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May 26

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May 26, 2006 – The Tony Danza Show Ends

“I’m Tony Danza and I’m in New York City, live!”

On May 26, 2006, the daytime talk show The Tony Danza Show ended its run on television. Beginning on September 13, 2004, and distributed by Buena Vista Television, the show was hosted by actor Tony Danza and recorded at the ABC studio complex. Its most well-known gimmick was a game called “Extravadanza,” which was a Plinko-style game that was played with a home viewer. The series ran for only two seasons before it was cancelled due to low ratings.

February 19

February 19, 2010 – The Alice in Wonderland Great Big Ultimate Fan Event is Held at Hollywood & Highland Center

“How is it you’re being so great big? ~ Tweedledee to Alice—she’s eaten far too much cake and grown to enormous heights”

On February 19, 2010, to promote the concept album inspired by the upcoming live action film Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records, in conjunction with Hot Topic, KIIS-FM, and MySpace, hosted the Great Big Ultimate Fan Event. Four musical artists featured on the album were on hand to perform, including 3OH!3, Metro Station, Kerli, and Never Shout Never. Actors from the film were also available for special meet-and-greets with fans, including Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter. Other special surprises were planned for guests, including a Wonderland-style makeover for the Hollywood Hot Topic store inside the facility where the event was held.

September 3

September 3, 1990 – The Challengers Premieres on Television

On September 3, 1990, the syndicated game show The Challengers premiered on television. A joint production between Rob Greenberg Productions, Dick Clark Productions, and Disney’s Buena Vista Television. Presented by Dick Clark, the show featured three contestants – one being a returning champion – competing in a sprint round, two rounds of questions, a final challenge, and a bonus ultimate challenge. One of the things that made this show unique is the tie to current events, which necessitated the show being filmed shortly before their airdate. The show was cancelled on August 30, 1991.

April 3

April 3, 1953 – Walt Disney Signs Legal License for Use of His Name

“Disney’s name as used herein, includes all forms and variations of his name…”

On April 3, 1953, Walt Disney signed a legal license that would grant him all commercial uses of his name to Walt Disney, Incorporated; this was the first step in ensuring that Disney would be able to control his films, televisions shows, and eventually the parks. This was a historic event in entertainment history, as this contract paved the way for Disney to become the global empire it is today. This agreement also helped pave the way for Disney to create his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, as RKO was crumbling quickly after being acquired by Howard Hughes.

September 11

September 11, 2000 – The Reality Series House Calls Premieres on UPN

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“Buena Vista is thrilled to be the distribution arm for this innovative reality show.”

On September 11, 2000, the new reality series from Buena Vista Television, entitled House Calls, premiered on UPN. The series, created through a distribution deal with Chris-Craft/United TV, features psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Wolkoff, who visits patients in their homes and counsels them on a variety of issues, with Wolkoff guiding them to a solution by the end of the episode. The series ran until 2001, with 88 episodes in total produced.

July 19

July 19, 2011 – The Soundtrack for Captain America: The First Avenger is Released

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“Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?”

On July 19, 2011, the soundtrack for the Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger was released through Buena Vista Records and Marvel Music. The soundtrack features the score by Alan Silvestri, as well as the song “Star Spangled Man” by David Zippel and Alan Menken. The soundtrack was well-received by critics and fans alike, with “Captain America” being used in other Marvel films as the official Captain America theme within the film score.

December 18

December 18, 1991 – Jim Henson Productions Signs Distribution Deal with Buena Vista Home Video

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“This is our most significant distribution agreement to date and we are pleased to be able to present this entire gold mine of product to consumers worldwide.” – President of International Theatrical Distribution for Disney Bill Mechanic

On December 18, 1991, one year after merger negotiations broke down between The Walt Disney Company and Jim Henson Productions, a distribution deal was reached with Disney’s Buena Vista Home Video. Buena Vista was given 30 years’ worth of the Henson library for the following five to six years, excluding Sesame Street. This stand-alone agreement worked as it was based on Disney’s track record of marketing and distributing tapes to consumers; this track record was also seen as the main reason merger talks began.