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January 21, 2015

Disney Employees Help Sea Turtles Return to Their Natural Habitat

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Recently, Disney Animal Programs cast members from Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends helped with the rescue of several cold-stunned Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles from Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. The turtles were just some of many that were rescued from the Northeastern cold snap this past fall, which left hundreds of the cold-blooded animals lethargic and immobilized. Since the turtles’ arrival last month, they have been sharing the backstage space at The Seas with Nemo & Friends where cast members conducted daily checks to keep an eye on the turtles’ progression and rehabilitation. The process to warm, rehabilitate and help the turtles regain their strength took several weeks, but success was achieved.
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 12, 2015

Disney Interactive's Nikki Katz Named STEMConnector 100 Diverse Corporate Leader in 2014

By Scott Slesinger, Disney Interactive
STEMConnector, an organization committed to linking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education advocates together across disciplines and distances, selected Disney Interactive's Vice President of Technology Nikki Katz for its 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders 2014 list. At Disney Interactive, Nikki leads and shapes the platform services group, which creates large-scale tech solutions that are leveraged across The Walt Disney Company. Nikki recently shared her perspective on STEM education and diversity in the workforce.

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