The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger to present at the 3rd Annual MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-May-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), will participate in a question-and-answer session at the 3rd Annual MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. EDT/ 5:00 a.m. PDT. To listen to a live webcast of the session, please point your browser to www.disney.com/investors approximately five minutes prior to the start time. The webcast presentation will be archived.

CONTACT:

Lowell Singer
Investor Relations
(818) 560-6601

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300

The Walt Disney Company moves up to 2nd place on the list of the World’s Most Reputable Companies for 2016

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walt Disney Company has just ranked No. 2 on the list of the World’s Most Reputable Companies for 2016, published in Forbes, moving up from No. 6 in 2015.

Every year, Reputation Institute assembles the annual ranking by polling global consumer perception on companies’ products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership and performance.

“The Walt Disney Company is number one in the world when it comes to being perceived as a good corporate citizen and also as a company with fair and ethical business practices,” said Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner at Reputation Institute, in the Forbes.com article.

This honor follows similar accolades from recent months: Disney was named the World’s Most Powerful Brand and recognized onFortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

SOURCE: Disney

 

The Walt Disney Company COO Thomas O. Staggs: James Pitaro to become Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — James Pitaro, currently Co-Chair of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and President, Disney Interactive, has been named Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, it was announced today by Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Mr. Pitaro assumes additional responsibilities following DCPI Co-Chair Leslie Ferraro’s departure from the Company to pursue marketing and consumer engagement projects, with Disney as her first client.  Mr. Pitaro will continue to report directly to Mr. Staggs and Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger.

“Jimmy’s strong and successful leadership makes him the natural choice to run DCPI at this dynamic and exciting time,” Mr. Staggs said. “He brings to this expanded position his keen eye for technological innovation and deep familiarity with the brands and franchises that continue to drive the segment’s growth.”

“I’m incredibly honored to lead such a talented team as we combine our technology-driven efforts and our more traditional product lines and retail operations to deliver amazing new merchandise and experiences that will build on Disney’s record for consistently exceeding consumer expectations,” Mr. Pitaro said.

“I know that Jimmy will continue to lead the team to new levels of success, and I am excited to pursue my long-term passion for marketing, branding and creating winning consumer engagement strategies,” Ms. Ferraro said.

“Having worked with Leslie throughout her 17-year career at Disney, I have great respect for her abilities and appreciate her contributions to the Company, which include creating many of our Parks & Resorts’ most successful marketing strategies and iconic campaigns,” Mr. Staggs said.  “Given her proven marketing savvy, I know she’ll have great success in her new endeavor.”

In addition to his role as Co-Chair of DCPI, Mr. Pitaro served as President of Disney Interactive, leading the Company’s multi-platform games business and overseeing a suite of premium web and app experiences that serve as the online and mobile gateways to Disney and its brands. At Disney Interactive, Mr. Pitaro has led the Company’s social media efforts across all platforms and spearheaded digital video projects that extend Disney storylines. Additionally, he has established Disney Interactive as a center of digital excellence within The Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney Interactive in 2010, Mr. Pitaro served as Vice President of Yahoo Media, where he was responsible for guiding the strategic growth and continued development of Yahoo’s media properties.

Before that role, Mr. Pitaro was Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo Sports, and Vice President and Head of Business Affairs for Yahoo Music. Prior to joining Yahoo, he was Vice President of Business Affairs for LAUNCH Media, Inc. and practiced law at several New York firms.

Mr. Pitaro holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law.

Contacts:

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300

Tasia Filippatos
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
(818) 544-0009

The Walt Disney Company welcomes Martha Welborne as Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Global Facilities

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walt Disney Company announced today that Martha Welborne has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Global Facilities, reporting to Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

In this role, Ms. Welborne will drive the Company’s overall real estate strategy while overseeing all real estate development, design, construction, asset management, portfolio management, and facilities support and services.

