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May 17, 2006 | Meg James and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
When ABC announced Tuesday that its fall slate would include three series created by star television writer-producer J.J. Abrams, Hollywood insiders suspected that there was a bit more behind Abrams' trifecta than the success of his hit show "Lost." For weeks, Abrams' representatives have been floating a proposal to ABC's corporate parent, Walt Disney Co., and to several other entertainment companies that have expressed a keen interest in being in the J.J. Abrams business. Even before Abrams' film directorial debut, "Mission: Impossible 3," opened in theaters May 5, his agent and lawyers had been offering studios the chance to bankroll a new "creative collective" -- a major stand-alone label that would employ many co-creators, story editors, staff writers and producers with whom Abrams has worked for many years.
November 13, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
A high-level executive reshuffling at the Walt Disney Co. on Thursday will give Chief Executive Robert A. Iger a deeper bench from which to choose a No. 2. The restructuring came in advance of the company's fourth-quarter earnings announcement. Disney reported an 18% bump in income, fueled by gains in the television group that helped offset a loss at the film studio and softness in the theme park business. As part of the management changes, Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs will trade jobs at the end of the year with Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo.
August 10, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. reported a jump in net income for its fiscal third quarter, buoyed by the strong performance of its theme parks and its cable television channels — most notably, the ESPN sports network. The company posted a net income of nearly $1.47 billion for the quarter that ended July 2, up 11% from a year earlier. Revenue rose to $10.67 billion, a gain of 7% from the same period last year. The results were better than Wall Street had expected. However, the Burbank entertainment conglomerate's earnings were affected by a charge of $34 million at the film studio related to layoffs in June.
November 11, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. reported strong fourth-quarter earnings, buoyed by gains at Disney Channel and ESPN and at the Burbank company's theme parks. The entertainment giant reported net income of $1.08 billion for the quarter ending Oct. 1, a jump of 30% compared with a year earlier. Revenue also rose 7% to $10.4 billion. Disney achieved record revenue, net income and earnings per share for fiscal 2011. Net income for the year reached $5.26 billion on revenue of nearly $41 billion.
August 16, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment gave it the Hulk, Iron Man and other superheroes to fuel summer blockbusters for years to come. It also got Ike Perlmutter. Marvel's chief executive is hardly a household name. But Disney's purchase of the comic book publisher made Perlmutter one of the largest individual shareholders in the entertainment conglomerate, giving him special powers all his own. Superheroes are big business in Hollywood, accounting for three of the top-grossing films in the U.S. this year: Marvel's"The Avengers,""The Dark Knight Rises" and"The Amazing Spider-Man.
August 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
December 19, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood. How deeply Jewish is Hollywood?
April 16, 1995
The April 9 puff piece on ABC Entertainment President Ted Harbert was the height of vacuous self-promotion ("Networking, '90s Style," by Rick Du Brow). Harbert inherited a network already on the rise, and no credit or mention was given to the previous architect of that ascent: former ABC President Robert Iger. Iger moved up and handed Harbert the reins. Iger did a rather brilliant job, which is why Harbert has so much time on his hands to do publicity. MARC GATTNER Studio City
March 15, 2005
At last, the Magic Kingdom is losing its king -- though ever the marketer, Michael Eisner used his resignation letter to Disney's board of directors to promote an upcoming book and his son's new feature film. It's hard to quibble with the choice of Robert Iger to succeed Eisner at the helm of the iconic entertainment company. He's a Disney veteran credited with turning around the ABC network and building ESPN into a moneymaker.
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
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