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  • Blog Post: Huffington Post -- "Remember Roy E. Disney" shines a spotlight on Walt's nephew, who saved The Walt Disney Company not once but twice

    So it was Walt who dreamed up the Disney Company. And it was his older brother Roy O. who repeatedly found the funds necessary to turn Walt's dreams into reality. And it was Michael Eisner who took Disney when it was dead last in Hollywood (Out of the eight studios in town that were making movies...
  • Blog Post: Why For was the Euro Disney project built in France rather than in Spain?

    Earlier today, Chris sent me a note which read: Hi Jim I am loving the daily why for entries. I heard that when planning a european park the original plan was to construct somewhere is Spain. if this is true why for did Disney feel the need to build it in France? As a Britt, I can say that the amount...
  • Blog Post: “Waking Sleeping Beauty” pays tribute to Roy E. Disney’s creative legacy

    Nancy and I got the news yesterday afternoon as we were driving down to NYC. We’d stopped to gas up the car in Tolland, CT when Angela called on the cell to say that Roy E. Disney had died . This was obviously sad news. But -- to be honest -- not exactly unexpected. Ever since word leaked back in June...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Meet Alan Bergman, Disney’s leader of the brand

    All of you “ Pirates of the Caribbean ” fans who have been feeling seasick ever since Johnny Depp said that his interest in appearing in a fourth installment of this film series had waned can now breath a bit easier. According to what Bob Iger said last Thursday during The Walt Disney Company’s fourth...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Waiting for the "Dawn"

    Do you recall that shindig that Walt Disney Studios held at the Kodak Theatre back in September. Where the 26 movies that the Mouse House now has in the works -- among them highly anticipated sequels like " Pirates of the Caribbean 4 ," " Toy Story 3 ," " National Treasure 3 " and " Tron 2 " -- were...
  • Blog Post: Monday MouseWatch : Will the third time be the charm with Disney's Muppet revival project ?

    It was three years ago this week that -- after more than a decade of doggedly pursuing Miss Piggy & pals -- the Walt Disney Company finally completed its acquisition of the Muppets. And on the heels of the completion of this deal came news of Mickey's very ambitious plan to revive this much beloved...
  • Blog Post: Roy E. Disney returns to Philadelphia to accept PFF's Inspiration Award

    Tomorrow night, Roy Disney will be honored by the Philadelphia Film Festival , receiving that event's prestigious Inspiration Award . As part of this event, Mr. Disney will join noted film historian Leonard Maltin on stage at the Prince Music Theater . Where Leonard will then interview Roy, asking this...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: How's about we all cut Roy & Patty a little slack?

    By now, I'm sure that you've heard that Roy E. Disney has filed for divorce . Which -- given that Walt's nephew & his wife, Patty, had been married for more than 51 years -- immediately started tongues wagging around Tinseltown. Given how Hollywood loves a juicy piece of gossip, I'm guessing that...
  • Blog Post: The story that "Save Disney" tried to hide

    Actions speak louder than words. That's why I think that "Save Disney" 's decision to delay the announcement that it would NOT be putting forward an alternate slate of candidates for positions on Disney's board of directors at the 2005 annual meeting until AFTER Wall Street had closed for business last...
  • Blog Post: Eisner emerges as "Save Disney" submerges

    There was a surprise guest at Donald Duck's walk of fame ceremony last month in Hollywood: Disney CEO Michael Eisner. In honor of his 70th birthday, Johnny Grant -- the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood -- and Michael Eisner -- CEO of the Walt Disney Company -- presented Donald Duck with his very own star...
  • Blog Post: Has SaveDisney.com really lost its way?

    Earlier today, I got this note from BarksFan#1: Boy, Jim. They must really hate you over at SaveDisney.com these days. Did you see their latest poll? Which is your favorite SaveDisney website link? MousePlanet.com MiceAge.com SongoftheSouth.net AnimationNation.com The Walt Disney Family Museum CartoonBrew...
  • Blog Post: Who's gonna save SaveDisney.com?

    Okay. You know the drill. The banner at the top of this page shows that I still solidly support Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's efforts to oust Michael Eisner. But -- that said -- I am growing very concerned that "SaveDisney.com" may soon need some saving of its own. Why for? Well, let's start with the...
  • Blog Post: Meanwhile, Back at the Mouse House ...

    Last Thursday, JimHillMedia.com ran an article which basically said that the folks over at "Save Disney" had bobbled many of the opportunities that were available to them during the month of March. That -- as a result of all these missed opportunities -- that Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's effort to unseat...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to "Save Disney," March came in like a lion, but went out like a lamb

    I know, I know. It's April Fool's Day. So you're all probably expecting JimHillMedia.com to run some sort of prank story this morning, right? You know, an article that initially sounds serious but eventually turns out to be this elaborate spoof. Well, I've never really been a big fan of pranks. So how...
  • Blog Post: Is Big Mickey Watching You?

    Gee. Maybe it is 1984 all over again. In an effort to try and get ahead of the rumors that are reportedly running rampant at the Mouse House, senior Disney management has supposedly ordered a news black-out. Meaning that: The company's daily news summaries (which typically list events and trends that...
  • Blog Post: Enough with the "micro-managing" argument already!!!

    I think that it's high time that we stopped hammering on Michael Eisner for being a micro-manager. After all, there have long been stories about how Walt Disney used to prowl through his studio on weekends. How he'd slip into unlocked offices to preview still-in-production sequences and/or check out...
  • Blog Post: Could an early Eisner exit put Pixar back in the picture?

    It's the rumor that just won't go away. That -- even though Pixar Animation Studio officially broke off contract extension talks with the Walt Disney Company back on January 29th -- that this Emeryville, CA. based corporation remains eager to get back in bed with the Mouse. Certainly there have been...
  • Blog Post: ACCESS DENIED or "Was it something I said?"

    Cost of gas and tolls to drive down to Philadelphia: $40.00 Cost of room (per room) at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel: $68.00 Being told -- at the very last moment -- that you were being denied press access to Disney's annual shareholder meeting: Priceless. (From a publicity point of view, anyway ...) Oh...
  • Blog Post: They may call it the "City of Brotherly Love," but it looks like a brawl is about to break out ...

    My apologies, folks. But this is going to have to be short, folks. I've spent the past 12 hours or so trying to cover the whole "Save Disney" story. And -- to be honest -- I'm kind of beat right now. But here's what I can tell you: Disney and Gold really put on one hell of a show down here in Philly...
  • Blog Post: Significant Trivia OR What the hell does that mean?

    Greetings from Philadelphia! Chuck Oberleitner, Jeff Lange, Nancy and I are here in "The City of Brotherly Love" to cover the next two days worth of carnage. To bring you a blow-by-blow of what happens when Roy and Stanley meet up with Disneyana fans, as well as what happens when Michael Eisner finally...
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