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Disney Names 2004 Legends

The Walt Disney Co. today named the 2004 Disney Legends, recognizing individuals who have contributed creativity, innovation and imagination to Disney's rich heritage. Walt Disney Co. ceo Michael Eisner presided over the ceremony, which takes place each year at the Disney Legends Plaza at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.

The following are the 2004 Disney Legends:

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Eisner’s Reign At Disney to End in 2006

Walt Disney Co.s ceo Michael Eisner has announced that he is stepping down from his post when his contract expires in Sept. 2006, reports the WALL STREET JOURNAL. This move ends Eisners two-decade reign at the mega-corporation and comes six months after former board members Stanley Gold and Roy Disney tried to oust him from the firm. Gold and Disneys efforts did lead to Eisner being removed as chairman. Disney president Robert Iger is Eisners "preferred choice" to succeed him.

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Disney Pioneer Frank Thomas Dies at 92

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 12:00am

Frank Thomas, who helped pioneer the animated art form as a member of Walt Disneys elite Nine Old Men, passed away Wednesday night at his home in Flintridge, California. He celebrated his 92nd birthday on Sunday with family and friends, including director Brad Bird, who honored Thomas and lifelong friend and colleague Ollie Johnston the last of the Nine Old Men with cameo appearances in both THE IRON GIANT and Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES.

Film Headline News

Disney Treasures 4 Preview At LA Short Film Festival

As part of the LA Short Film Festival, Disney will be previewing some of the classic shorts featured in the fourth wave of WALT DISNEY TREASURES, which will arrive in stores Dec. 7, 2004. The restored classic films include SHANGHAIED, MICKEYS STEAM-ROLLER, MICKEYS KANGAROO, LEND A PAW, DOG WATCH and SQUATTERS RIGHTS. The three new two-disk collections will include restored episodes of week one of THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, THE COMPLETE PLUTO VOLUME ONE and MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK & WHITE VOLUME TWO.

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Playhouse Disney Channel Launches in Brunei

Walt Disney Television Internationals dedicated preschool service, Playhouse Disney Channel, has launched on channel 63 of Bruneis multi-channel TV operator Kristal Astro, bringing the number of Playhouse Disney Channels in Asia to six.The other markets, of which have launched since April this year, are Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia

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Govindan to Head Disney TV Int’l India Marketing

Hema Govindan has been appointed head of marketing & communications for Walt Disney Television International (India), a division of The Walt Disney Company (India) Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai. She will be responsible for putting in place an integrated marketing communications strategy and driving key research initiatives for Disneys television business in India, including its proposed pay TV channel operations as well as Disney branded programming blocks on mass entertainment channels.

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DreamWorks COO Stepping Down

DreamWorks coo Helene Hahn is resigning her post after 10 years with the company, reports VARIETY. She long been considered one of the top female execs and has been a partner with DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg for more than 30 years. She will remain coo until a replacement can be found and will act as a consultant for a year following her departure.

Film Headline News

Disney Gives Date for Narnia, Add F/X House

Disney Pictures has released the date for Andrew Adamson's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, reports the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. Fans will be able to catch the film Dec. 9, 2005. In addition, Sony Picture Imageworks has been hired to do 400 effects shoots for the film, whose main f/x house is Rhythm & Hues. New Zealand's Weta Workshop will create the makeup prosthetics for all of the creatures.

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Disney Moves into PC Business

The Walt Disney Company has unveiled the Disney Dream Desk PC, a new personal computer geared to tap into the growing children market.

"We've traveled a long way since that first Mickey writing tablet hit the market in 1929" said Bob Iger, Disney president/coo. "At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination. With the launch of the Disney Dream Desk, a computer designed with kids in mind, we've developed a tool box for children to unleash their imaginations and expand their minds."

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"Lion Sleeps Tonight" Composer's Family Sues Disney

The family of THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT composer Solomon "Mbube" Linda has filed a suit against The Walt Disney Co. for the use of the song in the film, THE LION KING, reports VARIETY. The copyright infringement suit, filed in South Africa's Pretoria High Court, is for $1.6 million. Disney has until Aug. 12, 2004 to respond to the claims or be ruled against by default.

