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April 3, 2010 | By Mark Sachs
At just 17, actress Jennifer Stone knows her way around showbiz. The star of the new Disney Channel movie "Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars" and the hit series "Wizards of Waverly Place" says she's been at it since she was a toddler. "I started in theater when I was 6 back in Texas," said the Studio City resident. "I started to get work in commercials and small parts in films and then begged my mother to let me come out to L.A. She thought it would just be for one summer, but it didn't turn out that way."
January 5, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal enabling Comcast Corp. cable customers access to all its popular channels — including ESPN, ABC, ABC Family and the Disney Channel — from portable devices and video-on-demand services. The comprehensive 10-year agreement announced Wednesday underscores how entrenched media giants are lining up to protect the decades-old pay-TV business model. Several years ago, entertainment companies were divided on whether to offer some of their most valuable programming free on the Internet, through services such as Hulu, in hopes of attracting younger viewers and advertising dollars.
January 28, 1994
The Disney Channel has announced it will launch a new television series for preschoolers in March and that it will soon begin production on two original films. The new series, "Jim Henson's the Secret Life of Toys," will premiere on March 5 at 8:30 a.m. during the channel's free preview. Set in a nursery, it will follow the adventures of new characters created by Henson Productions.
March 11, 2006 | Matea Gold
"High School Musical" is going global. The hit Disney Channel movie will premiere this summer on Disney Channel networks in Australia, followed by runs in France, Spain, Britain, Japan and India. Meanwhile, cellphone ring tones are in the works, along with a novel based on the movie and tween merchandise. Matea Gold * FINALLY Jazz man?
May 1, 1998
Ed Lahti, 53, a television producer and former vice president of production for the Disney Channel. He was in charge of such Disney TV projects as "Friendship in Vienna," "Goodbye Miss Fourth of July" and "Mark Twain and Me." He also oversaw the "Great Expectations," "Avonlea" and "Mickey Mouse Club" series. On Sunday of a heart attack in Toronto, where he was working on "Pooch and the Pauper."
November 18, 1988 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Although it's more intelligent and tasteful than NBC's tribute last Sunday, "Here's to You, Mickey Mouse" (airing at 8 tonight on the Disney Channel) doesn't tell viewers very much about the world's most famous cartoon character or the artists who created him. Hosts Mark Linn-Baker and Soleil Moon Frye "accidentally" meet in Mickey's dressing room just before a big birthday celebration.
April 5, 1996
The Disney Channel has promoted Kevin Trudgeon to manager of media relations. * Katie Callahan has been promoted to director of international television distribution at New World Entertainment. * Rick Vokulich has been named senior vice president of business affairs for Fox Broadcasting. * Mike Fitzgerald has been appointed vice president of technical operations for the Universal Studios Operations Group. * Barbara DeGroot has been named vice president of worldwide promotions at Warner Bros.
February 13, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, according to Disney's upcoming show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," there was a lonely little boy who wanted to be invited to play with the other children. But he never was. And years later, when the boy became a man, he was better known as Captain Hook. This simple tale of social ethics is what the preschool set will begin seeing more of from the Disney Channel in the coming months and years. As the company officially retires its longtime, preschool-oriented "Playhouse Disney" and replaces it with "Disney Junior" on Monday, the fresh name will usher in a new emphasis within its preschool programming, one that cares less about teaching rudimentary academics and more about imparting social values.
Mastering the art of shoe-tying, using a fork and brushing teeth--such everyday activities mark milestones in a small child's life, but none loom as large as the skill that must be learned before that all-important transition from diapers to "big kid" undies. Potty training, not the usual children's TV fare, is admirably addressed Sunday in "When You've Got to Go!
March 13, 1985 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Taking hype to lofty new heights, the hierarchy at Walt Disney Productions announced Tuesday that its latest feature film would have its world premiere on April Fool's Day somewhere in the stratosphere. "It's the first time that a film will have its premiere at 35,000 feet," effused The Disney Channel President, James P. Jimirro.
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