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October 21, 2004
Viacom, Disney Settle With FCC Over Kids' Ads
Children's cable TV channels owned by Viacom Inc. and Disney Corp. have agreed to settle allegations they violated federal advertising restrictions for children's programing, U.S. regulators said on Thursday. Viacom's Nickelodeon Channel will pay $1 million and the Disney's ABC Family Channel will turn over $500,000 to resolve 'potential violations' found during Federal Communications Commission audits conducted in the last quarter of 2003. "
Hippos beware: The Jungle Cruise skippers are packing heat again. And a caution to humans: Disneyland engineers are devising a safe way to return the stomach-churning spins to the teacups in the Mad Tea Party ride. Many fans are cheering what appears to be a turnaround on political correctness, after watching the 'Happiest Place on Earth' in recent years not just disarm the skippers and de-spin the teacups, but also strip mock frontier rifles from Tom Sawyer Island and stop marauding pirates from chasing frightened maidens in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Walt Disney Company has decided not to extend its current agreement with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob, according to a published report Wednesday night.Talks continue between Disney and the Weinsteins, but both sides have told each other that the deal will be terminated after 2005, the industry trade magazine Variety reported, citing Disney sources.
Disney Is Tailoring New Park to Fit Hong Kong Sensitivities
The Walt Disney Company is taking a series of steps to address local cultural sensitivities as it prepares to open Hong Kong Disneyland a little more than a year from now, the company's president said here Tuesday night.The new theme park, long controversial here because of the local government's lavish investment in it, will include local food and music and provide services not only in English but in two Chinese languages, said Robert A. Iger, Disney's president and chief operating officer. He described these steps as part of the company's broad effort to recognize national differences.
Disneyland Offers First-Ever Opportunity for Some Lucky Soul to Become Honorary Resident of Famous 'Haunted Mansion'
Disney fans who have been "dying" to become a genuine part of Disneyland history are being offered a "once-in-an-after-lifetime" opportunity to become an honorary ghostly resident of the park's classic "Haunted Mansion" attraction. The lucky bidder of an online charity auction on eBay, The World's Online Marketplace will receive their own personalized "tombstone" in the finale graveyard scene of the beloved attraction, marking the public's first-ever chance to be an enduring part of a Disneyland attraction.
The cartoon characters of Disney have kept children amused for generations. Less funny, they may find, is a dispute between the film empire and London's Great Ormond Street Hospital over money which might otherwise be used to treat sick children. The hospital is to consult lawyers next week to investigate whether a children's adventure book published by Disney in America infringes the hospital's long-held ownership of the copyright of J M Barrie's Peter Pan.
Andrae Rivas and Rebecca Phelps Selected As 2005 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors
Hundreds of cheering Guests and Cast Members gathered with Disneyland Resort President Matt Ouimet and Mickey and Minnie Mouse on Main Street, U.S.A. today to congratulate Andrae Rivas and Rebecca Phelps as they were announced as the 2005 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors. This year's announcement took on special meaning as the team of two Ambassadors will represent the Disneyland Resort and its 20,000 Cast Members during the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Park. Their tenure begins Jan. 1, 2005.