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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Disney Takes Insurer AIG to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Settlement by Gene Maddaus

The Walt Disney Company is going to battle with its insurer, AIG, as it seeks coverage for a massive settlement in the “pink slime” defamation case. In a motion in federal court,…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Ticketmaster Says Bot Army Bought 30,000 ‘Hamilton’ Tickets by Gene Maddaus

A ticket broker used an army of bots to buy up 30,000 tickets to “Hamilton,” along with hundreds of thousands of other orders, according to a federal suit filed by Ticketmaster o…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Bill Nye Claims Disney Withheld $28 Million in ‘Science Guy’ Profits by Gene Maddaus

Bill Nye is accustomed to explaining complicated concepts to children, but even he has struggled with the byzantine mess that is studio accounting. According to a lawsuit filed Thursday in L…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Disney Channel Exec Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment by Gene Maddaus

A former Disney Channels Worldwide executive filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging she was subjected to a two-year campaign of retaliation, and was ultimately fired, after reporting her boss fo…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Child Development Expert Claims Disney Stole Idea for ‘Inside Out’ by Gene Maddaus

An expert in child development filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging that she pitched Disney and Pixar executives on a TV project that bears a striking resemblance to the 2015 film R…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Jerry Bruckheimer Would Board Sixth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ With Johnny Depp, Disney by Gene Maddaus

Disney kicked off the summer movie season on Thursday night with the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment in the venerable franchise. Hun…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says He’s Definitely Leaving in 2019: ‘I’m Serious This Time’ by Gene Maddaus

Disney CEO Bob Iger insisted that he is stepping down in 2019 in remarks at a USC tech conference on Thursday. “Succession is a complicated thing, and I felt and the board felt, we cou…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’ From Screenwriter Gary Goldman by Gene Maddaus

A veteran screenwriter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the hit animated film “Zootopia.” Gary Goldman alleges that Disney took character …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shanghai Disneyland’s Huge Early Numbers Vindicate a Big Gamble by Gene Maddaus

The case for building a Disney theme park in Shanghai is obvious on paper. With a population equivalent to the entire U.S. living within a three-hour drive, the opportunity was simply too bi…

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Disney Launches a New Class of Startups at In-House Accelerator by Gene Maddaus

The Walt Disney Company held a graduation ceremony for its in-house accelerator program on Thursday, giving nine companies the chance to pitch their plans to change the entertainment industr…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cinemark Drops $700,000 Claim Against Aurora Theater Shooting Victims, Ending Legal Battle by Gene Maddaus

Putting an end to a painful legal episode, Cinemark today dropped a claim of $700,000 in legal costs against victims of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting. The victims sued the theater chai…

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