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Jonathan S. Headley has been named Senior Vice President and Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

“During his 11-year tenure as Assistant Treasurer, Jon has shown himself to be a highly effective financial executive, and his proven expertise, leadership skills and strategic acumen make him the right choice for this role,” Ms. McCarthy said. Mr. Headley will report directly to Ms. McCarthy, who had previously served as Treasurer before becoming CFO earlier this summer.

In his new role, Mr. Headley will be responsible for the management and oversight of the company’s global treasury functions including corporate finance, liquidity management, capital markets and banking activities, financial risk management, enterprise project and structured finance, pension and investments, decision support, enterprise consumer payments and global cash management.

“I am honored to assume this new role and to lead the great team that Christine has managed so effectively over the years,” Mr. Headley said. “This is an exciting time of unprecedented growth at The Walt Disney Company and I am grateful to be able to leverage my experience into this new role and help shape the future of the organization.”

Mr. Headley most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Assistant Treasurer. In that role, he led and managed corporate finance, decision support, treasury control & compliance, real estate strategy and asset management. Mr. Headley joined the corporate finance team in 1996 as a Senior Analyst, and went on to assume roles of increasing responsibility within the department. He served as Treasurer of Hong Kong Disneyland during the park’s development, and in 2004 he was named Assistant Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Headley was an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. and a research associate at Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College in Massachusetts.

 

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With Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One now available on Blu-ray and DVD Today, Disney has shared a slide show of photos from the release. The home video release of Star Wars Rebels includes 15 episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series.

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SOFIA THE FIRST - "The Secret Library" - Sofia unlocks a secret world and becomes Storykeeper of magical bookish ÒSofia The First: The Secret Library,Ó the first episode of a four-part story arc, debuting Monday, October 12 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. (Disney Junior) PRINCESS MERIDA, PRINCESS SOFIA

Sofia’s Aunt Tilly returns to give her a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint Sofia storykeeper of magical books in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library,” the first episode of a four-part story arc, debuting MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (7:00 p.m., ET/PT). The episode features a special appearance by Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave.” Bonnie Hunt (“Cars”) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) reprise their roles as Aunt Tilly and Sofia’s flying horse, Minimus, respectively. Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) lends his voice as the Narrator throughout the four-part Secret Library storyline. Additional guest stars include Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”) as nefarious Prince Roderick, Ruth Connell (“Supernatural) as Merida and Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) as Minimus’ brother, Mazzimo.

Today, Tuesday, September 1, Disney Publishing Worldwide releases the illustrated storybook and e-book Sofia the First: The Secret Library, which introduces the tale of how Sofia becomes storykeeper of magical books without endings and now, must pursue adventures that will finish the narratives. An accompanying app featuring three exclusive stories and play experiences will be released on Thursday, October 8.

A full-length preview and game for “Sofia the First: The Secret Library” will debut on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app beginning Monday, October 5.

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DISNEY XD SPECIAL - "Becoming - Alex Morgan" - On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD will premiere "Becoming: Alex Morgan" treating audiences to the aspirational story of young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Morgan. (Disney XD/Rick Rowell)

Inspiring stories chronicling the journeys of world-class athletes Alex Morgan (United States women’s soccer team; Portland Thorns FC), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Tim Howard (United States men’s soccer team; Everton Football Club) will be featured in upcoming episodes of Disney XD and ESPN Films’ athlete profile documentary series “Becoming.” From the producers of ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy-Award winning “30 for 30” series and executive-produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment, “Becoming” gives young viewers an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of some of their favorite sports stars.

On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD will premiere “Becoming: Alex Morgan,” treating audiences to the aspirational story of young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Alex as a young girl and aspiring superstar, the episode spotlights her commitment to her sport, the obstacles she overcame and the career-defining moments as she rose to the top. From the day she first decided to start playing soccer to her team’s recent victory at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World, viewers will get an intimate look at her ascension to one of the best to play the game.

The “Becoming” pilot aired in October 2014 and told the story of LeBron James.

In addition to LeBron James, Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden and Connor Schell (ESPN Films) also serve as executive producers on the series. It is a production of ESPN Films and SpringHill Entertainment. Bill Simmons also served as producer on “Becoming: Alex Morgan.”

