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The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

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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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  • Jun. 8, 2012, 8:07 AM
    The headaches for Disney (DIS) keep coming over John Carter. After flopping at the box office, the movie was released on DVD this week with Disney promising rental giants that they would receive DVDs to rent after 28 days. But Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox have jumped the gun, buying discs from suppliers such as Wal-Mart and Target to offer to consumers (at a loss) early - potentially undercutting DVD sales. It's all about leverage, as the uneasy relationship between movie studios and rental companies continues to be redefined.
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  • Jun. 7, 2012, 8:32 AM
    A war has broken out between Disney (DIS) and Coinstar's (CSTR) Redbox over the use of rental videos. After Disney decided not to sell its DVDs to any outlets until 28 days after they went on sale, Redbox went out and bought the DVDs from other sources in order to stockpile its kiosks. It's a strategy Redbox has been using in order to try and win concessions from movie studios.
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  • Jun. 6, 2012, 6:35 AM
    News Corp. (NWSA) buys out Disney's (DIS) stake in Asian joint venture ESPN Star Sports for an undisclosed amount - a move which will undoubtedly lead to a new name for the Asian sports network. Disney plans to use other branded ESPN networks it operates to air sports in Asia.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 11:22 AM
    Disney's (DIS +0.5%) The Avengers clears a pair of Star Wars movies to record the third highest domestic box office total of all-time. With Titanic and Avatar sitting above it with less merchandising and sequel opportunities, an argument can be crafted that one month after its U.S. opening the Marvel Studios flick is nearly unparalleled from the business side of the film industry.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 6:35 AM
    Disney (DIS) plans to only allow advertisers that comply with a set of strict nutritional standards to air commercials on its networks with children programming. Though the company acknowledges that it may lose some revenue, only advertisers promoting the very worst types of junk foods are expected to be limited.
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  • Jun. 4, 2012, 6:45 PM
    While the newspaper industry has been decimated by the Internet, the TV industry has been mostly unscathed. But that may be changing, thinks Henry Blodget, after reviewing recent Nielsen data. Cable ratings have fallen sharply since July, and a Nielsen global survey found a 700 bps Y/Y drop in the number of respondents claiming to have watched TV at home in the last month. Other data suggests TV viewing is holding up well.
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  • Jun. 4, 2012, 8:15 AM
    Disney (DIS) raises prices for a single day visit to an Orlando-area theme park up 4.7% to $89 a pop. Park hoppers will also pay more, with ticket prices now 3.6% higher for the packaged deal. DIS +0.5% premarket.
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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 10:39 AM
    Superheroes are stepping out of the closet at DC Comics (TWX) and Disney (DIS), as recent versions of the Green Lantern and X-Men comic book series touch on the sexual preferences of major characters. Despite some organized protests over the decision, both companies expect the plot twist to help the franchises appeal to a broader audience.
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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 8:22 AM
    Reaction in Hollywood is largely positive to Disney's (DIS) hire of Alan Horn as its new chairman for its film studio. The prevailing sentiment is that Horn will greenlight more projects than his predecessor and production will go up. DIS -0.7% premarket.
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  • May 31, 2012, 4:24 PM
    Disney (DIS) names Alan Horn as the new head of its movie studio, replacing Rich Ross who couldn't survive the failure of John Carter. Horn's most recent experience was at Warner Brothers, where he was ran the studio's theatrical and home entertainment operations.
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  • May 31, 2012, 1:08 PM
    Disney's (DIS +0.8%) latest theme park hotel opens today as the $350M Art of Animation Resort welcomes visitors with room in wings devoted to Disney hits The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King offered to visiting families for a premium. It's another reminder how the Disney movies produce results long after they are retired from the big screen.
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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.