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Disney Sets Date for XD Rebrand


January 07, 2009


Disney will launch Disney XD, a boy-focused, girl inclusive entertainment brand for kids age 6-14, with a 24-hour, ad-supported basic cable network as its centerpiece, on Friday, February 13 (12 midnight, ET/PT).


The Disney XD brand premieres with Disney's hit comedy series PHINEAS AND FERB, the #1 animated series among Tweens 9-14 for 2008, and is highlighted by the debut of AARON STONE (7 p.m., ET/PT), an original action-adventure series about a champion video game player who, in a popular game called HERO RISING, uses a crime-fighting avatar named Aaron Stone -- at least until the game's billionaire creator asks him to become the real-life Aaron Stone.


Currently Toon Disney, Disney XD content will have themes of adventure, accomplishment, gaming, music and sports (developed with ESPN).


Also debuting in February is the immersive online and mobile game experience, Disney XD.com, a new entertainment choice with numerous games, exclusive video, fan pages, community elements and a unique personalization feature through which users can create a 3D avatar (complete with "personalities" and "emotions") that represents them across the site.


The rollout of the Disney XD basic channel will include a Disney Channel simulcast of AARON STONE. The series will also be available online at DisneyXD.com, and its first episode will be available via Video-on-Demand (through Verizon Fios and Comcast, among others) and Mobile platforms. Previews of the first episode will be available via Xbox 360 and the iTunes Store.


In addition to AARON STONE, a production of Shaftesbury Services II, Inc., the launch schedule includes the new animated series, KID VS. KAT, from Studio B Productions in Vancouver, and JIMMY TWO SHOES, from Breakthrough Animation and Teletoon in Toronto, and two short-form series, ROBODZ, a 3D, CG animated and live-action comedy produced by Disney and Toei Animation in Japan, and BRUNO THE GREAT, an animated series produced by Studio Bozzetto & Co SRL in Italy.


In addition to new episodes of PHINEAS AND FERB, 2008's top animated series among Tweens 9-14, the Disney XD programming schedule will feature new episodes of the animated comedy YIN YANG YO!. Both series are productions of Walt Disney Television Animation.


Upcoming new series are the live action skateboarding adventure comedy, ZEKE & LUTHER, from Turtle Rock Productions, Inc., and KID KNIEVEL, a 2D animated comedy from Walt Disney Television Animation. Premiere dates for these series will be announced shortly.


Joining the Disney XD schedule in spring 2009 will be THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, based on Marvel Ent.'s popular superhero and produced by Culver Ent., a Sony Pictures Television Company. It will be joining BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SPIDER-MAN and IRON MAN on the schedule.


Disney will roll out its new brand on multiple platforms as follows (all times ET/PT):


-- Thursday, January 29 -- Preview episode of AARON STONE available through the iTunes Store (free of charge)

-- Thursday, February 5 -- Preview episode of JIMMY TWO SHOES and KID VS. KAT available through the iTunes Store (free of charge)

-- Friday, February 6 -- Preview episode of AARON STONE available on Xbox 360 (free of charge)

-- Friday, February 13 -- Disney XD debuts on television (12 midnight), online, VOD and mobile platforms. AARON STONE (part one, 7 p.m.) will be simulcast on Disney Channel, Sprint TV and MobiTV; part two will premiere only on Disney XD (7:30 p.m.) and DisneyXD.com. Immediately following the premiere, Disney XD will present previews of JIMMY TWO SHOES (8:05 p.m.) and KID VS. KAT (8:20 p.m.). AARON STONE will also be available via Video-on-Demand through Verizon Fios and Comcast, among others

-- Saturday, February 14 -- JIMMY TWO SHOES and KID VS. KAT preview episodes available on Xbox 360 (free of charge)

-- Monday, February 16 through Friday, February 20 (4:30 p.m.) -- New episodes of PHINEAS AND FERB premiere daily

-- Saturday, February 21 -- Regular timeslot premiere of PHINEAS AND FERB (8 a.m.), KID VS. KAT (8:30 a.m.) and JIMMY TWO SHOES (9 a.m.). New episode of YING YANG YO! (10:30 a.m.) premieres.

