Freeform Sets ‘A Stage For Everyone’ at Second Annual Freeform Summit on March 28 in Hollywood

Freeform announced today the second annual Freeform Summit, a network and industrywide event featuring some of the biggest names at the forefront of the network’s 2019 programming slate, to be held in Hollywood on THURSDAY, MARCH 28. The summit will also spotlight key influencers, tastemakers and pop culture titans who have dedicated their voices to creating culture and effecting change. This year, the theme for the event will be a reimagined beauty pageant, providing “a stage for everyone” to have a voice, be ambassadors of change and tell stories that matter. Panels will deliver candid conversations surrounding representation, authentic storytelling, inclusion and mentorship, and emphasize how far young adults have pushed society to reexamine cultural norms.

“Today’s generation of young adults are teaching us to see the world differently and strive for diverse representation in everything we do within storytelling, fashion, music and the entire entertainment landscape,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. “So whether you’re a pageant queen or a drag queen, at this year’s Freeform Summit the stage belongs to everyone and there are no judges allowed.”

The format of the summit is guided by Freeform’s identity, which continues to set itself apart from other content platforms by delivering stories that celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture—stories that break boundaries, are bold, sophisticated, inspirational, culturally significant and most importantly, on the pulse of young adult life. The event will highlight talent, executives, showrunners and directors across multiple Freeform series including “Good Trouble,” “grown-ish,” “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” “Siren,” “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” “The Bold Type,” and the upcoming series “Besties.”

Panels, moderators and participants of the 2019 Freeform Summit to be announced at a later date.

Crunch Berries Cupcake Now at Sprinkles

For a limited time, Breakfast Cupcakes are returning to Sprinkles at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort and at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Currently, the Crunch Berries Cupcake is on the menu through January 27 featuring gluten free lemon blueberry cake, topped with vanilla frosting and Crunch Berries. Next week, look for the Lucky Charms Cupcake available from January 28 through February 3!

During your visit, you can also try the Black and White Ice Cream available through January 31 which features layers of chocolate cupcakes, vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles.

Sprinkles is a bakery located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort and in The Town Center in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. They are known for their popular gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily with unique flavors and high-quality ingredients.  For more information, click here.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Comic Book Series Coming This Spring

A new comic book series will launch this spring based on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is set to open at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort later this year. The five-issue miniseries will introduce the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities and find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space. The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca.

Check out the concept design variant cover art featuring Dok-Ondar, designed by Karl Lindberg and Iain McCaig, for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge issue #1 below!

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According to StarWars.com, the series is written by Ethan Sacks, who recently entered the Star Wars comics galaxy with a tale of Jedi Master, Mace Windu, in the Star Wars: Age of Republic series. The series will be illustrated by Will Sliney, the artist behind the Beckett one-shot who also penciled the comic adaptation for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Cover art will be created by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm artists.

Look for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comic series this April!

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” Returns to Epcot This Summer

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will return to Epcot this summer at Walt Disney World Resort. The live show which debuted last summer, features Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, as they take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos. The duo performs with a 7-piece alien band and brings many of your favorite hits from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2 to life.

Guests can catch “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” five time daily at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, from June 14 through August 18. It is included with theme park admission. For more information, click here!


‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’ & ‘A Charlie Brown Valentine’ to Air Feb. 8 on ABC

“Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” the 1975 special produced and animated by the same team that gave us the now classic holiday specials and taken directly from the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s famed comic strip, will air with the classic “A Charlie Brown Valentine,” FRIDAY, FEB. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

In “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” hearts are fluttering on Valentine’s Day at Birchwood School, and Linus has brought a huge box of candy for his homeroom teacher. Thinking that the candy is for her, Sally reciprocates with a homemade card for Linus. Meanwhile, Lucy demands some affection from Schroeder, and Charlie Brown waits for his cards in the mail … and waits … and waits …

This special stars Duncan Watson (Charlie Brown), Stephen Shea (Linus), Melanie Kohn (Lucy), Greg Felton (Schroeder), Lynn Mortensen (Sally) and Linda Ercoli (Violet). “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” was executive produced by Lee Mendelson, produced by Bill Melendez and directed by Phil Roman. Music was composed and performed by Vince Guaraldi. It will air with Spanish audio via SAP.

“A Charlie Brown Valentine” marked the first newly created programming from the PEANUTS team in several years. In this special, Charlie Brown finally works up the courage to call the little red-haired girl to ask her to the Valentine’s Day dance. But once again he ends up broken-hearted and empty-handed when he dials the wrong number and reaches Peppermint Patty instead.

Cast members include Wesley Singerman (Charlie Brown), Lauren Schaffel (Lucy), Corey Padnos (Linus), Emily Lalande (Peppermint Patty), Jessica D. Stone (Marcie) and Christopher Ryan Johnson (Schroeder). Lee Mendelson was executive producer and Bill Melendez was producer and director of “A Charlie Brown Valentine.”

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