Marvel Headline News

Marvel Sues Disney

Marvel Enterprises has sued the Walt Disney Co. and ABC Family (formerly Fox Family) for at least $16 million, which it claims it is owed on the cartoons it licensed to Fox Family, which Disney acquired in 2001, reports VARIETY. As part of the suit filed July 15, 2004 in L.A. Superior Court, Marvel argues that Disney improperly accounted for profits on animated series THE INCREDIBLE HULK, X-MEN AND SPIDER-MAN and failed to promote the shows. In the complaint, Disney claims the toons lose money, but will not provide proper accounting.

Technology Headline News

Disney Gets New Tech Head

Walt Disney has promoted Bob Lambert to svp for worldwide media technology and development, reports VARIETY. In his new expanded role, he will oversee several new digital media projects, Disney's relationships with technology companies, regulatory matters and piracy protection. He will continue overseeing the New Technology and New Media group and providing corporate guidance for the Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development unit.

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Disney Imagineer McKim Dies

Sam McKim, the legendary Disney Imagineer who drew the first souvenir maps of Disneyland in 1954, died of heart failure on July 9, 2004 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 79 years old. In addition to his Disney career, McKim started out as a child actor who appeared in films with John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Rita Hayworth and Gene Autry.

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Walden Media Moves From Mouse to Fox

Philip Anschutz's Walden Media has left Disney for Fox, reports VARIETY. The AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS producer will team with Fox on five features, including Kate DiCamillo's BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE (due for release January 2005); Katherine Paterson's BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA; Lois Lowry's THE GIVER; Wendy Orr's NIM'S ISLAND; and Adam Mortimer's as-yet-unpublished comicbook proposal BIBLIONAUTS. Unlike the past Disney deal, the Fox agreement is neither exclusive nor constrained by time limits.

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Disneyland Gives Job Boost to Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland is expected to create 18,000 jobs, including 5,000 before opening of the theme park, it was reported in THE STANDARD in China. The park is expected to open by late 2005 and give a tourism and employment boom to the former British colony.

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Toon Disney Presents 3-Day Spider-Man Marathon

Toon Disney celebrates the addition of the legendary 1995 animated series SPIDER-MAN into its popular JETIX action-adventure programming block with a JETIX Web-Slingin Marathon July 2 through July 4, 2004 from 7-11:00 pm. Timed around the highly anticipated- theatrical release of SPIDER-MAN 2, the broadcast includes fan favorite episodes of SPIDER-MAN such as "The Sting of the Scorpion," "Enter The Green Goblin" and "Kraven the Hunter."

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U.S. Postal Service Honors Mickey Mouse and Friends on Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a set of four stamps featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of Disney friends, the first of three Disney-themed stamp panes that will be issued over as many years.

"With the dedication of the Disney stamps, we get the chance to capture the spirit of friendship as it appears in the art, the imagination and the creative tradition of Walt Disney," said postmaster general John Potter, who officiated at the first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park on June 23, 2004.

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Toon Disney Expands JETIX Block On Weekends, Adds Spider-Man

Toon Disney expands its action/adventure evening block, JETIX, to four hours on Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00-11:00 pm, starting June 26, 2004, coinciding with the Toon Disney premiere of the 1990s animated series SPIDER-MAN.

Business Headline News

Matsumoto To Head Buena Vista Games, Asia Pacific

Akira Matsumoto will take over as vp/gm for Buena Vista Games, Asia Pacific, the global interactive entertainment arm of Disney Consumer Products on July 1, 2004. He replaces Shuji Utsumi, who will be leaving the company to pursue personal interests.

Series Headline News

Teacher's Pet Lands on DVD

The underrated TEACHER'S PET feature, which wildly riffs on PINOCCHIO and other Disney icons, bows on DVD (Disney Home Ent. $29.99) June 15, 2004. Creator Gary Baseman, director Timothy Björklund and writers Bill & Cheri Steinkellner up the ante with Spot/Scott (Nathan Lane) approaching mad scientist Dr. Krank (Kelsey Grammer) in Florida to help him become a permanent human. One can only hope that the series itself will soon find its way to DVD.

The DVD includes:

* Series premiere episode

Shorts Headline News

Lorenzo Director Stunned by Annecy Victory

LORENZO director Mike Gabriel was stunned at winning The Grand Prix at Annecy. How could we have won? he told AWN. There were 50 world class shorts we were competing against, shorts that were all imaginative, and it was completely intimidating. We felt like we were welcomed into the club.

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