-- Monday, February 23 -- JIMMY TWO SHOES and KID VS. KAT become available on Video-on-Demand


Series Descriptions:


AARON STONE is an original live-action, single camera adventure series about Charlie Landers, a teenager who's enlisted to become the real-life version of a crime-fighting online game character. Starring are Kelly Blatz, David Lambert, JP Manoux (ER, Disney Channel's THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL and PHIL OF THE FUTURE) and Tania Gunadi (Disney Channel's PIXEL PERFECT and GO FIGURE). The creator and exec producer is Bruce Kalish (Disney Channel's THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON) and executive producer is Suzanne French (OVERRULED!, LIFE WITH DEREK). The series is produced in HD format by Shaftesbury Services II, Inc.


ZEKE & LUTHER is an original, single camera comedy about two best friends who set their sights on becoming world-famous skateboarders. Starring are Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee and Ryan Newman. The creators and exec producers are Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhard (both of Disney Channel's EVEN STEVENS). Filmed in HD format, the series is a production of Turtle Rock Productions, Inc.


KID KNIEVEL is an original, 2D animated comedy series about a boy -- short in stature but big in heart -- who overcomes incredible obstacles in his quest to become the world's greatest and most extreme daredevil. Inspired by the determination of daredevil icon "Kaptain" Robbie Knievel, the series' main character, Kid (whose given name is Francis Littel), pursues his daily dose of danger and, as he says, "a whole lot of awesome!" With loyal friends Gunther and Sam by his side, his imaginative journey takes him speeding down a river in a rocket-powered kayak, jumping Dead Man's Drop on a skateboard and riding a unicycle while blindfolded atop a herd of white rhinos. The series was created by Sandro Corsaro. Emmy Award-nominated producer Chris Savino (JOHNNY TEST, POWER PUFF GIRLS) is the series' exec producer and director. The series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.


ROBODZ is an original 3D short-form series featuring both CG-animated characters and live-action backgrounds. It follows an epic battle between the mighty Baddle alien army (intent on controlling the universe by conquering the Earth) and three clever little Samurai RoboDz who have nothing but courage on their side. The series is co-produced by Toei Animation Company Ltd. and Disney in Japan.


BRUNO THE GREAT is an original, animated short-form series about Hero, a boy who has the ability to master any challenge, and his nemesis, Not, who tries to achieve all that Hero can, but through a series of increasingly comedic obstacles, fails to do so. The series is produced by Studio Bozzetto & Co SRL in Italy.


PHINEAS AND FERB is a 2D animated comedy that tells the story of ingenious Phineas Flynn and his resourceful stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, who happily set out to conquer boredom and make every day of their summer vacation count. Throughout the escapades, they're accompanied by Perry the Platypus, who has a double life as suave secret Agent P and who battles the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the world. Meanwhile, older sister Candace is aghast at her brothers' bold antics and makes it her life's work to tattle on them to Mom and Dad, though somehow she can never seem to catch them red-handed. It was created and is exec produced by Dan Povenmire (FAMILY GUY) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, THE SIMPSONS) and is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.


KID VS. KAT is an animated comedy series about a space alien disguised as a cat and stranded on Earth. When a boy named Coop Burtonburger's spoiled little sister, Millie, discovers the cat and brings him home, chaos ensues. The series was created by Rob Boutilier and is produced by Studio B Productions in Vancouver.


JIMMY TWO SHOES is an animated series featuring a thrill-seeking teenager who sets out to make Miseryville fun and exciting with the help of his two best friends, Heloise and Beezy. The series was created by Edward Kay and Sean Scott and is produced by Breakthrough Animation and Teletoon in Toronto.


THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN is an animated series that hearkens back to the web-slinger's junior year in high school, when a not-so-typical 16-year-old named Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity, endure the pressures of teenage life and combat never before seen super villains. Greg Weisman and Victor Cook are supervising producers. Stan Lee, Craig Kyle and Eric Rollman are executive producers. Based on Marvel Ent.'s popular superhero, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN is produced by Culver Ent., a Sony Pictures Television Company.


Disney XD will reach more than 72 million households via its basic cable affiliates. Disney XD is the seventh brand in the kid-driven, family inclusive TV and radio business of The Walt Disney Company. The global portfolio encompasses Playhouse Disney, Disney Channel, Radio Disney, Disney Cinemagic, Toon Disney and Jetix.

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Nice to know they've been listening to their viewers and aren't going to dump most of their classic "'toon" lineup. I really like the '90s Marvel superhero stuff and most of the net was up in arms when they heard about the change in format- that's probably why the change of heart.


