Deborah Gregory, author of the Cheetah Girls book series that served as the inspiration for the hit Disney TV show, claims that Disney is denying her profits from the franchise.
From the LATimes:
Gregory expected to get a piece of the action when she signed a 2001 contract promising her 4 percent of the net from all of this activity. But like many other authors who have signed away dramatic rights, she says she never got a penny of the profits.
Indeed, Gregory said she's pocketed $125,000 over the past nine years in option fees and payments for her title as co-producer of the movies. Although she's asked for them, she has never gotten "net profit participation statements" from Disney, spelling out details of expenses and revenues. If anyone is getting rich on this formidable franchise, Gregory noted, it's not the woman who created it.



BroadwayWorld.com has posted an article reviewing two new Disney book offerings, How Does The Show Go On? (An introduction to the theater) and Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It. Both get glowing notices.
From BroadwayWorld.com:
RE: How Does The Show Go On: I can honestly, without reservation, tell you that this is a “must-have” collectible book that will be handed down for generations to come. There has never been anything like this and it’s sort of surprising when you actually think about it. Schumacher’s passion and association with the Disney organization and its resources combined to give us this extraordinarily generous cornucopia of a book. To open its front flaps is to open the doors to the magical world of the theatre and, in this case, the Disney musicals.
The book is amazingly “interactive” … Script pages, tickets, a PLAYBILL, sketches, stories, rehearsal pictures, production photos and more. Everything that goes on in the theatre itself, the rehearsal process, casting, scenic design, recording, lighting design, costumes …. everything! It’s just magical …. truly wonderful. There was never a book like this one when I was growing up and first fell in love with the theatre.
RE: Mary Poppins:
(This book is) actually made up of three different books - beautifully designed and executed, in an extremely handsome hardcover edition, worthy of any coffee table.
The different folios make up a sort of “from page to stage” or “making of” covering the journey of the original P.L. Travers books from the ‘30’s, to the pursuit of the properties for the Walt Disney film, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and then to the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney stage version that played in London and is currently playing on Broadway.
Everything you could imagine is here: sketches, design, fabric, costumes, sets, pictures, illustrations … and plenty to read.
(To read the the full reviews, click here.)


Hoping to cash in on one of the fastest growing markets in the world, Disney has announced plans to publish Indian language storybooks based upon their classic films.
From The Inquirer.net:
Disney plans to publish Indian-language story books for the first time, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Disney was issuing "The Jungle Book," "Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Winnie the Pooh," "Bambi," "Cinderella," "Tarzan" and "Peter Pan" in Hindi, Marathi, and Malayalam, Hong Kong-based Disney Asia spokeswoman Alannah Goss said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Goss said Disney launched the Hindi and Marathi books nationwide last week, while the Malayalam books would debut in March.


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