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  1. Behind the 'Frozen' Phenomenon in Japan

    July 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Frozen" is now nudging a quarter of a billion dollars at the Japanese box office, with not even the Bluray and VOD release here ending its record-breaking 19-week run in theaters. Although the Academy Award winner was a global smash, no ...

  2. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop

    May 22, 2014 3:09 PM EDT This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Wal ...

  3. New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Maker-Disney Merger

    April 17, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from A ...

  4. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  5. Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

    April 10, 2014 6:06 PM EDT Disney's proposed acquisition of digital video studio Maker Studios isn't going off without a hitch. In response to the $500 million acquisition announced last month, Maker co-founder and former chief executive Danny Zappin is asking a C ...

  6. Disney’s Big-Money Move for Maker Signals Promising Times for Tech Entrepreneurs

    March 26, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the gi ...

  7. Disney, Dish Strike Deal to Facilitate Internet-Delivered TV

    March 03, 2014 11:47 PM EST Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof. The deal announced late ...

  8. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's Daughter, Dies At 79

    November 20, 2013 12:36 AM EST Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her Northern California home. She was 79. Her death Tuesday in Napa was confirmed by The Walt Disney Co. The cause w ...

  9. Sony Music Appoints Celine Joshua SVP Digital Sales, Scott Van Horn SVP Sales

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  10. Disney 'Teen Beach Movie' Revives Girl Groups, Rockabilly & '60s Surf Rock

    July 16, 2013 7:05 AM EDT The Disney Channel is trying something new with its latest musical film, a period piece. "Teen Beach Movie," which premieres July 19, steps back in time to the 1962 world of surfers, greasers, the beginnings of Motown and the Beach B ...

  11. Kobalt Strikes Australasian Sub-Pub Deal With Disney

    March 05, 2013 2:12 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing’s Australian affiliate has reached an exclusive agreement to serve as the official sub-publisher Down Under for Disney Music Group.  The new deal, unveiled today, covers Australia, New Zealand and associated APRA territorie ...

  12. Music Exec Bill Schrank Dies at 60

    December 19, 2012 8:00 PM EST Bill Schrank, a music executive who coordinated soundtracks at such studios as Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney and Columbia Pictures, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 60. During his 30 years in the music business, ...

  13. Hans Zimmer Replaces Jack White as 'Lone Ranger' Composer

    December 14, 2012 10:02 PM EST Jack White dropped out of the film due to 'scheduling conflicts,' according to a statement from Disney. When it was announced earlier this year, blues-rocker White seemed like a great fit to score the new Gore Verbinski-directed, Johnny ...

  14. Scott Seviour Named Epic Records' EVP Marketing and Artist Development

    November 02, 2012 11:04 AM EDT Epic Records has named Scott Seviourexecutive vice president of marketing and artist development. In his new role, based out of Sony Music's New York headquarters, Seviour will oversee all of Epic's marketing efforts as well as brand par ...

  15. Skrillex Contributing Music for Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph'

    July 13, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Skrillex is on a roll: the superstar DJ will contribute music to Disney Animation's forthcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph. His new gig, announced at Comic-Con on Thursday, comes on the heels of the news that he'll also compose new material fo ...

  16. Disney Pulls Joy Division-Inspired Shirt

    January 25, 2012 9:32 PM EST Disney has halted sales of a Mickey Mouse shirt after its comparisons to Joy Division drew web attention. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment' The shirt, which presented a s ...

  17. Disney Chief Bob Iger Joins Apple Board

    November 15, 2011 7:16 PM EST Apple has added to its board of directors Disney CEO Bob Iger, the man responsible for making the late Steve Jobs the media conglomerate's largest shareholder. Apple also said Tuesday it has made Arthur Levinson, the former CEO of Genentech a ...

  18. Backbeat: Goth Night At L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall

    November 02, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Silent film organist Clark Wilson rehearses for a Halloween screening of the silent horror classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. An audience member dresses in costume as a dinosaur at the Walt ...

  19. Sony Shares Hit 52-Week Low Amid Global Market Sell-Off

    August 05, 2011 7:56 AM EDT UPDATED: The stocks of entertainment conglomerates Walt Disney and Time Warner are now down for the year-to-date period, News Corp. closed at the same price as at the end of 2010, while CBS Corp. and Viacom remain ahead of their 2010 closing price ...

  20. Disney Picks 'N.B.T.' (Next Big Thing) Teen Musician Contestants

    July 26, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Radio Disney and Disney Channel have selected three teen pop singers, a country vocalists and a band to compete in the channel's fourth annual "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) contest. Having launched the careers of Hollywood Records' ...

  21. Bob Cavallo Retiring as Chairman of Disney Music Group

    June 01, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Bob Cavallo will retire in January from his position as chairman of the Disney Music Group. Ken Bunt has been promoted to executive vice president and will run Disney Music Group upon Cavallo's retirement. Cavallo, whose last day will be Jan. ...

  22. Disney's Rare Revenue Miss Hurts Shares

    May 11, 2011 7:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co reported a rare results miss after "Mars Needs Moms" capped a disappointing quarter at the U.S. box office, sending its shares down 3 percent. Strong advertising growth at sports network ESPN and a ris ...

  23. Top Disney Exec Yanover Exits Company

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST One of Disney's top digital executives is leaving the company, according to Deadline.com . Paul Yanover, evp and managing director of Disney Online -- who logged 16 years at Disney across two separate stints -- announced he's exiting in ...

  24. Radio Disney Installs Cocchia As GM

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disney executive Sean Cocchia is moving over to Radio Disney as senior VP and GM. In his new position, Cocchia will oversee the radio industry's only network programming to kids and their parents across both traditional and digital platforms. ...

