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April 24, 2014

Radio Disney Music Awards Return to Turn Up the Fun

By Karlynn Holbrook, Disney/ABC Television Group

Radio Disney has had quite a busy two years. And not just because of its relentless dedication to broadcasting trendy and current programming, along with the hottest music, for kids and families on the air waves. Last year, the team launched the Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMAs), the prime awards show for kids’ and families’ favorite music.

The show is making a return this Saturday, April 26, and some of the biggest names in kids’ entertainment will gather at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE to take part in the one-of-a-kind program. Disney Channel will also air the RDMAs during a special presentation, Disney Channel Presents the Radio Disney Music Awards, the following day, April 27 at 8 p.m. PT.

For so many employees, the awards show isn’t just for one night only; it starts with weeks and months of preparations and partnerships across the Company. The unanimous goal is to bring an incredible experience to fans around the world—in true Disney fashion, of course.

The Radio Disney Digital Marketing team hit the ground running months ago by engaging audiences worldwide across multiple digital platforms. Alyssa Talovic, director, Digital Marketing, Radio Disney, shares how her team engages and interacts with fans leading up to the RDMAs. “We not only manage the voting process, we handle all of the digital content through mobile and videos,” Alyssa explains. “We also closely partner with Disney Interactive to bring fresh content to the website. It’s pretty exciting that we get to constantly evolve, change and figure out what the next big thing is. We follow what fans are talking about today and determine how we can become a part of that active conversation.”

Her colleague Kristen Mourad, senior manager, Synergy and Promotions, Radio Disney, works with several divisions to create promotional opportunities and onsite events, and she also books talent for in-studio interviews. “I love this job because I get to work with a lot of people across the Company,” Kristen admits. “We partnered with the Studio Marketing Synergy team to develop an ad for Disney Channel. The video featured The Muppets’ audition to be Radio Disney Music Awards hosts.”

The art of partnership works a little bit differently for Manjri Srivastava, executive director, Integrated Account Management, Disney Media Sales and Marketing. Her team works hand-in-hand with sponsors to bring their products to life at the show. This year sponsors include American Girl, ARM & HAMMER Tooth Tunes, GEICO, nabi, Duck Tape and Embassy Suites Hotels. “All six of our sponsors will be onsite. I’m really looking forward to seeing everything come to life,” she adds.

Through it all, Manjri keeps her efforts in perspective as it is really about making sure the audience—both live and watching on TV—has a great time. “It’s going be pretty exciting to see,” she says. “I can’t wait to see all of the kids’ faces and their excitement, because at the end of the day that’s what we’re here to do—bring smiles to the faces of families around the world!”

The Radio Disney Music Awards return this Saturday, April 26, and some of the biggest names in kids’ entertainment will gather at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE to take part in the one-of-a-kind program.
April 24, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Feast' to Premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival

By Disney Post Staff, The Walt Disney Company

Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10 is Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short will open in theaters in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios' new action-packed, big-screen adventure Big Hero 6 on November 7. Check out the first-look image above!

Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 10, 2014 is "Feast," a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, "Paperman") and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 10, 2014 is "Feast," a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, "Paperman") and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
April 23, 2014

Behind the Music of Walt Disney Records' 'DCONSTRUCTED'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Same old song and dance? When it comes to Disney’s new album DCONSTRUCTED, not quite!

DCONSTRUCTED, available now, is a collection of classic songs from the vast Disney music catalog that have been re-imagined by some of today’s most talented remix artists, including Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade.

The album is ingeniously executed and infectiously danceable, and when it comes to remixing, the possibilities are endless. I wanted to go straight to the source to find out about the creative impetus behind DCONSTRUCTED.

Walt Disney Records’ Rob Souriall, vice president of global marketing, took a few moments to sit down with me and discuss what makes DCONSTRUCTED so exciting.

Rob, the concept behind this album is deceptively simple. What inspired it?
Walt Disney Records has really been pushing the envelope when it comes to musical genre trends and our classic Disney music repertoire, and we’ve been having a lot of success. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre has really gained popularity here in the U.S. over the past several years. DJ/producers are the new “guitar heroes,” with artists such as Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris at the top of the pop charts. The biggest pop stars have embraced this community and are actively collaborating with DJs and bringing them out on tour. The time felt right to launch a project like this.

With such a vast catalog, how do you go about choosing just a dozen or so tracks?
We wanted to have the right mix of new content such as Frozen and Monsters University, combined with more nostalgic and classic content—à la Annette Funicello, Main Street Electrical Parade and the Muppets. Our track listing offers a little something for everyone. I’d like to take credit, but the amazing Dani Markman on our A&R team was the true creative mastermind at bringing this product to life.

