It been over three years since Disney announced they were buying Marvel for $4 billion but the superhero studio is finally moving in. Or at least closer. And Marvel’s move to Glendale from Manhattan Beach next year is all about getting closer to Disney, literally and figuratively. “Proximity can only help when it comes to collaboration,” said a studio insider today about Marvel’s planed relocation to be nearer the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Marvel has been housing its executive and film production offices at the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus, which is managed by Raleigh Studios, for nearly four years. Thor reshoots as well as parts of The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger was done at MBS Media Campus. However, with successive Marvel sequels shooting out of state due to more favorable tax incentives, the need for MBS Media Campus’ soundstages and other production facilities became unnecessary, Deadline has been told. “It wasn’t the only reason for the move, but it played a role. They just don’t need all that space,” said an insider. The move to Glendale of about 160 Marvel employees is scheduled to be completed by next April, says another source close to the situation. Marvel Animation Studios, a unit of Marvel Television, is already in Glendale.
On Saturday, The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $1 billion plateau at the domestic box office for the 6th consecutive year. The studio says it has reached this milestone 15 of the last 18 years. This year’s total was helped by Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, Cars 2, The Help, Gnomeo And Juliet, and The Lion King 3D.
Veteran casting director Randi Hiller has been named VP Casting at The Walt Disney Studios. She will report directly to production president Sean Bailey. Disney hasn’t had an in-house casting executive since EVP Marcia Ross left last spring. Hiller’s job is to advise on casting for Disney’s live-action films. She has been in the casting game for over 20 years and most recently was owner of Randi Hiller Casting. Her recent film-casting credits include Warrior, HBO’s Cinema Verite, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
BURBANK, Calif. – November 5, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios announced today it has realigned its domestic public relations department in order to streamline the Studios’ publicity and media outreach efforts.
Within the new framework, Joe Quenqua and Julie Fontaine will coordinate the domestic media strategy for all titles, managing campaigns with N.Y.- and L.A.-based broadcast, print and online publicists.
The two will report to Michelle Sewell, Senior Vice President of Global Publicity, who oversees domestic and international PR efforts for all studio titles, including Disney live action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney/Pixar, DisneyNature and DreamWorks Studios.
In his new role as Vice President of Publicity, Quenqua will oversee the New York office for The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Theatrical Group, managing the N.Y. public relations teams for these divisions. He has a long history with The Walt Disney Company, most recently serving as Vice President of Worldwide Publicity and Communications for Disney Theatrical Group under Thomas Schumacher.
In her West Coast-based role as Vice President of Domestic Publicity, Fontaine will be responsible for domestic publicity, film festival and awards campaigns. Fontaine, who joined Disney’s L.A. operations in 2009, brings formidable expertise in these arenas from her work on such campaigns as “The Queen” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” at Miramax.
Quenqua and Fontaine will partner with the current global project vice presidents, Ryan Stankevich (Disney Live Action) and Olivier Mouroux (Disney/Pixar Animation), responsible for the studio’s strategic global PR
BURBANK, Calif. – November 1, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios today announced changes to its distribution organization that will better reflect the global marketplace and consumer trends. With the changes, Janice Marinelli, Lori MacPherson and Jason Brenek will be assuming expanded roles.
“As we continue to respond to changing consumer behavior, we have re-aligned our distribution organization to be more integrated, global and holistic, taking into account the entire lifecycle of our films around the world,” said Bob Chapek, President of Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios. “I’m confident that Janice, Lori and Jason will lead their new groups in implementing innovative ways for us to reach our audiences in ways that are consistent with how consumers want to enjoy our content, both today, and into the future.”
In the new organization, Marinelli will lead a new North American In-Home Sales organization for Media Networks and Studio content, reporting to Chapek and Ben Pyne, President, Global Distribution, Disney Media Networks. The team will be responsible for distributing film and TV content (Disney, Pixar, Marvel, DreamWorks, ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channels properties), as well as first-run content of The Walt Disney Company across the video/retail, TV, and digital platforms. This includes negotiating licensed deals and output agreements with traditional and digital platforms.
MacPherson will lead Global Product Management for Walt Disney Studios Distribution. In her new role, Lori will be responsible for product management for physical and digital Disney, Pixar, Marvel, DreamWorks,
Burbank, Calif., September 7, 2010 — The Walt Disney Studios and Sony Electronics have joined forces in the United States to provide both consumer and retail education, promotion and marketing support for in-home 3D devices and content. The collaboration includes advertising and retail execution, as well as product bundling, including the Blu-ray 3D debut of one of 2010’s most successful films, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
Launching during the high-traffic holiday retail season, this innovative campaign, running nationwide in the U.S., incorporates 10 different Sony 3D BRAVIA HDTVs and includes one of the most successful 3D films in history, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
“We are excited to partner with Sony on 3D offerings and to offer consumers their first chance to experience one of 2010’s top 3D films and the amazing spectacle of Wonderland in their very own homes,” said Lori MacPherson, General Manager of Home Entertainment for The Walt Disney Studios. “We recognize Sony is a leader in HD hardware and we know movie lovers will enjoy the immersive content that is a part of Disney’s 3D titles.”
The marketing campaign features multiple consumer incentives as well as a comprehensive television, on-line, social media and print campaign. With the purchase of select Sony’s 3D BRAVIA HDTVs, consumers will have a choice between Alice in Wonderland or the family favorite Bolt on Blu-ray 3D.
In many markets outside of the U.S., Disney will also make available the Blu-ray 3D version of Alice in Wonderland and Bolt for select Sony 3D products. Details of the
UPDATE: Luke Y Thompson reports from Comic-Con 2010 today: Walt Disney Studios ended the TRON panel with a surprise: the logo of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride! The green drawing of a ghost was shown along with some of the spiel from the ride. The audience is asked who it thinks the perfect director would be. Crowd yells out “Tim Burton,” but goes crazy when Guillermo Del Toro comes out! He says he’s nervous because it’s a Disney panel, which limits his vocabulary. He says he has ridden the ride at least once a year since he was a kid, and notes he always felt there were more story possibilities than just a horror movie. That said, “the scary will be scary. We’re being true to the spirit of the original Imagineers… We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s call.” It will be shot in 3D, live-action, and the Hatbox Ghost is the pivotal character.
End panel, for real this time.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.
“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters –