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37.1 Million Shares of Disney Stock registered to George Lucas

The Walt Disney Company has registered with the SEC that George Lucas is now the owner of 37.1 Million Shares of the company stock. This makes him the second-largest private shareholder of Disney stock, just behind the estate of late Disney Board member and Pixar Animation co-founder Steve Jobs.

Disney Being Sued by Stan Lee Media

Recently, Stan Lee Media has filed a suit against the Walt Disney Co. seeking "billions of dollars of profit" while claiming they own the rights to Marvel characters such as Iron Man and Spider Man.

Stan Lee, creator of many of the popular Marvel characters, no longer is associated with Stan Lee Media. That company says Lee gave it the rights to the characters back in 1998, but then assigned the same rights to Marvel about a month later.

In this latest suit, Stan Lee Media states:

Disney Committed to Elimiate Use of Rainforest-Sourced Paper

The Walt Disney Company has recently enacted a new paper sourcing policy in which the company will no longer use paper connected to the destruciton of the rainforest.

Disney worked closely with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to create the policy and will ensure the new policy will be enforced for every facet of Disney direct operations, from its theme parks and resorts to its media networks and book publishing.

Disney Launches New Employee Donation Matching Program

Disney and its employees have long been known for their generosity and charitable works, yet Disney has said it wants to do more and help make the world a better place. They've recently started a new employee donation matching program to help achieve this goal.

The new program, called "Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation," will match Disney funds with any employee contributions to charities and schools.

Disney Receives Award From Jane Goodall Institute

Last weekend, the Walt Disney Company was acknowledged by The Jane Goodall Institute at an event in Hollywood. The company received the Global Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility last Saturday.

Dr. Jane Goodall handed over the award to senior vice president of corporate citizenship Beth Stevens, Ph.D. The doctor remarked on the company carrying out the legacy of Walt Disney with its commitment to global responsibility. Disney received the award because of its "long-standing efforts to make the world a better place."

Disney Contributes Over $600,000 to VoluntEARS' Charities

They consistently provide outstanding customer service in and around the parks, and some Disney cast members take these skills into the central Florida community by being a Disney VoluntEAR. Turns out, this group of dedicated Disney employees volunteered some 228,000 hours of their time to various charities last year. Now, in addition to the hours of service, the Walt Disney Company is also contributing $686,950 to nearly 400 charities.

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Disney's Butterfly Conservation At Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney Company is committed to outstanding environmental stewardship and using their efforts to help reverse species declines around the globe. Stewardship starts at home though, and through partnerships with other conservation organizations they are making an impact. One such effort include the Disney Butterfly Conservation that guests may notice going on across Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.

Welcome Spring With News From Walt Disney World

It's spring, and that means wonderful things are taking shape across Walt Disney World. Since this is a time for new beginnings, I thought a news round-up would be in order to tempt you into thinking about your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney and the Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots has been around since 1947 and has served tens of thousands of children in need over the last 64 years. In 1948, Walt Disney and his animators designed a logo for Toys for Tots that is still used to this day. This magical team designed the first poster used and distributed to promote awareness of the foundation.

Bob Iger Remains Disney’s CEO and Chairman through June 2016

Bob Iger will continue to helm The Walt Disney Company through June 2016 as Chairman and CEO. This is a change from his original contract which called for him to retire as CEO in April 2015 and transition to the role of executive chairman.

Iger has been CEO of the company since September 30, 2005, and during his tenure has overseen the acquisition of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, in addition to theme park and resort renovations. In 2012, Iger was paid nearly $40.2 million.

2013 Disney Annual Meeting of Shareholders

It's that time of year again when shareholders of the Walt Disney Company gather to cast their votes for the future of corporate governance. With the current stock at an all time high, and dividends better than ever, attendees can expect a positive outlook despite the overall economy. The annual meeting of shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, is being held on March 6th, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

The items of business on the agenda that the Board of Directors advises to vote "for" are:

Disney Celebrates “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” at the 124th Rose Parade

The 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, marks 75 years of the Walt Disney Company's involvement with the Pasadena, California New Year's Day institution.

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

There are many ways that the Walt Disney Company helps to contribute to the good of our planet. From the impressive VoluntEARs, to the Florida Green Lodging Program, Disney is always looking for ways to lead the industry in corporate social responsibility.

Looking Back: Walt Disney and the Alice Comedies

October 16th, 1923 is an important date for Walt Disney fans; it's that day that Walt signed a contract with M. J. Winkler to produce a series of Alice Comedies. Looking back through history it is widely considered to be the start of Walt Disney's success in its first incarnation as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. 89 years ago today, the Walt Disney Company was born.

Should Disney Continue with Stand Alone Hotels?

It was announced last month that The Walt Disney Company has canceled plans to build a 500 room National Harbor resort in Washington, D.C. Disney purchased the 15 acres in May of 2009 for $11 million.

Looking to build a stand-alone Disney branded hotel, they pulled out with Disney spokeswoman Kristin Nolt Wingard stating, "Given the full slate of expansion currently underway at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the timing isn't right to proceed with another new project of this scale."