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HSN And Disney Studios Announce Multi-Film, Entertainment Marketing Collaboration

HSN and Disney Studios Team Up

HSN and Disney Studios Team Up

Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN today announced a multi-film marketing collaboration with Disney Studios for three highly anticipated films, Maleficent, Cinderella and The Hundred-Foot Journey. The three-film collaboration with HSN spanning two years marks the first time that Disney Studios has enlisted an omni-channel retailer for a comprehensive long-term entertainment marketing alliance. HSN brings the spirit of these movies to life through bold, imaginative products from top designers and brands.

In advance of the release of each film, HSN will create content driven retail events across all platforms: TV, online, social and mobile. These innovative shopping experiences will feature exclusive, curated assortments of products from HSN’s fashion, jewelry, beauty and home categories that are inspired by or reminiscent of each of the three films. The first HSN event will take place during the days leading up to the May 30, 2014 release of Maleficent, followed by similar events for The Hundred-Foot Journey in August of 2014 and Cinderella in the spring of 2015.

“This long-term collaboration is a testament to the success of our entertainment integration strategy that infuses fun and drives heightened engagement across all of our shopping platforms while driving awareness for our marketing collaborators,” said Bill Brand, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for HSN, Inc. “We’re thrilled to expand our alliance with a world-class brand such as Disney to continually reinvent and reenergize shopping through interactive content and storytelling that captures the spirit of their films.”

“HSN curates wonderful collections that speak to the essence of the story and build a real event around the release of our films,” said Don Gross, vice president, global promotions, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re excited to collaborate with them again and expand upon these engaging worlds, beginning with Maleficent.”

HSN’s 24-hour programming event for Maleficent launches on May 27, 2014, precluded by a special preview of the collection on HSN.com starting May 7. The collection will feature jewelry, fashion and beauty products from some of HSN’s top designers, including licensed products from Naeem Khan, Heidi Daus and Amika and additional collections from Giuliana Rancic, R.J. Graziano, Liz Lange, Jean Dousset, Margaret Rowe, Raven Kaufman, and Diane Gilman. Leading brands such as N by Natori, Clever Carriage, and others will also be a part of the collection as well. Following the May 27 event, HSN will air an exciting series of “Countdown to Maleficent” primetime specials across all of its platforms – TV, online, mobile – May 28 through May 30, 2014.

The Timeless Tale Goes Dark

The Timeless Tale Goes Dark

This initiative follows the successful results of HSN and Disney’s earlier film collaborations for The Help in 2010 and last year’s Oz The Great and Powerful. HSN’s collaboration with Oz The Great and Powerful featured approximately 400 products from 50 brands and resulted in the best sales of any HSN movie event to date with more than 100 product sell-outs.

Shop the Maleficent collection on HSN.com starting May 7, 2014. For more information about the Maleficent collection on HSN, please visit hsn.com or join the conversation @HSN on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Jazwares Unveils Gravity Falls Toy Line at American International Toy Fair 2014

New Gravity Falls Toys Announced

New Gravity Falls Toys Announced

Jazwares, a global leader in the toy and electronics marketplace, announced today its plans to create a new Gravity Falls toy line.  The new toy line, based on the popular Disney TV series, will include figures, plush, role-play and play-set toys based on Dipper and Mabel’s adventures with Grunkle Stan, his mysterious journal, and The Mystery Shack.  Jazwares™ will release the first wave of Gravity Falls toys in fall 2014 at retailers across the U.S.

Gravity Falls is a top show on Disney Channel with kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14, ranking #1 in its time period across the major youth demographics.  The hit show follows the adventures of twin brother and sister, Dipper and Mabel Pines as they spend summer with their eccentric great uncle Stan in the wondrous town of Gravity Falls, Oregon where things are never as they seem.

“We are delighted to help bring the Gravity Falls story to life in toys,” said Laura Zebersky, executive Vice President Global Sales & Licensing, Jazwares™. “More than anything, we’re great fans of the show and are excited to work with Disney on creating such a fun line for its audience to interact with its characters directly.”

The initial retail focus of the toy line will be in specialty stores, nationwide.

