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Ken Pellman

I was a Disneyland Cast Member for 15 years. Currently a freelance writer.

Sumner Redstone Profile

If you frequent this blog, you’ve probably read up on Walter Elias Disney, Michael Eisner, and Bob Iger and know some interesting stories about those men and their personalities. has a long and interesting piece by Lloyd Grove on Sumner Redstone, the octogenarian who… Read More »Sumner Redstone Profile

How Much Did That Film Really Cost?

An blog entry discusses why you can almost never trust most reports of film budgets. Investors, at least, should be getting accurate info.  But “studio math” is notorious, as some people involved may get paid more based on how much money a film makes… Read More »How Much Did That Film Really Cost?

What Happened in Vegas

People are streaming into Las Vegas to welcome in the New Year.  Steve Wynn, who is often compared to Walt Disney, has just opened up Encore, his follow-up to his eponymous crescent-shaped tower.  With the way the economy is going, a third offering might be aptly named Triage.  Actually, I hope the Wynn properties do well.

I just finished reading a book published by Disney’s Hyperion arm, Winner Takes All:
Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Vegas
.  It was written by Christina Binkley, who has covered Las Vegas for the Wall Street Journal.  The book was published earlier this year, so it is still timely in describing how The Strip, which is definitely a competitor to the Orlando area, got to be where it is today.

More after the jump.

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Cuts Coming?

There’s not a whole lot to this story in the Los Angeles Times that The Walt Disney Company is facing cuts.  But it is enough to scare those working for the mouse.  Staff writers Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James report. Bracing for a worsening… Read More »Cuts Coming?

2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors Announced

That’s right – the tradition continued with an announcement of two Disneyland Resort Ambassadors today. 

Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt

Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt

Click through if you care to see a bunch of pictures and read a little about today’s ceremony and the Ambassadors.Read More »2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors Announced

Jay Leno to ABC?

The Los Angeles Times looked into a situation where speculation has been percolating here and there in the media lately: What will Jay Leno do after he is replaced by NBC on The Tonight Show next year and he later becomes free to work for… Read More »Jay Leno to ABC?