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They are beings of unspeakable power. Former Avengers and cosmic entities that have defended Earth from the far reaches of the cosmos. This December, they return from outer space to embark on the adventure of a lifetime – going to college! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1 – a brand new ongoing series from critically acclaimed writer Greg Weisman (Star Wars: Kanan) and rising star artist Domo Stanton (Deadpool)!

“Nightmask is the Herald (and conscience) for Earth’s Starbrand (i.e. it’s Planetary Defense Mechanism),” says series writer Greg Weisman in an interview with Marvel.com. “He’s been tutoring Starbrand in his powers, and they really are best friends. In fact, each is practically the other’s ONLY friend.”

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Imbued with cosmic powers, they’ve battled alongside some of the universe’s greatest champions. And repelled invasions from destructive alien forces. But nothing will prepare them for the likes of class registration, choosing a major and midterms. What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of a roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger?

“Kevin (Starbrand) is actually very reluctant to go back to college. (His last stint didn’t end well, to say the least.) But Adam (Nightmask) insists that they both attend college, because Kevin needs to reconnect with humanity. After all, if he’s going to protect the planet, Kevin needs to care about its inhabitants.”

This December, it takes more than superpowers to be a hero. Witness the rise of two galactic saviors as Weisman & Stanton bring you a titanic twosome in STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1!

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Today, EA announced that a Star Wars Battlefront Beta will be coming in early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. The Beta will feature the Walker Assault on Hoth which is a 40-player battle featuring both the Rebels and the Empire. Players will have the ability to play as both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also include the Survival Mission on Tatooine where the player and a Rebel friend must fight back wavers of Imperial forces. Another mode in the Beta will be Drop Zone, however details of this mission are yet to be revealed.

As part of the Star Wars Battlefront Beta, EA also revealed the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta at www.StarWarsBattlefront.com, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets users earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets Rebels and Imperials alike check game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and get notified when they’re playing Star Wars Battlefront – as well as gather intel on their stats and progression so you can see how you match up. The Star Wars Battlefront Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store and Google Play store prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront on November 17.

No information on how to sign up for the Beta has been revealed at this time, but more information is promised to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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DisneyWorld.com has revealed details of an upcoming breakfast test at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

From November 1, 2015 to January 23, 2016, your favorite 1950’s drive-in diner, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, will offer a never-before-seen dining that Earth scientists  are now calling “Breakfast.”

Do not be alarmed. This is only a test. During this period, participating humans will be able to travel back in time to experience the “glory days” of their favorite 1950’s drive-in theater diner—in the early hours of your solar day, also known as “Morning.” Visiting humans should be prepared to encounter an “out of this world” menu of “breakfast” items, including (to name just a few):

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

This limited-time experience is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings

Breakfast will be served from 8am to 1015am.

Reservations are available now from DisneyWorld.com and the Dine-Line at (407)WDW-DINE.

The price is $23.00 for adults and $12.99 for children aged 3-9.

 

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Marvel Studios will no longer report to Marvel head Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, but instead report to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. It is reported that Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, had grown weary of the notoriously frugal Perlmutter who brought Marvel out of bankruptcy and sold the organization to Disney while maintaining control of the group.

It is also reported that Feige has a good working relationship with Horn. In addition to Feige, Horn manages Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and both animation studios run by Ed Catmull and John Lasseter.

“Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn,” a Disney spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Perlmutter remains in charge of Marvel’s publishing, live-action, and animation divisions.

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For the first time, the highly-anticipated announcement of the final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be carried across several ABC properties on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Delivering the news from New York City will be Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler. “ABC has been the network home of the CMA Awards for the past 10 years and they are a wonderful partner and champion for the format,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our milestone network anniversary and the finalists for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ than to include several of ABC’s premiere news and entertainment outlets in the announcement this year.”

