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July 6, 1993
Fiscal 1992 was a banner year for Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael D. Eisner helped it increase profit by 28.2% from a year ago and revenue by 23%. A new digitally restored version of "Snow White" was released last Friday--the first time the cutting-edge high-resolution technology has been applied to a feature-length film. Also last week, an environmental impact report for the Westcot expansion in Anaheim received unanimous approval from the City Council.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Relativity Media is hoping to outbid the Walt Disney Co. for the popular YouTube network Maker Studios.  Relativity, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company, has offered to pay $525 million in cash and stock for the Culver City digital media company, plus as much as $500 million more depending on the financial performance of the company, according to a person familiar with the deal. Relativity has also offered a bonus pool worth $75 million for "key talent and executives," this person said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Antelope Valley woman who was a performer on television's original "Mickey Mouse Club" has sued the Walt Disney Co., alleging that she and her family were robbed in the Disneyland parking lot and then held for hours against their will as park security officers questioned them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from  Relativity Media  worth up to $1.1 billion.  "As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1989 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Editor's note: Due to an error in production, a portion of this story was missing in Friday's Times Orange County Edition. It is reprinted here in its entirety. Boosted by Bambi, four shrunken children and a crush of amusement park visitors, Walt Disney Co. on Thursday reported record revenue and net income for the three months and the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Michael D. Eisner and President Frank G.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1993
In the lore of Disneyland, it is said that Walt Disney signed up corporate sponsors for many of the original rides in the park because he was too strapped for cash to build many of them alone. Hence, the rocket ship in Tomorrowland was at one time emblazoned with the names of sponsors Douglas Aircraft and TWA and the monorail carried the monogram of the Santa Fe Railroad. Those names are long since gone. Lately, however, the cash-rich but deal-happy Walt Disney Co.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1988 | GREG BRAXTON and KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writers
Walt Disney Co. has scuttled plans to build a $611-million theme park and shopping mall in downtown Burbank, saying estimated revenue would not support the project. The abrupt withdrawal, announced Friday by disappointed Burbank officials, brought an un-Disneylike tone to the city's 15-year effort to develop a 40-acre site as the centerpiece of redevelopment in the troubled downtown area. It also was seen as a victory of sorts for entertainment rival MCA Inc.
BUSINESS
January 24, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that its profit rose 3% in the October-December quarter, led by a 15% growth in the company's film business that was driven by the box-office smash "Toy Story." The entertainment company earned $496 million, or 93 cents per share, in its fiscal first quarter, beating by a penny a share the average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research. Disney earned $483 million, or 91 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. For the quarter ended Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1993 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lobbying efforts for a transportation hub near Disneyland to serve rail, bus, car-pool and other mass transit have been launched in Washington by a coalition of local and state public agencies and the Walt Disney Co. led by Gov. Pete Wilson's office.
BUSINESS
August 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Newspaper Reports Meetings on Euro Disney: The Sunday Times of London said executives of Euro Disney and Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. met over the weekend to discuss options for the troubled French theme park's future. The paper says the discussion topics included an injection of new funding, a rights issue or even, potentially, closing the park. Since opening in April, 1992, Euro Disney, 49% owned by Walt Disney Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop. The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on Ben Sherwood's big promotion at Disney. Also, Disney buys Maker Studios and our TV Critic Mary McNamara wonders if "The Good Wife" made a bad move by offing a major character.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a Small World, the theme park ride created by Walt Disney with dancing animatronic dolls and the song that endlessly loops through our collective brains, is about to hit middle age. The ride meant to convey peace and hope (not melodic overload) debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair as a tribute to children everywhere and to UNICEF. Now, to mark the attraction's half century, Disney parks worldwide will host a global sing-along in April -- and everyone is invited. Performers will pay vocal tribute to the song and the ride in Disneyland in Anaheim, Disney World in Florida, and the Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong parks on April 10. Disneyland's website says the ride has been closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 10. Aside from the park events, there's a digital side to the sing-along too. Fans who can't be there in person can make a video of themselves singing it -- solo, with friends and family, or with complete strangers -- and upload it to SmallWorld50.com . The Walt Disney Co. announced last week it would donate $150,000 to UNICEF in honor of Small World's milestone and additionally will give $1 for every uploaded song and $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to see "Nymphomaniac" now or wait for the edited version on cable. The Skinny: Caught Sunday's "The Walking Dead" last night where the Lizzie character got Fredo'd. Godfather fans will get the reference. Tough to watch, but she had to go. Wednesday's roundup includes a recap of Disney's annual meeting and Viacom's settling of a long legal fight with Google's YouTube. Also, a profile of NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and used the occasion to reveal a few tidbits about its forthcoming film projects, including a pair of animated sequels and the company's first "Star Wars" picture. Shareholders of Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, also confirmed all 10 members of the board of directors who were up for reelection. The meeting was also notable for what did not transpire there. The Burbank company was able to avoid a vote on a proposal put forward by a group of activist investors who wanted to amend the process by which candidates are nominated to the board.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James
It's one of Hollywood's longest-running guessing games: Who will succeed Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger? And it just got a little more interesting. Anne Sweeney's announcement this week that she will step down as head of Disney's media networks, including ABC-TV, could help set up important moves on a corporate chess board as Disney prepares for bigger and more dramatic changes. Iger agreed last summer to stay on as CEO through June 2016, 15 months longer than initially planned.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if what I really want to do is direct. The Skinny: Just bought the book "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America. " I'll give you a full report when I finish. I've always been fascinated by that case. Today's roundup includes Anne Sweeney's exit from a top TV position at Walt Disney Co. Also, Bill Maher sticks up for pal Jay Leno.  Daily Dose: Although there will soon be no more Time Inc. at Time Warner, don't look for the media giant to rethink its name.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Disney to Sell Property: The Burbank-based media giant has put about 600 acres near Haymarket, Va., up for sale after plans for a $650-million theme park there were terminated amid opposition, the Washington Post said. Quoting sources familiar with Walt Disney Co., the paper said the company is dismantling operations in the area.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her. Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before confessing that I invented Bitcoin. The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife. " Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
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