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  • Jan. 11, 2013, 12:40 PM

    Disney (DIS -0.1%) plans to take a serious look at creating a live-action Star Wars TV series as it dusts off a number of "provocative" scripts that have been circulated around Hollywood for years. Media analysts note the plan makes imminent sense with Disney able to use its stable of networks to create a long-lasting revenue stream and keep licensing fees inside the House of Mouse. This is where it gets really interesting: Disney could also jumpstart its increasing focus on gaming by tying in show plots with online and mobile games.

    | Jan. 11, 2013, 12:40 PM
  • Jan. 10, 2013, 7:00 AM

    Disney (DIS) shakes up its management team, naming George Kalogridis as the new president for Disney World to replace Meg Crofton who will move to the corporate headquarters in Burbank. The leadership transition created a ripple effect up and down Disney's Parks and Resorts segment with other job changes and could signal a shift in strategy.

    | Jan. 10, 2013, 7:00 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 9, 2013, 5:52 PM

    InterActiveCorp-backed (IACI) Aereo has received a fresh $38M in funding - some of it from IAC - to expand its innovative broadcast TV streaming service to 22 new markets by spring, including Chicago, Dallas, Philly, and Houston. Aereo's $12/month NYC service has already driven local broadcasters up the wall and into the courtroom - they see it as a threat to the carriage fees they've begun charging pay-TV providers. (AP review)

    | Jan. 9, 2013, 5:52 PM
  • Jan. 8, 2013, 11:22 AM

    Disney (DIS -0.6%) shows off its first set of augmented reality toys which create specific user-generated animations. The company has partnered with Jaxx over the project in what could be the first baby step to a whole new revenue category in the future. (Previous: Disney Toy Box patent buzz)

    | Jan. 8, 2013, 11:22 AM
  • Jan. 7, 2013, 6:31 AM

    Disney (DIS) is reportedly carrying out a cost-cutting review that could include reducing staff at its studio and other operations. Disney is particularly looking at jobs that aren't needed anymore because of technological improvements, and at redundant operations. At Disney's studio, the strategy has changed to focus on fewer films and use outside production companies more.

    | Jan. 7, 2013, 6:31 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 4, 2013, 4:30 PM
    It finally happened: Well-respected Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS) CEO Jason Kilar says he's leaving in Q1, and that CTO Rich Tom is joining him. Hobbled by the licensing and distribution restrictions placed by media industry owners generally terrified of upsetting their pay-TV industry clients, money-losing Hulu's total monthly viewers have been surpassed by Netflix's paid subscriber base. Kilar's departure could have something to do with a reported request for a fresh $200M in funding. (also)
    | Jan. 4, 2013, 4:30 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 4, 2013, 3:25 PM

    Disney (DIS +2.1%) files a patent application that has tech and media sites buzzing with speculation. The patent covers a process to animate real videos or pictures to create an augmented reality through a handheld device. Not only are enthusiasts drooling that the move could be the first step to Disney's mythic Toy Box gaming console, they are also quick to note the cozy relationship Disney has with another company potentially looking to dip into the gaming market - Apple.

    | Jan. 4, 2013, 3:25 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 3, 2013, 10:45 AM
    Disney (DIS +0.1%) plans to attempt to block the bankruptcy sales of patents for 3D movies, according to Bloomberg. The company claims it has the right to use the type of technology being sold off by bankrupt Digital Domain Media Group because of an old agreement it signed with the original patent holder.
    | Jan. 3, 2013, 10:45 AM
  • Jan. 2, 2013, 4:29 AM

    Cable TV and broadcasting companies have agreed to extend various contracts that expired at the year-end, with Viacom (VIA) keeping its channels on Cablevision (CVC) and Disney (DIS) signing a carriage deal with Charter (CHTR). Time Warner Cable (TWC) is temporarily keeping channels it threatened to drop, including AMC Networks' (AMCX) IFC and WE tv. TWC is also retaining Crown's (CRWN) Hallmark.

    | Jan. 2, 2013, 4:29 AM
  • Dec. 31, 2012, 10:14 AM

    Charter (CHTR +0.9%) and Disney (DIS -0.1%) strike a long-term distribution deal which will see Disney content, both new and old, launch on a variety of devices. The key part of the agreement is the expanded list of ESPN channels that will be available on demand on smartphones and mobile devices for Charter subscribers.

    | Dec. 31, 2012, 10:14 AM
  • Dec. 24, 2012, 9:18 AM

    Projections shows the movie industry will end the year with a 5.6% lift in attendance after seeing two straight years of declines. Holding the line on ticket prices and a fresh mix of titles helped studios see the biggest yearly increase in attendance in nine years. 2012 winners: IMAX's box office tally, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, MGM's resurrection. 2012 losers: 3-D attendance, family movies, DVD sales on major releases.

    | Dec. 24, 2012, 9:18 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:38 AM

    Disney (DIS) wins a ruling in an appeal court to protect its Winnie-the-Pooh characters. The decision should end a decades-long challenge by Slesinger company over the trademark rights to the well-known characters.

    | Dec. 24, 2012, 8:38 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2012, 9:20 AM

    Hulu asks its media giant parents (CMCSA, NWS, DIS) for a little helping hand in order to fund program purchases and overseas expansion, according to sources. The $200M request could finally settle the matter of which direction the TV venture takes, particularly if an ad-supported model backed by Disney or a subscription service favored by News Corp. will rule the day.

    | Dec. 21, 2012, 9:20 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:17 AM

    Disney (DIS) wins approval with the European Union to buy Lucasfilm for a cool $4.05B in cash and stock. Though the decision wasn't unexpected, Europe's top regulator can take a narrower view on certain deals than U.S. counterparts. Just ask UPS.

    | Dec. 21, 2012, 8:17 AM
  • Dec. 20, 2012, 8:16 AM
    Morgan Stanley thinks Disney (DIS) will see more growth in margins in 2013 with both ESPN and theme parks contributing to the company's bottom line. Something else to watch at the House of Mouse: On January 15 a new "gaming initiative" will unveiled at a Hollywood event.
    | Dec. 20, 2012, 8:16 AM
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:12 AM

    DirecTV (DTV) says it added more than 30 networks to its DirecTV Everywhere platform including shows from Comedy Central, A&E, and Nickoldeon, although content from Disney's well-known stable of networks didn't make the list. The development is intriguing in light of Disney's (DIS +0.1%) big content deal with Netflix which is set to launch in 2016 for theatrical releases.

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 10:12 AM
Company Description
Walt Disney Co together with its subsidiaries is a diversified entertainment company with operations in five business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive.