September 9, 2009 |
Continuing to bring in creative talent and properties from the outside, Walt Disney Co. has hired Alex Seropian, a founder of the company behind the hit series Halo, as the creative head for its video game division. In addition, Disney is acquiring Wideload Games, the development studio he runs. The deal comes just a week after Disney agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion. In 2007 it acquired online virtual world Club Penguin for $350 million. Lane Merrifield, the general manager of Club Penguin, is now working on other online projects for the company.
January 29, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co.'s video game division laid off about 50 staffers Tuesday from several locations on the same day that it closed the Austin, Texas, studio that produced its "Epic Mickey" titles. The layoffs were separate from the people who lost their jobs at Austin-based Junction Point, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Disney's Interactive Media unit, which also includes online content, has shed jobs recently as it attempts to meet Chief Executive Robert Iger's publicly stated goal of achieving profitability in its current fiscal year.
March 7, 2002 |
Walt Disney Co.'s Internet and wireless group said it had signed a deal to develop news and entertainment for a wireless software platform being rolled out by the nation's largest wireless telephone network. Under the deal, Walt Disney Interactive Group will create ESPN-branded sports services for a new applications platform being developed by Qualcomm Inc. for use in wireless telephones.
June 29, 1995 |
Multimedia Start-Up Scores Disney Deal: Two-year-old interactive firm 7th Level Inc. and Disney Interactive will co-develop a CD-ROM game based on Walt Disney Co.'s "Lion King" characters Pumbaa and Timon, the companies said. The deal is something of a coup for 7th Level, whose proprietary animation technology distinguished it from the dozens of multimedia start-ups coveting an alliance with Disney.
April 17, 1997 |
Disney Interactive, a Glendale-based unit of the Walt Disney Co., has laid off 90 permanent employees and an undisclosed number of temporary workers, ending the company's 3-year-old experiment with producing video games in-house. The workers were dismissed Tuesday without warning--though rumors had circulated beforehand--and were told to leave by the end of the day, Disney Interactive spokeswoman Amy Malsin said.
September 20, 2001 |
Walt Disney Co. said it formed a new business unit to develop games that can be played on the Internet, interactive television and wireless communication devices. Disney named Jan Smith as president of Buena Vista Game Entertainment Studio, reporting to Disney President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Iger. Smith will continue in her job as president of Disney Interactive, which makes game software for personal computers and video game systems.