Disney & Fox Accused In $1.75B Suit Of Taking Theme Park Developer For A Ride

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The donation will support disaster response and recovery efforts through the Florida Disaster …

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What Fox Execs Peter Rice, Dana Walden, and John Landgraf Can Expect As They Move to Disney

Burning questions: Will the TV studios merge, how will Walden change ABC Entertainment, what happens back at Fox, and more.

When the Walt Disney Company unveiled much of its new TV networks organizational structure Monday, it didn’t come with many surprises: As expected, Peter Rice will assume oversight as chairman of Walt Disney Television and co-chair of Disney Media Networks once the company closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

Under Rice, as previously reported, Dana Walden has been named chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, while John Landgraf will continue to oversee FX Networks and FX Productions as chairman. National Geographic Partners chairman Gary Knell, Disney Channels Worldwide president/COO Gary Marsh and ABC News president James Goldston will also answer to Rice.

With long-time 21st Century Fox execs taking over key Disney TV oversight, Burbank’s about to feel a lot more like Century City. And that’s clearly Disney CEO Bob Iger’s goal: “The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” he said in a statement.

But Monday’s announcement still leaves plenty of burning questions when it comes to how things will eventually shake out once the deal is finalized and Rice, Walden, Landgraf, and Knell officially put on their Mouse ears. Here’s what to keep an eye on in the coming months:

What changes will Walden make to ABC Entertainment, and how does that impact Channing Dungey?

Walden will have oversight over several divisions, including studios, the Freeform network and the ABC-owned TV stations group. But ABC Entertainment will be by far the most high profile. Walden and Dungey worked together in the past, but with Walden as the seller (as head of 20th Century Fox TV) and Dungey as the buyer (ABC runs 20th shows including “Modern Family” and “Fresh Off the Boat”), in addition to being competitors. That’s made for an adversarial situation, but now they’re on the same team. What does Walden want out of Dungey? Or does she want her own person running ABC? The Alphabet network is off to a tepid fall, landing in fourth place among adults 18-49 during premiere week.

Will ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV be merged, and when?

For now, both studios will continue to operate separately under ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and 20th Century Fox TV presidents Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, with all three executives reporting to Walden. But in the long term, it doesn’t really make sense to keep two different infrastructures — the whole point of mergers like this one are the financial savings once operations are merged.

Interestingly, although Davis and Kurtzman already report to Walden and are moving with her to Disney, Moran also spent years working for Walden — as senior VP of drama at 20th, overseeing the development of shows such as “Glee” before joining ABC in 2010. That means Walden has a surplus of studio execs in her arsenal, and that doesn’t even include Fox 21 Television studios president Bert Salke, who has his own portfolio of programming. Meanwhile, if she does merge 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios, besides figuring out the new management structure, Walden would have to decide the new studio branding, and how it might communicate the amount of product the studio will aim to produce in-house vs. for other outlets.

Where does Disney’s Hulu investment, as well as its new streaming service, play into this?

Once the 21st Century Fox acquisition is complete, Disney will hold a 60 percent stake in the streaming service. Given its high-caliber original programming (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), on par with FX-style content, there has been some speculation that Landgraf might add some Hulu responsibilities to his oversight. But that wasn’t a part of Monday’s announcement. Disney’s new streaming service, reportedly to be called “Disney Play,” also continues to apparently operate under a separate plane, under Ricky Strauss.

What kinds of layoffs and other changes are in store?

Reports have suggested that as many as 5,000 positions will be eliminated in TV and film, from both Disney and Fox, once the deal is done and redundancies are identified. “Disney expects over $2 billion in synergies from the Fox acquisition, with the overwhelming majority of that from cost-savings–meaning job cuts,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield wrote in a report last year. “In order to reduce costs by upwards of $2 billion, we believe Disney will need to cut well over 5,000 jobs.”

Is Peter Rice truly in line to succeed Iger at Disney?

