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I don’t have any children, but based on the friends I have who do, Frozen is on repeat in their homes day in and day out. The high level of popularity helped give Disney a stellar second fiscal quarter, with the entertainment company reporting a 27 percent jump in net income to $1.51 billion.
The spike in financial fortune is due in large part to the uncommon success of Frozen. The soundtrack, which sold almost 2.5 million copies in the US and topped the Billboard charts a dozen times, is a smash hit. And the film itself brought in $1.18 billion around the world, opening across Asia during the first three months of 2014. Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, said it’s the best selling Blu-ray in history on a conference call. Frozen will be coming to Broadway in the coming months.
Many of the other business units did well also. Disney Consumer Products, which sells merchandise associated with Mickey Mouse and the movie Planes, for instance, was up 37 percent. Disney Interactive, which has the video game “Disney Infinity” was up 38 percent to $238 million in revenue. And revenue for the parks and resorts unit was up eight percent to $3.56 billion.
Next up are the Star Wars movies, the first of which will be out December 18, 2015 and is sure to be monster hit. We’ve already seen a photo of most of the cast — Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back — and Lupita Nyong’o has been confirmed to join the cast.
Well, it looks like Desperate Housewives may have run its course in the United States, but they’re just getting started in Africa. According to the Huffington Post, a derivative of the show titled, Desperate Housewives of Africa, is schedule to air this summer.
The series will be co-produced by Disney Media and Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV. EbonyLife CEO, Mo Abudu, has expressed that the series will offer the same Desperate Housewives feel, but will have “an African soul.” The cast is said to be comprised of both new and established pan-African actresses, who will showcase clothing by Nigerian dress designers throughout the series.
Mo Abudu went on to say that the show will be filmed on location in a gated community of the Lekki suburb in Lagos.
“[Desperate Housewives of Africa offers] the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling,” said Disney EMEA general manager, Giovanni Mastrangelo.
Giovanni adds that Desperate Housewives spin-offs have already been produced in Turkey, Argentina and Brazil.
Desperate Housewives of Africa sounds awesome! Hopefully there will be some sort of way that we can tune in from time to time.
“What More Is You Looking For?” Meet Samuel E. Wright, The Voice Of Sebastian On “The Little Mermaid”
“The Little Mermaid” usually tops every woman’s list of favorite movies from when they were a little girl, which is why when we had an opportunity to speak with the man behind the voice of Sebastian, we jumped at the nostalgic opportunity.
Sebastian is by far one of the most notable characters from the Disney movie and we have Samuel E. Wright to thank for it. In fact, the Camden, South Carolina, native said when he first started doing the voice of Sebastian he was told by producers to cut out all of the extra ad libs and jokes he was making. Eventually, the team saw the light and realized those side remarks are what made Sebastian the awesome character he was — in addition to his memorable performance of the Academy Award winning song, “Under the Sea.”
Check out our interview with Sebastian in the clip up top and hear him sing his iconic song acapella. What do you think?
For those of you who may have been missing Mo’Nique since BET gave her nighttime talk show the axe back in 2011, you’ll be happy to know that the 45-year-old media maven may be returning to a television near you— and very soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC’s executive VP of current series and specials, Vicki Drummer, is in the process of developing a daytime talk series, starring the Oscar Award-winning actress. The talk show could air as early as September 2014. Though the show has yet to receive the official green light from ABC/Disney, some have already begun to speculate that Mo’Nique will be competing against fellow entertainers, Steve Harvey and Queen Latifah, for the African American market.
Popular speculation regarding the developing show also suggests that it will serve as a replacement for Katie Couric’s daytime series, which is currently wrapping up its second year of a two-year contract with ABC stations. Sources over at ABC, however, suggest that if approved, the series would not replace Katie.
We’re sure Mo’Nique is very excited about this new endeavor. During May of this year, she revealed that she was saddened by BET’s decision to cancel The Mo’Nique Show; especially since she claims she was never offered a real reason for for their decision.
“Let me say this about the experience, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We wanted folk to go to bed and feel good. Those two years were amazing. I wish I could give you the answer. I honestly don’t know what happened with ‘The Monique Show.’ You should maybe ask Ms. Debra Lee because I don’t wanna assume. I can’t give you answer to that. But what I will say to the people, we thank you. It was a show for our community, baby. It was so diverse; it was for everybody,” the Skinny Women Are Evil author said.
Interestingly, this past summer, rumors have also been circulating that Mo is working on a new series with BET. It looks like 2014 is going to be an amazing year for her!
This past weekend Star Wars creator George Lucas finally tied the knot with longtime girlfriend and Ariel Investments head Mellody Hobson at the Skywalk Ranch in Marin County, California, according to Business Insider reports.
A few celebrity friends tweeted their congratulations including Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Howard who gave a “Galactic shout out” and cited the wedding as a “joy to behold,” respectively.
The cute couple met in Aspen, Colorado, during a business conference in 2006 and became engaged in January of this year. Hobson is both Dreamworks Animation chair as well as the head of Ariel Investments, a financial management firm.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Hobson gave some insight into why the pair work together, saying:
“I think it works because we are extraordinarily open-minded people and we’re open to what the universe brings us and I think we didn’t have preconceived ideas about what a partnership should be and so we allowed ourselves to discover something that was unexpected.”
Lucas, is most known for creating the astronomically popular Star Wars franchise as well as for executive producing box office topping films like Indiana Jones, and the more recent Red Tails, which chronicles the story of the 332nd Fighter Group (The Tuskegee Airmen).
Lucas recently sold his production company to Disney for $4.05 billion and donated the majority of that to charity. Wow! One thing we know? This couple will ALRIGHT if they can donate $4 billion without batting an eyelash! Well wishes to the new and obviously happy couple!
While the rest of America is on pins and needles waiting for the season finale of Scandal, the folks over at Disney, the series’ network, are just happy Shonda Rhimes is on their team. The show has been a runaway hit for the network.
But as Forbes reports, it had been a journey for “the hottest woman in American television.” Not only does she put in an average 13-hour workday, but she multitasks like crazy. On the day of the magazine interview she was “having a dress-fitting for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; picking songs and approving script edits for two of the most watched programs in prime time; taking her 1-year-old daughter to the doctor to investigate a mysterious bump.”
And she was writing the season finale to ABC’s hit Scandal, which has an enormous viewership of 8.3 million viewers each week and brought in an estimated $100 million in ad revenue this season.
If that weren’t enough multitasking, Rhimes has even got another magazine feature coming this week in the New York Times Magazine, that you can check out now online.
Rhimes is also the creator of ABC’s other hit show Grey’s Anatomy, making her literally the network’s savior from poor ratings. This 43-year-old single mother of two has become, as Forbes notes, “the Walt Disney Co.’s indispensable creator of an increasingly dispensable product: network television.”
Her two ABC shows are among the most valuable properties in television, pulling in more than $13 million in advertising for each week, just shy of $300 million a season, or about five percent of the network’s total revenue. Add to this tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication and licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand. Rhimes is pulling in a pretty penny as well. Forbes estimates she earned $12 million this year.
To offer some additional perspective — broadcast TV audience ratings since 2002 have dropped by half while Rhimes continues to pull them in. “Each week more than 90% of Grey’s viewers stay tuned for Scandal, which follows at 10 p.m., a time slot it has owned in the ratings since its debut,” reports Forbes. Scandal watchers generate a stunning 3,000 tweets a minute during broadcasts.
Besides money and ratings, Rhimes has made network history in more ways than one. She is the only African American show creator to have consecutive hit series. In fact, Scandal is the first network drama written and produced by an African-American woman with an African-American woman in the lead role. And black viewers have responded to this. It is the highest-rated scripted drama among African Americans, with 10.1 percent of black households, or an average of 1.8 million viewers, tuning in.
“What Shonda Rhimes possesses is this extraordinary instinct and compass for what our audience needs,” Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment Group, told the magazine.
But Rhimes remains cautious and aware of television’s fleeting fame. “It’s not like I’ve got this power so I’m going to stomp around doing whatever I want,” she explains to Forbes. “The power is that the network trusts me.”
Click through on those two links to read more about the woman who is ruling network television. Scandal is on tonight. What do you think is going to happen? Make sure to come back to the homepage tomorrow for our recap.
We Are Doc McStuffins: Real Life African-American Physcians Team Up With The Hit Disney Series To Inspire Future Doctors
Disney is celebrating Black History Month with “We Are Doc McStuffins.” African-American doctors have partnered with the network to inspire children to pursue careers in medicine. Disney Junior’s animated Doc McStuffins debuted last year — and has become almost an overnight success. Targeted at kids ages two through seven, viewers get to see a portrayal of a little African-American girl dreaming of becoming a doctor.
Not only has the show inspired kids, but it has inspired a group of female African-American physicians to begin a “movement” they coined, “We Are Doc McStuffins,” reports Ebony. The group have since developed Artemis Medical Society, an organization of over 2,500 female African-American physicians and medical students representing 39 states and six countries. Its mission is to serve, nurture and celebrate a global sisterhood of women physicians of color through mentoring, networking and advocacy, according to the magazine.
Now the group has teamed up with Disney Junior, which will air “We Are Doc McStuffins” shorts, featuring Doc McStuffins alongside three real-life female African-American physicians and founding members of the Artemis Medical Society. They are Dr. Myiesha Taylor, Dr. Aletha Maybank, and Dr. Naeemah Ghafur.