“Ms. Welborne’s proven track record of bringing multiple stakeholders together on large scale projects makes her especially well-suited to her new role at Disney,” said Christine McCarthy. “Her experience positions her perfectly to lead our real estate strategy, working with various Disney businesses and external providers to deliver best-in-class service.”

Ms. Welborne most recently served as Chief Planning Officer for Countywide Planning for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In her role at the MTA, she was responsible for planning the long-range future of transportation in Los Angeles County and managing all regional capital development and real estate activities. Before joining the MTA, Ms. Welborne was Managing Director of the Grand Avenue Committee, where she was responsible for creating a vision for, and implementing improvements to, the cultural and civic core of downtown Los Angeles.

Ms. Welborne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Contact:

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300

SOURCE: Disney

Nike President and CEO Mark G. Parker elected to The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors has elected Mark G. Parker, the president and chief executive officer of Nike, Inc., as a director, effective immediately.

“As CEO of Nike, Mark is widely recognized for driving the stellar growth of an industry-leading brand,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO. “His keen insight into consumers and his broad experience in international markets make him a great fit for the Disney Board.”

“I’m honored to be named a director of Disney,” Mr. Parker said. “For decades, Disney has delivered truly elevated consumer experiences globally, inspiring generations with creativity and vision. I look forward to working with this team as the company continues to set its sights on the future.”

Mr. Parker will stand for election along with the Company’s other directors at Disney’s annual meeting on March 3 in Chicago. Mr. Parker’s appointment brings total membership on the Disney Board to 12.

Mr. Parker has served as CEO and president of Nike since January 2006.  He joined Nike as one of the company’s first footwear designers in 1979 and during his 37-year tenure he has been at the center of innovation, bringing pioneering concepts and engineering expertise to vital roles such as vice president of consumer product marketing, vice president of global footwear and co-president of the Nike Brand. Mr. Parker has led the way for Nike Air and a multitude of industry-breakthroughs in product design. In addition to helping lead the continued growth of the Nike brand, Mr. Parker is responsible for the growth of the company’s global business portfolio, which includes Converse Inc. and Hurley International LLC.

Mr. Parker holds a B.S. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Contact:

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300 

SOURCE: Disney

The Walt Disney Company’s Q1 2016 financial results webcast on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) will discuss fiscal first quarter 2016 financial results via a live audio webcast beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Results will be released at approximately 4:15 p.m. EST / 1:15 p.m. PST.

To listen to the webcast, point your browser to www.disney.com/investors. The webcast presentation will be archived.

Contacts:

Lowell Singer
Investor Relations
(818) 560-6601

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

GLENDALE, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to set new box office records—yesterday it became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark, doing so in just 12 days of global release. It’s the latest of many industry records set by the film, which has posted $540.1 million domestically in 10 days and $550.3 million internationally in 12 days (excluding the film’s final international market, China, where it will open January 9) for a worldwide total of $1,090.4 million.

This past weekend the film earned $149.2 million domestically to set the record for the biggest second weekend of all time, driving The Walt Disney Studios’ 2015 domestic box office over $2.1 billion dollars, the highest in its history and the first time the studio has reached the $2 billion threshold domestically. Through 10 days of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the No. 2 movie of 2015 to date and the No. 5 movie of all time at the domestic box office. In addition, the film posted the biggest domestic and biggest December debut of all time ($247.9 million); biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million); biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million); biggest Sunday ($60.5 million), Monday ($40.1 million), Tuesday ($37.3 million), and Christmas Day ($49.3 million); highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982); biggest IMAX debut ($30 million); and is the fastest film to reach $100M (1 day), $200M (2 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), and $500M (10 days).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to delight audiences around the globe where it has set several records including biggest worldwide debut ($529 million); biggest IMAX global debut ($48 million) and fastest film to cross $100M globally in IMAX; and biggest opening weekend in U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand.

SOURCE: Disney

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The Walt Disney Company: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark