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The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 9:16 AM
    Cowen's Doug Creutz comes at Disney's (DIS) new Pixar movie Brave from a different direction, noting that despite its strong opening weekend the movie marks the 2nd consecutive Pixar feature to draw shaky critical reviews. The analyst says that with Disney on the hook for $7.4B to buy the creative spark at Pixar, results need to be consistently high to ensure a long-term return on the mega-investment.
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 6:43 AM
    Disney's (DIS) Brave beat expectations to haul in $66.7M in its opening weekend. It marks the 13th consecutive Pixar studio movie to open as the strongest movie in the country and knocks another children-oriented film, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, from the top spot.
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  • Jun. 22, 2012, 12:40 PM
    Disney's (DIS -0.9%) animated feature Brave stands poised to open with an impressive $55M-$65M box office haul this weekend, as the early summer season theme of booming sales for movies aimed at younger children plays on. It's not the same story at all for flicks aimed at teenagers, with box office totals resoundingly weak and Fox's (NWSA -0.1%) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter already tipped to open low along with other debuting movies that had hoped to finally wake up the teenager audience.
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  • Jun. 22, 2012, 6:48 AM
    Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC sees more headaches over slipping ratings with its news division. Not only did ABC's (DIS) Good Morning America recently break the Today show's 16-year winning streak in the morning news slot, but long-time rating staples Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News have also lost ground. NBC's loss of momentum could spur a reshuffling of advertising dollars in an important election year.
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  • Jun. 20, 2012, 7:10 AM
    Disney (DIS) sees a rush of visitors to its new Cars Land located in the Disney California Adventure theme park. The company's first new major "land" in Anaheim has execs buzzing that enough revenue will be kicked up to justify the steep $1.1B recent upgrade to the park.
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  • Jun. 18, 2012, 8:46 AM
    Summer of discontent? European box office totals for major movie studios are getting smacked around by the mind-blowing TV ratings of the European soccer championships. In Germany, the nation's last group stage game drew a stellar 74.2% share that left movie theaters all but empty as the leading movie of the pack - Men in Black 3 - only earned a paltry €1.3M ($1.6M) for the weekend. The soccer games run for another two weeks and later this summer the Olympics take center stage.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 3:12 PM
    A federal judge in California rules that Disney's (DIS -0.3%) will be allowed to air new reality show The Glass House after rival CBS (CBS -0.5%) sought to block the showing from airing on concerns it violated copyright law. It's good news for ABC as the network has already spent $16M promoting the show on top of the costs to develop it.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 1:10 PM
    This summer will see a crowded slate of animated movies with DreamWorks (DWA +0.8%) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Pixar's (DIS -0.1%) Brave, and Fox's (NWSA +0.9%) Ice Age: Continental Drift all debuting within five weeks of each other. Each film boasts strategic box office advantages, but analysts find it unlikely that all three will be smash hits as they can't help but cut into each other's target demographic.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 11:06 AM
    Needham maintains Disney (DIS -0.1%) with a Hold rating while giving the company a nod of approval for its ability to utilize character and movie assets throughout its parks. Analyst Laura Martin doesn't see a short-term gain in ROIC from the initiatives, but says customers should remain satisfied.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 9:08 AM
    Disney (DIS) continues to roll out apps that allow Comcast subscribers to watch TV live from iPhones and iPads. Apps for three Disney channels geared toward kids programming have now joined ESPN's WatchESPN offering in Apple's App Store.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 5:02 PM
    Comcast (CMCSA) TV subscribers can now watch The Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior online and through iOS devices. The announcement comes five months after Comcast and Disney (DIS) inked a broad-reaching content distribution deal, as the companies try to minimize the impact of cord-cutting. Disney already provides online/mobile access to ESPN content to subscribers of various pay-TV providers. (PR)
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 2:52 PM
    BSkyB (BSYBY.PK) and BT Group (BT -3.1%) win the rights to air English Premier League games domestically with a combined bid of £3B ($4.6B) - marking a 70% increase over the price on the current contract set to expire at the end of 2012. International rights will be awarded later this year, with both Disney's (DIS +0.2%) ESPN and News Corp's (NWS -0.5%) Fox in the mix.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 9:59 AM
    Disney's (DIS -0.7%) ESPN has seen the initial games of the European Championship soccer games draw 4X as many viewers as the last go-around four years ago. The solid ratings are notable after speculation swirled about that Twitter - along with other social media options - would cut into viewership and with Comcast's (CMCSA -1.9%) NBC planning on big numbers out of the London Olympic Games.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 7:59 AM
    Disney (DIS) unveils its new-look Disney California Adventure theme park following its dramatic billion-dollar overhaul. After CEO Bob Iger called the park a "brand eyesore," the revamp includes a sharper focus on characters from Pixar movies and closer ties to the look and feel of the company's Orlando properties.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 6:39 AM
    Disney's (DIS) ABC lined up ad commitments of $2.5B for the upcoming TV season, a mark that meets last year's total but falls short of the estimate of analysts as companies producing packaged goods and drugs showed soft demand. Media buyers report that the network lined up rate increases of 6% to 7%. (Earlier: CBS)
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 5:54 AM
    CBS (CBS) has reportedly attracted around $2.7B in upfront ad sales for the TV season that starts in September, similar to last year. The network leader enjoyed an ad rate increase of 8%-10% but sold less inventory. All the major networks are now believed to have mostly completed their upfront dealings, gaining CPM increases of 5.5%-9%.
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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.