Considered the definitive report card on corporate reputations, "Fortune" magazine's World's Most Admired Companies rankings recently named The Walt Disney Company No. 7 out of the top 50 global firms, up from No. 9 in 2013, and No. 1 once again in the Entertainment category.
It’s almost here. The night movie fans and Hollywood wait 364 days for—the Academy Awards®! Here’s a bit of history for you: Did you know the first Oscar® ceremony aired on television in 1953, and the Academy's relationship with ABC dates back to 1976, when the network gained exclusive rights to the broadcast?
The great news continues for "Frozen"! The film, which won the BAFTA Award for best animated film this weekend, recently passed $955 million at the worldwide box office; it’s doing particularly well in South Korea, where it has held the No. 1 spot for five straight weeks and is already the biggest animated release of all time.
Today, as we kick off the 2014 American International Toy Fair, we announced that the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has awarded Disney’s Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play “Preschool Toy of the Year.” The award was first announced at the annual Toy of the Year Awards, a prestigious toy industry awards program that identifies the top toys available during the previous calendar year. Winners are selected based on votes from toy manufacturers, retailers, media and consumers.
Disneyland Paris released a photo and video trailer of the Ratatouille-themed area opening this summer, providing fans with an extended peek of the ride-through attraction L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCES STARTUP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Initiative Will Mentor 10 Technology-based Companies Focused on Transformative Media and Entertainment Experiences
Burbank, Calif., February 12, 2014 – Today The Walt Disney Company announced that it will select ten startup companies for a three-month mentorship and seed-stage investment program. Disney Accelerator, which will be based in Los Angeles and powered by Techstars, is now accepting applications from early-stage companies with innovative consumer media and entertainment product ideas.
By Kevin Mayer, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, The Walt Disney Company
Disney has innovation at its core. From the Multiplane Camera to Audio-Animatronics and the introductions of the first cartoon with fully synchronized sound, animated feature film and modern theme park, Disney has always been at the forefront of technology. Today we announce a new approach in our commitment to technology and the future of entertainment: the Disney Accelerator program, powered by Techstars.
Since launching last year, "Disney Infinity," the video game that allows players to create their own adventures by mixing and matching Disney and Pixar characters in a virtual Toy Box, continues to earn rave reviews from fans around the world and has already sold more than three million starter packs globally. The video game proved to be a hit during the holiday buying season and appeared on the top 10 list of best-selling games for 2013, according to NPD, a market research firm that tracks retail sales.
When you think Disney Junior, which every parent in America with a toddler is bound to do from time to time, you think of great, educational programming like "Sofia the First," "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Doc McStuffins"—true favorites among the 2-to-5-year-old set. But what might elude moms and dads, who have become just as big fans of these hit shows, is how the network and its content are on the cutting edge of digital media technology.