“Doc McStuffins is important to me because I am that little girl. And it’s not just me. My female friends who are physicians have all been talking about Doc. We love what she represents… We didn’t have Doc or anything close to her on television when we were growing up. Many of the cartoons we watched contained stereotypes regarding minorities that would never be aired today,” Dr. Taylor told Ebony. “In 20 years we should see the first group of medical school graduates who will say their dream of becoming a doctor began when they saw their first telecast of Doc McStuffins…Won’t that be amazing?”
There’s nothing more precious than sharing Disney Time with your kids. But the magic doesn’t end with family time – it’s for parents and adults, too. With ultimate relaxation at world-class spas to championship golf to award-winning fine dining, there’s plenty of grown-up Disney magic around the entire Walt Disney World® Resort.
Time out – outside the Theme Parks
When it’s time to relax and recharge, take a little retreat to Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, a luxurious Victorian-themed oasis where your mind, body and spirit get the pampering they deserve. If your idea of down time is more like tee time, then there are four championship courses ready to challenge you, with magnificent tree-lined fairways, spacious greens and enough pixie dust to make your round memorable.
Ready to really shift things into gear? Get behind the wheel of a NASCAR-style car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and punch it at speeds up to 120 mph down the mile-long, tri-oval racetrack! Of course, nothing complements a magical day like a special dinner. Even outside the parks, you have the world at your fingertips (and taste buds). Discover the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Jiko – The Cooking Place. Or take in the fantastic fresh seafood and wondrous décor at Flying Fish Café, located at Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District. With an amazing selection of delectable choices throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort area, you’ll find just the right menu and ambiance to make that special meal unforgettable.
Grown-up memories that never get old
All four Theme Parks at Walt Disney World® Resort are great for bringing out the kid in you. But be sure not to miss out on all the grownup fun and excitement beyond the Parks. Enjoying a little special “me-time” without the family can be just as magical as your time together. However you choose to spend your Disney Time, the one thing you can count on is great memories that will last a lifetime.
Every Christmas season there is a scramble — fights in the store aisles even — as parents try to grab the latest toy for their child’s Christmas present. Other parents also struggle with finding a toy representative of their child. Well, this year the Doc McStuffins doll falls into both categories for African-American children. Not only is the toy, based on the star of this year’s breakout children’s TV show, a great gift for parents looking for Afrocentric toys, it is also this year’s best-selling doll.
“The new doll has even unseated Elmo as this year’s must-have holiday toy,” reports The Grio. The Disney series has been a TV hit since it premiered in March—it has even topped the mega popular Dora the Explorer as the top-rated cable TV show for kids, says the New York Daily News.
Created by Chris Nee, the character, Doc McStuffins, is a six-year-old African-American girl who treats sick toys. Nee reportedly developed the show for her son.
It has become popular beyond Nee’s dreams. And the product spinoff (the Doc McStuffins doll comes with her doctor’s bag and her friend Lambie) has been just as popular. Frenzied parents who are finding stores sold out of Doc McStuffins are “turning to online sites such as eBay to cop the doll. Online prices are reaching up the four times the $34.99 retail value,” reports The Grio.
Did you grab your Doc McStuffins before it sold out?
Unsure of what the special toddler in your life wants most for Christmas? Chances it may be the Doc McStuffins “Time For Your Check Up” doll, which is a doll based off of the main character of Disney television show “Doc McStuffins”, a six-year-old African-American doctor who cares for her sick toys. According to the New York Daily News, the adorable toy is being sold at a “record pace” this holiday season and parents have been in a complete frenzy as they scour toy store shelves for one of this season’s most sought after items.
“You can’t find that anywhere… We were at Toys ‘R’ Us asking them to look in the back,” said Amber, wife of New York Yankee’s pitcher CC Sabathia.
“McStuffins products are selling quickly,” says Toy ‘R’ Us spokeswoman Adrienne O’Hara. She also recommended that parents looking to snag one before December 25th should “visit stores early” in effort to catch incoming shipments.
It seems that Just Play, the company that produces the doll did not anticipate such a high demand for it and “didn’t have a lot of production lined up for the first-year run.” Analyst at BMO Capital, Gerrick Johnson predicts that availability will improve next year.
“I’m not sure I realized how much she would inspire kids,” expressed Chris Nee who is the show’s creator and is said to have created the show in an effort to demystify her son’s perception of doctors. Since the airing of its first episode back in March of this year, “Doc McStuffins” has been praised for its positivity and deemed as great show for young Black children because of its portrayal of a minority child in a role that we rarely see. That positivity has led Doc to become “the top-rated cable TV show for tots,” and according to the Daily News, the girl at the center of it all “has also unseated Elmo as this year’s must-have (and hard-to-find) holiday toy.”
The doll’s suggested retail price is $34.99, but of course opportunistic eBay and Craigslist sellers have hiked their prices up to $130 due to the toy’s limited availability. Can you really blame them though?
Have you heard about this adorable little doll? Was this on any of your children’s Christmas lists?