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European duo quit Disney Channels

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Two of Disney Channels' European toppers have ankled as part of the outfit's reintegration with Jetix Europe, now wholly owned by the Mouse House. They are Steve Aranguren, VP for global original programming, Disney Channels Europe, MidEast and Africa, and Michael Cairns, the division's managing director.

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Disney Screens Toy Story 3 Teaser at NAB

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Scheduled for release in June 2010, the first Toy Story 3 teaser was screened by Disney this weekend.

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Disney picks up Disney picks up 'Boss'

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Disney has picked up the workplace comedy "Boss," for Scott Rudin to produce. Spec script by Tony Lord and David Cohen, revolves around a 21-year-old who becomes his father's boss.

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'Princess' brings in 8.5 mil viewers

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The Friday premiere of Disney Channel original movie "Princess Protection Program" emerged as 2009's most-watched scripted program on cable, tallying 8.5 million viewers.

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Deadline stirs waters for 'Mermaid'

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Execs at Disney Theatrical Prods. have often said that one of the obstacles faced by Mouse tuners is the public perception they're all perennials, so there's no sense of urgency prodding theatergoers to buy tickets. Which sounds like a dubious rationalization for a sales slowdown at "The Little Mermaid" -- until evidence comes along suggesting it might be true.

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Disney takes Mickey back to his roots - Variety

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The Mouse House will reintroduce its famous mascot in "Epic Mickey," a videogame due late next year that will revive several of the character's key personality traits that have been dulled or forgotten since his introduction in the late 1920s.

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Disney to break windows - Variety

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Disney has boldly told U.S. exhibs it wants to break the theatrical-to-DVD window on at least two titles a year -- beginning with Tim Burton's 3D tentpole "Alice in Wonderland," according to insiders.

If theater owners in the U.S. are OK with Disney shortening the gap to just over 12 weeks, vs. the usual 16 weeks, they could be seen as fundamentally softening on the windows issue.

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Disney dances at 'Prom' - Variety

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The studio is developing "Prom," a comedy that revolves around a group of teens prepping for the big dance.

Disney is looking to experiment with how it packages the project, exploring the idea of casting complete unknown thesps, and rein in the budget to boost the profit potential of the pic. The tone is said to be similar to the types of teen comedies helmed by John Hughes or Cameron Crowe.

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Disney closes auction, evaluates bids for Miramax - Variety

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Disney is reportedly eyeing four bids after closing down its high-profile auction of Miramax.Possible bidders are said to include Relativity, Lionsgate and some high net-worth players who are able write a big check.

According to sources, Disney had pegged an $800 million asking price a month ago and was asking for nonbinding bids of at least $700 million for the library.

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