Category: Disney

Disney and ESPN CTO Aaron LaBerge to Exit, Will Become Chief Technology Officer of Sports-Betting Company Penn Entertainment

Aaron LaBerge, president and CTO of Disney Entertainment and ESPN, will exit the role this summer, after which he will join casino and sports-betting operator Penn Entertainment as chief technology officer. In a note to Disney staff, LaBerge said he made a personal decision to leave the company to devote more time to his family […] Go to Source

Disney Expands 2025 Korean Drama Slate With ‘Low Life’ Webtoon Adaptation

Disney has confirmed that Korean webtoon-to-screen adaptation “Low Life” is poised to begin production. When valuable treasure is discovered off the coast of Korea, the country’s biggest degenerates come crawling out of the woodwork in the hope of striking it big. Word spreads after a fisherman got lucky and kept a piece of the booty […] Go to Source

Disney Argues It Had a First Amendment Right to Fire Gina Carano for Offensive Posts

Disney argued Tuesday that it had a First Amendment right to fire Gina Carano, the actor who played a bounty hunter on “The Mandalorian,” after she allegedly trivialized the Holocaust in an Instagram post. Carano sued in February, arguing that the company unlawfully retaliated against her for expressing her personal political views, which were at […] Go to Source

Disney Releases Official Vote Tallies from 2024 Shareholders Meeting, Showing 9 of Its 12 Board Candidates Each Received More Than...

Disney released the official vote counts from its 2024 meeting of shareholders held April 3 — in which investors decisively defeated a campaign by activist investor Nelson Peltz to win a seat on its board. According to the votes disclosed in an SEC filing Tuesday, nine of the Disney-backed director candidates received more than 90% […] Go to Source

‘Becoming Karl Lagerfeld’ Gets 3-Minute Standing Ovation in Cannes: ‘Watching Daniel Bruhl Transform Was…Crazy’

Cannes stood up for Daniel Brühl, as his new Disney+ show “Becoming Karl Lagerfeld” earned a 3-minute standing ovation on Sunday.  Premiering out of competition, it captures the late German designer before morphing into the instantly recognizable figure that took pop culture by storm. And, courted by young Jacques de Bascher (Théodore Pellerin), finally opening […] Go to Source

Disney Leans Into U.K. Licensing Strategy: ‘A Small Light,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Heading to BBC Studios-Owned UKTV (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney is licensing a number of its original series to BBC Studios-owned broadcaster UKTV. Among the shows that are set to appear on UKTV networks are Anne Frank drama “A Small Light” and all seven seasons of “Sons of Anarchy.” “A Small Light” is heading to UKTV’s free to air network Drama in May while […] Go to Source

Nelson Peltz’s Disney proxy fight may hinge on the same investors who doomed his DuPont battle nearly a decade ago

Activist investor, Nelson Peltz. Reuters Three major Disney investors have a history with Nelson Peltz’s proxy fights. BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street voted against Peltz’s firm Trian Partners in a 2015 proxy battle. But in a 2017 fight with P&G, BlackRock and State Street supported Peltz.  The fate of Nelson Peltz’s proxy fight with Disney partially relies on three investors — the same investors who…

Pension Fund CalPERS Votes for Nelson Peltz and Jay Rasulo in Disney Board Battle: Report

CalPERS, the influential California pension fund, has voted to shake up the Disney board by backing the election of activist investors Nelson Peltz and Jay Rasulo who have waged a months-long battle with CEO Bob Iger and the incumbent board of directors. The California Public Employees Retirement System told Reuters that the fund had cast […] Go to Source

‘Renegade Nell’ Star Louisa Harland on Wearing Both Breeches and Ballgowns as the Lead in Disney+ Fantasy Series: ‘She’s Gender...

With swordfights, corsets, a sprinkle of magic and an array of truly magnificent hats (including one worn by a poodle), new Disney+ original series “Renegade Nell” has more than a touch in common with that other swashbuckling Disney staple “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Both are set at the turn of the 17th to 18th centuries […] Go to Source

Disney Reaches Settlement in Florida Lawsuit Over Theme Park District

Disney has reached a truce in its fight with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the special district that governs Walt Disney World. In a settlement agreement announced on Wednesday, Disney and Florida will drop the lawsuits they have filed against each other and negotiate new development agreements for the 40-square-mile area that encompasses the Orlando […] Go to Source

Beach Boys Documentary Coming to Disney+ in May

“The Beach Boys,” a documentary about the iconic band, will premiere on Disney+ on May 24. The doc is described as “a celebration of the legendary band that revolutionized pop music and the iconic, harmonious sound they created that personified the California dream, captivating fans for generations and generations to come.” “The Beach Boys” will […] Go to Source

‘X-Men ’97’ Hits 4 Million Views in Five Days

“X-Men ’97” hit four million views in its first five days on Disney+. According to Disney, this marks the streamer’s most-watched premiere for a full-length animated series since Season 1 of Marvel’s “What If…?” in 2021, putting “X-Men ’97” ahead of Season 2 of “What If…?” as well as “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures,” “Iwájú” […] Go to Source

The Mouse’s media darling: How Bob Iger went from local weatherman to Disney’s repeat CEO

Disney CEO Bob Iger Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair Bob Iger is Disney’s CEO, having returned to the post in 2022 after a short-lived retirement. He’s spearheaded some of Disney’s most profitable acquisitions since taking the helm in 2005. Here’s a look at the decades of work that propelled him to become the Mouse’s media darling. Robert Iger, Disney’s on-again-off-again CEO —…

Activist investor Nelson Peltz says it’s ‘probably true’ that he’s a ‘bully billionaire’

Heidi Gutman/CNBC via Getty Images Nelson Peltz told Financial Times of his battle with Disney that he’s “not trying to fire Bob Iger.” He also acknowledged to the outlet it’s “probably true” that he’s a “bully billionaire.” Peltz’s investment fund, Trian Partners, has spent $25 million to win two seats on Disney’s board. Nelson Peltz says it’s “probably true” that he’s a bit of a bully. That…

‘Doctor Who’ Trailer: Ncuti Gatwa Meets Dinosaurs and Travels Through Time as the New Doctor

Disney+ has released the first trailer for its series reboot of the classic sci-fi adventure series “Doctor Who,” lead by “Sex Education” star Ncuti Gatwa as the titular time jumper and Millie Gibson as his traveling partner Ruby Sunday. The premiere will stream on Disney+ on May 10 and release simultaneously worldwide (excluding the U.K.). […] Go to Source