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July 31, 2015

Disney News This Week: Cooper Hewitt to Present “Pixar: The Design of Story,” Disney’s ‘Descendants’ Posts More than One Million Views on WATCH Disney Channel App and ‘Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything’ is Disney XD’s No. 1 Series Debut Ever

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

Beginning October 8, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Pixar: The Design of Story,” an exhibition that will feature original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures. Through concept art from films that include Toy Story, WALL•E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles and Cars, the exhibition will focus on Pixar’s creative process and is organized into three design principles: story, believability and appeal. “At Pixar, the visual design process and the story development process work hand in hand from the very earliest stages,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios. “We’re very excited to work with Cooper Hewitt on this exhibition, which will give people an inside look at one of the studio’s most important relationships.” The exhibition will be located in Cooper Hewitt’s Process Lab through August 7, 2016.

In advance of its television premiere tonight on Disney Channel, Disney’s Descendants has posted more than one million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app in just five days, setting records for engagement and viewing for the app, which allows consumers to access programming at any time on any connected device. Directed, executive produced and choreographed by Emmy® winner Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), Disney’s Descendants stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains in a live-action movie that—with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales—fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations.

It was announced on Monday that the premiere of Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything was Disney XD’s No. 1 series debut in the network’s more than 15-year history among its primary demographic, Boys 6–11. The episode was Disney XD’s No. 2 live-action series premiere ever among Boys 2–11 and its No. 3 live-action launch of all time in Total Viewers, Kids 6–11 and Kids 2–11. Gamer’s Guide also grew by solid margins in Live + 3 ratings, rising nine percent in Total Viewers (976,000 vs. 898,000), 10 percent in Kids 6–11 (522,000 vs. 473,000) and nine percent in Kids 2–11 (583,000 vs. 534,000).

Beginning October 8, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Pixar: The Design of Story,” an exhibition that will feature original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures.
In advance of its television premiere tonight on Disney Channel, Disney’s 'Descendants' has posted more than one million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app in just five days.
It was announced on Monday that the premiere of 'Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything' was Disney XD’s No. 1 series debut in the network’s more than 15-year history among its primary demographic, Boys 6–11.
July 30, 2015

Disney VoluntEARS Celebrate Special Olympics Athletes and Promote Empowerment, Inclusion During the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

To kick off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Disney VoluntEARS have committed strong and heartfelt support for the festivities scheduled through August 2. Here’s an exciting snapshot of how Disney VoluntEARS have stepped up to help bring happiness, hope and laughter to landmark Special Olympics World Games celebrations so far:

Special Olympics World Games Host Town Events at Disney:

As part of Disney’s support of the World Games, the Company welcomed nearly 200 athletes and coaches to Host Town celebrations in Burbank and Glendale, California at our GC3 and Burbank Studio Lot locations. During their visit, delegations of Special Olympics athletes from Bonaire, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe and Botswana were cheered on by hundreds of Disney VoluntEARS, Cast Members and employees, as they marched in rousing parades led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Christine McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, Jimmy Pitaro, Co-Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, and President of Disney Interactive, Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and other special hosts greeted our honored guests and extended the best wishes for their competitions. Both events celebrated the courage, joy and determination of all Special Olympic athletes and gave employees the opportunity to share a smile and hug.

Fans in the Stands:

During the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Disney VoluntEARS are also creating an atmosphere of compassion and camaraderie through participating as “Fans in the Stands.” During the World Games, more than 3,500 Disney VoluntEARS will cheer Special Olympics athletes on as they gear up for competitions in 25 different sports at venues throughout Los Angeles, including USC and UCLA.

World Games Festival at USC:

The Disney booth was a popular spot for athletes and spectators to gather and create cheer fans, take selfies and trade pins. Throughout the week, Disney’s booth will feature activities from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

Global Service Project:

In addition to serving as Founding Champion and Games Sponsor, the Company brought together 30 Disney VoluntEARS representing 15 countries, including Canada, Italy, Russia, China, Argentina, and Australia, to name just a few. The Disney VoluntEARS Global Service Project is helping to make the World Games a memorable experience for athletes and their families in communities where we live, work and play. From working alongside community members, to assisting at competition venues and interacting with athletes, Disney VoluntEARS are enjoying the unique opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and they are making a lasting, positive impact.

Disney, together with ESPN and ABC, has long supported Special Olympics. The Company celebrates the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities. This year, Disney is proud to sponsor the LA2015 Special Olympics World Games as a Founding Champion alongside ESPN, the official broadcaster for the World Games.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is the largest sports-and-humanitarian event in 2015 and the largest single event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The convening of more than 7,000 athletes representing 170 countries, along with 3,000 coaches and 30,000 volunteers, harnesses the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events.

