May 3, 2007 |
Children in Middletown who tuned in to "Handy Manny" on the Disney Channel instead got hard-core pornography. Comcast was investigating how the porn was broadcast Tuesday morning during the popular cartoon, which is about a bilingual handyman, Manny Garcia, and his talking tools.
April 3, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
"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?
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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 1, 2013 |
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.
February 13, 2011 |
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.
November 18, 1988 |
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.
August 22, 2008 |
In the beginning there were the Cheetah Girls. Way back in 2003, when Hannah Montana was but a gleam in the Disney Channel's eye, Galleria (Raven-Symone), Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Aqua (Kiely Williams) and Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan) became a bouncy, lovely pop band. Their message was simple: Nothing can keep you from being a star, but only if you remember that friends are more important than fame. Disney has since made billions embracing this creed: the "High School Musicals," "Hannah Montana" and "Camp Rock" all celebrate the glories of stardom while admonishing their audience to always choose friendship over personal glory.