October 4, 2010 |
Two years after Walt Disney Co. merged its video game and Internet units to better coordinate the operations, the entertainment company said Sunday that it would divide the responsibilities for its Interactive Media Group under two newly appointed co-presidents. John Pleasants, a veteran new media executive who joined the company with Disney's acquisition this summer of Playdom, will oversee the games business, including online, console, social and mobile play. He will also continue to operate Playdom, the publisher of games for social networks such as Facebook and MySpace.
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.
February 20, 2008 |
Walt Disney Co.'s online division formed a team to focus on building and publishing games, virtual worlds and social communities based on Disney's films, television shows and cartoon characters. Disney Online Studios will accelerate development of entertainment for kids and families, Walt Disney Internet Group said. Steve Parkis will lead the group. The new team includes Disney's Virtual Reality Studio, which created virtual worlds ToonTown.com and PiratesOnline.com.
January 9, 2007 |
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger unveiled an overhauled company website Monday that will greet its 25 million monthly Internet visitors with a broader array of rich videos, music and games, but limited means of self expression. Iger had identified the new Disney.com as one of the company's most important initiatives to come this year, and the changes are bringing added scrutiny because of Iger's reputation as a supporter of Internet distribution and new media models.
May 16, 2006 |
Walt Disney Co. named Paul Yanover, a 12-year company veteran, to lead its Disney Online business, which produces the company's website for children. Yanover, currently head of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, was named an executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online. He succeeds Ken Goldstein, who resigned, Burbank-based Disney said.
October 18, 2000 |
The Walt Disney Co. is cleaning its closets and making one-of-a-kind costumes, tickets and props available on a new Internet auction site launched in conjunction with EBay. The company's Walt Disney Internet Group already operates a co-branded auction site with EBay that allows collectors to buy and sell items among themselves.