Today in 1995 Michael Eisner announced the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC. With the purchase, the TV station that made Disneyland possible joined the Disney family. So did ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, and a long list of local stations and other media interests. The deal also came with Bob Iger. Iger would eventually replace Eisner as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
“Exporting American entertainment is one of the things we do very well,” Eisner said. “The key is to create it first.”
Financially, it’s been great for Disney, but it was also the first step down a path that has lead to the addition of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. All properties that became stronger and more profitable after their acquisition by Disney (although the jury is still out on Star Wars).
How do you feel about how different the Walt Disney Company is today from when Walt was alive? What would Walt think?
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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney. Each year two great football teams from southern, mostly black, colleges are invited to kick off the season in a special Football game here in Orlando. To help whet the local appetite, Disney brought in one of the stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for a red carpet interview and a special screening of the movie along with community members involved in the classic Orlando football game.
We sent our special “Disney Kid’s View” correspondent to the red carpet to meet Djimon Hounsou who plays Korath the Pursuer in the film. Hounsou was twice nominated for an academy award, and, as you can see in the interview, is very very nice.
Thanks to Indigo for doing the host duties. We’ll probably be seeing the film at least once more, if just to see the special end-credits tag that won’t be shown until the paying customers see the film.
Technically, that’s tonight for limited IMAX 3D engagements. IMAX 3D is pretty amazing, so do that if you can. If not, at least go see it this weekend and let us know what you think.
Previously: Whit shares his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy.
During Marvel’s animation panel at SDCC’14, creative director Eric Radomski was discussing the inclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy characters in upcoming episodes of all of Marvel’s animated series, when it was revealed the Guardians would soon be getting their own animated series.
This was followed by a 1-minute teaser of the show, featuring a scene with Rocket and Starlord.
No date was released for the series start, but it will air on the Disney XD channel, with other Marvel series like “Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” and “Avengers Assemble.”
You can watch the full Marvel animation panel online here:
YouTube star Forrest Whaley is a big Marvel and LEGO fan. He’s remade one of the TV Spots for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy completely out of LEGO, which is pretty impressive if you ask me
What do you think?
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” releases in theaters beginning August 1, 2014.
Brought my own Guardian to the MEAC/SWAC Challenge red carpet event for Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy at Downtown Disney AMC. Got to meet Djimon Hounsou who plays Korath the Pursuer in the film, we’ll have an interview with him up tomorrow.