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October 1, 2002 | Richard Verrier
Walt Disney Studios has signed a two-year film distribution deal with Walden Media, a subsidiary of Anschutz Co. of Denver. The deal includes two films, the award-winning children's property "Holes" and James Cameron's 3-D underwater exploration adventure "Ghosts of the Abyss." Both are scheduled for release early next year. Walden was founded by Chief Executive Cary Granat, former president of Miramax Films Dimension Label, and Michael Flaherty, an entrepreneur in the education field.
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BUSINESS
October 30, 2002 | From Reuters
Visitor numbers at Euro Disney's new theme park outside Paris have failed to pick up as the company had hoped, say analysts who are scaling down attendance and profit forecasts for next year. The Walt Disney Studios that opened in March was originally flagged as a crowd-puller that would lift total visitors to the two neighboring parks to 16 million to 17 million by 2002-03. Some analysts lowered estimates to 14.2 million. The group, which reports full-year results Nov. 13, declined to comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film "The Good Dinosaur. " The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio. In September, "The Good Dinosaur" was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed  director Bob Peterson from the project.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It's a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie. Deadline.com reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script. Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two "National Treasure" films staring Nicolas Cage, and "The Kid" starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1999
* Charles Newman has joined the Los Angeles office of executive search firm Blackshaw, Olmstead, Lynch & Koenig as managing principal. Newman most recently was senior vice president of human resources at Airport Group International Inc., an affiliate of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Soros Capital. * Walt Disney Co. named Chris Montan as president of Walt Disney Music, a new position to oversee music for animated movies, stage productions and other operations.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Former top Walt Disney Co. TV executive Rich Frank is joining the Firm entertainment company as chairman of the board, folding his Integrated Entertainment Partners venture into the business. Founder Jeff Kwatinetz will continue as chief executive, with Kwatinetz and partner Rick Yorn sharing a chairman's title. Julie Yorn will head Firm Films. Before starting his most recent venture, Frank was chairman of C3, a production company started by Comcast Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Joe Flint
Netflix has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to movies from Walt Disney Studios films, beginning in 2016, in a three-year deal that catapults the Internet video-on-demand service into direct competition with pay-TV giants such as HBO and Showtime. The news is a blow to the pay channel Starz, which previously had the rights to Disney movies, including its Pixar animated films and Marvel superhero pictures. Disney has also agreed to immediately give Netflix non-exclusive streaming rights to more of its older library titles including "Dumbo," "Pocahontas" and "Alice in Wonderland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
Walt Disney Studios has donated $25,000 to a proposed Burbank branch of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County--the largest gift the fledging project has received. T.J. Baptie, a spokeswoman for Burbank-based Disney, said she became interested in supporting the museum after she was asked by City Councilman Michael Hastings to serve on a committee raising money for the project.
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