LOS ANGELES (AP) — A piece of the "Star Wars" puzzle has just fallen into place.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger says Tuesday that "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are...
Disney slates Fox films, ‘Avatar’ pushed another year
NEW YORK (AP) — Now armed with the upcoming releases of 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday set forth a shock-and-awe release schedule spanning the next eight years, including the...
Avengers get epic send-off at ‘Endgame’ world premiere
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted...
Disney’s new blockbuster ... its share price
NEW YORK (AP) — Walt Disney shares are rocketing to an all-time high in early trading after the company moved aggressively into the streaming arena.
Movie theater owners, studios and stars convene at CinemaCon
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The movie industry — everyone from the Hollywood studios that produce the films to the companies that make the screens, speakers and seats in theaters — are descending on Las...
Live-action ‘Dumbo’ struggles to soar at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's "Dumbo" isn't exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.
Fox 2000, arm behind ‘Hidden Figures,’ to close under Disney
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox 2000, the specialty unit behind such diverse literary adaptations as "Hidden Figures," ''Love, Simon" and "Life of Pi," is closing shop under the Walt Disney Co.
In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood
NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Culver City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is cutting $13.5 million of CEO Bob Iger's annual future potential earnings ahead of the closing of Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment...
Emma Thompson to Skydance: I won’t work with John Lasseter
NEW YORK (AP) — In a letter to Skydance Media, Emma Thompson outlined why she refused to work with the former Pixar executive John Lasseter and was withdrawing from the animated film...
Disney’s 1st-quarter results beat expectations
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.'s first-quarter net income beat expectations as higher revenue from its media networks and theme parks helped offset a weaker movie slate during the quarter.
Disney says ‘no merit’ to Malaysia resort company lawsuit
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Resort developer Genting Malaysia's lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, is "without merit," Disney said Tuesday.
Malaysian resort company sues Disney, Fox over theme park
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Resort developer Genting Malaysia has filed a lawsuit in California seeking at least $1 billion in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, the company said Tuesday.
First African-American top network executive exiting ABC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network's shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down.
Her decision announced Friday comes amid ABC corporate parent Walt Disney Co.'s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the planned reorganization of Disney's television units.
Disney results jump on strong movie slate
NEW YORK (AP) — Walt Disney Co.'s earnings for the latest quarter sailed passed expectations, boosted by a strong slate of movies such as "Incredibles 2" as the company moves toward closing its $71.3 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets.
Disney and other media companies are facing a shifting landscape as more TV watchers switch to streaming rather than traditional cable bundles.
Disney animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull to retire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Catmull, the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since 2006, is retiring next year. The Walt Disney Company says Tuesday that the 73-year-old Pixar co-founder will remain in an advisory role through July 2019.
Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said in a statement that Catmull's impact on the entertainment industry is immeasurable.
ABC to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Mouse is getting the full star treatment as the iconic character turns 90 this year.
ABC on Tuesday announced "Mickey's 90th Spectacular," a two-hour prime-time special, will air on Nov. 4.
The program will feature tributes and never-before-seen short films of The Walt Disney Company's global ambassador, who made his film debut in "Steamboat Willie" on Nov. 18, 1928.
Disney’s bid for Fox clears US antitrust hurdle
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday won U.S. antitrust approval for its $71.3 billion bid for Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment assets.
Disney must first sell its 22 regional sports networks, the Department of Justice said. The company has 90 days to sell the networks, with an option to extend for another 90 days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn says Tuesday that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney at the end of the year following misconduct allegations.
Lasseter, Pixar co-founder, to step down at end of year
NEW YORK (AP) — John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Co.'s animation chief, will step down at the end of the year after acknowledging "missteps" in his behavior with staff members.
Disney announced Friday that Lasseter — one of the most illustrious and powerful figures in animation — will stay on through the end of 2018 as a consultant. After that he will depart Disney permanently.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Avengers: Infinity War" is poised to set a record for fastest film to rake in $1 billion in business.
