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February 12, 2015

Disney Television Animation's 'Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero'—A Match Made in Storytelling

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Ten years ago, Jared Bush started thinking about how cool it would be to jump into different worlds and different genres. It was a concept he always held onto and thought would make a great cartoon, but he just couldn’t seem to get the idea fully baked in his mind. “Who was going to [jump around] and when was that going to happen,” Jared recalls asking himself. “How would we get to those different worlds?” Enter Sam Levine. It was around four years ago that Jonathan Schneider, executive director, Development, Disney Television Animation, facilitated a lunch meeting between the two soon-to-be creators and executive producers of "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero," and they clicked instantly.
February 9, 2015

Disney and Google Inspire Future Coders in 'Miles From Tomorrowland'

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney and Google teamed up on the new series "Miles from Tomorrowland" to inspire future coders, hoping to spark children’s, particularly girls’, interest in computer science.
January 30, 2015

Disney News This Week: Details Announced for Diamond Celebration at Disneyland Resort, MagicBand Reaches New Distribution Milestone, Disney Junior Announces 'Elena of Avalor'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
On Wednesday, Disneyland Resort announced three sensational new nighttime spectaculars that will dazzle guests and help celebrate 60 years of magic at Disneyland Park. Nighttime will glitter like never before when the latest technology and immersive special effects light up the sky with the "Paint the Night" parade and "Disneyland Forever" fireworks spectacular in Disneyland Park.
January 28, 2015

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Takes Steps Towards an Eco-Friendly Future

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last week, the Disneyland Resort was honored with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California’s highest environmental honor, for waste-reduction efforts. The program distinguishes organizations that are leaders in environmental stewardship and that make notable efforts to conserve California’s natural resources. Over the last 10 years, the Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills, and is working toward the long-term goal of achieving Zero Waste—a distinction already awarded to Circle D Corral at Disneyland park. In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and metal, Circle D Corral composts all animal waste, hand towels, laundry lint and coffee grounds from Disneyland Resort restaurants.
January 23, 2015

Disney Friends for Change Grants Inspire Creativity Among Young Change-Makers

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
There’s a common theme in making a difference—creativity. Whether you’re looking to protect the planet, help your community or promote healthy behaviors, your creative ideas can inspire your friends and peers to lend their skills, interests and talents to create a brighter tomorrow. Disney Friends for Change, too, is committed to supporting young leaders in pursuit of making their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner and fairer. Their annual grants program, through a collaboration with leading youth organization Youth Service America, will provide $500 grants to help young dreamers and doers make a lasting, positive change in the world. Projects and initiatives taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day (April 17–19) will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people who work to meet the needs of others.
January 16, 2015

Disney News This Week: Disney Films Receive Nine Oscar Nominations, 'Star Wars' Half Marathon Weekend Arrives at Disneyland Resort, New Global Toy Lines Celebrate Upcoming Disney•Pixar Films, 'Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy' Comes to Tokyo Disney Resort

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nominations in all 24 categories of the Academy Awards® were announced this week, and Disney films garnered nine nominations: Actress in a Supporting Role—Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"; Animated Feature Film—"Big Hero 6," Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conti; Costume Design—"Into the Woods," Colleen Atwood, and Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive; Makeup and Hairstyling—Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White; Production Design—"Into the Woods," Dennis Gassner (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration); Short Film (Animated)—"Feast," Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed; Visual Effects—Marvel’s "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick, and Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould. For the full list of Oscar® nominations and more details about this year's telecast, visit Oscar.com. Watch live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
January 15, 2015

Q&A with Zendaya from Disney Channel's Upcoming Series 'K.C. Undercover'

By Nicole Balgemino, Disney/ABC Television Group
On Sunday, January 18 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), Disney Channel will introduce your favorite new super-spy series, "K.C. Undercover." The live-action comedy for kids, tweens and families stars multi-talented actress and recording artist Zendaya—a Disney veteran, who at 18 years old, has already lent her talents to projects that span the entire Company. Whether starring as Rocky Blue in Disney Channel’s "Shake It Up," making it to the finals on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" or releasing her self-titled debut album via Hollywood Records, we thought she’d just about done it all. But this time, Zendaya is not only acting in this new Disney Channel series, she’s also co-producing it. Disney Post recently sat down with the star for a behind-the-scenes look at "K.C. Undercover" and to learn about her co-producing role on the show.
January 13, 2015

College Football Playoffs National Championship One of Top 20 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable TV History

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
For the first time in college football history, the National Champion—the Ohio State Buckeyes—was determined by a Playoff. On January 1, the two semifinal games of the newly established College Football Playoff (CFP) determined which two teams would play for the title. In fantastic, back-to-back games, the Oregon Ducks rolled over the Seminoles from Florida State in the Rose Bowl, and the Buckeyes from The Ohio State University outlasted the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The games proved a ratings bonanza for ESPN—the two semifinal games played on New Year’s Day had an average TV rating of 15.0 and an average audience of 28.2 million viewers. And both games ranked among the highest-rated shows in cable television history. Last night, the Ducks and the Buckeyes dueled in the championship game on ESPN, and for anyone who loves big events, it was an ultimate can’t-miss game. According to Nielsen, the Monday night telecast of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T averaged 33,395,000 viewers and an 18.2 US household rating, which beat the New Year’s Day record to deliver both the largest audience and highest rating in cable television history. But there’s another important milestone to highlight. By airing key NFL and college football games throughout last year, ESPN was the most-watched cable network in primetime in 2014. And with the ratings success of the Oregon-Ohio State College Football Playoff National Championship, ESPN telecasts now claim every spot in cable’s all-time Top 20. Visit ESPN Front Row to view a chart of the Top 20 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable Television.
January 9, 2015

Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Teaser Trailer, Marvel and ESPN Films Announce Feature Documentary and Short Film Series, Sales Begin Soon for Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ "Ant-Man (in theaters July 17), when master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Watch the brand-new teaser trailer for the film above.

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