Disney Channel’s ‘Evermoor’ To Shoot In UK As Part Of Rising Location Destination Trend

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 9:38am PDT

disneychannelIn a sign of the ongoing pull of the UK as a filming location, Disney Channel‘s new multi-part movie Evermoor is gearing up to shoot in Britain. Disney Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has co-commissioned the longform live-action mystery/adventure/comedy with Disney U.S. It will air on Disney Channel in 160 global territories from the fall. Liverpool-based The Only Way Is Essex producer Lime Pictures, which is owned by All3Media, will make Evermoor for Disney. The story follows Tara Bailey, an American teen who is uprooted from her city home in the U.S. and brought to a beautiful but isolated village on the edge of some very creepy moors in middle England. As her famous novelist mom and step-dad are busy unpacking at Evermoor Manor, Tara, her brother, and her British step-siblings try to adjust to life in their new home. It’s not long before danger, mystery and intrigue unfurl.

arley hallEvermoor breaks new ground for Disney, becoming its first live-action movie produced in the UK for broadcast on Disney Channel in the U.S. But it’s no surprise such a Disney project would land in Britain. Already, the movie studio consistently films big features at Pinewood — including the next Star Wars installment later this year. And Marvel titles are regularly shot at Shepperton. But overall, new and expanded TV and film tax credits have made Hollywood sit up — and in some cases line up — to access the market which has a skilled crew base and great facilities. Read More »

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CAA Signs Disney Channel ‘Shake It Up’ Star Zendaya

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 8:48am PST
Mike Fleming

ZENDAYA_SHOT_06_141_v02EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed actress, recording artist and author Zendaya, whose single “Replay” recently went platinum. She was star of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up and next toplines the Disney Channel original telepic Zapped. She just wrapped … Read More »

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UPDATE: Disney Channel Movie ‘Cloud 9′ Draws 5M Total Viewers; Lifetime’s ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Attracts 6.1M

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 3:15pm PST

UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Disney Channel‘s latest original movie Cloud 9 premiered Friday Cloud9and pulled in 5 million total viewers, ranking as the night’s No. 1 cable telecast in total viewers. It drew 2.6 million in the kids 2-11 demo and 2.1 million kids 6-11, making it second-highest TV telecast season-to-date. It also was the No. 2 cable telecast among tweens (1.8 million/7.3 rating), behind the network’s Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas back in November. Cloud 9, which stars Dove Cameron and Luke Benwar, led into the debuts of new comedy series I Didn’t Do It which landed 3.9 million total viewers, and a sample of new game show Win, Lose Or Draw which followed with 2.8 million viewers.

Also on the original movie front, Lifetime said today it is moving the premiere date of The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood. and Keke Palmer. The adaptation of Horton Foote’s play was to bow February 22 but was shifted to Saturday, March 8 at 8 PM, where the network thought it would do better competitively.

FlowersInTheAtticPREVIOUS, 12:30 PM: Lifetime’s broadcast Saturday of its TV movie Flowers In The Attic was seen by 6.1 million total viewers, the network’s best original movie performance since the premiere of Steel Magnolias drew 6.5 million viewers in October 2012. Read More »

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Disney Channel Greenlights Original Movie Featuring Offspring Of Classic Disney Characters, Kenny Ortega To Direct

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 12:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Disney Channel Descendants Original MovieEXCLUSIVE: Meet the offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar. Disney Channel has ordered to production Descendants, its first live-action original movie tapping into Disney’s vault of classic fairytale characters. Directed by High School Musical helmer and choreographer Kenny Ortega in his return to Disney Channel, the contemporary adventure-comedy revolves around the progeny of some of Disney’s most evil villains, introducing a modern generation of teenagers kenny ortegawho question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Casting is underway, overseen by High School Musical casting directors Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, with production slated to begin in the spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves,” said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. “The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

CruellaWritten by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (The Starter Wife, Runaway Bride), Descendants is set in a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s Beauty And The Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden EvilQueenisland with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma: Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom? Read More »

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Latest ‘Sofia The First’ Special Nets Regal Numbers