The Walt Disney Co. said Saturday that the Marvel superhero saga had earned just under $975 million in global box office through Friday. Since the film earned nearly $70 million on Friday alone, the studio is confident it will pass the billion-dollar mark on Saturday, in 11 days.
‘Infinity War’ record opening revised to $257.7M
NEW YORK (AP) — "Avengers: Infinity War" was even bigger than previously estimated.
The Walt Disney Co. on Monday reported final weekend numbers for the superhero smash at $257.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, further boosting the film's record-breaking opening weekend.
The revised figure was due to unexpectedly strong Sunday ticket sales, Disney said. The Marvel blockbuster grossed $69.2 million on Sunday, besting the record held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by more than $8 million.
Disney emphasizes China roots in Shanghai amid trade tension
SHANGHAI (AP) — Walt Disney Co. used the expansion of its $5.5 billion Disney Resort in Shanghai on Thursday to highlight its deep China connections despite worsening trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Beneath the surface, Shanghai's Disneyland is not purely American and has been a boon to the local economy, providing both jobs and high-quality entertainment, company executives said.
Netflix-loving tykes tune out Nickelodeon in kid TV’s worst year
Kids like Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV.
Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s 7 years old. But Caleb rarely if ever watches conventional television. “Everything is Netflix,” said his mother, Ally Brown, an insurance agent in the St. Louis area who also has a 5-year-old and a baby on the way.
Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of "Avengers: Infinity War" Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn't be coming at a better time.
- Business WireBob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, to Speak at the 6th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications SummitMay 10, 2019
- Business WireThe Walt Disney Company and Make-A-Wish® Launch #FriendLikeMe Challenge with Will Smith in Celebration of Studio’s Upcoming Release “Aladdin”April 29, 2019
- Business WireThe Walt Disney Company and Make-A-Wish® Launch #FriendLikeMe Challenge with Will Smith in Celebration of Studio’s Upcoming Release “Aladdin”April 29, 2019
Jon Favreau to write, produce new ‘Star Wars’ series
NEW YORK (AP) — That galaxy far, far away keeps expanding. In the latest in a flurry of "Star Wars" spinoffs, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Jon Favreau will write and executive produce a live-action "Star Wars" series for the company's planned streaming platform.
Disney is readying a streaming service to compete with Netflix, and it has signaled that "Star Wars" will be a major component. The not-yet-named service is planned to launch in late 2019.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Company is shifting some film releases around including moving "Avengers: Infinity War" up one week and pushing the live-action "Mulan" back almost a year and a half.
The studio says Thursday that "Avengers: Infinity War" will now hit theaters on April 27, 2018. "Mulan" is set for March 27, 2020. The "Mulan" update recently found its lead in Chinese actress Liu Yifei after a year-long search.
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney’s Paris expansion
PARIS (AP) — The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
The plan was unveiled Tuesday following a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Disney chairman Robert A. Iger.
Disney unions file federal complaint over promised bonuses
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A coalition of unions at Walt Disney World Resorts has filed a federal unfair labor practices complaint accusing the company of holding its promised $1,000 bonuses hostage during contract negotiations.
Disney says ‘Black Panther’ is raking it in
NEW YORK (AP) — "Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.
The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history.
Disney now estimates the movie will earn between $190 million and $210 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend that started Thursday.
Disney Buys Much of Fox in Megamerger That’ll Shake World of Entertainment, Media
By Steven Zeitchik
The Washington Post
NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment firm as sprawling as one of its landmark theme parks, has pulled off one of the largest media mergers in history by acquiring the majority of assets from rival 21st Century Fox.
Fox’s ‘The Simpsons’ ‘predicted’ the sale to Disney - two decades ago
Yes, "The Simpsons" even predicted its own future parentage.
As part of the historic $52.4 billion Fox-Disney deal announced Thursday, such Fox animated series as "Family Guy" and "Bob's Burgers" will soon be donning corporate Mouse Ears. But only the granddaddy of these Fox shows, "The Simpsons," depicted the day that it would be owned by Disney.
