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The Walt Disney Company and UTH Russia to launch Free-To-Air Disney Channel in Russia




and BURBANK, Calif., October 27, 2011
– The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:
DIS) and UTH Russia, one of the country's fastest growing media
companies,  announced today that the two companies will launch an
ad-supported free-to-air Disney Channel in Russia early next year. The
broadly-distributed channel will appeal to families throughout Russia by
featuring Disney's popular signature programming, as well as original
Russian content.

the terms of the agreement, Disney, through one of its subsidiaries,
will acquire a 49% stake in the Seven TV network from UTH Russia.  The
new Disney Channel will replace the current branding and programming of
Seven TV.  At launch it will reach approximately 40 million households, which represents more than 75% of the measured audience in Russia.  Disney
Channel will air on broadcast stations in 54 large urban markets,
including Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as hundreds of rural and
remote cities and towns nationwide through other distribution

expansion is a key strategic priority for our company and Disney
Channel has proven to be invaluable in building the Disney brand around
the world," said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney
Company.  "We are excited about increasing Disney Channel's presence in
Russia and delivering exceptional family entertainment to this important
growth market."

Channel became one of the most popular and beloved cable channels in
Russia," said Marina Jigalova-Ozkan, managing director for The Walt
Disney Company in Russia. "We are very happy that together with such a
reliable and respectful partner as UTH Disney will bring high-quality
family entertainment to every family in Russia."

Tavrin, CEO, UTH Russia, said: "We believe that our partnership with
The Walt Disney Company, the global entertainment leader, will establish
a popular and highly successful free-to-air business. The superb
infrastructure and technical foundation of UTH in combination with
Disney's unique brand and global expertise will deliver excellent
results for the Disney Channel in Russia.  Seven TV's transformation
from sports to general entertainment in 2010 helped us to significantly
improve its ratings and financial results, now it is time for a new page
in the network's history.  I am confident about the success of the
Disney Channel and our long term partnership with The Walt Disney

on the transaction, Alisher Usmanov, a UTH shareholder and major
Internet and media investor in Russia, said, "We expect the family
channel combining the best Disney programming with original Russian TV
shows will be of great interest to the audience. We are excited that our
partner, one of the world's largest media companies, believes in the
Russian market and our company."

Disney Channels Worldwide is comprised of 100 channels in 35 languages reaching 325 million unduplicated households globally.

The deal closing is subject to the satisfaction of contractual conditions, including certain regulatory filings.


About The Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a
leading diversified international family entertainment and media
enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and
resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media.
Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of more than $38
billion in its most recent fiscal year.


About UTH Russia

Russia is one of the fastest growing media companies in Russia today. 
Its main assets are the MUZ and Seven TV national channels. UTH
broadcasts in more than 800 towns and localities in Russia and reaches
the majority of the measured television audience of the Russian
Federation.  UTH was established following the merger of Media One
Holdings Limited's and Art Finance & Media Limited's television
assets in August 2009.




Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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