Walt Disney World Makes Proposal To Unions
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According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World has released their contract proposal to the largest unions. The starting pay would rise from $8.03 to $10.00 an hour by July 2016. The starting pay would jump to $9.00 this year. Current full time workers would haves raises of at least 50 cents an hour for those not at the top of the pay scale and 30 to topped out cast members.

In order to get these above market raises, the unions will have to agree to give-up pension plans for employees hired after January 1, 2016. New employees would be eligible for a 401k plan. Current cast members would get to keep their current pensions while also having access to the 401k plan.

Previously Disney negotiated a similar deal that gave post-retirement medical benefits to cast members hired before a certain date while excluding newer employees. Disney has been trying to reduce post-retirement benefits as those costs continue to rise. Disney dropped pensions for new hired salaried employees in 2012.

 

Man Pleads Guilty in Disney Insider Trading Case
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Toby Scammell will plead guilty to an insider trading case involving Disney’s acquisition of Marvel. He learned from his then-girlfriend who worked for Disney, that they would be acquiring a well-known company. She didn’t name the company Disney was going to acquire, but Scammell knew from his consulting company that they wanted to acquire Marvel. He bought call option in Marvel, netting $192,000 in profit.

Scammell settled the related civil case by paying $801,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission which will be credited to his fine in the criminal case. He also faces jail time.

Disney has not be accused of any wrong-doing in the case.

Sofia Carson Cast as Evil Queen’s Daughter in Descendants
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The Wrap has the latest casting news from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. Newcomer Sofia Carson has been cast as Evvie, the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Carson is currently attending UCLA, but has previously guest starred on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally.

The film will premiere on Disney Channel in 2015 and is being directed by Kenny Ortega from the High School Musical franchise.

Disney Channel’s Jessie Is Getting Engaged
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Jessie, from Disney Channel’s Jessie, is getting engaged. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, Jessie falls for and accepts her new boyfriend’s proposal. The boyfriend Brooks, played by Pierson Fode, is 25 while Jessie, played by Debby Ryan, is 22.

This will mark the first time a lead character in a Disney Channel Original Series gets engaged. Whether they get married could depend on if the show gets renewed for a fourth season.

According to the report, Debby Ryan is not getting married in real life:

Ryan, who will turn 21 on May 13, said she is far from tying the knot with her boyfriend of a year, Twenty One Pilots musician Josh Dun. Her focus is on her career, including directing her first episode of “Jessie” this season and finishing an album she plans to release in June.

Jessie airs Fridays on Disney Channel.

Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre May 29 – July 17
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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Maleficent” in Dolby® Atmos™May 29 – July 17, 2014. Internationally acclaimed magician Greg Wilson will present an all-new magic show before every screening of the movie through July 6. Plus, El Capitan guests will have the chance to see an exclusive collection of props from the movie, including Aurora’s bedroom, Maleficent’s gown and horns and the model of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland during the entire El Capitan engagement.

“The El Capitan will kick off our special engagement of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ in royal fashion,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “El Capitan Theatre guests will have the opportunity to see the movie in advance of its national opening with two special screenings on May 29 at 8 p.m. and Midnight. Both of these screenings will also feature raffle prizes and costume contests, adding to the excitement of this long anticipated film.”

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and special 10:35 p.m. show times opening weekend (May 30-June1) and Friday and Saturdaynights following. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Show times subject to change.

Guest Asked To “Cover Up” at Disney California Adventure
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ABC10 is reporting that Melissa Behnken is upset with the Disneyland Resort after being told that by a cast member that her outfit was too revealing. According to Behnken the cast member at the front of Disney California Adventure told her, “You need to pull your top up.”

Disneyland did not make a statement on the incident, but Behnken did say that the Resort called her to apologize for the cast member’s comments.

Behnken shared pictures of what she was wearing that day. Do you feel the outfit is appropriate?

Bears is Giving Away Disney Movie Rewards Bonus Points
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Disneynature’s Bears is offering 10 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points. Enter the code word “BEARS” to earn your bonus points. You will also unlock the Bears Educator’s Guide featuring nearly 100 pages of activities. Bears is released April 18. If you see the film during the opening week, Disney will make a donation to the National Parks Foundation on your behalf.

 

All View Co-Hosts Gather To Celebrate Disney Legend Barbara Walters
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For the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of ABC’s “The View,” present and past, will share the same stage, live, THURSDAY, MAY 15 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC to celebrate the show’s creator Barbara Walters. The following day, after more than five decades of entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Walters says goodbye to daily television, commemorating her final co-host appearance on “The View” that morning. Walters is the last remaining co-host of the original panel of five women she helped assemble. Behind-the-scenes she will continue to be an active part of “The View” in her role as executive producer along with executive producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years.

Journalist Meredith Vieira, lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and cable news host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters for this momentous, once in a lifetime television event.

“Barbara Walters’ status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment. “By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It’s a true testament to her legacy. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television,” Lee concluded.

When “The View” first hit the airwaves in August, 1997, it was unlike any other program on television. It featured an all female panel of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds sharing various points of view and discussing the hottest topics of the day. “The View” is undoubtedly a pop culture phenomenon and made household names of the show’s original cast, which featured a journalist/mom, a comedian/divorcee, an attorney and “the young one.”

  • Meredith Vieira (moderator, 1997–2006, Season 1–9)
  • Star Jones (1997-2006, Season 1–9)
  • Joy Behar (1997–2013, Season 1–16)
  • Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998, Season 1-2)
  • Lisa Ling (1999–2002, Season 2–6)
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003–2013, Season 7–16)
  • Rosie O’Donnell (moderator, 2006–2007, Season 10)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (moderator, 2007, Season 11–Present)
  • Sherri Shepherd (2007, Season 11–Present)
  • Jenny McCarthy (2013, Season 17–Present)

Last May, Walters announced live on “The View” that the show’s 17th season would be her last. Since then, “The View” has been celebrating Walters’ career by highlighting her most famous interviews with the ongoing series, “The Year of Barbara.” “The View” will commemorate Walters’ final week (May 12-16) with ABC: A Barbara Celebration featuring surprise guests, dedicated segments, and retrospectives of Walters’ incredible life, both on screen and off.


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