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Disney World, Union Reach Contract Agreement | Heraldnet.com - Business

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Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. Union officials said Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group that raises starting hourly pay from a little over $8 to $9 this year. The agreement announced Friday raises starting hourly pay to $9.50 next year and $10 in 2016. Union members will vote whether to approve the proposed contract on Aug. 1. The contract covers 21,000 full-time workers at the Florida-based theme park resort, which has around 45,000 full-time and 25,000 part-time employees. Union officials said the contract freezes employee health care costs in 2015. Disney World and union officials have been negotiating since March, when the previous contract expired. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use .
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When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), the latest Studio Ghibli production, opened in a disappointing third despite being released at the start of school summer vacations, news that does not bode well for the anime powerhouse post- HayaoMiyazaki. Maleficent took another $4.7 million (480 million) on Saturday and Sunday, with another $2.4 million on Monday raising its total in Japan to $32 million (3.28 billion) after three weekends in theaters. The combined 19 weeks for Frozen and Maleficent is a record for Disney. Historical data is not available for Titanic's run that began in December 1997 for Twentieth Century Fox, following its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Titanicgrossed26.2 billion in Japan, $258 million at today's exchange rates, second only to Miyazaki's Spirited Away, with 30.4 billion ($300 million). PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Disney stable-mate Frozen, cheap disney world packages which Maleficent unseated from the top of the rankings, dropped to eighth spot from fourth, but remains in theaters despite its record-breaking home entertainment release on July 16. Frozen added another $1.5 million over the long weekend to take its box office total to $248 million (25.1 billion) after 19 weeks of release. STORY Why 'Frozen' Was Such a Big Box-Office Hit in Japan Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, is the 17th theatrical release from the franchise, and pulled in $3.88 million (393 million) from 357 screens on Saturday and Sunday. Pokemon actually beat Maleficent in admissions 360,000 to 350,000, leading local rankings to place it top, but lost on takings due to the lower number of more expensive adult tickets sold. When Marnie Was There, written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, took $3.74 million (379 million) in third place from 461 screens, close behind the Pocket Monsters. It was the first project announced by Studio Ghibli since co-founderMiyazaki confirmed his retirement last year, and will inevitably raise questions about the ongoing success of the studio without its Oscar-winning maestro.
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A four-hour, two-night biography of the American show-business legend will debut in fall 2015 on "American Experience," PBS announced Tuesday. It's an appropriate forum because Disney, from his life to the movies to the theme parks, is an American experience. Walt Disney strikes a memorable pose for Edward Steichen in 1933. (Conde Nast Archive/Corbis / July 22, 2014) "Walt Disney" will be directed and produced by Sarah Colt ("Henry Ford," "RFK") and written by Mark Zwonitzer ("JFK," "Triangle Fire"). PBS teased that "the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked on 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland ." Photos: 2014 ESPY Awards - Red carpet arrivals Disney World wasn't mentioned in the release announcement, but the approach to Disney sounds admiring. "Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial and cultural icon," said said Mark Samels, executive producer of "American Experience." "No single figure shaped American culture in the 20th century more than he," Samels added. The release offered this view of Disney: "A polarizing figure though true believers vastly outnumber his critics Disney's achievements are indisputable. He created one of the most beloved cartoon characters in history, Mickey Mouse; conceived the first ever feature-length animated film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'; pioneered the integration of media and marketing with thousands of branded products; invented the anthropomorphic wildlife documentary; and conceived Disneyland, the worlds first theme park and the fulfillment of a lifelong desire to create a world unto itself." What of Disney World? Stay tuned.
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