We’ve heard this before, of course, and the search for a Bob Iger successor has been a Hollywood parlor game for years. Tom Staggs was seen as the likely candidate, but he was pushed out in 2015. Disney Media Networks co-chair and Disney/ABC TV president Ben Sherwood was on the rise at one point, but now he’ll be leaving the company once the 21st Century Fox acquisition is finalized. Other names bandied about have included Disney parks and resorts boss Bob Chapek, and Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-to-consumer/international chairman. In the meantime, Iger has continued to extend his contract at Disney, which he will now lead through December 2021. Has he finally found his proper successor? The next three years may serve as a bit of a tryout for Rice, who has something else in his favor: Rupert Murdoch, who will now be one of Disney’s biggest shareholders.

What will the ‘New Fox’ culture look like without Rice, Walden, and Landgraf?

Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman is negotiating to continue running a slimmed-down Fox network once most of the 21st Century Fox assets decamp for Disney — giving the broadcaster some continuity. But Newman and Walden have been a team since 1999, and have run the Fox network together since 2014, so this will also represent a tremendous adjustment for the folks left behind. Disney will continue to sublet space on the Fox lot in Century City, which means entities like FX will stay physically put for now — but suddenly, Fox network staffers who run into 20th Century Fox TV or FX colleagues on the way to the cafeteria will have to contend with the surreal reality that they now work for completely separate corporate entities. Helping cushion the change at Fox is that the network’s new strategy already appears to be working: With “Thursday Night Football” and more mainstream fare like “Last Man Standing,” the network is off to a strong fall.

Peter Rice, Dana Walden to Lead Disney-ABC’s TV Networks and Studio After Fox Deal Closes

Peter Rice and Dana Walden will lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio after the Fox acquisition closes, the Walt Disney Company said on Monday. Under them, John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell will serve as chairmen of FX and Nat Geo Partners.

Ben Sherwood, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, will remain in his role until the Fox deal is finished. We learned last month that he would be leaving.

The 21st Century Fox executives selected to move over to the high-level Disney roles are not unexpected — but they are very noteworthy and important promotions.

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Rice is currently president of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. Walden currently oversees Fox’s broadcast network and its studio with partner Gary Newman, who is expected to stay put. Knell is currently president and CEO of the National Geographic Society; Landgraf is CEO for the FX networks and its studio.

Soon, Walden, Landgraf and Knell will report to Rice — as will Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, will also report in to Rice, who himself reports directly to Bob Iger.

Here is the list of Walden’s direct reports:
– Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment
– Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios
– Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television
– Bert Salke, president, Fox 21 Television Studios
– Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform
– Wendy McMahon, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

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“The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” said Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Upon completion of the acquisition, this new structure positions these proven leaders to help drive maximum value from a greatly enhanced portfolio of incredible brands and businesses.”

“I want to personally thank Ben Sherwood for his years of service at ABC and Disney,” he added. “Ben has been a valued colleague, and I deeply appreciate his many contributions and insights, as well as his professionalism and cooperation in this transition.”

“I love making television and have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented executives and storytellers,” Rice said. “Disney is the world’s preeminent creative company, and I look forward to working for Bob, and with his exceptional leadership team, to build on that amazing legacy. I also want to thank Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch for the privilege of working on such a wide array of movies and television, both entertainment and sports. It has been a wonderful thirty years.”

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Peter Rice and Dana Walden will lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio after the Fox acquisition closes, the Walt Disney Company said on Monday. Under them, John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell will serve as chairmen of FX and Nat Geo Partners.

Ben Sherwood, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, will remain in his role until the Fox deal is finished. We learned last month that he would be leaving.

The 21st Century Fox executives selected to move over to the high-level Disney roles are not unexpected — but they are very noteworthy and important promotions.

Rice is currently president of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. Walden currently oversees Fox’s broadcast network and its studio with partner Gary Newman, who is expected to stay put. Knell is currently president and CEO of the National Geographic Society; Landgraf is CEO for the FX networks and its studio.

Soon, Walden, Landgraf and Knell will report to Rice — as will Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, will also report in to Rice, who himself reports directly to Bob Iger.

Here is the list of Walden’s direct reports:
– Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment
- Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios
- Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television
- Bert Salke, president, Fox 21 Television Studios
– Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform
- Wendy McMahon, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

“The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” said Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Upon completion of the acquisition, this new structure positions these proven leaders to help drive maximum value from a greatly enhanced portfolio of incredible brands and businesses.”

