Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Disney orders comedy series Welcome to Mollywood

May 24, 2008

Disney Channel has ordered the live-action comedy series Welcome to Mollywood with Demi Lovato in the lead role.

Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide said, “Our success is completely driven by the talent we partner with in front of, and behind, the camera. The entire Mollywood creative team is the best in the business when it comes to creating break-out kid and family comedy. And Demi Lovato – actress, singer and songwriter is, without a doubt, the next big talent to emerge from Disney Channel.”

The multi-talented Lovato was introduced to Disney Channel viewers last year in the short form comedy series As the Bell Rings. She next stars in two Disney Channel Original Movies, Camp Rock opposite the Jonas Brothers and Princess Protection Program with Selena Gomez. She has a solo recording contract with Disney’s Hollywood Records and will perform this summer on the Jonas Brothers Burning Up concert tour.

Welcome to Mollywood also stars Tiffany Thornton as Tawni Hart, Brandon Mychal Smith as Nico, Doug Brochu as Grady and Allisyn Ashley Arm as Zora.

In Welcome to Mollywood, Lovato stars as Molly, a talented 15-year-old Midwestern girl who, after a nationwide search, is chosen to travel to Los Angeles to join the cast of the most popular and long-running teen sketch comedy show on TV.

Set around Molly’s home and work life, the series will feature a show-within-a-show, with fully produced comedy sketches. The sitcom will begin production in September for premiere during the 2008-09 season on Disney Channel.

Welcome to Mollywood is executive-produced by Brian Robbins and his producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, under the recently formed company Varsity Pictures. Steve Marmel will also executive produce along with Michael Feldman.

The pilot was directed by Lee Shallat Chemel and is her fourth pilot that has been picked up as a series for Disney Channel. Her additional pilots are Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That’s So Raven. The pilot was written by Steve Marmel and Michael Feldman and the series is being produced by Varsity Pictures and It’s a Laugh Productions.

“The creative team of Marmel and Feldman, along with Demi Lovato and the entire cast will support the success of this unique and highly conceptualized comedy for tweens. We look forward to moving into production and to working closely with Disney Channel on the series.” stated Robbins.

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Disney, Russia’s Channel One in licensing deal

December 21, 2007

Disney-ABC International Television has concluded a multi-year partnership with Russian state broadcaster Channel One. This agreement between Walt Disney Company’s international TV licensing arm and Channel One covers the licensing of features, live action series, animated series and made-for-TV movies, and also the launch of monthly family film timeslot “The Wonderful World of Disney.”

According to a company release, Disney-ABC’s total distribution revenues for the Russian market have increased by more than 400 per cent in the last three years.

In terms of cinema, Disney has also had a hugely successful year – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was the number one foreign release of all time in Russia and Ratatouille was the most successful non-sequel feature animation. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products and the Walt Disney Internet Group have also seen compelling growth in their Russian business over the past year, the release further states.

With this agreement, Russian viewers will get to see a slate of hit first-run features, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Wild Hogs and Disney/Pixar titles such as Finding Nemo. In addition, animated classics such as The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan will be shown on free TV in Russia for the first time.

Most of these titles will premiere on Russian TV within Channel One’s film timeslot “The Wonderful World of Disney,” which will run monthly, for 10 months a year.