As part of Disney’s support of the World Games, the Company welcomed nearly 200 athletes and coaches to Host Town celebrations in Burbank and Glendale, California at our GC3 and Burbank Studio Lot locations.
As part of Disney’s support of the World Games, the Company welcomed nearly 200 athletes and coaches to Host Town celebrations in Burbank and Glendale, California at our GC3 and Burbank Studio Lot locations.
As part of Disney’s support of the World Games, the Company welcomed nearly 200 athletes and coaches to Host Town celebrations in Burbank and Glendale, California at our GC3 and Burbank Studio Lot locations.
In addition to serving as Founding Champion and Games Sponsor, the Company brought together 30 Disney VoluntEARS representing 15 countries, including Canada, Italy, Russia, China, Argentina, and Australia, to name just a few.
July 29, 2015

ESPN Employees Are Honored to be Among 30 Disney VoluntEARS at 2015 Special Olympics

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

Of the 30 Walt Disney Company VoluntEARS selected through an application process to work at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, eight are ESPN employees.

ESPN, the official media partner for the World Games, has multi-platform coverage of the event from July 25 through August 2.
The VoluntEARS are among those assisting at competition venues and interacting with the more than 6,500 athletes representing more than 160 countries.

Front Row asked three ESPN employees, each based at the company’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters, to write about what this opportunity means to them. Read their stories here.

ESPN employees (L-R) Denise McFarlane, Ana Blanch, Scott Pentoney, Jennifer Leimbach, David Kelly, Brienne Gallagher, Mark Porter and Amie Giersdorf at the Walt Disney Studio Lot, 
Legends Plaza. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Leimbach)
Topics: ESPN
July 24, 2015

Disney News This Week: A New Trailer for ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Debuts, ‘The View’ Names the Show’s First Female Director and Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ Welcomes Its One Millionth Guest

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

A new trailer for Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was released on Tuesday, July 21. The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn, opens in theaters nationwide November 25, 2015.

When The View returns for season 19 in September, the talk show’s director will be Sarah de la O. This marks the first time that a female director has taken the helm behind-the-scenes. Sarah de la O is a seven-time Emmy® Award winner with an extensive list of credits that include live talk shows and events, including Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Big Morning Buzz on VH1 and red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Network, in addition to serving as director for ABC’s Bachelor Pad and After the Final Rose. “We are very excited to have Sarah join the show,” said Bill Wolff, executive producer for The View. “She has an excellent eye and a keen understanding of both visual presentation and editorial content.”

Last night at New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre, Disney’s Tony® Award-winning hit musical Aladdin welcomed its one millionth guest since beginning performances on Broadway on February 26, 2014. Stephanie Lubin, a medical student from Melville, Long Island, and her guest for the evening, Kevin Sparaco, were surprised as their tickets were scanned upon entering the theater. When ushers discovered that Lubin was the show’s one millionth guest, cast members surprised them with confetti, sashes and champagne, as well as an upgrade to premium orchestra seats. During Aladdin’s curtain call, Tony-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) granted the final wish of a trip to Tuscany, Italy.

A new trailer for Disney•Pixar’s 'The Good Dinosaur' was released on Tuesday, July 21.
When 'The View' returns for season 19 in September, the talk show’s director will be Sarah de la O. This marks the first time that a female director has taken the helm behind-the-scenes.
'Aladdin' welcomed its one millionth guest on Thursday, July 23. Pictured, left to right are Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Stephanie Lubin (One Millionth Guest), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), Kevin Sparaco and Courtney Reed (Jasmine).
July 23, 2015

Robin Roberts’ Special Olympics Preview: “A Labor of Love”

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

Between her weekday duties as an anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) and preparation to host the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday, July 25, Robin Roberts has been burning the candle at both ends.

Still, she made time to tell several behind-the-scenes stories for Countdown to the Special Olympics World Games with Robin Roberts (ESPN, tonight, 9 p.m. ET with re-airs Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on ABC and 8 p.m. on ESPN).

The former SportsCenter anchor was driven to produce this special for ESPN and ABC. She thanks her teammates at both networks for helping her complete this project. Roberts has been involved with the Special Olympics since she was growing up in Mississippi in the 1980s.

“I now fully understand the phrase ‘labor of love,’” Roberts tells ESPN Front Row. “It was challenging balancing my duties at GMA with the production of this show and preparing to host the Opening Ceremony. 
“I’ll be the first to admit that it takes a village. I have a fabulous team at Rock’n Robin Productions. My colleagues at GMA and ESPN are incredibly supportive. There’s no way I could do all that I’m blessed to do without the help of many talented people by my side.”

Visit ESPN Front Row to learn more about the special, which includes interviews with Tim Shriver, Brooklyn Decker and Special Olympics athletes.

Robin Roberts (bottom right) visits a Special Olympics event. (Photo courtesy Rock n Robin Productions)

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