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January 28, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
The Disney Channel will air a salute to Black History Month in February, with Cicely Tyson introducing a series of films and specials paying tribute to blacks who have made important contributions to American life. Some of the productions have achieved great critical acclaim - "Booker," the biography of Booker T. Washington, and Tyson's film "Sounder" among them. But none of them was produced by Disney. Could Tyson name any Disney feature film, or any show produced by the Disney Channel, that presented blacks in a positive light?
NEWS
July 28, 2000 | By Brian Woodward, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When asked about her motivation for playing sports, Sarah Owens made unflinching eye contact and delivered an unequivocal answer. "I play to have fun," she said. When the question turned to her philosophy of how to have fun, she was equally unambiguous. "Rules, schmooles," she said. That has proven a fortuitous attitude for the 14-year-old, whose stripped-down version of volleyball, appropriately named "Under Schmunder," has made her a celebrity of sorts among her 18 classmates at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs over the last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1995 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
You plunk down $9.95 a month for The Disney Channel. You don't expect any ads. And you don't get any. But The Disney Channel has started running a series of promotional programs twice a week - advertising Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The series, titled Inside Out, began Tuesday. It has three rollicking hosts, and it's designed to show viewers how things work at the theme parks. It's the first series produced by Walt Disney Attractions Television Productions, which, like Walt Disney World, Disneyland and The Disney Channel, is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co. Inside Out was developed under the auspices of a Disney Channel guy named Cory O'Connor, who carries what may be the ultimate Corporate-Information Age title: "Senior Vice President, Synergy Programming and Communications.
NEWS
August 25, 1990 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
Mother Goose, who is more than 200 years old, has seldom been so prettily presented to her young fans as in a new pay-cable television series called Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories. The series will premiere at 8:30 this morning on the Disney Channel, with its second episode following at the same time tomorrow. This pattern of new episodes each Saturday and Sunday will continue until the 13th and final half- hour airs in October. Surely every parent will be able to sing along with these stories, the best-known nursery rhymes in the English language.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
NEWS
December 12, 1997 | by Dave McNary, Los Angeles Daily News
Mickey Mouse's parent announced it will launch a round-the-clock cable cartoon network in spring in a direct assault on the rival Cartoon Network. Toon Disney will roll out April 18 and be offered only to operators already carrying the Disney Channel as a basic component. The move, announced Monday, by the Los Angeles-based entertainment giant underscores the success of Time Warner's Cartoon Network, launched as a 24-hour channel more than five years ago. "Disney clearly has its sights set on Cartoon Network, which has been very successful," said Jill Krutick, a Smith Barney analyst.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2000 | By Patricia Horn and Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Comcast Corp. and Walt Disney Co. have extended tomorrow's deadline for a contract that allows Comcast to deliver Disney's ABC television network to its cable subscribers nationwide, both companies said yesterday. The one-week extension, until Oct. 22, means Comcast customers will not lose ABC programming tomorrow. There have been several extensions since the contract between Disney and Comcast, known as a retransmission agreement, expired on Dec. 31, 1999, including one for six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2005 | By Richard Huff NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Lizzie who? Once the dominant show for the Disney Channel, Lizzie McGuire has been far surpassed by the sitcom That's So Raven. "It is our most successful series," said Disney Channel president Rich Ross. "It has taken us where we got with Lizzie and ratcheted it up. " Consider this: The cable channel has ordered a fourth season of the popular comedy series built around Raven - formerly known as Raven-Symone - the kid star of The Cosby Show as a teen who happens to be a psychic.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1989 | Los Angeles Daily News
There are some things about which a roomful of baby-boomer television writers find it difficult to maintain objectivity, and the Disney Channel hit on one of them last week. You knew Disney's latest "Mickey Mouse Club" was in for rough sledding even before the show's two new hosts and three of its 12 members entered the Registry Hotel Ballroom for a "hey-there, hi-there, ho-there" news conference. The telltale sign was the audible gasp that arose at the conclusion of a preview reel when the mournful, closing refrain of "The Mickey Mouse Club Song" - "M-I-C, See you real soon, K-E-Y, Why?
