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  • Mar. 14, 2013, 6:58 PM
    Outgoing Hulu (DIS, NWS, CMCSA) CEO Jason Kilar says content chief Andy Forssell will be the streaming service's acting CEO following his departure. Kilar also confirms Disney and News Corp. are "currently finalizing their forward-looking plans with Hulu" (previous) - a "permanent decision" about Hulu's CEO will be made after said finalization. Forssell will take over a company whose 2012 sales were less than 1/5 of Netflix's, and whose paid subscriber base is less than 1/9 as large.
    | Mar. 14, 2013, 6:58 PM
  • Mar. 14, 2013, 2:45 PM

    Crowdsourcing goes Hollywood: Writer-director Rob Thomas successfully raises $2.7M and counting in a Kickstarter campaign that just launched yesterday after his movie was stalled by execs at Warner Bros TWX. Due to the successful grassroots-level raise of funds, the movie Veronica Mars will move to pre-production and be shot over the summer - by insider accounts a first for the industry. The read-through could be interesting for studios (LGF, DIS, VIA, CMCSA, SNE) as they test new ways to gauge market reaction before making large investments into projects.

    | Mar. 14, 2013, 2:45 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 14, 2013, 1:48 PM
    Disney (DIS +0.3%) plans to start live arena shows featuring Marvel superheroes in a similar vein as the Disney on Ice and Disney Live shows which have circled the globe to great success. If all goes according to plan, it shouldn't be too much longer before Han Solo and Chewbecca get their cameos as well.
    | Mar. 14, 2013, 1:48 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 14, 2013, 6:47 AM

    Disney (DIS) says its Disney Infinity video game won't be released until August 18, about two months behind the original launch date. The company says the debut of the highly-anticipated game is being delayed to "capitalize" on the fall retail season.

    | Mar. 14, 2013, 6:47 AM
  • Mar. 13, 2013, 6:55 AM

    Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger indicates a theme park in Shanghai may be just a start for a new round of international expansion. He says growth markets like Russia, India, and Brazil provide excellent opportunities for the company to build parks.

    | Mar. 13, 2013, 6:55 AM
  • Mar. 12, 2013, 2:40 PM

    Crunching the Disney-Star Wars numbers: Disney's (DIS -1.6%) purchase of Lucasfilm wasn't cheap, but it could also pay for itself quicker than early estimates. The last three Star Wars movies brought home $2.5B - a mark which seems easily attainable by the upcoming three with higher ticket prices, IMAX, 3-D, and the Disney marketing machine all working in the favor of a revenue bonanza. Also in the mix: 1) Stand-alone Star Wars movies. 2) Live-action TV series. 3) Gaming revenue opportunities. 4) New initiatives tied to Star Wars branching out to Disney theme parks and merchandising.

    | Mar. 12, 2013, 2:40 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 10, 2013, 8:12 PM

    Disney's (DIS) Oz The Great and Powerful scored a $80.28M opening weekend box office (estimated), marking the best weekend debut of any film in 2013. The prequel to Wizard of Oz also played strong to global audiences with a $69.9M weekend take from 46 markets. The bigger issue: The strong weekend is good for the industry as a whole with some concern bubbling up that it was demand factors instead of an array of dull titles behind the slow start to the year.

    | Mar. 10, 2013, 8:12 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 8, 2013, 8:30 AM

    A sleepy U.S. movie box office hopes to get awakened this weekend with the debut of Disney (DIS) film Oz The Great and Powerful. What to watch: The movie is key for Disney and studio chief Alan Horn in order to prove it can perform as well as the company's other clicking segments. If the film can nab $100M in domestic and another $100M in global ticket sales during the weekend, shares could get a boost.

