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  • May 17, 2012, 11:26 AM
    Disney (DIS -0.5%) plans to launch a new video site that serves as a portal for clips and movie trailers, as well as select YouTube videos as a Google-Disney content deal starts to bear fruit. A beta version of the site tips off that it's formatted to work on mobile devices and tablets. If successful, the family-oriented portion of the online video portal could offer serious competition with Netflix's (NFLX -1.9%) Just for Kids platform.
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  • May 16, 2012, 8:55 AM
    A Hispanic population in the U.S. that has passed the 50M mark has caught the attention of advertisers at the annual industry conference to line up TV ads for next season's shows. One of the biggest players is Disney (DIS) with its ESPN Deportes Spanish-language sports network already drawing solid ratings, while execs at CBS, NWSA, CMCSA, DEO, and DISCA are also pitching shows aimed at drawing in Hispanic viewers.
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  • May 16, 2012, 7:05 AM
    Broadcasting and cable companies sift through the numbers after pitching their 2012-2013 schedules to advertising execs. CBS appears to be the leader in ad commitments with $2.78B set, while Disney's (DIS) ABC will land $2.35B and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is in line for $1.66B. News Corp's (NWSA,NWS) Fox - which is planning a big Saturday night sports programming block next year - has $2.03B in ads slated for next season.
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  • May 14, 2012, 6:45 AM
    Disney's (DIS) The Avengers breaks yet another box-office record, hauling in $103.2M in its second weekend in North American theaters. On last week's earnings CC, CEO Robert Iger hit on the potential long-term impact of the smash film on revenue.
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  • May 11, 2012, 7:22 AM
    CBS sues Disney (DIS) over claims that ABC's Life in a Glass House is a copycat version of CBS' Big Brother reality TV series. The complaint alleges that former Big Brother producers and employees disclosed trade secrets and confidential information.
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  • May 9, 2012, 7:03 AM
    Disney (DIS) CEO Robert Iger hits on the impact of mega-hit The Avengers in an earnings CC. The exec says that not only is a sequel already in the works from Marvel Studios, but merchandise demand is strong and rides related to characters from the movie will be added to Disney's theme parks.
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  • May 8, 2012, 4:25 PM
    More on Disney's (DIS) FQ2: Park and Resorts revenue +10% Y/Y to $2.9B, offsetting 12% decline in Studio Entertainment sales with John Carter contributing to results but not record-setting The Avengers. Cable Networks revenue boosted by strong performance from ESPN. Shares +1.5% AH. (PR)
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  • May 8, 2012, 4:17 PM
    Disney (DIS): FQ2 EPS of $0.58 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $9.63B (+6% Y/Y) beats by $70M. Shares +1.3% AH. (PR)
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  • May 8, 2012, 12:10 AM
    Notable earnings after Tuesday's close: DIS, EOG, ETE, ETP, KGC, MRX, SGEN, XL
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  • May 7, 2012, 5:35 PM
    Notable earnings after Tuesday's close: DIS, EOG, ETE, ETP, KGC, MRX, SGEN, XL
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  • May 7, 2012, 2:06 PM
    Crunching The Avengers numbers: Bernstein Research's Todd Juenger forecasts that Disney (DIS +1.5%) will add a penny per share to earnings for each additional $60M above forecasts its multi-superhero movie generates in ticket sales. Though it's a conservative estimate that doesn't factor in the full effect of the company's ability to wring out merchandising and distribution sales or the value of future sequels, it adds credibility that Disney's strategy of making fewer films loaded with characters than can be highly marketed could work.
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  • May 7, 2012, 6:44 AM
    Viacom's (VIAB) Paramount Pictures cashes in on a 2005 distribution deal with Disney's (DIS) Marvel that gives it a clean 8% of the sales that smash-hit The Avengers churns out in theaters, DVDs, and eventually on the Internet. The well-received superhero flick has already sold over $640M worth of tickets - including a powerful $200.3M opening weekend in the U.S.
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  • May 6, 2012, 4:07 AM
    "The Avengers," Disney's (DIS) multi-superhero flick, generated $80.5M in its domestic opening on Friday and $30.3M internationally, bringing the total global take so far to $414.8M. That easily surpasses the estimated $220M budget and helps make up for the debacle that was "John Carter."
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  • May 3, 2012, 2:37 PM
    Disney (DIS +0.3%) appears set to have a huge hit on its hands when The Avengers opens in the U.S. this weekend as it catches applause for pushing all the right marketing buttons for the release. While Fandango reports over 1K showtimes are already sold out domestically, the superhero action flick grossed $260M globally in about a week as Disney adroitly opened it overseas to take advantage of local holidays. Reviews: CNN, New York Times, Ebert
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  • May 2, 2012, 1:50 PM
    With a U.S. debut only two days away, Disney (DIS -0.5%) film The Avengers looks set to smash the impressive opening weekend $152.5M haul of The Hunger Games. Fandango.com reports that 91% of all advance movie tickets sold yesterday were for the superhero film featuring the buffed trio of Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk - while on the social front a noteworthy 1.3M "likes" on Facebook have been recorded for the movie.
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  • Apr. 30, 2012, 6:54 PM
    Hulu's media industry owners, desperate to protect existing revenue streams from the threat of cord-cutting, plan to require users looking to stream network TV shows prove they have a pay-TV subscription, the NY Post reports. It's added NBC owner Comcast (CMCSA) will insist on authentication model for streaming the 2012 Summer Olympics. (previous)
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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.