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January 22, 2015

Disney Publishing Celebrates Author Rick Riordan

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
As the world’s largest publisher of books and apps for children, Disney Publishing Worldwide has a roster of literary talent that has delighted kids and teens with their stories and characters. Middle-grade author Rick Riordan had a fantastic year in 2014. The Lightning Thief, made into a very successful off-Broadway show for kids, was named by "TIME" magazine as one of the best 100 young adult books of all time. The August publication of "Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods" saw the book hit the top of the "New York Times" middle-grade best-sellers list right out of the gate and was promoted with a once-in-a-lifetime “live from Mt. Olympus” event broadcast from the Empire State Building. The book was a perennial favorite for holiday gift giving and jumped back to the No. 1 spot again just before the end of the year. But the watershed moment for fans was the publication of The Blood of Olympus, which came out in October and was one of the most eagerly awaited books of the year.
June 19, 2014

Jump Into the Directors Seat With 'Star Wars Scene Maker'

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Innovative storytelling has always been at the heart of the Disney brand. Today, Disney Publishing Worldwide presents "Star Wars" fans the opportunity to re-imagine the epic narrative with "Star Wars Scene Maker." Through filmmaking tools and mechanics, this app gives users the creative space to re-create iconic scenes from the Saga.
June 2, 2014

Disney Publishing Worldwide Brings the Magic of 'Frozen' to Mobile Devices

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Elsa isn’t the only person singing these days. Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), is singing the praises of DPW’s recent storybook app based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster "Frozen." “We’ve experienced wonderful success with 'Frozen,'” he says. “It’s been quite an amazing story.”
April 4, 2014

Disney Publishing Worldwide Shines at Bologna Children's Book Fair

By Tracy Stecko, Disney Consumer Products
Bologna, Italy, is a city known for its culinary tradition. But did you also know that it’s the location of one of the largest children’s book festivals? Each year, Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) travels to Bologna, along with hundreds of publishers, editors, authors and agents to attend the Bologna Children’s Book Fair—a three-day event that is one of the most significant book festivals for the children’s publishing industry. In 2013, the fair had 1,200 exhibitors from 75 countries and 25,000 international professional trade representatives. This year’s book fair—which took place March 24–27—marked another action-packed event. DPW’s booth was a popular destination for guests and showcased the latest content from Disney’s publishing arm.
March 26, 2014

Bestselling Disney Series 'Kingdom Keepers' Concludes in Final Book, Out Next Week

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Disney Publishing Worldwide award-winning author Ridley Pearson is back with his bestselling series Kingdom Keepers, which follows five teens who were transported to the Disney Parks through a technological glitch. For more than three years, Ridley’s Kingdom Keepers have done little more than surveillance missions into the Disney Parks after dark to prevent Disney’s destruction.
January 16, 2014

Storytelling—the Heart of Inspiration for Disney Consumer Products in 2013

By Tracy Stecko, Disney Consumer Products
2013 was a strong year for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC)—recently named Company of the Year by Yahoo! Finance—and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) was a key part of that success, reporting an operating income of $1.1 billion in 2013. This milestone also marks the first time DCP crossed the $1 billion dollar threshold! We’re kicking off the new year by celebrating the awards, accolades and “best of” moments from DCP that made 2013 a standout year.
December 30, 2013

Q&A with 'Tinker Bell: An Evolution' Author Mindy Johnson

By Tracy Stecko, Disney Consumer Products
Whether you remember her as the spunky sidekick to Peter Pan or watched her embark on magical fairy adventures, Tinker Bell is a cherished character for Disney fans of all ages. Tinker Bell’s journey began in J.M Barrie’s original version of "Peter Pan," and the feisty fairy is still relevant today as one of Disney’s most popular female characters. Her roots are now explored in "Tinker Bell: An Evolution," published by Disney Editions and authored by Mindy Johnson, a Disney creative consultant and avid Tinker Bell fan. Mindy explores the fairy’s evolution with never before seen pictures from the Animation Research Library (ARL) and shares her experience working with Disney Legends Alice Davis and Marc Davis. Disney Post recently sat down with Mindy to discuss the book and her passion for our favorite fairy.
December 20, 2013

Disney News This Week: 'Saving Mr. Banks' in Theaters Everywhere Today, Disney Publishing Worldwide Apps Recognized by Apple, Disney Interactive Launches 'it's a small world: the animated series'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Head over to your nearest movie theater today to see how the classic film "Mary Poppins" came to the big screen in "Saving Mr. Banks." Get a glimpse of the film—which stars Academy Award winners Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney—in the newly released clip above.
October 22, 2013

Disney Synergy Brings the Magic to Life in Your Hands

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
With so many business units – from Parks and Resorts to Media Networks to Consumer Products and everything in between – working at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) means infinite opportunities to collaborate with partners and colleagues you don’t interact with every day and create experiences that go above and beyond guest expectations.
October 3, 2013

Roy E. Disney Celebrated in a Brand-New Disney Editions Book

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Walt and Roy O. may have been the indelible originators of The Walt Disney Company, but another Disney left his own unique mark throughout his tenure at the Company: Roy E. Disney.