All the other new XD programming I can do without.
 

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Nice to know they've been listening to their viewers and aren't going to dump most of their classic "'toon" lineup. I really like the '90s Marvel superhero stuff and most of the net was up in arms when they heard about the change in format- that's probably why the change of heart.

That qualifies as their classic toon lineup? I miss the days of Ducktales and Darkwing Duck. I'm assuming all of those were composed on film, and it looks like Disney has been preparing for 16:9 for a while, since I've noticed series at least as old as the Tarzan-related TV spin off are in HD on the Disney channels.


Hopefully the Disney Afternoon classics will make a triumphant HD return at some point to some Disney network. But Disney seems to have put the DVDs for those series on hold, so I'm not especially hopeful.
 

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That qualifies as their classic toon lineup? I miss the days of Ducktales and Darkwing Duck. I'm assuming all of those were composed on film, and it looks like Disney has been preparing for 16:9 for a while, since I've noticed series at least as old as the Tarzan-related TV spin off are in HD on the Disney channels.


Hopefully the Disney Afternoon classics will make a triumphant HD return at some point to some Disney network. But Disney seems to have put the DVDs for those series on hold, so I'm not especially hopeful.

Oh, my gosh, I just had a total flashback when you mentioned Darkwing Duck. I used to love that show, and that was when I was a freshman in college (sad, I know). It was my wind down show after classes before I went to my second job.
 

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They show plenty of decent stuff like Gargoyles and the Marvel 'toon lineup like Spider-Man, X-Men, etc. I was talking about that. If you want to see Darkwing Duck at least it's some are available on DVD. Most of the Marvel titles aren't.
 

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I'm curious about Spectacular Spider-Man... if it will be new episodes or reruns. A local OTA channel here carried season 1 last year (and has been rerunning the show since). DVDs have been releasing of some episodes in widescreen format, but the show aired in 4:3 OTA.


I'm wondering if Disney will carry the HD version and if that will be a home for new episodes or just reruns.
 

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According to the folks on ToonZone, Spectacular Spider-Man has an HD master, so with any luck that's the way it will be shown.
 

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Zack and Cody is not stretched tonight! Black bars. That's a step in the right direction.

I've never seen it stretched. It always has black bars on the regular Disney Channel. Not sure why it would be different on Toon Disney.
 

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This is bad news all around. Disney already has a channel for live action, it's called the Disney Channel. All this move will do is provide less and less cartoons.
 

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Marvel Deal Could Boost Disney XD Slate


Iger Says Marvel Character Shows Could Expand on Network


Mike Farrell -- Multichannel News, 8/31/2009 1:05:27 PM EDT


The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment was mostly skewed toward the film studio -- which has had recent blockbuster hits like Iron Man, The X-Men and Spider-Man 3 -- but the television unit, especially its Disney XD channel, is also expected to receive some benefit from the deal.


On a conference call with analysts Monday, Disney CEO Robert Iger said that the two companies are still working out the particulars of the merger, but that Disney XD -- the recently rebranded Toon Disney -- represents one of the biggest opportunities for the merger. Iger said that Disney XD currently airs about 20 hours per week of Marvel character productions and that could expand both domestically and internationally.


"This is a channel that is aimed primarily at boys and one we are really excited about not just because of its success recently but because of its reach," Iger said on the conference call. "We have great reach in the United States and as we rebrand our global family channels to Disney XD, the reach will grow even more. We actually have been looking to license more Marvel content for that channel in the future and this will provide a great opportunity to do that. At the same time, that kind of reach from a distribution perspective gives us that ability to expose these characters to people all over the word in a way that Marvel was only able to get in the past by going to a third party."


According to the deal, Marvel Entertainment shareholders will receive $30 in cash and 0.745 shares of Disney stock for each share they own. The deal is valued at about $50 per share, and based on Marvel's closing price of $38.65 per share on Aug. 28, represents a 29% premium. In contrast, Disney's $7.4 billion acquisition of animation giant Pixar in 2006 represented about a 4% premium.


Marvel shares soared on news of the deal, rising 25.3% ($9.79 per share) to $48.44 each in afternoon trading. Disney shares were down 88 cents each (3.3%) to $25.96 each on Monday afternoon.


Once the deal closes, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel, including its more than 5,000 characters. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...y_XD_Slate.php
 
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