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The Walt Disney Studios Announces Film Release Schedule

The Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its upcoming slate following the recent acquisition of the Fox film studios, including changes to previously dated films and a number of major additions.

After kicking off with the record-setting success of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdin on May 24, Fox’s Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox’s Stuber on July 12, and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to Aug. 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will release on Aug. 23, while three films move to later dates: Ad Astra (9/20/19), The New Mutants (4/3/20), and Artemis Fowl (5/29/20).

The Studios’ 2019 slate rounds out with Fox’s The Woman in the Window on Oct. 4 and Ford V. Ferrari on Nov. 15, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Oct. 18 and Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 on Nov. 22, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20, and Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, moving from September to Christmas. Among early 2020 titles are Fox’s Underwater on Jan. 10, a new Kingsman movie on Feb. 14, and Call of the Wild on Feb. 21, followed by Pixar’s Onward on March 6 and Disney’s Mulan on March 27.

The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021. In the holiday corridor for 2020, Fox’s West Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, will debut Dec. 18 in the pre-Christmas slot, with Disney’s Cruella opening Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the long holiday weekend.

Download The Walt Disney Studios’ complete current release calendar as of 5/7/19 here.

Alan Bergman Upped, Alan Horn Expands Role at The Walt Disney Studios

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, have announced that Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman has been elevated to Co-Chairman of the Studio Entertainment division. He will serve alongside Horn, while Horn will assume the additional title of Chief Creative Officer, continuing to guide the Studios’ overarching creative strategy.

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As Co-Chairmen, Horn and Bergman will report to Iger and will jointly oversee Disney’s world-class film, music, and theatre groups, as well as the Studios’ global marketing, distribution, communications, and human resources. Producing content both for theatrical release and Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms, the Studios’ collection of film labels includes Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, as well as Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, and Blue Sky Studios following The Walt Disney Company’s recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Bergman will continue to oversee the Studios’ business groups including operations, technology, business and legal affairs, labor relations, and finance.

“Seven years ago, I had the good fortune of hiring Alan Horn as Chairman of our Studios, and since then, our Studio Entertainment group has delivered creative excellence and tremendous box office success,” said Iger. “Alan Bergman’s leadership has also been key to making our Studios the gold standard of the industry. The new ‘co-chair’ structure formally recognizes the powerful partnership behind one of the most successful eras in our Studios’ history and ensures we remain focused on creating extraordinary entertainment experiences for audiences around the world.”

“When I joined The Walt Disney Studios as Chairman in 2012, I was fortunate to gain an immensely talented, passionate, and dedicated leadership team, chief among them Alan Bergman, who has been a trusted partner and friend ever since,” said Horn. “We’ve worked in close consultation throughout my tenure, and the success we’ve had over the past several years would not have been possible without him. As The Walt Disney Studios has grown to encompass not only Disney but Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and now the Fox film division, I’m thrilled to acknowledge how Alan’s role has likewise expanded by naming him to lead the Studios alongside me as Co-Chairman.”

“The Walt Disney Studios team is the best in the business, and I’ve been inspired to do my best every day because of the extraordinary group of people I’m fortunate enough to work with,” said Bergman. “I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished together, and it’s a great honor to be asked to serve as Co-Chairman alongside Alan as we look forward to the years ahead.”

As President of The Walt Disney Studios since 2005, Bergman has played a significant role in guiding the transformation of Disney’s film studio into an industry powerhouse. He led the Studios’ integrations of Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios, led with Horn the integration of Lucasfilm, and is currently leading with Horn the integration of the Fox film labels under The Walt Disney Studios umbrella. Bergman joined The Walt Disney Company in 1996 and held executive roles in Disney’s controllership and operations planning groups before being named Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Studios in 2001.

Serving as Chairman since 2012, Horn has presided over an unprecedented time of growth at The Walt Disney Studios. Horn is a longtime industry veteran, having served as Chairman and CEO of Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio’s Embassy Communications and later co-founding Castle Rock Entertainment. Prior to joining Disney, Horn ushered in the modern blockbuster era as President and Chief Operating Officer at Warner Bros., which led the global box office seven years during his 12-year tenure.

Under Horn and Bergman’s leadership, Disney became the first and only studio to cross the $7 billion mark at the global box office, first in 2016 reaching $7.6 billion, and again in 2018 with $7.3 billion, when Disney also set an industry record of $3.09 billion domestically. Together, they’ve overseen the release of 15 billion-dollar hits, including two films – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers: Infinity War” – that have surpassed $2 billion out of only four in industry history.

During their tenure, Disney has released the biggest domestic release of all time (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), the biggest domestic animated release of all time (“Incredibles 2”), and the biggest global animated release of all time (“Frozen”), and a Disney release has led the box office domestically and globally every year since 2015. Among the films they’ve guided together are Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book”; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” and “Moana”; Pixar’s “Coco” and “Inside Out”; Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel”; and Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” while Disney’s theatrical group has debuted popular Broadway and touring productions of “Frozen,” “Newsies,” “Aladdin,” and others.

