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The Walt Disney Company has announced they will be filming Disney’s re-make of ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea‘ in the land down under, Australia. The Australian government is evening giving the Walt Disney Company $20.7 million as an incentive to film this re-make down under. In return, Disney plans to spend $160 in Australia on the film. Australian Prime Minister Gillard reported the deal should create up to 2,000 jobs for locals.
“On the back of the launch of Creative Australia, the new national cultural policy, the securing of this film is a huge coup for the Australian film industry and for the near 1,000 local businesses that will be providing goods and services for the film,” Gillard said.
“The announcement of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to film in Australia will result in meaningful benefits for the industry and the economy; including jobs, skills and training, and investment back into the local industry. This one-off payment highlights the importance of an attractive Location Offset which can successfully compete for large scale international production to shoot in Australia,” Debra Richards, CEO of locations marketing agency, said.
DISNEY CHANNEL ORDERS THIRD SEASON OF “AUSTIN & ALLY”
Disney Channel has ordered a third season of “Austin & Ally,” TV’s #1 comedy series in Kids 2-11, it was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. The series stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy. Production resumes in Los Angeles in July, with Season Three scheduled to premiere in October 2013.
Bonnett said: “‘Austin & Ally’ continues to hit high notes with kids and families, and the new season promises excitement for ‘Auslly’ fans as Austin’s music career kicks into full gear and Ally’s begins to take flight. This ensemble cast — Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy — has incredible comedic chemistry and charm that continues to win audiences over.”
A fan favorite, “Austin & Ally” follows the adventures of an improbable pair — a singer and a songwriter, and their two best friends — trying to achieve their dreams. Austin, now making his mark as an upcoming pop star, must rely on the songwriting expertise of Ally, who is fast becoming a bona fide performer in her own right.
Stay tuned for more Austin & Ally
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LeSportsac And Disney Turn Mary Blair’s Artwork Into Fashion With The “It’s A Small World” Collection
LeSportsac and Disney began their partnership last summer – bringing us handbags, totes, and accessories featuring the artwork of Mary Blair, whose whimsical design can be seen in Disney’s “It’s A Small World” ride. The full line of products will include 5 limited edition collections, each inspired by a different country. The patterns themselves pay tribute not only to the characters, but also the architecture and designs featured throughout the ride itself.
Are you a huge Disney fan? Have you always dreamed of being able to work for the mouse? Well, this may be your chance! The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is currently hosting an online job fair now through April 7, 2013. The Walt Disney Company has variety of open positions that they are hoping to fill throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including all four theme parks, both water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney and 25 resort hotels.
There are both full-time and part-time positions available at the job fair. Some positions being offered include openings for food & beverage, attractions, lifeguards, bus drivers and more. There are some great perks to being a Walt Disney World Resort cast member. Presently, all Disney World cast members receive complimentary theme park admission as well as discounts at select merchandise, dining, and recreation locations. Full-time cast members may be eligible to receive medical, dental and vision benefits. However, these benefits are subject to change at any time. The Walt Disney Company is an equal opportunity employer, drawing creativity from diversity.
Does this sound like the perfect job for you? You can apply here. Prospective applicants must complete an online application followed by a web-based interview, which will take approximately one hour of your time. After your web based interview, Disney will display a message to inform you of any next steps.
Here are some tips Disney suggests to prepare for your web based interview:
- Find an area that is quiet and free from interruptions
- Allow 40 minutes to complete the interview
- Use a computer with a reliable, high-speed internet connection
Good luck to all of you applying for these positions! Please let us know if you are selected as one of Disney’s newest Cast Members!
Are you thinking about your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort? Siera, authorized Disney vacation planner with Destinations in Florida, can help you plan your next getaway. Just be sure to let her know that Chip sent you!
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Today, the Walt Disney Company laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all of their current projects. Approximately one-hundred fifty staff members were informed of the decision this morning and lost their jobs. This decision also forces the company to cancel both of LucasArts current projects- Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313. The Walt Disney Company is keeping the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio will no longer exist.
Disney has reported that their current games could be licensed out to a different publisher or developer, but according to some sources, that’s unlikely. Rumor has it that Lucas has pursued the option for one or both of these games, but nothing came of it. It appears that these games will probably be gone forever.
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said in a statement. “As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”
LucasArts actually stopped all hiring last September and product announcements also ceased at this time. LucasFilm is still in business though and this decision should not affect any of the Star Wars movies in the makings.
What do you think will happen with the LucasArts projects? Do you think they will be licensed out to another publisher?
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