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Big Hero 6 The Series Launches June 9 on Disney Channel

Disney’s animated “Big Hero 6 The Series” will launch with a premiere weekend event, featuring two back-to-back episodes on both SATURDAY, JUNE 9 and SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD platforms. Following the premiere weekend, episodes will debut every Saturday through September.

Emmy® Award-nominated Christy Carlson Romano reunites with the creative team of the global hit Disney Channel series “Kim Possible” – Emmy Award-winning producers Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi – when she guest stars as bot-fighter Trina.

Additional guest voice cast includes celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Alton Brown as cooking competition participant Bolton Gramercy and host Yum Laboughé, respectively; Daniel Henney (“Criminal Minds”) and James Cromwell (“The Young Pope”) reprise their feature film roles as Hiro’s brother Tadashi and Professor Callaghan, respectively; Susan Sullivan (“Castle”) as Fred’s mother; John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect”) as Fred’s sidekick robot Mini-Max; Diedrich Bader (“American Housewife”) as pompous local TV reporter Bluff Dunder; Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”) as Fred’s geeky archrival Richardson Mole; Naoko Mori (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”) as thief-for-hire Momakase; Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”) as fast-food mascot Noodle Burger Boy; and Mara Wilson (“Matilda”) as self-made billionaire Liv Amara.

Executive producers McCorkle and Schooley said, “The ‘Big Hero 6 The Series’ crew has been busy cooking up exciting new adventures for Hiro, his best friend Baymax and the rest of the Big Hero 6 team as they continue their journey together in San Fransokyo. We cannot wait for the audience to come along for the fast and funny ride.”

“Big Hero 6 The Series,” based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning feature film, continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro, his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax and their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred as they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Beginning Thursday, May 31, shorts featuring Baymax will debut across Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel YouTube. A line of consumer products will be available on shopDisney.com on May 1, at Disney store on June 1 and at retailers nationwide on July 1. A DVD from Walt Disney Studios titled “Big Hero 6 The Series: Back in Action!” will be released on June 26.

The “Big Hero 6 The Series” voice cast is Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Ryan Potter as Hiro; Scott Adsit as Baymax; Jamie Chung as Go Go; Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei; Khary Payton as Wasabi; Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon; Brooks Wheelan as Fred; David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad. Recurring guest voice cast includes Jenifer Lewis as Professor Granville; Haley Tju as Karmi; Andrew Scott as Obake; and Andy Richter as Globby.

In addition to McCorkle and Schooley, Emmy Award-winning Nick Filippi serves as executive producer and supervising director. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TVY7-FV parental guideline.

Disney Conservation Fund Announces 2018 Conservation Grants

California condors, rhinos in Zambia and critically endangered gibbons in northern Vietnam are among the species protected by conservation programs that recently received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF). The DCF provided grants totaling more than $8 million to support the work of 80 nonprofit organizations this year as part of Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which pairs The Walt Disney Company’s philanthropic dollars with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team and other employees to maximize the impact of conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places. Including these new grants, DCF has awarded more than $70 million to date to support conservation efforts around the world.

DCF actively supports the world’s leading conservation organizations with funds and professional resources to save wildlife and habitats, inspire action and protect the planet. Through the “Reverse the Decline” initiative, DCF maintains a comprehensive focus on stabilizing and increasing the populations of 10 different at-risk species: apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers. DCF also provides grants to support conservation programs that engage communities in comprehensive solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats.

“Each program we support through the Disney Conservation Fund is an inspiring example of the power of people to make a difference around the world, an important reminder for each of us as we celebrate Earth Month,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.

