Industry News: Disney, Baby Shark, Working Actors and More!
DISNEY ANNOUNCES PROTECT THE PRIDE CAMPAIGN: Disney has announced a global conservation campaign to raise awareness of the crisis facing lions and other wildlife across Africa, inspired by the upcoming release of The Lion King, starring Beyonce and Donald Glover. Disney has already donated more than $1.5 million to the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund. "Disney is committed to supporting lion conservation efforts and we believe The Lion King is the perfect story to remind us of the role each of us has in ensuring a world where these majestic animals are treasured and protected," Elissa Margolis, senior vp enterprise social responsibility for The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. "Conservation has always been a core value of The Walt Disney Company and that commitment is apparent in everything from our films to our theme parks and is why we created the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF)."
BABY SHARK TV SERIES IN THE WORKS: Nickelodeon has partnered with the team behind the YouTube viral hit "Baby Shark." SmartStudy’s Pinkfong and Nickelodeon will produce an original preschool animated series. "Baby Shark has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the top 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube ever," said Ramsey Naito, executive vp, Nickelodeon Animation. "At the heart of any popular piece of content is a terrific character, and we have a great opportunity to further explore the world of Baby Shark and follow this family through some great animated adventures on Nickelodeon."
STUDY: ONLY 2% OF ACTORS ARE MAKING A LIVING: A recent study by Queen Mary University of London shows only 2% of actors make a living wage from acting alone. About 98% make hardly anything at all.
RON HOWARD SAYS TROLLS WERE TO BLAME FOR SOLO FAIL: Ron Howard says that online trolls were partly to blame for the poor box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Oscar-winner told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that "trolling" was a crucial factor in the film’s under-performance. "I wish it could have lived up to the box office expectations," Howard said. "That’s disappointing. Why didn’t it? Maybe that’s the release date, maybe it was too nostalgic, maybe pushback from the previous movie…some trolling, definitely. It was especially noticeable in several algorithms such as Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. There was an inordinate push down on the ‘Want to see’ score on Rotten Tomatoes and on the fan voting. There was a series of 0s and 1s on there…I didn’t take it personally."