    | Mar. 8, 2013, 8:30 AM
  • Mar. 7, 2013, 8:13 AM

    A couple of Wellesley professors say their research shows the closing of major online piracy websites added 6% to 10% to online revenue for movie studios - a mark that is higher than what analysts factored in for the effect. Though it's major studios such as Sony (SNE), Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIAB), and Lions Gate (LGF) which have done most of the heavy lifting in the anti-piracy fight - the trend toward legitimate movie viewing isn't half-bad for Coinstar (CSTR) or Netflix (NFLX) either.

    | Mar. 7, 2013, 8:13 AM | 6 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2013, 1:15 PM

    Bob Iger's position of power at Disney (DIS -0.3%) is safe after a shareholder resolution proposing to split the role of CEO and Chairman is voted down at the company's annual meeting. (webcast)

    | Mar. 6, 2013, 1:15 PM
  • Mar. 6, 2013, 1:00 PM
    Heard during Disney's (DIS -0.4%) annual shareholder meeting: 1) Pension funds reps are given a microphone to pitch their resolution that executive compensation should be reeled back and the role of CEO/Chairman be split into two positions. 2) No visible signs of worry from execs on the threat of Fox's new all-sports new channel. By all accounts, ESPN will remain an advertising juggernaut. 3) CEO Bob Iger confirms the company is working on some standalone movies which feature the characters from the Star Wars franchise. (webcast)
    | Mar. 6, 2013, 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 6, 2013, 8:17 AM

    Disney's (DIS) annual shareholder meeting begins this morning with a high-profile vote on the role of CEO Bob Iger on the schedule. The Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds will pitch a plan to shareholders to separate the roles of CEO and chairman. (webcast)

    | Mar. 6, 2013, 8:17 AM
  • Mar. 5, 2013, 11:15 AM

    Disney (DIS +1.3%) works out a deal with Nielsen to adapt some of the ratings firm's online measures for advertisers looking to market across different mediums. The bigger issue: With the network industry getting set to pitch shows for advertisers and set upfront fees - look for more deals as CBS (CBS), NBC (CMCSA), A&E (AMCX), Fox (NWS) and TBS (TWX) scrap to have every eyeball counted while big spenders like Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Procter & Gamble, and Coca-Cola argue against it by contending the two mediums don't translate.

    | Mar. 5, 2013, 11:15 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 4, 2013, 7:17 AM

    Box office tracking shows Disney (DIS) movie Oz The Great And Powerful is on pace to earn $80M or more for its opening weekend which would be the best start for a film in 2013. Quite a bit is at stake with the release after the company's studio reportedly sunk $350M to product and market the movie and following the $200M loss on John Carter which dented the studio's reputation for producing profits.

    | Mar. 4, 2013, 7:17 AM | 9 Comments
  • Mar. 2, 2013, 8:28 AM

    News Corp (NWS, NWSA) and Disney (DIS) are reportedly in talks which may end with one buying the other's stake in Hulu. The discussions stem from Disney's preference for an advertising-focused business model vs. News Corp.'s desire to rely on subscriptions. Comcast (CMCSA) also owns about one-third of Hulu, but is barred from an operational role or voting its stake.

    | Mar. 2, 2013, 8:28 AM
  • Feb. 26, 2013, 2:36 PM

    More on the pay TV landscape (previous): Any change away from the model of forcing consumers to buy TV packages with hundreds of channels in favor of picking their options a la carte could help Dish Network (DISH +0.7%) and DirecTV (DTV -0.2%) - while pinching carriage fees for providers such as Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI -0.7%), AMC Networks (AMCX -4.3%) and even Disney (DIS +0.6%) with ESPN a major profit driver for the media giant. Though high-profile blackouts have hurt both sides, analysts think its the media companies that are starting to lose the PR battle with consumers.

    | Feb. 26, 2013, 2:36 PM | 1 Comment
Company Description
The Walt Disney Co. together with its subsidiaries and affiliates is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise. It operates through five business segments: Media Networks, Parks & Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive Media. The Media... More
Sector: Services
Industry: Entertainment - Diversified
Country: United States