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.
September 3, 1997 |
Walt Disney Co. promoted Disney Online President Jake Winebaum to oversee all of its Internet businesses, centralizing control for its online services such as ABCNews.com and ESPN Sportszone. Winebaum, 38, will head a newly created division called Buena Vista Internet Services and will continue to oversee all Disney-branded Internet services, the company said. Winebaum will report to Disney Consumer Products Chairman Barton Boyd.
January 11, 1999 |
Richard Wolpert, the former president of Disney Online, has joined Yucaipa Cos. as a partner to help the investment firm bring groceries to the Internet. Ron Burkle, Yucaipa's managing partner, will announce Wolpert's long-expected appointment today. Burkle made headlines last fall for engineering an $8-billion deal to merge Fred Meyer Inc. with Kroger Co.
June 8, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co. said it is in talks to buy the 57% of Infoseek Corp. that it doesn't already own and may combine the No. 4 Internet search directory with its own online properties. Disney said it may buy the rest of Infoseek's shares, valued at about $1.53 billion at today's closing price, in exchange for a new class of Disney stock that would track the combined performance of Infoseek and Disney's Internet operations.
June 26, 1998 |
Walt Disney Co. is continuing its campaign to become a major presence on the Internet with the launch of a new Web directory and search tool that caters to children and their parents. The Disney Internet Guide (http://www.dig.com), which became operational Wednesday, joins several other Disney sites, such as Disney.com (http://www.disney.com), ESPN SportsZone (http://ESPN.SportsZone.com) and ABC.com (http://www.abc.com). Last week, Disney announced it was buying a 43% stake in Infoseek Corp.
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.