MARVELKIDS.COM Launches Avengers Destination

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Marvel continues to expand marvelkids.com with its latest destination dedicated to the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes – The Avengers!  The Avengers destination is designed to captivate the next generation of Marvel fans with digital products and destinations that younger “digital natives” will love, featuring games and immersive activities assembling Marvel’s greatest Super Hero team.

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At avengers.marvelkids.com younger Marvel fans can take on the role of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and more in a variety of interactive games including:

  • Black Widow - The Black Widow undertakes a difficult mission for Nick Fury

Marvelkids.com’s Avengers destination has all of these games and several more!

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Also included at marvelkids.com is a power pack of activities with Avengers downloadable coloring pages, mazes and word searches. Hours of entertainment to challenge the mind of any young Avenger!

In addition to the exciting games that marvelkids.com offers, fans will also be able to watch several “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”video clips from the hit animated TV series, airing Sunday mornings inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Fans will also be able to explore the Avengers’ universe through in-depth online hero and villain bios that will keep any fan up-to-date with characters from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and the Marvel Universe.

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“Marvelkids.com launched in September as a new online experience exclusively for kids that allows them to engage with the Marvel heroes they love and even play the role of hero themselves through a variety of fun and exciting games,” said Kristin Vincent, VP of Digital Products. “We started with Spider-Man and have now expanded to include the Earth’s mightiest Super Heroes – the Avengers!marvelkids.com will keep rolling out new games, videos and other content so kids can have fun online while in a kid-safe digital environment.”

Be sure to check out marvelkids.com here along with the Avengers and Spider-Man destinations:

http://www.marvelkids.com/

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http://spiderman.marvelkids.com/

Kermit Sings “It Feels Like Christmas” at Disneyland

Kermit the Frog gives a very special holiday greeting at Disneyland with a live performance of “It Feels Like Christmas” from The Muppet Christmas Carol.

All Apple TV Users Can Now View ABC Episodes A Week After They Air

All Apple TV viewers can now access full episodes a week after they air. Like WATCH ABC for mobile devices and desktop, viewers can now watch such shows as ScandalHow to Get Away With Murder,Modern Familyblack-ishOnce Upon A Time and Castle, among others, a week after they air.  Sign in is required for ABC’s live network feed and its most current episodes.  The Apple TV WATCH ABC app has also been updated with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video and a continuous play mode!

College Football Awards Leaving Walt Disney World

 Beginning in 2015, each year’s college football stars will be honored at the home of the game’s greatest legends as The Home Depot College Football Awards will move to the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta as part of a new multi-year agreement between ESPN and the Hall of Fame. Airing live on ESPN on December 10, 2015, The Home Depot College Football Awardswill feature the presentation of nine of the most prestigious accolades in college football and pay tribute to the remarkable successes of each year’s standout student-athletes both on and off the field. The 45-yard-long indoor football field at the new 94,000-square-foot attraction doubles as a fully-functioning event facility and will serve as the show’s new home.

“Disney gave us a wonderful home for The Home Depot College Football Awards for more than two decades. Now, the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame will provide us the opportunity to enhance both our coverage and the experience for attendees and fans. The show and this new venue are not only a natural fit, but a great way to mark 25 years of ESPN televising the awards,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, programming and acquisitions.

The Home Depot College Football Awards celebrates exceptional student-athletes, and there’s no more fitting venue for this prestigious ceremony than at our spectacular new facility, which celebrates college football every day,” said John Stephenson, president & CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame was designed, built and wired for premier broadcast events like this, and we will honor this decision to move the show by providing exceptional hospitality and a celebratory experience to the players, their families, coaches and fans.”

“The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta provides an amazing platform for the entire college football community to celebrate the game,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “ESPN has been a great supporter of all of the initiatives of the National Football Foundation, and we are extremely pleased that they recognize the unique and powerful role that the new Hall of Fame can play in raising the profile for The Home Depot College Football Awards.”