What stays, what goes: Disney and Murdoch after the sale
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.
Here's a look at what the Disney and Murdoch empires will look like under The Walt Disney Co.'s $52.4 billion deal for 21st Century Fox:
Disney said to be near deal for Fox assets
Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners.
Comcast Corp., the other major contender for the Fox assets, said Monday it's no longer in the running.
USC partners with media giants to expand diversity project
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Company, NBC, Universal Music Group and others are helping the University of Southern California lead an expanded effort to drive diversity in the entertainment industry.
The university's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced Thursday that is broadening the mission of its Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative to include the music world as well as television and movies and renaming the project the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Disney ends LA Times ban after widespread backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.
The Latest: Disney ends LA Times ban after backlash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Walt Disney Co. banning Los Angeles Times journalists from advance coverage of its films in response to reporting on its relationship with the city of Anaheim, California (all times local):
The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.
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Four film critics groups bar Walt Disney Co. from awards consideration until company reverses ban on LA Times from advance screenings.
Disney bars LA Times film coverage after critical piece
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In response to a Los Angeles Times series about the relationship between the Walt Disney Co. and the city of Anaheim that Disney claims is "biased and inaccurate," the company is barring the paper from advance screenings of its films and access to its talent.
Rivals hit Litvack on Weinstein in Greenwich first selectman race
GREENWICH — The sexual assault scandal that has rocked the heights the entertainment industry and toppled disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached its way to the Greenwich first selectman’s race.Opponents of Democratic first selectman candidate Sandy Litvack are asking what he knew about Weinstein during his time as a board member and high ranking executive of the Walt Disney Company, which owned Weinstein’s movie studio, Miramax.Weinstein has been accused of rape and harassment by...
‘The Florida Project’ lives on the outskirts of Disney -- the park, and the idea
Not too long before I sat down to see “The Florida Project,” I happened to emerge from a place of deep self-reflection, where I concluded that I see myself as an anti-capitalist eco-socialist.
Upon even deeper self-reflection, however, I identified one tiny but significant exception to that general identity, that probably unravels the whole thing: When it comes to the Walt Disney Corporation, I am a total corporate shill.
Star Wars toy launch to unveil new ‘Last Jedi’ character
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but BB-8-happy fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing rollout of toys and products inspired by the film.
500 Disney World workers affected if Haitian status ends
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A union representing Walt Disney World workers says 500 Haitian workers at the theme park resort could be affected by a Trump administration proposal to end protective status for Haitians.
Union officials and Haitian workers on Wednesday demanded that the Trump administration extend the protected status for about 50,000 Haitian workers living in the United States under temporary protected status.
No changes to Carrie Fisher’s role in upcoming ‘Star Wars’
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will not be changed because of Carrie Fisher’s death. The actress, who died in December, appears throughout the next installment of the blockbuster series and won’t be replaced by a hologram, Walt Disney Co.’s top executive announced late last week.
Fisher’s unexpected death sparked fervent speculation about how Disney would handle her role as Leia in “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi,” scheduled for release in December.
Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contact extension to July 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger is getting a one-year contract extension.
The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday ended any speculation that Iger would retire this year, extending contract to July 2, 2019.
Iger's base salary of $2.5 million will be unchanged, but he gets a $5 million signing bonus, according to filings with the Security Exchange Commission. He made a total of $43.9 million in 2016, when tacking on stock awards and other perks.
Shooting gets underway for Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
NEW YORK (AP) — Alden Ehrenreich has taken control of the Millennium Falcon. The Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff has begun production.
The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that shooting began at London's Pinewood Studios on Monday. To kick off the untitled Han Solo movie, the studio released a photo of the cast at the controls of the Millennium Falcon.
Disney’s Iger announces 2019 opening for Star Wars lands
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019.
The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside aliens and droids. The attractions represent the parks' largest single themed land expansion ever.