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST

Sofia-2__111212213529-275x420Here’s proof that time-shifted viewing and a target demo whose schedules are horribly unpredictable (at least in a certain Deadline editor’s house) equals victory: Disney said today that its Disney Channel special Sofia The First: The Floating PalaceRead More »

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Disney Channel Greenlights Comedy Pilot Starring ‘Shake It Up’s Zendaya

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 2:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Zendaya Super Awesome Katy DisneyAs Disney Channel‘s Shake It Up is heading to its series finale this Sunday, series co-lead Zendaya is eying a return to the network’s comedy series lineup with a new show, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Miley Cyrus’ Twerktastic VMA Performance Tops Weekly Ratings

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT

UPDATED, 1:15 PM: Memo to anyone who has suggested heads will roll at MTV over Miley Cyrus’ exuberant twerking of teddy bear and Robin Thicke at Sunday’s VMAs: The VMAs clobbered all competition for the week, with a 5.2 rating in the key 18-49 demo. The closest thing to actual competition faced by Cyrus and her Phallic Foam Finger — who continued to be a hot topic among morning infotainment hosts two days later — was the Robertson clan on A&E’s Duck Dynasty. DD clocked a  4.5 rating. (NBC’s Sunday Night Football, though tops among broadcasters, trailed far behind with a 2.7 rating.) Among all viewers, CBS’ Under The Dome reigned, despite the Time Warner Cable blackout in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, with 10.639 million viewers. That said, Dome didn’t beat Duck Dynasty by that many folks (10.07 million).

While Dome, Duck Dynasty and the VMAs all made the 10-Mil-And-Change Club last week, at the other end of the spectrum, Thursday’s edition of Al Jazeera America’s Real Money With Ali Velshi only scared up about 54,000 viewers — and that was the best showing for any of the news network’s debuting programs. In Al Jazeera America’s defense, it’s currently available in just 40-million-ish homes.
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Disney’s ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Mob Swells To Nearly 14 Mil

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT

Remember last month when Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie attracted five times as many viewers as Syfy’s Sharknado! but, sadly, Damon Lindelof did not live-tweet the TBM premiere … Read More »

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Disney Channel Orders Second Season Of ‘Gravity Falls’

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 2:59pm PDT

It’s not a big surprise that Disney Channel is going for a second round of Gravity Falls. It’s TV’s No. 1 animated series across Kids 2-11 (2 million viewers/5.1), Kids 6-11 (1.6 million/6.7) and Tweens 9-14 … Read More »

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Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’ To End

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel’s original series Shake It Up is wrapping its run after 78 episodes, with the final round of shows set to roll out this summer and in the fall. But one of the series’ stars, Zendaya, is sticking around, inking a deal to star a Disney Channel original movie. The move to end Shake It Up while it’s still going strong (it is the No. 1 TV series year-to-date in kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 demos) is not atypical of the network, which tends to cap its original series after a set time. In June, Disney Channel said it was ending Good Luck Charlie after four seasons, 100 episodes and a hit TV movie. The Shake It Up shake-up comes as the network is prepping the debuts of new series including I Didn’t Do It and Girl Meets World; Shake It Up executive producer Rob Lotterstein is moving over to co-exec produce the former. Another new series, Liv & Maddie, logged 5.8 million viewers in a preview airing last week following the strong premiere of Teen Beach Movie. Read More »

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‘Shake It Up’ Star Bella Thorne Caught In Indie ‘Home Invasion’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 4:49pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Bella Thorne’s latest role certainly is a departure from her frothy Disney Channel sitcom. The Shake It Up star has scored a lead role in Home Invasion, rookie feature director Sean Carter’s thriller about a family imprisoned by intruders who play a life-and-death game in which the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds. Thorne will play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret. Voltage Pictures is financing the project, written by first-time scribe and co-producer Joseph Dembner, and producing with Silver Pictures’ low-budget label Zinc Entertainment. Silver Pictures’ Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce with Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores. Joel Silver, Steve Richards and Michael Fiore will exec produce. Voltage’s Dominic Rustan handled the deal for the company. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Phineas And Ferb’ Gets ‘Star Wars’-ed In Latest Disney Synergy Play

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT

Last month Disney said its Marvel characters will cross over to Disney Channel’s most popular animated series for an episode set to air next month in which the titular stepbrothers team with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor … Read More »