Jazwares Unveils Gravity Falls Toy Line at American International Toy Fair 2014

Jazwares Unveils Gravity Falls Toy Line at American International Toy Fair 2014

The announcement of the Gravity Falls™ toy line complements a robust brand portfolio for the company.  For more information about all of Jazwares’ current lines, please visit www.jazwares.com.

Muppets Make Their Way To QVC

Fabulously Fashionable Miss Piggy Designs Red Carpet Bag for Multimedia Retailer

Fabulously Fashionable Miss Piggy Designs Red Carpet Bag for Multimedia Retailer

The ever-stylish, ever-fabulous Miss Piggy appeared on QVC last night to announce her latest venture in the fashion world – Miss Piggy’s Haute Tote, which she designed especially for the multimedia retailer’s star-studded broadcast event “Red Carpet Style – Live from L.A.” Miss Piggy, star of the highly anticipated Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, in theatres March 21, is also set to strut her stuff on the red carpet during the QVC broadcast Friday, February 28 at 9 PM (ET), when her trendy tote will be showcased.

Miss Piggy made her exuberant announcement to QVC Program Host Lisa Robertson and to her millions of fans, who have the opportunity to purchase a version of her design through the retailer.

“Naturally, moi has been chosen as this year’s mega-star attraction at QVC’s red carpet event! And as if having me there wasn’t enough, moi has also been chosen to design the 2014 ‘Red Carpet Style’ special-edition tote bag for this gala event,” proclaimed Miss Piggy, adding: “Rest assured, both moi and the Haute Tote will be tote-ally fabulous!”

On March 16, during the tour to promote their upcoming movie, the Muppets will join Miss Piggy on a QVC adventure with on-air guest appearances and surprises scheduled throughout the day. From now through their arrival, the multimedia retailer is featuring the QVC Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted.* Entrants have the chance to win exciting prizes and surprises – from QVC gift cards and Muppet merchandise to a trip to the Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted premiere.

“Miss Piggy is a brilliant businesswoman with a provocative personality and an impeccable sense of style,” commented Doug Rose, senior vice president of marketing and programming for QVC. “We’re honored to work with someone of her stature. Miss Piggy uniquely understands the aspirations of the modern American woman, and to have the opportunity to bring her fierce and fearless fashion sense to her millions of adoring fans is a thrill for all of us here at QVC.”

For more information about Miss Piggy’s Haute Tote, the Muppets’ March visit to QVC and how to enter the QVC Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, go to www.qvc.com/muppetsmostwanted.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” Hitch A Ride With Toyota For A Super Bowl First

January 31, 2014 Disney News No Comments
The Muppets On the Toyota Commercial Set

The Muppets On the Toyota Commercial Set

The Muppets gang and Toyota will take a ride into history this year, connecting with Latinos across the country for the upcoming Toyota Highlander launch and the Muppets’ all-new big-screen adventure “Muppets Most Wanted,” in theaters March 21, 2014. The team will appear in two 30-second television commercials for the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander that will debut on Fox Sports Deportes during the historic first Spanish-language broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2.

In each of the spots, dancing, singing and fun-loving Muppets show that with room for up to eight human passengers, or over a dozen Muppets, the Toyota Highlander has plenty of room for everything—everything except boring.

“Toyota is thrilled to take part in a defining moment in U.S. sports history,” said Jack Hollis, Vice President of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

“Connecting with Hispanic consumers has been a longstanding priority for Toyota. Engaging them in-language, in-culture and with such iconic characters on such a grand stage is very exciting.” Both commercials will debut and air twice during the second quarter of the game.

Kermit on the Toyota Set for the new Super Bowl Spot

Kermit on the Toyota Set for the new Super Bowl Spot

In addition to the television spots, Toyota will publish real-time Spanish-language content featuring the Muppets during the big game through Toyota’s Latino-specific Vine, Twitter and Facebook properties.

Hispanic influencers will also be part of the mix through their own channels to add an additional layer of real-time conversation.

