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Disney Jr Orders Seven Dwarfs Toon Series

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 10:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Disney Jr Seven DwarfsWith the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the zeitgeist with the breakout ABC series Once Upon A Time and two Snow White movies this year, Disney Junior is revisiting the classic story with The 7D, a new animated series that has been put into production for a 2014 premiere. Described as a comedic take on the world of Seven Dwarfs in a contemporary storybook world, 7D takes place in Jollywood where Queen Delightful relies on the 7D — Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc — to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D’s mine. While the names of the dwarfs are the same as in the 1937 Disney animated classic, their look is very different. The characters were designed by Fish Hooks creator Noah Z. Jones; Tom Ruegger (Animaniacs) exec produces.
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Josh Duhamel Gets Animated With Role On Disney Jr’s ‘Jake & The Never Land Pirates’

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 2:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: This is news that parents with little ones would appreciate: Transformers co-star Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of Disney Jr’s flagship series, cartoon Jake and the Never Land Pirates. He will voice the recurring role of Captain Flynn, a dashing young pirate who is well-known for his legendary adventures on the Never Sea. Flynn and his boat, The Barracuda, are plucked from the sea in a giant windstorm and shipwrecked in the Never Land Desert, where Jake and his crew find him. Jake and the Never Land Pirates, which is is cable’s No. 1 series among boys 2-5 and is on track to be Disney Channel’s No. 1 preschool series ever, will return for a second season in early 2012. Its voice cast includes David Arquette.

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‘Carrie’ & ‘Disney Moms’ Among Rejected Ideas For SOAPNet: An Insider’s Perspective On Net’s Evolution & ABC Soaps’ Demise

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 12:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Less than a week after the cancellations of ABC’s daytime dramas All My Children and One Life To Live emotions are still raw, with the frustration of soap fans and people who worked on the two shows often focused on ABC Daytime president Brian Frons and his business strategy lieutenant Kate Nelson. The demise of the sudsers is part of a larger strategy by Disney to get out of the soap business that also claimed cable channel SOAPNet, set to be rebranded as Disney Jr. early next year. But before the Disney Channel team’s concept was chosen by Disney/ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney, there were several other ideas for the channel that came out of the ABC Daytime division. Here is an insider’s perspective on the events that led to the cancellation of AMC and OLTL, as well as on some of the consequences, by a person who has worked at the company:

I have worked at ABC Daytime for several years and have experienced a lot of the ups and downs especially since Brian Frons and Kate Nelson took over. With the announcement of the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Life, I feel that they completely failed all of the people that worked for them.

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Disney & TWC Reach Carriage Agreement

Nellie Andreeva

The deal came hours after the companies’ previous carriage agreement expired at midnight and days after the two sides announced they had made “significant progress.” The new pact includes carriage of Disney’s new Disney Jr. cable channel, which will replace SoapNet, and of Internet-based network ESPN3.com. Additionally, I hear the deal calls for retransmission consent fees for the 4 ABC O&O stations on TWC systems and fee increases for the existing Disney cable networks covered by the agreement. The new pact also includes expanded VOD services for TWC subscribers but they are not exclusive to the cable company. Here is the joint Disney/TWC release:

September 2, 2010 — BURBANK and NEW YORK— Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN and Time Warner Cable today entered into a long-term, wide-ranging agreement that will provide Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable customers the programming of ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and SOAPnet, as well as WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, WTVG in Toledo, and associated HD cable networks. Subscribers will also have unprecedented digital access to online content and expanded Video On Demand services.

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Disney, TWC In Overtime On Carriage Deal

Nellie Andreeva

Disney’s 4 O&O ABC stations and cable networks remained on the Time Warner Cable systems past midnight when the companies’ previous carriage agreement expired as the two sides continue to hammer out a new deal. Disney and TWC have been racing to wrap negotiations after reporting “significant progress” over the weekend. Among the issues at hand are retransmission consent fees for the 4 ABC stations sought by Disney, increases in carriage fees for the company’s cable networks ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC Family, a deal for new channel Disney Jr., which will replace SoapNet, as well as fees for Web-based ESPN3.com.

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