The Studios 2019 film slate is its most ambitious yet, with “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” already surpassing $1 billion each; live-action Disney releases “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”; Fox’s “Dark Phoenix,” “Stuber,” and “Ford V. Ferrari”; Pixar’s “Toy Story 4”; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2”; and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” among others. The Studios is also producing highly anticipated content for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, including “The Mandalorian” from Lucasfilm, several Marvel Studios limited series, and Disney’s live-action “Lady and The Tramp.”

VIDEO: New Trailer ‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’

New Trailer and Poster Released for ‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’

Today Disney released a new trailer and movie poster for The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.  Check out the trailer below!

In Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms,  all Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

You can also check out the new movie poster and stills from the film below.

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms will be released in theaters November 2, 2018.

The Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Advances the Art of Storytelling Through Next-Generation Technology

From Walt Disney’s early hand-drawn, animated cartoon, Steamboat Willie, to the live-action feature The Jungle Book and the interactive experience Coco VR, The Walt Disney Studios has spent nearly 100 years transporting audiences to new and stunning worlds using groundbreaking technology and a little pixie dust.

“With films like The Jungle Book and our upcoming The Lion King, we’ve seen firsthand the role that technology can play in helping us tell stories in new and powerful ways,” says Sean Bailey, President of The Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and StudioLAB Executive Sponsor.

To continue in this legacy of innovative storytelling, we are excited to announce the opening of The Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB—a brand-new tech hub focused on advancing the art of storytelling with cutting-edge tools and methods. “StudioLAB is all about giving our storytellers new superpowers,” says Benjamin Havey, Vice President, Technology Innovation Group, at The Walt Disney Studios.

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The Walt Disney Studios is already known for creating high-quality stories with heart, but now, Studio Creatives and production entities will have the space to gather and explore new ways of optimizing their storytelling. And to help bring the lab to life, the StudioLAB team set out to collaborate with Silicon Valley leaders Accenture Interactive, Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), who came on board as inaugural Innovation Partners.

Located inside the famed old Animation building in the heart of the Studio lot, this brand-new, 3,500 square foot facility is both ultra-sleek and reminiscent of the past, with mid-century modern furnishings that call to mind Walt Disney’s original office. This new creative space will enable filmmakers from Disney’s film studios—Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm—to more easily collaborate with one another, explore new technologies and experience the latest projects, content, tools and devices from StudioLAB partners, as well as the broader technology industry. StudioLAB will offer exclusive VR, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality experiences.

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One of the first StudioLAB innovations was Coco VR, recently nominated for the 2018 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program. Working alongside creatives from Pixar, the StudioLAB team was instrumental in producing Pixar’s first ever virtual reality experience.

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“Our vision for StudioLAB was to create a place where our amazing filmmakers and creative executives can engage in hands-on experimentation and exploration of next-generation technologies to push the art of storytelling forward in fresh, exciting ways,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer at The Walt Disney Studios and StudioLAB Executive Sponsor.

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Accenture Interactive, Cisco and HPE each bring their unique expertise and technologies to StudioLAB, which will also help its Innovation Partners develop new and easily adaptable technologies to better meet the needs of the creative community, driving business value for all parties involved.

  • Accenture InteractiveAccenture Interactive and its design and innovation unit, Fjord, will play a lead role in helping to establish StudioLAB, as well as define and develop cutting-edge entertainment technology with an initial focus on immersive entertainment; artificial intelligence; IoT; the future of movie production; and next-generation cinematic platforms. In addition to collaborating on research and development, Accenture Interactive will partner with the Studios to support StudioLAB operations, including co-crafting the new entity’s charter and governance, physical lab design and business operations. The Accenture-StudioLAB partnership will draw upon the extensive experience of Accenture Labs in running a lab to help Disney Studios apply emerging technologies in innovative ways.
  • Cisco—The industry leader in networking brings its hardware and software solutions to StudioLAB, extending to services spanning network, storage, orchestration and collaboration. At the launch of StudioLAB, Cisco is focused on such areas as enhancing the remote collaboration experience for creatives and studio leadership; providing a more seamless and secure connectivity for filmmakers, the studio, and third parties; and offering efficient and reliable ways to deliver data and assets from set to the cloud.
  • Hewlett Packard EnterpriseHPE will use its industry-leading portfolio of servers, GPUs and Memory-Driven Computing platforms to build solutions to transform the filmmaking industry. HPE will apply emerging technologies like AI and deep learning to the filmmaking process and creative workflows. Using the latest server innovations to increase speed and velocity will enhance the Studios’ movie-making process and immersive experiences. HPE will create a technology ecosystem that allows the Studios to share render resources via private cloud and not waste valuable hardware assets. And looking ahead, HPE will simplify traditional, complex IT environments by rethinking how compute evolves the model of how we consume new technology.