“I want to personally thank Ben Sherwood for his years of service at ABC and Disney,” he added. “Ben has been a valued colleague, and I deeply appreciate his many contributions and insights, as well as his professionalism and cooperation in this transition.”

“I love making television and have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented executives and storytellers,” Rice said. “Disney is the world’s preeminent creative company, and I look forward to working for Bob, and with his exceptional leadership team, to build on that amazing legacy. I also want to thank Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch for the privilege of working on such a wide array of movies and television, both entertainment and sports. It has been a wonderful thirty years.”

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Mickey Mouse to Get ‘Elegant’ 90th Birthday Primetime Party From ABC, Don Mischer

Mickey Mouse is getting a 90th birthday party from ABC, and you’re invited. But dress nice, because it’s going to be an “elegant” one, per the Disney broadcast network.

On Tuesday, ABC announced a two-hour primetime special celebrating nine decades of everyone’s favorite animated mouse, which will be filmed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The November affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films, the net said. Those will be announced in time.

Live TV event maestro Don Mischer is set to produce and direct the special.

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“I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” he said.

“It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon,” his Don Mischer Productions partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, added.

Since his big-screen debut in “Steamboat Willie” on Nov. 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved “Mickey Mouse Club” to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” will air Sunday, November 4 from 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Mickey Mouse is getting a 90th birthday party from ABC, and you’re invited. But dress nice, because it’s going to be an “elegant” one, per the Disney broadcast network.

On Tuesday, ABC announced a two-hour primetime special celebrating nine decades of everyone’s favorite animated mouse, which will be filmed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The November affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films, the net said. Those will be announced in time.

Live TV event maestro Don Mischer is set to produce and direct the special.

“I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” he said.

“It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon,” his Don Mischer Productions partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, added.

Since his big-screen debut in “Steamboat Willie” on Nov. 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved “Mickey Mouse Club” to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” will air Sunday, November 4 from 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Disney Has Already Made $2 Billion at Domestic Box Office This Year

2018 isn’t even halfway done, and Disney has already crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office thanks to its Marvel — and Pixar — superheroes.

The milestone was passed this week when “Incredibles 2” made $253 million domestically after just six days in theaters. That puts the sequel already 32 percent ahead of the pace set by “Finding Dory,” which holds the domestic animation box office record with $486 million.

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Meanwhile, Disney’s two Marvel Studios releases, “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” have both grossed over $650 million in North America. “Black Panther” is less than $400,000 short of becoming just the third film ever to gross $700 million domestically. “Infinity War,” which is now one of four film to earn $2 billion worldwide,” currently has $666 million domestic. Together, the two Marvel films and “Incredibles 2” have all joined the top ten domestic opening weekends of all-time.

Though “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has only grossed $197 million and is on pace to become the lowest-grossing “Star Wars” movie, Disney’s 2018 domestic receipts are still well on pace to pass the industry record $3 billion that it made in 2016. Currently, it has a whopping 35.8 percent annual market share, with Fox in a very distant second with 12.8 percent.

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Back in 2016, Disney had eight films that contributed over $200 million, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was released in December 2015. “Finding Dory” topped the domestic list for Disney that year, followed by “Rogue One” and “Captain America: Civil War.” “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book” also contributed over $300 million that year.

Currently, Disney is 25 percent ahead of their 2016 pace, having grossed just over $1.5 billion through the first six months of that year. The studio’s second half of 2018 will kick off with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on July 6, followed by “Christopher Robin” on August 3.

After that, Disney will take a three-month break from the release slate before returning with “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on November 3, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on Thanksgiving weekend, and “Mary Poppins Returns” on Christmas Day.

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2018 isn’t even halfway done, and Disney has already crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office thanks to its Marvel — and Pixar — superheroes.

The milestone was passed this week when “Incredibles 2” made $253 million domestically after just six days in theaters. That puts the sequel already 32 percent ahead of the pace set by “Finding Dory,” which holds the domestic animation box office record with $486 million.

