March 12, 2012 |
"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 |
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 |
"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 |
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.
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December 24, 2007 |
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 |
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.