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Marvel Superheroes Hang With ‘Phineas And Ferb’ In Disney Channel Crossover

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

The lucrative brand integration of Disney and Marvel is hardly exclusive to the big screen. The latter’s superheroes are already familiar faces in such TV shows as … Read More »

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Comedy ‘I Didn’t Do It’ Gets Series Order At Disney Channel

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Disney Channel has picked up to series comedy pilot I Didn’t Do It starring Olivia Holt (Disney XD’s Kickin’ It, Disney Channel’s Girl Vs. Monster) and newcomer Austin North (Kickin’ It). Created by Tod … Read More »

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Disney Channel’s ‘Good Luck Charlie’ To End Its Run

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Good Luck Charlie Cancelled Disney ChannelEXCLUSIVE: After four seasons, 100 episodes and a hit TV movie, Disney Channel has decided to end its sitcom Good Luck Charlie. Production on the series will wrap soon, with new episodes slated to roll out through early 2014. The series, executive produced by creators Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen and Dan Staley, also will remain on Disney Channel’s daily schedules around the world. “On behalf of everyone at Disney Channel, it’s been our great pleasure to work with the extraordinary producers Phil Baker, Drew Vaupen and Dan Staley and the writers and crew of Good Luck Charlie,” a rep for the kids channel said. “We could not have dreamt of a better cast than Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico and Eric Allan Kramer (and even little Logan Moreau as Baby Toby!) and the many guest stars who make the series so special.” The series, which centers on the everyday adventures of the busy Duncan clan — working full-time parents Bob and Amy; their three teen kids PJ, Teddy and Gabe; and fast-growing toddler Charlie — helped launch the recording career of Mendler and collected more than 25 million online votes in its “name the baby poll.” Read More »

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Disney Apologizes For Gluten-Intolerance Jokes On ‘Jessie’, Yanks Episode

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT

Jessie Gluten IntoleranceDisney Channel is not backlash intolerant. After catching flak over an episode of its sophomore comedy Jessie that made fun of a young character’s gluten intolerance in two scenes, the cable outlet has offered … Read More »

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Disney Channel Announces New Version Of ‘Win, Lose Or Draw’ Game Show

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 11:56am PDT

Disney Channel is bringing back a contemporary, family version of the classic game show Win Lose or Draw. Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars) will host the show set to begin production in July. It will premiere later this year … Read More »

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Disney Channel’s ‘Austin & Ally’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 4:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Disney Channel's Austin & AllyDisney Channel has ordered a third season of Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy. Production resumes in Los Angeles in July, with Season 3 … Read More »

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Disney Channel’s Head Of Original Movies Michael Healy To Depart

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michael HealyEXCLUSIVE: Michael Healy, Disney Channel‘s SVP Original Movies, is leaving the company after nearly 16 years and more than 90 Disney Channel movies to pursue other opportunities. Healy, whose last day is April 26, led the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise to a streak of 11 consecutive year-end finishes as cable TV’s #1 original movie telecast among tweens 9-14, boasting the #1 scripted cable TV telecast in total viewers for six of the past seven years. He shepherded megahits High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2 whose premiere became the most watched basic-cable telecast with 18.6 million viewers. The HSM franchise also crossed over into features and into virtually every facet of the Disney company to become a billion-dollar worldwide franchise. Other hit Disney Channel original movies developed by Healy include Princess Protection Program, The Cheetah Girls (1-3), Camp Rock, Jump In! and Wizards Of Waverly Place The Movie. “Michael’s contributions to Disney Channel have been enormous and we will definitely miss his wit, his wisdom and his remarkable story-telling ability,” said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, who worked with Healy for his entire tenure at the channel. “We wish him continued success with his next ventures.” In light of Healy’s departure, Disney Channel’s Original Movie department will be restructured. Healy has Disney Channel’s original movie pipeline well stocked up: His ambitious break-into-song musical Teen Beach Movie, from writer Robert Horn, director Jeffrey Hornaday and choreographer Chris Scott, will premiere in July. It will be followed up by snowboarding adventure Cloud 9, executive produced by HSM‘s Ashley Tisdale and snowboarding superstar Shaun White. Read More »

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