Marcy Lefkovitz has been promoted to Vice President, Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering. The announcement was made today by Todd Donovan, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations and Engineering for the ABC Television Network, to whom she will report.
Ms. Lefkovitz, a 20-year-veteran of ABC News, was previously Director of News Production there, where she was responsible for new technologies, workflow development, and training. In this role, she helped ensure smooth transitions to the use of non-linear editing, shared storage and asset management, journalist field news gathering, digital archive, and control room automation. She was also deeply involved in the creation of the Miami facility used to launch ABC’s joint venture with Univision, Fusion.
“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” said Mr. Donovan. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”
Ms. Lefkovitz began her journalism career at ABC in 1987 as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential election.
After the election, she spent six years, from 1989-1994, as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI. During that time, she worked on several award-winning projects for A&E, including a 26-part series called “Heroes,” as well as “Biography: James Cagney.” Other projects include 10 one-hour shows, “A History of the 80s,” which was broadcast on The History Channel, a series for PBS on human rights issues, “Rights and Wrongs,” and a film for PBS shot in Czechoslovakia, “The Journey of Butterfly.”
Lefkovitz returned to ABC News in 1994 as an editor for “Turning Point” and “The Century.” In 1998 she joined the staff of World News Tonight, first as an editor from 1994-2002 and then as a producer. While at World News Tonight, she edited segments for award-winning shows, including Bob Brown’s “Millennium”coverage, Ronald Reagan’s funeral and the Gulf Wars. She was named director of news production in 2007.
Lefkovitz graduated from Brown University with honors in Semiotics and received her Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from NYU.
D23 Members are invited to free screenings of Big Hero 6 in Burbank, Orlando, and San Francisco one week before its debut on November 7.
Screenings are being held at the following locations:
- Burbank- AMC 16, 10 a.m.
- Orlando- Regal Winter Park Village 20, 10 a.m.
- San Francisco- Century San Francisco Center 9, 10 a.m.
Gold and Silver D23 Members can signup for tickets starting at 12pm PT on October 24 at D23.com
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its history. The hotel has launched a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project that will transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.
“As we celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary, it is appropriate that we mark the occasion with a renaissance of our room product,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “Our guests will continue to receive the level of service and hospitality that comes with a quarter century of experience while enjoying a modern new guest room.”
The transformation will occur without disruption to the guest experience as the majority of guest rooms will be available throughout the process. The hotel’s public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, pools and recreational areas will not be impacted and remain fully operational throughout the renovation.
Noted hotel and condominium interior design and architecture firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios, designers of the Conrad Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, the Waldorf Astoria’s Boca Beach Club and One Thousand Ocean condominium in Boca Raton, Fla., created the concept for the new rooms.
The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.
The guest room features upgraded furniture and all of the latest technology including large HD TVs. Additional power outlets provide corporate executives and family travelers more options for use of multiple personal electronics.
Blending an artistic combination of whites, blues and grays, the design creates a tasteful ambiance that appeals to adults while abstract artwork playfully delights children as well.
The centerpiece of the room is the famous Westin Heavenly Bed with its all-white custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, cozy down blanket, a trio of crisp sheets, goose down comforter and four over-stuffed pillows.
The design continues into a completely new bathroom, featuring a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.
The project started at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2015 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.
In the mid-1980s, it would have been hard to find a more colorful personality in college football then Brian “The Boz” Bosworth. The life of the former linebacker will be examined as the fall slate of 30 for 30 continues on October 28th with “Brian and The Boz,” directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.
In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both outsized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth’s alter ego – “The Boz” – was taking over. Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In “Brian and The Boz,” the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he’s learned to his son.
The remaining 30 for 30 films will air on ESPN as follows (all times ET):
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. – “Brian and The Boz”
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. – “Brothers in Exile”
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. – “Rand University”
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. – “The U Part 2”
This October marks the fifth anniversary of 30 for 30’s launch in 2009. Additional information including film clips and director statements and bios will be available on the 30 for 30 website espn.com/30for30; Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).
In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the series, ESPN Films will be releasing a limited edition 100-title “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, featuring the complete set of 30 for 30 films as well asNine for IX and some 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and 30 for 30 Shorts titles.
Coming in spring 2015, the world famous, thrill-packed Disney attraction – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – roars to life as an all-new Marvel and Disney Kingdoms comic book bursting with action, romance, mystery and adventure. The new series, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continues the unique collaboration between Marvel Comics, Disney Kingdoms, and Walt Disney Imagineering. This five-issue series, created by rising star writer Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, Avengers Arena), fan-favorite artist Tigh Walker (Avengers Undercover), invite readers all aboard an all-new adventure that reveals the never-before-told saga of how the gold mine in Big Thunder Mountain became the haunted legend it is today!
A mainstay of Disney Parks since 1979, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has entertained countless guests on this classic attraction in four Disney theme parks around the world. Now, Disney Kingdoms is proud to add ‘the wildest ride in the wilderness’ with an all-new tale of mystery and adventure set in the wild Frontier!
“Building on the momentum of the sold out Figment series, we are excited to embark upon what may be our wildest adventure yet,” says editor and Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “As one of the most famous Disney attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is packed with a combustible combo of drama, humor, and thrills that will explode across the page and deliver all the action and surprises that the Disney Kingdoms imprint has quickly become known for.”
Series writer Dennis Hopeless continues, “Everybody knows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a rumbling, tumbling runaway train car attraction through an exploding gold mine. But it’s always been more than that. It’s a trip back in time to a Gold Rush town where daring men and women risked their lives in the daily battle between man and mountain. And let’s be honest, it’s the perfect setting for an adventure comic.
Earthquakes! Floods! Dynamite-chewing goats! Can the denizens of Rainbow Ridge survive the clash between mankind’s greed and nature’s fury? And what is the protective power that dwells deep within the mysterious mountain? Surprises await you in the latest Disney Kingdoms saga coming in spring 2015.
The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party starts tomorrow at the Magic Kingdom. This evolution of the “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It” Street Party allows guests to pick the songs that come next. It also features an original song “Party Up.” Show times for Friday are 11:00am, 12:30 & 5:40pm.
Disney has released the teaser trailer and poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
This Halloween, rock out with New York’s premiere Disney cover band, The Little Mermen, at the wildest and most nostalgic costume party in town! Dressing as your favorite Disney character is obviously encouraged, but the only requirement is to be ready to “Let it Go!” This party will have you singing along all night, with themed drink specials, a Halloween movie screening, a costume contest pre-party, and a late night DJ. Influenced by styles from ’80s pop to dive bar thrash to jazz, The Little Mermen power up some of the most famous musical numbers ever written, including The Little Mermaid‘s “Kiss The Girl,” Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind,” and the Lion King’s “Circle of Life.” So throw back a shot or two and have a Halloween night worthy of a #FBF right back to your childhood. You ain’t never had friends like The Little Mermen.
From ABC News:
Toronto-based photographer and longtime “Star Wars” fanatic Thomas Dagg recently completed a project that was a long time in the making. By compositing everyday scenes with “Star Wars” toys from his youth, he has produced some remarkable images that bring us into the beloved movies. For more of the Dagg’s work visit his website.