Meanwhile, Disney’s two Marvel Studios releases, “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” have both grossed over $650 million in North America. “Black Panther” is less than $400,000 short of becoming just the third film ever to gross $700 million domestically. “Infinity War,” which is now one of four film to earn $2 billion worldwide,” currently has $666 million domestic. Together, the two Marvel films and “Incredibles 2” have all joined the top ten domestic opening weekends of all-time.

Though “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has only grossed $197 million and is on pace to become the lowest-grossing “Star Wars” movie, Disney’s 2018 domestic receipts are still well on pace to pass the industry record $3 billion that it made in 2016. Currently, it has a whopping 35.8 percent annual market share, with Fox in a very distant second with 12.8 percent.

Back in 2016, Disney had eight films that contributed over $200 million, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was released in December 2015. “Finding Dory” topped the domestic list for Disney that year, followed by “Rogue One” and “Captain America: Civil War.” “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book” also contributed over $300 million that year.

Currently, Disney is 25 percent ahead of their 2016 pace, having grossed just over $1.5 billion through the first six months of that year. The studio’s second half of 2018 will kick off with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on July 6, followed by “Christopher Robin” on August 3.

After that, Disney will take a three-month break from the release slate before returning with “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on November 3, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on Thanksgiving weekend, and “Mary Poppins Returns” on Christmas Day.

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Animation Execs Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Split John Lasseter’s Duties at Disney, Pixar

Directors and animation executives Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter have stepped in to split the duties previously held by John Lasseter at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, the studios announced on Tuesday.

Both veteran filmmakers will report to Alan Horn, chairman at Walt Disney Studios. Lee, a co-director on the juggernaut film “Frozen,” will have creative oversight over the whole of WDAS. Docter (director of “Inside Out”) will hold the same control over Pixar.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” Horn said in a statement.

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“Pete, the genius creative force behind ‘Up,’ ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Monsters, Inc.’ has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking ‘Frozen,’ has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective,” he continued.

“Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers, artists, and innovators that we look ahead to the future,” said Lee.

Docter added that the title was”not something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet.”

Noncreative leadership remains unchanged. Pixar President John Morris and Walt Disney Animation President Andrew Millstein will both continue to report to joint leader Ed Catmull atop both operations. He reports to Horn.

Synonymous with the both the quality and success of Pixar and the continued endurance of Disney animation, Lasseter went on self-imposed leave last year following reports of his misconduct in the w0rkplace. He was formally transitioned to a consultant role in early June, and will depart the company by the end of the year.

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Directors and animation executives Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter have stepped in to split the duties previously held by John Lasseter at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, the studios announced on Tuesday.

Both veteran filmmakers will report to Alan Horn, chairman at Walt Disney Studios. Lee, a co-director on the juggernaut film “Frozen,” will have creative oversight over the whole of WDAS. Docter (director of “Inside Out”) will hold the same control over Pixar.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” Horn said in a statement.

“Pete, the genius creative force behind ‘Up,’ ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Monsters, Inc.’ has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking ‘Frozen,’ has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective,” he continued.

“Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers, artists, and innovators that we look ahead to the future,” said Lee.

Docter added that the title was”not something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet.”

Noncreative leadership remains unchanged. Pixar President John Morris and Walt Disney Animation President Andrew Millstein will both continue to report to joint leader Ed Catmull atop both operations. He reports to Horn.

Synonymous with the both the quality and success of Pixar and the continued endurance of Disney animation, Lasseter went on self-imposed leave last year following reports of his misconduct in the w0rkplace. He was formally transitioned to a consultant role in early June, and will depart the company by the end of the year.

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Jim Meenaghan Named Co-Head of UTA Independent Film Group

United Talent Agency has named Jim Meenaghan the co-head of its independent film group.

The executive joins longtime group leader Rena Ronson in the department, a packaging and finance machine that reports to the agency’s David Kramer.

“The partnership of Jim and Rena will be a powerful combination for our clients working in the independent market,” Kramer said in a statement.

Meenaghan comes over from the motion picture business affairs group, which he’ll still oversee. In his new role, he’ll advise on content financing structures and distribution deals.