At sunrise, Ballerini and Tyler will be at “Good Morning America” for the announcement of the final nominees in five categories live from the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcements will air in the 8:30 a.m., ET half-hour segment of the top-rated morning news program on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

“When I was asked to announce the nominees for the ever-so-prestigious CMA Awards this year, I actually whispered, ‘They really want me?’ I’m just humbled by the open arms of the Country community and am honored to take part in this BIG moment,” said Tyler.

“I’ve grown up watching the CMA Awards and am such a fan of everything CMA does and represents,” said Ballerini. “To be able to announce the nominations for the Awards this year with THE Steven Tyler makes me beyond excited.”

In addition to announcing the finalists, Tyler will perform “Love is Your Name,” his debut single from his upcoming new album to be released early next year.

Following the announcements live on “Good Morning America,” Ballerini and Tyler will announce the remaining finalists at approximately 9:10 a.m., ET in several other categories on on Yahoo. The Yahoo-ABC News Network is the No. 1 Source for General News online.

The Country takeover doesn’t end there.

Following “Good Morning America,” Tyler will visit the set of nationally-syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael” to talk about his Country project and the nominees.

Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide; he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine No. 1 one hits, 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Tyler is currently working on his highly anticipated solo album with Big Machine Label Group, his first Country single ‘Love Is Your Name’ debuted on May 13, 2015 and garnered nearly 5 million video views in its first week.

While Tyler visits “Live with Kelly and Michael,” Ballerini will be behind the microphone for a special ABC News Radio satellite tour to talk about Awards nominees and her breakthrough year.

Later in the month, Ballerini will make her late night TV debut on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when she appears on the program Sept. 30.

Ballerini launched to stardom with the release of her No. 1, Gold-certified debut “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Abuzz with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Little Big Town, she is the first solo female artist in nine years to hit No. 1 with her debut Country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Racking up media acclaim, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been touted by Billboard magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know” from all genres, and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.

Her breakout hit “Love Me Like You Mean It” and catchy new single “Dibs” are featured on her debut album The First Time that landed Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, Ballerini wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on the project. She is currently on the road playing major festivals, headline club dates and select shows with Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Underwood, and Keith Urban and will join Dan + Shay’s “Just The Right Kind of Crazy Tour” this fall.

After the announcements and radio calls, Ballerini is slated to appear in the Third Annual Bryant Park Concert Series, “Nashville’s New Music in New York,” which is presented by the Grand Ole Opry, Southwest Airlines, and NASH-FM 94.7. She will perform a free acoustic concert at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park with the Opry’s signature microphone stand, a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House.

A group of music educators from CMA Foundation partner Education Through Music (ETM) will also have the chance to attend the special performance as Ballerini’s guests. ETM partners with inner-city schools to provide music as a core subject for all children and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence.

“Being a part of so many choirs and music groups through my school growing up really helped me discover my passion for music. Those teachers inspiring and encouraging me is the fingerprint of my career. I am so honored to share today with this special group of educators, CMA, and the Opry,” stated Ballerini.

Following the announcements on “Good Morning America” and ABCnews.com, CMA will release the full slate of 2015 CMA Awards nominees as well as the finalists for CMA’s Broadcast Station and Personality of the Year.

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Join D23 for a very special free event celebrating Aladdin. Diamonds in the rough from all around the country voted, and now D23 is granting three wishes! Guests in Sacramento, Seattle, and Phoenix are invited to join D23 in September—we will screen the film, preview bonus content from the upcoming Aladdin Diamond Edition, and present a special gift.

Guests will be the first to see “Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” on the big screen. This Diamond Edition bonus feature shows Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker talking candidly—and humorously—about their nearly 40-year friendship.

D23 Gold Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. D23 Gold Family Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and up to three (3) guests.

D23 Gold Members can  call (800) DISNEY-6 (347-6396) or (818) 845-3110 to make a reservation

Enjoy this magic carpet ride of non-stop comedy on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on September 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack October 13.

Locations and Dates:

Seattle
Saturday, September 19
AMC Pacific Place
600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
10:30 a.m.

Phoenix
Saturday, September 19
Tempe Marketplace
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
10:30 a.m.

Sacramento
Sunday, September 20 (note later date)
Regal Cinemas Natomas Marketplace 16
3561 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA 95834
10:30 a.m.