BURBANK, Calif. - January 31, 2011 - Chuck Viane, president of Global Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, announced today that he will retire in July after 25 years with The Walt Disney Company.

"Chuck is one of the most knowledgeable and savvy individuals in the film industry," said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Throughout his distinguished career at Disney, he has proven himself to be a rare legend, deeply respected by those who have had the privilege to work with him here as well as by exhibitors and colleagues around the world."

Coming from the exhibition arm of the industry, Viane joined Disney in 1985 and has helped shepherd the Studio's distribution operation through rapidly changing technological and economic times, including significant international expansion. As a result, the Studio's distribution arm reached the domestic billion-dollar plateau 13 times during his tenure, setting the stage for the Studio in 2010 to become the first to have two billion-dollar earners in the same year, with Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

"Being on the front lines at Disney over such an exciting period in the film industry has been an extraordinary experience. I've worked on the best projects, I've worked with the best people and I'm proud of the things we've accomplished together," said Viane. "Now I'm looking forward to watching my grandkids grow - and maybe getting to sleep in on Sunday mornings."

The Studio is pleased to announce that Dave Hollis has been promoted to executive vice president, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution. He will work closely with Viane over the next five months to transition oversight of the theatrical distribution function. Viane will stay on as a consultant through the middle of next year and a replacement for Hollis will be named at a later date.

"I've had the pleasure of watching Dave's career thrive here at Disney and I know I am leaving the team in very capable hands," added Viane.

A 10-year Disney veteran, Hollis was most recently senior vice president of Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, where he was responsible for the sales and distribution operation across 70 countries, for all motion pictures released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Disneynature, Marvel and Touchstone Pictures banners. In his new role, Dave will assume responsibility for global sales and distribution of The Walt Disney Studios motion pictures, including North America and international markets. He will report directly to Bob Chapek, president of Distribution for TWDS.

 

 

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WASHINGTON - A comprehensive new study released today by the brand and trademark monitoring firm Envisional found that 23.8 percent of global Internet traffic involves digital theft with BitTorrent accounting for almost half (11.4 percent). And traffic numbers for the United States, showed that over 17 percent of the US Internet traffic is estimated to be infringing, with BitTorrent responsible for more than half (9 percent).

The study by Dr. David Price, Head of Piracy Intelligence for Envisional, was commissioned by NBCUniversal. It also found that infringing cyberlocker sites accounted for 5.1 percent and infringing video streaming sites accounted for 1.4 percent of global traffic. Other peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and file sharing arenas contributed the rest of the infringing traffic.

Additionally, the analysis of the top 10,000 peer-to-peer swarms (as measured by the number of active downloaders or "leechers" on the PublicBT tracker, the largest and most popular BitTorrent tracker) found that 99.24 percent of the non-pornographic material was copyrighted material.

The study was released in conjunction with a panel discussion sponsored by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

The following is a statement from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

"Bottom line, according to this new study, nearly one-quarter of the traffic on the Internet involves the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material such as movies, TV shows, music and video games. Whether you call it piracy, digital theft, illegal downloading or unauthorized streaming, it's stealing the creative work of others. The real victims are the 2.4 million Americans working in film and television, and the millions of other workers in the United States and abroad whose livelihoods depend on the creation, sale and distribution of copyrighted material."

"Our society would not tolerate a situation where one-quarter of all the traffic in and out of the bakeries, butcher shops and grocery stores involved stolen merchandise, and we cannot tolerate the vast explosion of digital theft on the Internet. With download speeds and server capacity increasing every day, the problem will only get worse if we don't do something about it. The time for governments and industries to act is now."

A copy of a summary of the key findings along with the report can be found here.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Katherine Heigl will take on the role previously occupied by Halle Berry in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve. Jon Bon Jovi will play Heigl's love interest.

New Year Eve's cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sofía Vergara, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sienna Miller. It's due in theaters on Dec. 9, 2011.

 

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Los Angeles -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced today that the Oscar®-nominated hit Tangled will be released in IMAX® 3D in key Asian territories day-and-date with the individual countries' wide release dates. Starting in February, the film will open in select digital IMAX® theatres in Korea, the Philippines, Japan and Thailand, with other Asian countries to follow soon thereafter. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Rapunzel,' Tangled is an animated fantasy directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard and featuring the vocal talents of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

"One of the best ways to celebrate the arrival of a movie in any given market, in any part of the world, is to include an IMAX release," said Chuck Viane, President of Global Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "Tangled is ideally suited to the enhanced image and sound quality of IMAX, and we're looking forward to offering audiences the opportunity to experience it in this very special way starting next month."

"Having witnessed the great success of Tangled so far, we believe it will be a welcome addition to our robust 2011 international film slate," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Due to the worldwide growth of the IMAX theatre network, coupled with the program flexibility of our digital projection system, we are able to provide more moviegoers with more sought-after content than ever before - especially in this important region."

"Our partnership with Disney has been outstanding and we are excited for the opportunity to offer another iconic and beloved Disney adventure to IMAX moviegoers in these key territories," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

 

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