Each year The Home Depot College Football Awards presents nine National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) player awards, including such prestigious awards as the Bednarik, Biletnikoff and Maxwell Awards and the Outland Trophy. Also presented are The NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, The Disney Spirit Award, and the Walter Camp All-America Team.

“The move to Atlanta and the College Football Hall of Fame will offer an exciting new perspective on The Home Depot College Football Awards,” said Mark Wolpert, NCFAA president. “The Hall of Fame was designed to provide visitors with an interactive experience which allows guests to explore the rich history of college football in a way never before possible, and the new facility will allow a whole new approach to the production of the show. All of the NCFAA members are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta next December.”

New Roles for Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts at ABC News

ABC News President sent the following note to his team today regarding new roles for Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts:

Team,

I want to share big news for two of our key players, Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts.

Earlier this year Dan came to talk to me about taking on a new role at ABC News and returning to his true passion – running the websites and company he founded, Abrams Media.

Dan has decided to step back from his full-time role as Nightline anchor after tonight, but I’m very happy to report that he will bring us his brilliant insights as chief legal analyst for ABC News for years to come.  From Trayvon Martin and Bill Cosby to Ferguson and Staten Island, we count on him to provide legal context and scrutiny to important stories that capture national attention.

As co-anchor of Nightline Dan has showcased some of our best storytelling and been a crucial part of the Nightline team that has taken us to #1 in late night.  On a personal level, I wish Dan great success expanding Abrams Media beyond the impressive milestones they have already achieved.  I’m thrilled that Dan has committed to continue to appear on all our programs and platforms for many more years.

I’m delighted to announce that Byron Pitts will join Nightline as co-anchor.  Byron is a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time, as his work from Soweto to Ferguson makes clear.

Last week for our “Race. Justice. In America” series, Byron delivered compelling reports told with incredible compassion and his singularly distinctive voice. He reported on the distrust between the public and the police in his hometown of Baltimore, and he delved deeply into how fathers and sons talk about race.

Our chief national correspondent since 2013, Byron has been committed to finding stories and voices rarely heard on the national stage.  He profiled an American lawyer – inspired by Nelson Mandela – helping hundreds of South African orphans go to school; got a closer look at New Orleans’ comeback as the Hollywood of the South; and memorably talked to the self-described pope of Satanism preaching in the heart of the Bible Belt.

I couldn’t be happier we’ll now see even more of his outstanding work on Nightline and all our platforms.

Byron joins the Nightline team in its strongest position yet in its new time period; in November they won the third consecutive sweep in Total Viewers.  Turning in their best results ever at 12:30 A.M., they showed us once again that great storytelling leads to great results.  With Roxanna, Dan Harris, Juju and Byron leading the way, I know there are even more great days ahead.

Please join me in congratulating Dan and Byron on their new roles.

James

Tusker House to Feature Character Dinner

The Tusker House restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be extending its character dining program through dinner. This means that the restaurant will be character dinning all-day. The African-inspired buffet will feature Donald Duck, Daisy, and Goofy. The character dinner will begin March 8, 2015.

Breakfast is 8 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m. The cost is $29.99, $16.99 ages 3 to 9 for breakfast, $34.99 and $17.99 for lunch and $41.99 and $19.99 for dinner. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or visit disneyworld.com/dine.

Disney Releases Poster for “Strange Magic”

Disney has released the poster for the upcoming film Strange Magic.

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Writer G. Willow Wilson

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the exclusive agreement with the groundbreaking Ms. Marvel and X-Men writer, G. Willow Wilson.

Reflecting on the pantheon of talent who has shaped her childhood growing up reading comics, Willow says, “I’m thrilled to be working more closely with Marvel. I’ve been reading the works of Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis and Rick Remender since I was a nineteen-year-old college kid, so to be part of that collective creative effort is really very special to me. I’m excited to move forward and see what the future brings.”