  25. First Listen: 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Tangled' Soundtracks

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disney previewed two of their most anticipated movies of the holiday season Wednesday (Sept. 29), giving press and employees a look at the scenes and sounds from the still-under-construction "Tron: Legacy" and "Tangled." (Watch ...

  26. Billboard Q&A: Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During Michael Eisner's 21 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Co., he transformed it from a rudderless operator of theme parks and a family-friendly film studio into a diversified media conglomerate. Since stepping down as Disney's chief ex ...

  27. Confirmed: Disney Grabs Tap Tap Revenge

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's confirmed : Tap Tap Revenge developer Tapulous has been acquired by Disney. Still no word on sale price, but the smartphone game developer is officially joining the Disney Mobile team, which is part of the Disney Interactive Media Group. ...

  28. Reports: Disney To Close Lyric Street Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Street Records, home to acts such Rascal Flatts, Bucky Covington and Love and Theft, will be shuttered according to reports online. The Nashville-based label opened its doors in 1997 and has been home to artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus and S ...

  29. EMI Renews Disney Deal

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Walt Disney Records have extended their exclusive licensing agreement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EMI has represented the recorded music catalog of Walt Disney Records in those territories since 2005. Forthcoming Walt Dis ...

  30. Jonas Brothers Back To Disney For New Season

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Jonas Brothers are keepers at Disney Channel. The cable channel has ordered a second season of the pop stars' comedy series "Jonas," but only after parting ways with the executive producers who launched the series. "Jonas&q ...

  31. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  32. The Mouse That Roared At Retail

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Wal-Mart in West Hills, in the far reaches of Southern California's San Fernando Valley, is just like every other Wal-Mart in the country -- crowded parking lot, cavernous warehouse, geriatric greeter. The uniformity is part of the point. ...

  33. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new e ...

  34. UMG To Distribute Disney Down Under

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney Music Group has reached a licensing agreement that will see Universal Music Group market and distribute its recordings in Australia. With effect from April 1, Universal in Australia will handle digital and physical releases for Disney&# ...

  35. 'High School Musical 4' Set For 2010 Debut

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Disney will premiere "High School Musical 4" on the Disney Channel in 2010, continuing the franchise that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, has sold 9.5 million soundtrack copies to date. While the script is still being written, a Disney ...

  36. 'High School Musical 3' Is Top Of The Class

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Disney's theatrical matriculation of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" went deliriously well this weekend, as the telefilm-spawned sequel registered a genre-record $42 million in estimated opening grosses to top the domestic bo ...

  37. Radio Disney To Launch Unsigned Artist Series

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radio Disney will debut "Next Big Thing," a multi-platform campaign around unsigned artists, this Saturday (Oct. 4). Beginning with Long Island quartet Push Play, the "N.B.T." program will feature a new act every two weeks for ...

  38. Miley, Jonas Brothers, Lovato Line-up For City Of Hope

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and "Camp Rock" co-star Demi Lovato will play a concert Sept. 14 to benefit cancer research and treatment center City of Hope. The Disney Music Group stars will perform at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphithe ...

  39. Universal, Disney Extend License Deal Into Asia

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal is the Disney Music Group's new licensee for Asia, excluding Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, announced today by Universal Music Group (UMG), UMG will market and distribute Disney product in both physical and digital formats ...

  40. 'High School Musical' Winner To Receive Disney Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of the ABC summer reality series "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" will receive a recording contract for two singles with Walt Disney Records. One of those singles will be a version of the song from the artist's w ...

  41. Disney Sports Complex To Be Rebranded

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., which hosts concerts by Disney Channel stars like Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and The Cheetah Girls during the Disney Channel Games, is being rebranded in the name of corporate sibli ...

  42. 'High School Musical' Reality Show Prize Revealed

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of ABC's summer reality show based on "High School Musical" will appear in a music video that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." The announcement of ...

  43. Brenek Upped At Disney

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jason Brenek has been promoted to the newly created position of senior VP, worldwide digital cinema and cinema programming for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. Brenek will now be in charge of non-traditional movie content at the studio, ...

  44. Riley Joins Radio Disney

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael G. Riley has joined Radio Disney as senior VP and GM, reporting to Rich Ross, president, Disney Channels Worldwide. Riley will manage 42 Disney-owned radio stations, and the Radio Disney programming, distribution, online and marketing depa ...

  45. They Might Be Giants Expands Kids' Music Empire

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST In the animated video for They Might Be Giants' song "One Everything," a singing globe helps a little boy deal with his overwhelmingly messy room by invoking the unity of the omniverse: "If you go out and count up everything, i ...

  46. Vincent Upped At Disney

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Steven Vincent has been named VP of music and soundtracks for the Disney Channel, which is riding a wave of recent musical hits, including "High School Musical 2" and "Hannah Montana." Vincent reports to Susette Hsuing, senior ...

  47. Eisner Talks Strike, Digital Revs At Media And Money Conference

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Michael Eisner dismissed the Hollywood writers strike as "insanity" and "too stupid," warning writers that they were sacrificing real income in a bid for revenue that studios do not yet have. Speaking Wednesday at the Dow Jones ...

  48. Agnew Takes Helm As President At Disney Records

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Agnew has been promoted to president of Walt Disney Records and executive VP and GM of the Disney Music Group (DMG). Based in the company's Burbank headquarters he reports to DMG chairman Bob Cavallo. Agnew has held various executive po ...

  49. L.A. Philharmonic Assn. Ups Manocha

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has promoted Arvind Manocha to COO, effective immediately. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the Association. Manocha will continue his responsibilities as VP and G ...

  50. Disney Preps 'High School Musical 2' Single

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Walt Disney Records will release "What Time Is It" the first single from "High School Musical 2" on July 17. In addition to being made available through digital retailers that day, the track will be offered as a physical CD sin ...

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