step down as president of Disney/ABC Television Group by next year to work on the creative side as a television director.
March 5, 2014 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television. The comprehensive distribution deal, announced late Monday, is expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats the increasingly important digital rights for valuable programming. Dish secured Internet streaming rights for content from Disney's ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well as the eight ABC television stations that Disney owns.
February 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Before Demi Lovato appeared in the flesh, she appeared on-screen -- the central figure in an underwater video sequence projected above the stage at Anaheim's Honda Center. The introduction was in keeping with Lovato's path as an entertainer, which began with work in children's television - first on “Barney & Friends” and later in a series of cheery Disney Channel properties - then moved into real-world pop stardom. Yet the clip that opened Thursday's concert wasn't flashing back to her kiddie-sitcom past.
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
February 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
There may be 500 channels and almost $80 billion in advertising and subscriber revenue in the television industry, but most of that content and cash is controlled by a handful of companies. In a new report on the U.S. media industry, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger notes that a handful of media giants control the advertising and subscription pies. According to Juenger, fees that pay-TV distributors pay for content is now about $40 billion while advertising is an additional $37 billion.
January 30, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
For close to eight months now -- since she released the music video for her song “We Can't Stop” -- Miley Cyrus has had a look in her eyes that's proved nearly as transfixing as the other body parts she's put on public view. It's a mixture of determination and desperation, a raw visual expression of how brazenly the former Disney Channel star has remade herself in a hip-hop image but also, it seems, of a creeping fear that her license to appropriate may be revoked at any moment.
December 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alan Wagner, 76, a television executive who became the first president of the Disney Channel, died Tuesday in New York City, according to the New York Times. The cause of death was not reported. Wagner was hired by the Walt Disney Co. in 1982 to oversee development of a cable channel dedicated to children and family programming. Armed with a $100-million budget, Wagner recruited a staff of programmers and pulled content from Disney's extensive film and program library.
October 28, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. says it plans to launch a broadcast version of Disney Channel in Russia next year, enabling the entertainment giant to deliver its family programming to about 40 million households in the increasingly important market. Disney will acquire a 49% stake in Seven TV network, a national TV network in Russia, enabling it to air Disney Channel programming on broadcast stations in 54 urban markets, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in rural areas. The company did not disclose financial terms.
January 16, 2014 | By Meg James
Management changes continue at Nickelodeon as another high-level executive announced that she was leaving the children's channel - her home for nearly 20 years. Paula Kaplan, who serves as executive vice president of current TV series, told her team on Thursday that she would be leaving the network, according to people familiar with the matter. Kaplan previously was a West Coast general manager and head of talent and casting for many of Nickelodeon's businesses. She did not return a call left at her office Thursday afternoon.
November 1, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Composer Robert Lopez was surfing YouTube recently when he came across a video of a music box playing "Let It Go," a stirring, radio-friendly empowerment anthem that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote for the upcoming Walt Disney Animation movie "Frozen. " This is the second Disney feature film for the couple, who also helped write the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh. " But it's the first time their work has ended up in a pink box with twirling princesses - and in the lofty realm of Disney tunes that people can't seem to stop humming.
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