What’s really going to surprise people about this album?
This is clearly Disney music content, but it’s turned upside-down and rebuilt—in other words, “DCONSTRUCTED”—in an edgier, contemporary fashion. The beat-thumping club environment isn’t a place you’d normally expect to hear Disney music, and DCONSTRUCTED allows us to play in this arena. It's really fun.

I know it’s tough to choose, but do you have a favorite song on this album?
Mat Zo is a young, new up-and-comer in the EDM scene. I think his take on “Circle of Life” from The Lion King is amazing! He actually opens every live show with this track. Stay tuned for the music video—it’s mesmerizing and perfectly captures the inspiration of the movie visuals and Mat’s fresh musical vision. I also love the cool vibe of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” remix by Shinichi Osawa.

Check out the just-released video for the Shy Kidx remix of “The Muppet Show Theme” from DCONSTRUCTED:

"DCONSTRUCTED," available now, is a collection of classic songs from the vast Disney music catalog that have been reimagined by some of today’s most talented remix artists, including Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade.
April 22, 2014

Disney Parks Cast Members and Guests Join Together to Protect the Planet

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, our cast members work together daily to make changes large and small that help us use resources wisely and reduce our impact on the environment. Our goal is to protect the planet for tomorrow and encourage others to do the same, and we are doing this in many ways. Teams around the world are excited to share even more of their passion for the planet with our park guests and fans across the globe with the hope of sparking kids’ imaginations and developing conservation values that they can carry with them through adulthood.

Guests can visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch, part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet at Walt Disney World Resort, where they can discover fun ways to make their backyards more welcoming for wildlife and find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature.

Guests staying at Disneyland Resort hotels on select days in April have helped release ladybugs into the resort’s horticulture. These beneficial bugs seek out pests in the landscape, reducing the resort’s need for pesticides. Meanwhile, Disneyland Resort is taking the celebration county-wide on April 26 as they sponsor the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge. This art contest promotes zero-waste recycling by challenging students in grades 3-12 to turn what some people call trash into a piece of recycled art.

Disney VoluntEARS are also focusing their efforts toward Earth Month activities. In China, Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots, a youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute, to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.

Several environmental cleanups are also taking place, including Aulani’s Disney VoluntEARS cleanup at Ka‘ala Farm, a cultural learning center in Hawai‘i. And at Disneyland Paris Resort, VoluntEARS and their families will come together on foot and in canoes to clean the banks of the Grand Morin River in France.

At The Walt Disney Company, we believe that conservation and caring for the planet are more than just good ideas. They are core to who we are and who we have been since the Company's earliest days. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts contributes to Disney’s environmental legacy and goals. This year, we announced significant progress and new targets to further reduce emissions, waste to landfills and incineration and drinking water consumption, and we continue to track our progress toward reducing our environmental impact.

At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests can discover fun ways to make their backyards more welcoming for wildlife and find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature.
Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.
Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.
April 22, 2014

Six Things You Can Do to Protect Nature on Earth Day and Every Day

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

The celebration of our planet doesn’t only span a single day or month at Disney. We’re committed to protecting and conserving nature all year long. You may be wondering how the Company and employees stay green?

Well, the answer is much simpler than you think. Small but important everyday actions make a world of a difference for us at Disney and our global community. Here are six you can do to make every day Earth Day:

Rideshare—Pick transportation with the smallest environmental impact. This includes carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking.

Conserve electricity—When leaving your office or home, make sure to turn off unnecessary lights and  power down computers and electronics that aren’t in use.

Use water efficiently—Consider how much energy it takes to pump and treat water. A simple, water-smart action, like repairing a leaky faucet or pipe, can also save thousands of gallons of water each year.

Recycle—From recycling plastic bottles to composting food, you can help reduce the amount of garbage that you send to landfills.

Use paper responsibly—Think before you print! Print or copy your content only when it’s really needed. And if you do, remember to use both sides of the paper.

Spread the word—Be contagious! Talk to your family and friends about the actions you’re taking to conserve nature. You can inspire them to make better choices for the planet we share.

Talk to your family and friends about the actions you’re taking to conserve nature. You can inspire them to make better choices for the planet we share.
Pick transportation with the smallest environmental impact. This includes carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking.
From recycling plastic bottles to composting food, you can help reduce the amount of garbage that you send to landfills.

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