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James Pitaro Named President of ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks

James Pitaro has been named President of ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Pitaro, who has served as Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media since 2016, will report directly to Mr. Iger.

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“Jimmy is a talented and dedicated leader with the right strategic vision, relentless drive and passion for sports required to lead the stellar ESPN team at this incredibly dynamic time,” Mr. Iger said. “Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future. I also want to extend my utmost thanks to George Bodenheimer for serving as Acting Chair of ESPN these past few months; he is a true industry pioneer and helped make ESPN the undisputed leader in sports.” Mr. Bodenheimer will stay on through the end of the year as a consultant.

“As a passionate and lifelong sports fan, I am honored to be joining the ESPN team during such a pivotal time in its storied history,” Mr. Pitaro said. “The appetite for quality sports content across platforms has never been greater, and I am looking forward to working with the talented ESPN team as we continue to redefine the future fan experience.” Mr. Pitaro’s appointment is effective immediately, and new leadership for Disney’s consumer products and interactive businesses will be named at a later date.

Mr. Pitaro’s appointment comes at a time of great opportunity for ESPN, as it readies the launch of its new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. ESPN+ will offer a dynamic lineup of thousands of live sporting events, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming. The service will be integrated into a completely reimagined ESPN App that will serve as the all-in-one, personalized digital destination for all that ESPN offers, including scores, news, highlights and authenticated live streaming of ESPN’s eight U.S. networks.

Creating transformative entertainment experiences through digital technology has been a hallmark of Mr. Pitaro’s career, from building Yahoo Sports into an industry-leading online service to leading Disney’s creation of innovative interactive products and services. At Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, Mr. Pitaro has overseen the world’s largest licensing business across toys, apparel and home goods; the world’s largest children’s publisher; the creation of branded digital and physical products, including a robust digital game slate; Disney store locations around the world; the recently launched shopDisney e-commerce platform; and the Disney Digital Network of social and digital channels that reach one of out of every three U.S. social media accounts.

Mr. Pitaro previously served as president, Disney Interactive. Prior to his roles at Disney, he served as vice president and head of Yahoo Media, where he set strategy and developed and executed growth-driving initiatives for Yahoo’s media properties, including Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Music. At Yahoo Sports, he developed and maintained strong relationships in the sports industry across the leagues and agencies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pitaro 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 Law School.

NEW Poster and Casting Info Released for Disney’s Christopher Robin

Today Disney revealed the first movie poster for Christopher Robin along with casting information for the film.

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The film is directed by Marc Forster, produced by Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr, and executive produced by Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns. A.A. Milne’s iconic characters influenced Alex Ross Perry’s story and the screenplay by Perry and Allison Schroeder.

Ewan McGregor will play Christopher Robin, with Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn, Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline, and Mark Gatiss as his boss Keith Winslow. Our favorite stuffed childhood friends will be voiced by Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Chris O’Dowd (Tigger), Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Toby Jones (Owl), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), and Sophie Okonedo (Kanga).

Stay tuned because a Christopher Robin teaser trailer is coming tomorrow!

“Remember Me” from Coco Wins Academy Award for Best Original Song

Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote Disney•Pixar’s Coco‘s song “Remember Me,” took home an Oscar last night for Best Original Song.

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Anderson-Lopez and Lopez had previously won an Academy Award for Original Song with “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Earlier in the show, Gael García Bernal, Miguel, and Natalia LaFourcade  performed the song in front of the live audience.

Disney•Pixar’s Coco is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4k UHD.

‘Coco’ Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film

Disney•Pixar’s Coco, received an Oscar last night for Best Animated Feature Film.

Directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina as well as Producer Darla K. Anderson and Anthony Gonzalez, the voice of Miguel, accepted the award on behalf of Disney•Pixar’s stunning film, which spotlights the importance of family and following your dreams.  Unkrich said: “The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico. Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions.”

Disney•Pixar’s Coco is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4k UHD.

#FaveFive – Our Favorite Disney Happenings this Week

Welcome to our #FaveFive where we bring you our top 5 favorite Disney happenings this week!

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1.   We’re egg-cited for this scavenger hunt at Disneyland Resort!

 

 

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2.  Disney’s going all out to celebrate 90 years of Mickey!

 

 

3.  Together again!

 

 

4.  Our wait is shorter!

 

 

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5.  Yes! We wanna see Mark in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!

See you next week!