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He’ll also work with Asian markets and is tasked with expanding UTA’s footprint in independent animation (a big seller in international markets of late, like the Michael Jackson chimp stop-motion film “Bubbles,” which sold for $20 million at Cannes two years ago). The group is also a key player on the festival and awards circuit.

“I’m really happy to take on this new role and work closely with Rena and the fantastic team she has built to further expand the focus of the Independent Film Group,” Meenaghan said.

Meenaghan worked with Tang Media Partners on the formation of Global Road Studios, more recently with Australian production company Grace, and with animation studio 3QU Media. Prior to UTA, he served as head of motion picture business affairs for independent studios Walden Media and Icon Films. He started his career at Walt Disney.

During her tenure as head of UTA Independent Film Ronson has doubled the size of the department. Recent high-profile independently financed films, productions and co-productions from UTA include: “The Big Sick,” “I, Tonya,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Lady Bird,” “Hidden Figures,” “Call Me by Your Name,” and “Room.”

Last year, six films the UTA packaged earned 12 Academy Awards and three wins — including Bryan Fogel’s documentary “Icarus.”

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United Talent Agency has named Jim Meenaghan the co-head of its independent film group.

The executive joins longtime group leader Rena Ronson in the department, a packaging and finance machine that reports to the agency’s David Kramer.

“The partnership of Jim and Rena will be a powerful combination for our clients working in the independent market,” Kramer said in a statement.

Meenaghan comes over from the motion picture business affairs group, which he’ll still oversee. In his new role, he’ll advise on content financing structures and distribution deals.

He’ll also work with Asian markets and is tasked with expanding UTA’s footprint in independent animation (a big seller in international markets of late, like the Michael Jackson chimp stop-motion film “Bubbles,” which sold for $20 million at Cannes two years ago). The group is also a key player on the festival and awards circuit.

“I’m really happy to take on this new role and work closely with Rena and the fantastic team she has built to further expand the focus of the Independent Film Group,” Meenaghan said.

Meenaghan worked with Tang Media Partners on the formation of Global Road Studios, more recently with Australian production company Grace, and with animation studio 3QU Media. Prior to UTA, he served as head of motion picture business affairs for independent studios Walden Media and Icon Films. He started his career at Walt Disney.

During her tenure as head of UTA Independent Film Ronson has doubled the size of the department. Recent high-profile independently financed films, productions and co-productions from UTA include: “The Big Sick,” “I, Tonya,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Lady Bird,” “Hidden Figures,” “Call Me by Your Name,” and “Room.”

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Twitter and Disney Sign Deal to Air Live ESPN Shows

The Walt Disney Company has signed a partnership with Twitter to bring new live content to the social platform, the two companies announced on Monday.

ESPN programming is at the centerpiece of the deal, with the two companies announcing specific live shows at their NewFront presentations later this week.

“Bringing together the best brands in sports, news and entertainment is something only The Walt Disney Company can deliver,” said Justin Connolly, EVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “Through this new agreement, participants from across the company will have the opportunity to create experiences unique to Twitter that will extend their brands in meaningful ways. This includes compelling live content across our entire portfolio that can reach and appeal to all types of audiences at scale on their platform.”

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Twitter and Disney announced content from several other Mouse House companies — including ABC and Marvel — will launch at a later date. The deal will also bring more Disney advertisements to Twitter.

Twitter shares jumped more than 5 percent immediately following the announcement, running past $30 a share.

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The Walt Disney Company has signed a partnership with Twitter to bring new live content to the social platform, the two companies announced on Monday.

ESPN programming is at the centerpiece of the deal, with the two companies announcing specific live shows at their NewFront presentations later this week.

“Bringing together the best brands in sports, news and entertainment is something only The Walt Disney Company can deliver,” said Justin Connolly, EVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “Through this new agreement, participants from across the company will have the opportunity to create experiences unique to Twitter that will extend their brands in meaningful ways. This includes compelling live content across our entire portfolio that can reach and appeal to all types of audiences at scale on their platform.”

Twitter and Disney announced content from several other Mouse House companies — including ABC and Marvel — will launch at a later date. The deal will also bring more Disney advertisements to Twitter.

Twitter shares jumped more than 5 percent immediately following the announcement, running past $30 a share.

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