January 29, 2011 |
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert A. Iger commanded a 35% jump in salary and bonuses in 2010, rewarding what the board of directors' compensation committee called his "exceptional performance" in the face of a slow-recovering U.S. economy. Iger's salary and bonus reached nearly $16.3 million, up from $12 million a year earlier. His total compensation, including equity awards, reached $28 million, according to the company's proxy filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
December 9, 2010 |
Netflix is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to offer more than just flicks. The video subscription company on Wednesday unveiled a deal to stream reruns from Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network and cable channels Disney Channel and ABC Family through its online service. The agreement, which lasts one year with an option to extend it, is valued at $150 million to $200 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Netflix, which built its business by delivering DVDs through the mail in red envelopes, is fast transitioning into an Internet streaming provider that is an increasingly formidable competitor to cable and satellite television systems and pay TV channels such as HBO. Two-thirds of the company's nearly 17 million subscribers have watched video on Netflix's online service, which can be delivered through computers or directly to television sets with Web connections.
October 10, 2010 |
Rich Ross, the television executive who helped revive the moribund Disney Channel, now has to prove he can work movie magic at Walt Disney Studios. The 47-year-old former talent department head has been, as expected, tapped by Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to fill much of the studio post formerly held by Dick Cook, who was ousted last month after clashing with his boss and failing to deliver enough hits over the last year. Iger will look to Ross to reinvigorate Disney's flagging box-office fortunes and develop film franchises that can be sold across the entertainment giant's lines of businesses -- including theme parks, consumer products and television -- as well as grapple with a host of technological issues that are quickly reshaping Hollywood.
September 18, 2010 |
The gig: President of Disney Channels Worldwide. Lightcap, who grew up in Buenos Aires and spent much of her television career in Latin America, oversees 94 channels that are available in 169 countries and 33 languages. Tuning in: Growing up in Argentina, Lightcap's favorite show was "Charlie's Angels. " She and her friends would play detective, with her portraying Sabrina, the brainy character played by actress Kate Jackson. "In Latin America, you would watch all these shows dubbed — and the dubs are typically made in Mexico for the whole region," she said.
September 3, 2010
' Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' Where: Disney Channel When: 8 p.m. Friday Rating: TV-G (suitable for all ages)
September 3, 2010 |
Research about cable's highest-rated entertainment show in 2008 revealed some complaints television executives rarely see about their programs — not enough s'mores, bonfires and water fights. The made-for-TV movie was Disney Channel's wildly successful " Camp Rock," which starred Disney darlings the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato and drew an impressive audience of 10 million viewers. Audiences enjoyed the show, they just wanted more of the joy and antics of a typical summer camp experience.
August 12, 2010 |
This week, Walt Disney Co. formally unveiled its latest online community: World of Cars, inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' 2006 hit movie "Cars. " The Burbank entertainment giant plans to begin revving its marketing engine for the virtual world this month, with promotions appearing on Disney Channel and elsewhere. World of Cars is Disney's fifth online community — one that's designed to keep children interacting with Lightning McQueen, Mater and other characters from the movie until "Cars 2" is released in 2011.
July 22, 2010 |
Thursday, Selena Gomez turns 18, officially entering into adulthood. But instead of partying, she'll be busy working, promoting her new film "Ramona and Beezus," which opens Friday and provides her first real movie role. Truthfully, Gomez has already been acting like a grown-up for a while. Four years ago, she began filming "Wizards of Waverly Place," the hit Disney Channel show about a girl with magical powers that has propelled her to the top ranks of teen stars. Today, like other young Disney powerhouses, she has become a bankable brand: She has a clothing line, is about to release her second album and is an ambassador to UNICEF.
June 22, 2010 |
As Disney Channel prepared to launch the cartoon series "Phineas and Ferb," one top company executive thought the hard, geometric shapes of the characters' heads represented too radical a departure from Disney's round-faced animation tradition. But talk of forcing the creators to soften the edges of Phineas' isosceles dome to make him and the other angular characters less jarring was quelled. "I said 'no,' " said Disney Channel Entertainment President Gary Marsh. "This is what I love about this show.
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."