After finding critical acclaim with her previous works Cairo and the Eisner Award nominated series Air, Wilson dove into the Marvel Universe, and the international spotlight, with the debut of Marvel’s first solo series featuring a teenaged Pakistani-American Muslim,Ms. Marvel, helmed by Editor Sana Amanat who recounts what a creative thrill it has been to work with Wilson, “Working on Ms. Marvel with Willow has been one of the highpoints of my career, so of course I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her onboard.  I know she will further enrich the spirit of Marvel storytelling with her captivatingly unique and gifted voice. ”

And even as G. Willow Wilson pursues new creative endeavors with the House of Ideas, she promises to keep the adventures of Marvel’s latest breakout Super Hero continuing.

“In the next couple of months, there are going to be big things happening for Ms. Marvel–tougher choices, bigger obstacles, more tension as her personal life and her role as Jersey City’s own Super Hero come into conflict,” says Wilson. “And not to go spreading rumors, but a certain team up that fans have been begging for may be in the works!”

Coming to the end of her first year with Marvel, Wilson has already set records with Ms. Marvel and moves on to her next assignment on a big Marvel Comics property: the all-female team of mutants in X-Men! Excited for the inclusion of G. Willow Wilson’s exceptional interpersonal scripting, series editor Daniel Ketchum says, “Not only is Willow an adept storyteller and collaborator, but she also brings to the table so much enthusiasm for the characters. Her arc of X-Men is set up as a mystery, one that will take the team to corners of the Marvel Universe outside of the X-Men’s usual purview, as well as into their own past.”

Wilson continues to expand on her upcoming run, which starts in January 2015 with X-Men #23, by saying, “Writing the X-Men has been a unique challenge–it’s the team book that got me into comics as a kid, and they have so much history. I wanted to get them out of their element–quite literally–and tell a story that was unexpected and fresh. How do you challenge some of the most powerful mutants on the planet? Put them up against the planet itself. That was the genesis of my upcoming arc on X-Men, ‘The Burning World.’”

Once again, Marvel is excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson’s award winning and exceptionally crafted writing style exclusively to Ms. Marvel, X-Men, the Marvel Universe and all Marvel Properties.

When news breaks of Wilson’s latest projects, you can be sure to find it at Marvel.com. Please also visit G. Willow Wilson’s own website, gwillowwilson.com, and follow her on Twitter @gwillowwilson.

Hulu Announces New Agreement with Disney/ABC

From Hulu’s Rodrigo Mazon Director, Content Acquisitions:

As 2014 starts to come to a close, we are not slowing down at Hulu. We are continuing to add even more premium titles to the service that we know our viewers love to watch.

Today, we are excited to announce a new licensing agreement with the Disney-ABC Television Group that will give Hulu the exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to all episodes of Resurrection and Mistresses, as well as prior episodes of Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

ABC Studios produces some of the most compelling stories on television today, and its sophomore drama series,Resurrection, is a perfect example. With compelling mysteries woven into each episode, Resurrection is an addictive show and we are proud to be able to offer all episodes of the series exclusively to our Hulu subscribers.

Episodes of the critically acclaimed series Devious Maids are also now available to stream on Hulu with your Plus subscription. Subscribers can watch the entire first season, and all episodes from the second season will become available to stream next year ahead of its season three premiere on Lifetime in Summer 2015. In the category of soapy dramas—which our viewers love—this Eva Longoria-produced series hits the mark.

Hulu is also now your exclusive streaming destination to watch and catch up with all episodes of Mistressesahead of its season three premiere on ABC. The thrilling drama series was just picked up for its third season, which will premiere in Summer 2015 on ABC. All episodes from season one are available to stream now and season two will become available for Hulu subscribers to stream ahead of the season three premiere. New episodes will be available to stream on Hulu the day after they air on ABC.

We are also thrilled to announce that we’re adding over 750 library episodes from ABC Studios and ABC Family to Hulu, providing full seasons of a variety of popular series. Titles now available to stream include Melissa & JoeyAlias, Army Wives, Body of Proof, Twisted and Make It or Break It– and, for our younger viewers, we are adding Marvel animated series such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

This new licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group brings even more great shows to Hulu’s growing library of content and we are proud to add an array of exclusive & hit titles to the platform for our subscribers to enjoy this holiday season.