May 29, 2008 |
Walt Disney Studios has formed a production unit called Kingdom Comics devoted to turning graphic novels into movies. Disney Publishing Worldwide has the right to distribute any comic book created by the division. Writer-artist Ahmet Zappa, writer-editor Christian Beranek and former Fox TV executive Harris Katleman will oversee the venture, which anticipates making deals with top graphic novelists and artists.
December 15, 2005 |
Alan Bergman, Walt Disney Studios' top business strategist and operations executive, has been promoted to president. Bergman will add business and legal affairs, as well as human resources, to responsibilities that now include finance and technology. He will continue reporting to Dick Cook, the studio's chairman. Bergman joined the studio in 1996. He helped structure Disney's settlement with Bob and Harvey Weinstein when they left Miramax Film Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992
Burbank officials touted the city as the "media capital of the world" in Hollywood trade papers this week, capitalizing on the City Council's approval of a $600-million expansion of the Walt Disney Studios. The city purchased full-page advertisements in the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety after Tuesday night's unanimous City Council vote to approve Disney's 25-year growth plan.
October 1, 2002 |
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.
October 30, 2002 |
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.
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.
March 19, 2004 |
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.