LIVING
May 5, 2006 | By David Kronke LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Seventy-eight years after he exploded into America's consciousness in "Steamboat Willie," Mickey Mouse is now trying to appeal to an audience that wasn't even born in the same century as he was. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, debuting today on the Disney Channel (7:30 p.m., then 9 a.m. on Saturdays), is an educational series aimed at preschoolers, designed to help them develop both their math skills and their love of Disney characters. "I've worked with Mickey on previous projects," says the show's executive producer, Bobs Gannaway, before pausing in amusement.
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NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
DISNEY JUST can't let it go. The publishing division and Imagicademy of the Mouse House, which has turned synergy into an art form that would make Pixar jealous, announced yesterday that it would create apps for a "Frozen: Early Science" series, featuring characters from the "Frozen" movie. "We are excited to introduce early learners to another educational concept in a fun and uniquely Disney way," said Disney Learning exec Jeff Sellinger in a statement. "The 'Frozen: Early Science' apps bring together Frozen's hugely popular story and characters with an early sciences curriculum developed in conjunction with education experts and academics.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gathering mo with Mo'ne Davis After becoming a successful shoe designer and author, Mo'ne Davis , the pride of the Taney Dragons, will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title: Throw Like Mo . Davis will consult on the film, from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase . "There are so many great things happening to me right now, and it's a very exciting time in my life," Davis said in a statement.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IT'S HARDLY stop-the-presses news that we love old TV shows. There probably hasn't been a day in three decades or more that didn't see some outlet showing reruns of such classic fare as "I Love Lucy" or "M*A*S*H. " But for fans of classic TV, these are high times indeed, with the explosion of new channels specializing in vintage programs from the 1950s through the '80s. And we're not just talking the pop culture touchstones, either. For every "Gilligan's Island" or "The Brady Bunch," there is a far more esoteric but no less-entertaining program to be found, from the cerebral 1960s drama "Route 66" to the "Twilight Zone"-ish "One Step Beyond.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If anyone is having a Best Decade Ever, it's composer Robert Lopez. Along with 2013's powerhouse Frozen ($1.2 billion worldwide box office, the highest-grossing animated film ever) for which he cowrote songs with wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and his controversial Broadway smash written with South Park 's creators, The Book of Mormon , at the Forrest Theatre starting on Tuesday, the 39-year-old is an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) - and the youngest at that.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
Fanboys rarely have reason to celebrate capitalism. The system is rigged by the entertainment/merchandising complex to ruthlessly exploit ardent fans' enthusiasm for pop culture. The Boba Fett action figure? Four easy payments of $29.99. Whoever thought it would cost so much to sit at the geeks' table? But then, the free marketplace has always been a cafeteria ruled by bullies. There has been one production megadeal that fanboys can applaud, however - Disney's $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment and its rich pantheon of comic-book superheroes, from Ant-Man to Zuras.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Tony Award nomination is a big deal, especially when you're part of a young songwriting duo who are really in it for the fun. Ardmore native Benj Pasek, 27, and his songwriting partner, Justin Paul, 28, who have been called "the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein" by Vanity Fair, have a formula, and clearly it's working - well enough to have earned them invitations to Sunday night's Tony Award ceremonies as nominees for best original score for...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013
BY THE TIME you read this, we will be back from Disney World, where Mickey Mouse and his minions will have thoroughly fleeced us. Sure, the mouse looks harmless, but don't be fooled by the bow tie, the big ears and the weird red shorts. Mickey is a rodent Godfather - the don of the Disney organization. I know you don't want to believe Mickey is the head of a family more ruthless than the Sopranos. I didn't want to accept it, either. But after falling victim to Mickey's insidious con game, I've come to realize that he is the worst sort of tyrant - the kind you trust.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
I'm a quick study, but it took a few years of writing columns to realize that I often leave readers with more questions than answers. I flit from subject to subject, but you're stuck at home wondering "Hey, whatever happened to" a person whose story touched you months earlier. I seek amends each December with a pair of columns slowing down and catching up. I give top billing today to Ben Harowitz because, well, he earned it. One year ago, the Swarthmore middle-schooler was a bullying victim sick of suffering in silence.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. has become the first major media company to ban junk-food advertising on programming that targets children. Building on a healthy-foods initiative in its theme parks, Disney imposed new standards for food and beverages advertised on Disney XD and during the Saturday morning programs on Disney-owned ABC television stations. Disney Channel and Disney Junior, which are not ad-supported but receive brand sponsorships, would also be covered under the nutrition guidelines, officials said.
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