Girl Meets World Gets Picked Up for a Full Season

by: D-Team Caitlin

Girl Meets World Picked Up For a Full Season (image courtesy eonline.com)

Girl Meets World Picked Up For a Full Season (image courtesy eonline.com)

“When you’re not a little boy anymore, when the world has taught you how to be this man…you know, you’re still gonna make mistakes; but your family and your friends that you’ve made along the way are gonna help you, OK? Even though it’ll seem like the world is going out of its way to teach you these hard lessons, you’re gonna realize, that it’s the same world that’s given you your family and your friends.” –Cory Matthews

It’s been almost 14 years since the television world bid Cory and Topanga farewell, but later this year, they will make a long-awaited return to the small screen.  We’ll have the pleasure of witnessing their parenting escapades in the Disney Channel sitcom sequel, Girl Meets World.

Disney has officially ordered eight more episodes, expanding the series to a full season (for a total of 21). We can’t wait to see where the world takes Cory and Topanga’s daughter and star of the show, Riley Matthews, when the series premieres. For occasional behind the scenes looks at production, follow the freshly launched twitter account, @GMWWriters, from the Girl Meets World writers’ room.

M-GO Enters Into Licensing Agreement With The Walt Disney Studios Premieres M-GO To Go

M-GO Streaming and Disney Team Up

M-GO Streaming and Disney Team Up

M-GO, a new digital movies and TV streaming service announced today that it has entered into a content licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Studios. The deal provides M-GO users with access to a selection of films as they become available, including favorites from Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney•Pixar, Marvel Studios and DreamWorks Studios. Effective immediately, consumers can begin streaming and/or downloading new releases such as Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Marvel’s The Avengers, Monsters University and Disney’s Planes. In addition, just in time for holiday travel, M-GO has also launched M-GO To GO, an iTunes app which gives consumers the freedom to watch digital movies offline on their iPad – including the new iPad Air.

Disney films will be easily accessible on M-GO, enabling consumers to watch the latest hit movies, as well as a selection of classic titles. The content licensing agreement also includes key holiday-themed titles such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Mickey’s Christmas Carol, as well as favorites like Finding Nemo and the Toy Story films.

“Securing this important partnership to get consumers access to coveted Disney content in combination with the launch of M-GO To GO is our company’s latest proof point in delivering on M-GO’s mission to get people to the entertainment content they love as quickly and easily as possible on the devices they choose.” said John Batter, CEO of M-GO. “This is the perfect combination of exceptional content and mobility that will make gifting and travel a true joy this holiday season.”

M-GO accounts are always free of charge to set up at www.mgo.com

Walt Disney Records’ Teen Beach Movie Soundtrack Debuts In The Top 10 On The Billboard 200

Walt Disney Records’ soundtrack to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie” debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart after scanning 25,000 units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Teen Beach Movie is the first non-sequel TV movie soundtrack to debut in Top 10 on the Billboard 200 since 2008’s Camp Rock soundtrack.

Disney Channel's Newest Film 'Teen Beach Movie' Soundtrack

Disney Channel’s Newest Film ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Soundtrack

In addition to its Top 10 Billboard debut, the album also ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack and No. 2 on the Children’s Music charts.  The album also fast tracked its way to No. 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and was No. 3 on the Album Overall chart.   Moreover, 6 songs ranked in the Top 15 on the iTunes Singles chart including,  “Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’,”  “Falling For Ya,” “Like Me,” “Can’t Stop Singing,” “Surf’s Up,” “Surf Crazy,” “Meant to Be,” and “Oxygen.”

Disney Channel’s premiere and two encore telecasts of “Teen Beach Movie” (July 19-21) reached a noteworthy 17.3 million unique Total Viewers including nearly eight million Kids 2-11 and five million Adults 18-49.  Friday’s premiere telecast was TV’s #1 movie year to-date in Total Viewers (8.39 million) and the #1 cable TV telecast in Kids 2-11 (4.59 million), Kids 6-11 (3.89 million) and Tweens 9-14 (3.39 million).  Its availability over seven days (July 15-21) on the authenticated WATCH Disney Channel service resulted in over 734,000 views.  A Dance Along telecast, hosted by the cast airs on Disney Channel with dance tutorials also available on DisneyChannel.com on Saturday, July 27 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring “Teen Beach Movie” are Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” and Hollywood Records’ R5) and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) as Brady and McKenzie, surfers who take the last wave of summer, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story. There, it’s surfers versus bikers for control of the beach hangout…and everyone spontaneously breaks into song and dance.  Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently change the movie’s romantic storyline — and the movie’s handsome surf guy, Tanner, is falling for McKenzie while biker girl Lela is swooning for Brady.

