Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator Unveils 2020 Directors

Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator, a new filmmaking program dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices, has welcomed Ann Marie Pace, Aqsa Altaf, Hao Zheng, Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, Moxie Peng and Stefanie Abel Horowitz as its six directors for the program’s inaugural year, developing projects centered on the theme “Discover.” “We are so excited to work with these six wonderful and…

Disney Legend Regis Philbin Passes Away at 88

Disney Legend Regis Philbin passed away from natural causes on Friday, July 24, his family shared. The Emmy® Award-winning morning show host, who was also beloved for hosting ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, was just one month shy of his 89th birthday. “Regis was a very special part of our Disney family for over a…

New Trailer and Poster Debut for ‘Black is King’

Parkwood Entertainment and Disney+ have released a new trailer and poster for Black Is King, a film by 24-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, which will premiere globally on July 31, 2020, streaming on Disney+. The new film based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, will premiere two weeks after the one-year anniversary…

Disney+ Honored by American Council of the Blind for Achievement in Audio Description

Disney+ has received the 2020 Achievement Award in Audio Description from the American Council of the Blind (ACB), a United States-based organization that strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. The streaming service was honored for its commitment to adding audio description tracks…

Disney+ Debuts First Trailer for ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Today Disney+ shared the new trailer, key art and first look images from the upcoming film Disney’s The One and Only Ivan. Based on the award-winning book by Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan tells the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who learns that life isn’t defined by place and circumstance but by the power of friendship and the courage to make…

‘Hamilton’ Trailer Arrives

Last night, as part of the 2020 ESPYs airing on ESPN and ESPN2, Disney+ debuted the trailer for Hamilton, the filmed version of the original Broadway production, ahead of its global premiere on the streaming service on July 3, 2020. An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton combines…

New Trailer Debuts for ‘The King’s Man’

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man. A new trailer for the film debuted yesterday. The King’s Man is directed…

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Proposes Plans for the Disneyland Resort to Begin a Phased Reopening July 9, with Proposed Reopening of the Theme Parks July 17

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plans to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17….

The Walt Disney Company Pledges $5 Million To Support Nonprofit Organizations That Advance Social Justice

The Walt Disney Company has pledged $5 million to support nonprofit organizations that advance social justice, beginning with a $2 million donation to the NAACP to further their longstanding work promoting social justice by eliminating disparities and racial discrimination through their advocacy and education programs. “The killing of George Floyd has forced our nation to…

Walt Disney World Resort Unveils Plans for Phased Reopening of Florida Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores

Following the recent reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, today Disney submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida describing its approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11. Pending Orange County and…

The Walt Disney Company Receives 102 Daytime Emmy Nominations Across its Platforms

The Walt Disney Company’s networks and brands combined to earn a total of 102 nominations for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital received 23 nods, the most received by any program this year, and overall the network has 38 nominations in all. The View was the most-nominated talk show this year with eight…

Josh D’Amaro Named Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and Rebecca Campbell Named Chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, today announced that Josh D’Amaro has been named Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and Rebecca Campbell has been named Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International. Both will report to Chapek. “Our company is very fortunate to have a deep bench of talent and we’re extremely pleased…

‘Hamilton’ Film Coming Exclusively to Disney+ Beginning July 3

Today, The Walt Disney Company, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail announced that Disney+ will fast track the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical will now arrive on the streaming service on July 3, 2020. The…

Shanghai Disneyland Reopens Its Gates

Shanghai Disney Resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, reopened its gates today, welcoming guests of all ages back and inviting them to savor the beauty and warmth of spring and immerse themselves once again in the magic of Disney. Before the park gates were officially reopened, with spring decorations on full display, Shanghai Disneyland hosted a…

Pixar SparkShort “Loop” Promotes Autism Acceptance, Celebrates Difference and Helps Inspire Change

Throughout April, celebrations across the globe promote autism acceptance and ensure that autistic people are seen, heard and celebrated for their unique experiences of the world. Inclusion is also at the heart of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program, an experimental storytelling initiative that welcomes new creative voices at the studio to share their stories. Erica…

The Walt Disney Company Honors Our Planet and Inspires Action Through Earth Day Content from Across its Portfolio of Brands

Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which has become the world’s largest civic event and inspires more than a billion people each year to protect and honor our planet in a variety of ways. Earth Day 2020 comes at a time of great uncertainty for people across the globe, and while…

ABC to Air an Unforgettable Night of Music, The Disney Family Singalong, Thursday, April 16

Today, ABC announced it will air The Disney Family Singalong, a magical one-hour television special celebrating family, music and the love of all things Disney. Ryan Seacrest will host the nationwide singalong event airing Thursday, April 16 (8–9 p.m. EDT), which will feature celebrities with their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes…

Disney+ Paid Subscriber Count Surpasses 50 Million Milestone

Launched five months ago, the service is now available in more than a dozen countries around the world. Continuing to delight consumers around the world, Disney+ has now achieved another new milestone, with 50 million paid subscribers globally within five months after its U.S. launch. “We’re truly humbled that Disney+ is resonating with millions around…

The Walt Disney Studios Announces Updated Release Schedule

Following the announcement in March that several titles would be delayed due to the global health crisis, The Walt Disney Studios today announced updates to its upcoming release schedule. Disney’s Mulan is now slated to open on July 24, 2020, with Disney’s Jungle Cruise moving to July 30, 2021; while Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will arrive in theaters…