Some of the programs receiving grants this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program—Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation: In 1986 only nine condors remained in the wild. Santa Barbara Zoo and partners are working to increase California condor populations through captive breeding, careful management, education programs with local communities and research to encourage self-sustaining populations through the California Condor Nest Guarding Program.
  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement—Save the Rhino International: Black rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia in 1998, but after successful law enforcement and conservation collaboration, 25 rhinos were reintroduced to Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park between 2003 and 2010. Save the Rhino International is protecting this population of black rhinos by providing teacher training workshops, supporting school curriculums focused on wildlife conservation and implementing community events and park visits that allow children and adults to connect with nature.
  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon—Fauna & Flora International: The critically endangered Cao Vit gibbon, also known as the eastern black-crested gibbon, is threatened by loss of habitat from cattle grazing and illegal logging. Fauna & Flora International is protecting the last population of these gibbons in northern Vietnam by strengthening community conservation teams to help government rangers in forest protection, wildlife monitoring and enforcement activities, by providing environmental education at local schools and supporting sustainable livelihoods.
  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils—Global Wildlife Conservation: Non-native species threaten the survival of many native Australian wildlife species and, as a result, impact ecosystems and human livelihoods. Global Wildlife Conservation is working to reverse the decline of the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland and re-establish it as an apex predator, while raising public awareness about challenges faced by Australia’s wildlife.
  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation—Marine Resources Development Foundation: Seagrass beds are diminishing worldwide but serve a critical role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing sediments and providing food and habitat for marine wildlife. The Marine Resources Development Foundation is leading seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys to monitor and understand ecosystem health, and engaging students and teachers from around the country in hands-on field work, data analysis and classroom curriculum to raise awareness about seagrass habitat conservation.

 

Since the Disney Conservation Fund was founded in 1995, it has helped conserve more than 400 species around the world. DCF has supported more than 2,000 conservation projects, helping more than 600 nonprofit organizations working hand-in-hand with communities to protect wildlife worldwide. Additionally, more than 150 individuals have been recognized as Disney Conservation Heroes for their efforts to save animals alongside their communities and engage their communities in conservation solutions. The majority of funding for these grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and select Walt Disney World Resort locations.

For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit Disney.com/Conservation.

ABC’s ‘American Idol’ to Make History With the First-Ever Coast-to-Coast Simul-Vote

For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as “American Idol” is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network. Viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app. Results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

“We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “As we head into the next phase of the ‘American Idol’ competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America’s next superstar.”

As the country gears up for next week’s historic nationwide viewing, don’t miss TONIGHT’S all-new episode. America’s votes are in and the Top 14 take to the “American Idol” stage LIVE for performances and elimination results, as the search for America’s next singing sensation continues and the Top 10 are revealed, from (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Joining superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie is Emmy® Award-winning host and producer, Ryan Seacrest.

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with executive producer Phil McIntyre representing CORE Media. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

“American Idol” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

The official “American Idol” app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to “IDOLize” their selfies with “American Idol” filters and stickers, and track what’s trending with judges, contestants and fans.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Returns to Freeform on June 11

Save the Date!  Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings TV Show is coming back to the Freeform Channel on Monday, June 11th!

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In case you aren’t familiar, each hour-long episode gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most spectacular weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the globe. From a sun-drenched holiday proposal at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, to a winter wonderland wedding at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, viewers are guests from the start of each couple’s “happily ever after” journey.

For over 25 years, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been helping celebrate magical moments for everyone, from engagements and honeymoons to vow renewals and of course, weddings. From a small island ceremony, to a huge celebration in front of Cinderella’s Castle, to the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot, no dream is too big or too small.

Be sure to check out “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” on Monday, June 11 at 8/7c on the Freeform Channel.

Adventures by Disney Announces NEW Special South Africa Departure Hosted by Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning

Yesterday, Disney’s Animal Kingdom marked its 20th Anniversary, and Adventures by Disney is celebrating this momentous occasion with a special adult-exclusive Safari to South Africa departure for Nov. 30, 2018. On this unique trip, you can explore Africa with special hosts Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, who will share their expertise on storytelling, wildlife and conservation.

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Throughout the trip, Joe will share his insight on this magnificent country through the lens of an artist. Learn from Joe as he leads sketching sessions (no prior art experience required!) at iconic locations in South Africa. He’ll also share the experiences in Africa that inspired him to create Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

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Meanwhile, Mark, a native of South Africa, will share his expertise on South African natural history. Learn about the unique species that live in the areas visited on the trip, including the birds at Cape Point; the elephants, birds and monkeys in Knysna; and the abundant wildlife found during the game drives at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Be sure to check out  a sneak peek in the video below!

Booking for this once-in-a-lifetime experience begin April 23.  Visit AdventuresbyDisney.com for more details!