The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack is available wherever music is sold.  For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

Netflix and Disney/ABC Announce Multi-Year Licensing Agreement for Five Popular Disney Junior and Disney XD Shows Including Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Tron Uprising

Netflix, Inc. and The Disney/ABC Television Group today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, as well as fan favorite Disney XD show Tron: Uprising.  In addition, Handy MannySpecial Agent Oso and JoJo’s Circus will also be available for members in the U.S. to watch instantly later this month.

“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal expands on the incredible line-up of Disney content already available for our members,” said Ted Sarandos , Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Families love Netflix and we know they especially love the imaginative and high-quality TV shows and movies from Disney.  We’re excited to bringJake and the Never Land Pirates, a terrific show for families with preschoolers, to our members.”

Disney Junior's Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Disney Junior’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates

“We are delighted that Netflix’s members and their young children will be able to experience a selection of tremendously popular original series from Disney Junior and Disney XD,” said Janice Marinelli , President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.  “Netflix is a highly valued partner and a terrific platform for families to enjoy these heartfelt characters and entertaining stories.”

Disney Junior’s Annie Award-winning series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that introduces a crew of kid pirates — leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby — and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. Like all Disney Junior programming, Jake and the Never Land Pirates is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development.

Always commercial free, the content in the kids section of Netflix is curated in conjunction with ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organization that provides independent, trustworthy ratings, reviews and information to help parents make great media choices.  In addition to character-based selections, the service displays rows of TV shows and movies organized by easy-to-understand genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power. The unique Netflix technology provides each member with a personalized experience based on preferences and favorites.

you can find out more and start watching at: Netflix.com

Sneak Peak: The Muppets are Coming April 28th To Good Luck Charlie

All of our friends at The Muppets are continuing to make a stand and comeback for a new generation with TV appearances, another movie in the works and more. And as Disney continues to bring life back into our childhood friends, they are stopping by on the Disney Channel highly rated sitcom, Good Luck Charlie.

The Muppets are coming to the show is the New Season Debut on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30/6:30c on Disney Channel.

When the family decides to renovate their home, who shows up to help, make a mess, and make some fun? Kermit and the gang. You can check out the promo below. What’s not to love seeing our good friends make their rounds on TV once again.

HGTV Lineup at Flower and Garden Festival

By: D-Team Member Michele

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival officially kicks off on March 6th and this years festival marks the 20th year for this beautiful festival.

HGTV at Epcot

HGTV at Epcot

The topiaries and gardens will be in full bloom but the festival will also offer fresh foods for the first time. Marketplaces will be set up around the World Showcase to grab a themed snack utilizing the concept  “from the garden to the table”.

Along with the Flower Power Concert Series the Flower and Garden Festival also offers unique presentations by HGTV designers and other popular DIY’ers. This years line up includes:

  • Chris Lambton-Going Yard-March 8-10
  • Chris Grundy-DIY Network’s Cool Tools-March 15-17
  • Egypt Sherrod-host of Property Virgins-March 22-24
  • Brandon Johnson-My Yard Goes to Disney-March 29-31
  • Meg Caswell-Meg’s Great Rooms-April 5-7
  • Jason Cameron-DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves-April 12-14
  • Sara Peterson-Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine-April 19-21
  • Carter Oosterhouse-Million Dollar Rooms-April 26-28
  • Casey Noble-Design on a Dime-May 3-5
  • Dan Faires-HGTV.com, DanMade-May 10-12
  • David Bromstad-HGTV Design Star, Color Splash, Design Star All-Stars-May 17-19

HGTV hosts will present at the HGTV Designers Stage (in Festival Center) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 3pm, Mondays-Thursdays other flower and garden experts will offer presentations.

Entertainment is subject to change without notice but we’ll keep you posted if any of the lineup changes.


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