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June 4, 2013

Inside Disney Channel's Locally Produced 'Violetta'

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company
Just over a year ago, "Violetta," a tween-oriented telenovela developed by Disney Channel Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), first debuted in Latin America and Italy after months of planning and development. With its relatable storylines, catchy tunes and brilliant international cast, the original series didn’t take nearly as long to become a certifiable hit with audiences around the world. "Violetta" tells the story of a musically talented teenager (played by Argentine actress Martina Stoessel) who returns to her native Buenos Aires with her father after living in Europe for several years. Once back in her hometown, she quickly discovers the meaning of true love, develops her natural talents and learns her family's real story… all while navigating the trials and tribulations of growing up.
May 30, 2013

Funny Runs in the Family

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company

From its social media reach to a groundbreaking American Sign Language episode of Switched at Birth, we’ve been sharing how ABC Family is shaking up television season after season. Today, we’re taking a look at the network’s new Comedy Wednesdays programming block, which premiered just last night. And who better to tell us about it than Melissa Peterman.

April 5, 2013

Disney Junior Celebrates One Year!

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company
It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since the launch of Disney Junior, a 24-hour stand-alone channel—a labor of love for so many here at Disney.
March 4, 2013

All-ASL Episode of ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth' Premieres Tonight

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company
Tonight, ABC Family's award-winning original series "Switched at Birth" will break new ground for television. The hour-long drama, which premiered in June 2011, follows two very different teenage girls — one deaf — who discover they were switched at birth. For the first time in the history of the series, the show will be told exclusively from the deaf characters’ perspectives.
February 26, 2013

'Peter Pan,' 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' Entertain Audiences

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company

Just over two years ago Disney Junior premiered its first original series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that follows the Never Land adventures of a crew of kid pirates, leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby. Since then, the animated show has become a certifiable hit with the preschool set – and their parents, too!

February 21, 2013

Oscars Magic Right in the Palm of Your Hand

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company
From the Academy Award nominations announcement on January 10 right up through the awards ceremony this Sunday, ABC’s official Oscars App is the one-stop destination for all things Oscars.
February 11, 2013

New Animated Series 'Henry Hugglemonster' Premieres in the UK on Disney Junior

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company
After nearly four years of planning and production, we’re so excited that animated series "Henry Hugglemonster" premiered last Friday on Disney Junior in the UK. The show, based on the popular children’s book "I’m a Happy Hugglewug" by award-winning children's book author/illustrator and Ireland's Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, follows the adventures of Henry and his loving, bustling monster family, known as The Hugglemonsters.
January 9, 2013

ABC Family Extends its Reach with Social Media

By Sarah Smith, The Walt Disney Company

For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I’m excited about the recent return of ABC Family’s original programming, including this week’s winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars and the midseason premieres of The Lying Game, Switched at Birth and Bunheads.