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April 1, 2015

Earth Month Arrives at Disney

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

Earth Month has become more than just a celebration at Disney. It’s an annual tradition that brings us together to discuss how we can positively impact the planet we call “home.”

Disney’s commitment to nature spans more than six decades, and we believe experiences with nature have the potential to spark a lifelong interest in conservation. That’s why, in 2014, Disney connected more than 13 million kids and families with nature experiences.

One place Disney incorporates fun for families to experience the wonders of wildlife is at its Vero Beach Resort in Florida. Guests can join real-life conservation biologists to inventory and report on sea turtle nests. Activities like this make family vacations both educational and meaningful.

The Company also provides philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations that share Disney’s mission of conserving resources and protecting nature. This year, for example, Disney is working with the National Parks Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association to help preserve one of the Earth’s most valuable resources—the great outdoors. We’ll share more about these projects on Disney Post throughout Earth Month, so stay tuned!

We’re also excited for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom to swing into theaters this month. Get your friends and family together and head to your local movie theater during its opening week starting Friday, April 17. For every ticket purchased, Disney will make a donation to Conservation International to protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitat.

As we kick off Earth Month, we hope you’ll join us in April—and all year long!—in taking actions and making decisions that have a positive impact on the environment we all share.

March 31, 2015

The Walt Disney Company Listed in the Universum Top 100 Most Attractive Employers List for 2015

By Patricia Sheppard, The Walt Disney Company

Universum and more than 80,000 U.S. students have ranked The Walt Disney Company as an employer of choice based on their respective majors. This was revealed in Universum’s list of top 100 most attractive employers for 2015.

Universum provides data that allows companies to look at their competitors’ performance, both internationally and domestically, and allows them to zoom in on target universities to gain insights on becoming the No. 1 employer of choice.

Disney’s top rankings among the following majors include: 

  • #1 for Humanities/Liberal Arts/Education
  • #2 for Business
  • #7 for Engineering*
  • #8 for Computer Science*

 *TWDC moved up in the ratings compared to 2014.

In addition, Disney saw increases in the percentage of students who ranked the Company as an ideal employer in many of these majors compared to 2014.

To view the complete Universum list, please click here.

March 30, 2015

Inside Jeff Goodman’s NCAA Tournament “Marathon Man” experience

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman has been all over the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship like a full-court press. To kick off the tournament, Goodman completed an ambitious four-state, four-day trip covering four different teams as the NCAA tournament’s first full weekend started.

Via SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms, Goodman brought sports fans inside looks at the pre-game preparations of four teams with different scenarios: underdog Hampton University playing undefeated Kentucky in Louisville; up-and-coming coach Bobby Hurley leading Buffalo into its first NCAA tourney appearance in Columbus, Ohio; going head-to-head in a video game against superstar player Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin in Omaha, Neb.; and relaxing with the family of another college star, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, before the Blue Devils’ game in Charlotte, N.C.

“I am so tired,” said Goodman, who averaged four hours of sleep per night during the assignment, “but it was a blast.”

See behind-the-scenes photos of Goodman’s adventures on ESPN Front Row.

Goodman completed an ambitious four-state, four-day trip.
Goodman brought sports fans inside looks at the pre-game preparations of four teams.
Goodman brought sports fans inside looks at the pre-game preparations of four teams.
Topics: ESPN
Tags: ESPN, NCAA
March 27, 2015

Disney News This Week: Disney Junior Options Fancy Nancy Series, Disney Cruise Line to Sail First British Isles Itinerary in 2016 and ESPN Leads Industry with 57 Sports Emmy® Nominations

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

Disney Junior has optioned Fancy Nancy, the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, for development of an original animated TV movie and series, slated for premiere in 2017. Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy’s wit and irrepressible spirit for a decade, and we are very eager to give her an even bigger stage on which to perform.” In addition, HarperCollins and Disney Publishing will collaborate on book editions based on the television series. Susan Katz, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Disney Junior to bring Fancy Nancy to the small screen and the next generation of fans. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this bestselling series, it’s exciting to see our beloved character making her TV debut.” Now in its 10th year, Fancy Nancy includes more than 60 titles, has sold more than 28 million books and has been translated into 20 languages.

 

On Tuesday, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will sail its first British Isles itinerary in 2016, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. The first sailing is scheduled for June 5, 2016, from Dover, England; and the 12-night cruise will sail to Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland; Newcastle and Liverpool, England; Dublin, Ireland; Le Havre (Paris), France; and Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. All of these, except Kirkwall, are first-time ports of call for Disney Cruise Line. On this itinerary, guests can explore the majestic beauty of Scotland, experience Highland culture, sample traditional cuisine and spirits and discover the country’s iconic castles. Elsewhere on the itinerary, guests will experience the merry, cosmopolitan city of Dublin, the culturally rich and romantic Paris, the birthplace of the Beatles and the British Invasion in Liverpool and the charming countryside of Guernsey.

 

This week, ESPN, Inc. led the industry with 57 Sports Emmy® Award nominations for 2014 across its platforms—ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN.com, ESPNEWS, espnW, Grantland.com, WatchESPN and, in its first year of eligibility, SEC Network. The company’s initiatives in enterprise journalism and storytelling led the way with seven nods each for E:60 and SportsCenter, along with six nominations for FIFA World Cup from Brazil. Three nominations went to the SEC Network, launched in August 2014, while WatchESPN received its first nod for the College Football Playoff Championship “Megacast.” The announcement was made Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the winners will be announced Tuesday, May 5, in New York.

March 26, 2015

Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance Celebrate 2015 Youth of the Year Finalists

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

For more than fifty years, Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have teamed up to help kids create the great futures they imagine.

Last night’s Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance’s Youth of the Year ceremony at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, celebrated that mission and the extraordinary achievements of Club youth.

With Disney as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Youth of the Year Competition—a Boys & Girls Club premiere leadership program that focuses on Club involvement, community and personal growth—two finalists were honored and named LA County Youths of the Year. Disney Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo presented Ronnie Oloimooja (Boys & Girls Club of the South Bay) and Brian Juarez (Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club) with their awards, and each will receive a $3,500 scholarship made possible by Disney and advance to the statewide competition.

“Disney’s history with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America spans more than half a century, and we have worked together year after year to inspire generations of dreamers and doers,” Rasulo said on stage at the ceremony. “We are honored to recognize the promising achievements of Angeleno youth—many regard them as the promise of tomorrow, but I view them as the leaders of today.”

Ben Savage from Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez and his sister, Austin & Ally’s Raini Rodriguez, and emcee Elex Michaelson from ABC7 Eyewitness News joined hundreds of youth from all 27 Boys & Girls Clubs in the Los Angeles Alliance market area and took part in the evening’s festivities.

From all of us here at Disney, congratulations to all of the finalists!

Disney Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo (far left), Mickey Mouse (center) and Elex Michaelson from ABC7 Eyewitness News (far right) present Ronnie Oloimooja (second from right) and Brian Juarez (second from left) with their awards at  the Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance’s Youth of the Year ceremony.
All 27 Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance Youth of the Year nominees on stage at the El Capitan Theatre.
Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance Youth of the Year nominees pose for a photo with Ben Savage from Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” Manny Rodriguez from ABC’s “Modern Family” and Raini Rodriguez from Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally."
Topics: Citizenship

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