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Jun 16, 2012

Ryan Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions – sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and others are considering bids to buy Dick Clark Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media, Core Media Group and Colony Capital are among the potential bidders who have requested information from Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run a possible sale.

Jun 16, 2012

Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions-sources

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan
Seacrest and others are considering bids to buy Dick Clark
Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and
Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media, Core Media Group and Colony Capital are
among the potential bidders who have requested information from
Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run
a possible sale.

Jun 15, 2012

Exclusive: Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is considering a bid to buy Dick Clark Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media is among the potential bidders who have requested information from Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run a possible sale.

Jun 15, 2012

Disney steps up efforts to bring “Avengers” to parks

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s design team has increased its efforts to bring the Marvel superhero team “The Avengers” to the company’s theme parks after the film’s smashing success, the head of Disney’s parks unit said on Thursday.

Speaking as Disney unveiled the final attractions of a $1 billion investment to boost its laggard Disney California Adventure park, Tom Staggs said he intends to bring “The Avengers” characters to the Anaheim resort and other parks outside the United States.

Jun 10, 2012

“Madagascar 3″ cruises to N.America box office win

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – The third animated
“Madagascar” film stampeded past sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” to
top U.S. and Canadian box office charts with nearly $60.4
million in ticket sales over the weekend.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” also performed well in
its debut in 28 international markets, bringing global ticket
sales to $135.8 million in its opening weekend, according to
distributor Paramount Pictures.

Jun 8, 2012

Disney bets $1 billion on Pixar-driven park revamp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, a dud since it opened in 2001, will unveil the fruits of a five-year, $1 billion renovation next week — and there’s a lot more riding on the effort than ticket sales.

Disney is counting on the overhauled park to entice visitors at adjacent Disneyland to stay another day or two, preferably in a Disney hotel. It is also a riposte to rival Universal Studios, which just launched a heavily promoted thrill ride based on the movie “Transformers.”

Jun 5, 2012

Exclusive: Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co, owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs, radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the sources said.

Jun 5, 2012

Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites-sources

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research),
owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable
channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs,
radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources
with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle
Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the
sources said.

May 29, 2012

Sony’s big summer bet starts strong with “MIB 3″ debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ reprisal of their roles as world-saving secret agents in “Men in Black 3″ collected $70 million at the North American box office in its initial weekend, putting Sony Pictures in a strong position leading into a summer of expensive bets for the studio.

Sony made a hefty wager on three big-budget films it will release over the next 10 weeks, risking as much as $1 billion to make and market “MIB 3″ and reboots of “Spider-Man” and “Total Recall” in the U.S. and foreign markets.

May 28, 2012

“Men in Black” sequel powers past “Avengers”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Will Smith’s return as Agent J to the popular “Men in Black” comedy franchise zapped invading aliens and toppled the steam rolling super hero film “The Avengers” from atop movie box office charts, grabbing $203.2 million in worldwide ticket sales.

“MIB 3,” starring Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in roles they last played a decade ago, opened with $70 million in the United States and Canada from Friday through the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, according to estimates compiled by Reuters.