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Thursday - September 27, 2001
- Disney Kills El Capitan Premiere Party for Snow White DVD
- UPN Comes in #2 with Enterprise Premiere
- Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension
- News Link of the Day - Disney Losing Attraction with Investors


Disney Kills El Capitan Premiere Party for Snow White DVD
(by digitalmediafx.com) Hollywood has been up in arms in how to proceed after the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and White House. Concerns over security, delicacy issues, and the place of entertainment during such a time prompted many studios to cancel premieres, move release dates, edit movies, and even cancel planned productions. Disney is no exception.

Disney has canceled its longtime planned premiere party for the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD that was to take place this Saturday night at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. In addition, Disney has scrapped its Sunday premiere of Max Keebler's Big Move.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD will still be released on October 9, 2001.

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UPN Comes in #2 with Enterprise Premiere
(by digitalmediafx.com) The UPN network, use to coming in fifth every week in Nielsen ratings behind ABC, CBS, NBC, and the WB scored a mega victory Wednesday, September 26, with the premiere of the new Star Trek series Enterprise. The new series scored a strong 9.9/15 rating, enough to propel the network into second place for the night. As a comparison, the season finale of Voyager only scored a 2.7/5 rating. Enterprise also enjoyed a majority of positive critical reviews for the direction it is going in. The Star Trek series takes place at the very beginning of the Federation, well before the days of Captain Kirk (150 years earlier to be precise).

The new Enterprise captain is Scott Bakula from Quantum Leap fame. Kevin Blank is the visual effects coordinator. Prior to Enterprise, Blank worked with the visual effects for both Hercules and Xena.

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Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension
(by digitalmediafx.com) CineGroupe has announced that production has begun on two seasons of 13 half-hour episodes each (for a total of 26 episodes) of Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, a new live action television series that integrates 3D backgrounds and numerous special effects to tell its story. Inspired by the web characters created by Tom Lynch (Caitlin's Way, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Just Deal), Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension is set to broadcast in Winter 2002 on both YTV in Canada and Fox Kids Network in the U.S. CineGroupe is shooting the series on location and in studio in Montreal. The 3D backgrounds and computer generated images will be created in CineGroupe's 3D/computer imaging studio.

"With Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, we're creating a new entertainment category for kids and tweens, combining elements of fantasy with stories about the magic of the human experience," says Tom Lynch. "With CineGroupe, we're integrating rich characters and storylines with riveting special effects and 3D backgrounds. The result will be an exciting live action/CG animation genre that will completely immerse the audience in a whole new world."

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News Link of the Day - Disney Losing Attraction with Investors

According to The UK Times:

"...The move is likely to make it difficult for Disney, which currently has debts of more than $16 billion (£11 billion), to raise additional funds or refinance existing borrowings.

Michael Eisner, the chairman and chief executive who last year took home more than $51 million in salary and options-related bonuses, said that the group, which has survived several recessions, would bounce back stronger than ever..."

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