Innovation

July 8, 2014

StarWars.com Relaunches with Interactive Experiences, Exclusive News and Cross-Platform Compatibility

By Scott Slesinger, Disney Interactive
Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive have launched an all-new StarWars.com experience, the digital destination for all things "Star Wars." As the franchise prepares for an exciting new era, StarWars.com is the first source for the latest "Star Wars" film, television and video game news. The site is re-designed for fans to easily access, navigate, and explore the world of Star Wars news, entertainment and exclusives.

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS STARTUP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS STARTUP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Disney Accelerator Initiative Will Mentor 11 Technology-based Companies

Burbank, Calif., July 7, 2014 – Today The Walt Disney Company announced 11 startup companies that have been selected for a special mentorship and investment program.  Kicking off today, Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a fifteen-week immersive program which gives companies access to mentorship from top Disney executives, up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their companies as well as special access to resources from across The Walt Disney Company. 

July 7, 2014

Disney's Startup Accelerator Program Announces Participants

By Kevin Mayer, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, The Walt Disney Company
Earlier this year, we announced Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, a first-of-its-kind program for the Company that gives today’s innovators, who are designing the future of entertainment and technology, the benefit of Disney’s expertise and guidance. We’ve hit the ground running since then to find the best creative minds, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to help them develop and build our industry of tomorrow. After reviewing many diverse applicants from all around the world, today we’re pleased to announce the 11 startup companies that Disney selected for this special, immersive mentorship program.
June 27, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Frozen' Comes to Disney's Hollywood Studios, ABC News on Apple TV, Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sneak Peek, Ben Kingsley in 'The Jungle Book'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating "Frozen," the hit animated feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The festivities include a daily character procession, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, fireworks, a polar playground, an ice skating rink, ice carving demonstrations and a nightly party featuring a live band, all themed to the worldwide phenomenon. For more on the cool event, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
June 19, 2014

Jump Into the Directors Seat With 'Star Wars Scene Maker'

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Innovative storytelling has always been at the heart of the Disney brand. Today, Disney Publishing Worldwide presents "Star Wars" fans the opportunity to re-imagine the epic narrative with "Star Wars Scene Maker." Through filmmaking tools and mechanics, this app gives users the creative space to re-create iconic scenes from the Saga.
June 18, 2014

Disney Supports Young Dreamers and Doers at the White House's First Maker Faire

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Creativity is the heart and soul of Disney. We believe that if you can dream it, you can do it. As the White House kicks off the nationwide “Day of Making” today with its first-ever Maker Faire, we’re proud to join the celebration and support the next generation of makers and innovators. And, we are lucky to have a front-row view at the Faire!
June 16, 2014

Disney Interactive Shines at E3

By Scott Slesinger, Disney Interactive
At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—the world's premier trade show for computer and video game products—Disney Interactive gave fans an in-depth look at their upcoming game slate, including Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) and Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.
June 10, 2014

New State-of-the-Art Home for 'SportsCenter'

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
ESPN’s flagship program, "SportsCenter," has entertained sports fans and audiences for more than three decades. As television in the digital age evolves, it’s only fitting that this pioneering sports news show moves into a new home—one that provides the anchors, analysts, crew and production team with the latest technology and features.
May 13, 2014

Creativity Abounds at Disney Television Animation Art Gallery

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney Television Animation recently hosted a “Man vs. Machine: The Robot Show!” art gallery, inspiring dozens of artistic pieces created by the group’s talented employee base. “We get our production people, we get executives, we get lots of different people in the studio contributing pieces,” Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, said.

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