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Disney launches new free-TV channel for the whole family

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In January 2014 Disney will launch a 24-hour free-TV family channel. For the first time German viewers will have access to Disney movies and TV shows free of charge. The new Disney Channel will be a broadly oriented family channel and is for everybody who loves the world of Disney. During the day all members of the family should be addressed. In the daytime the target group focus lies on children and families and during the prime time on families and women. The new channel will draw primarily from the diverse entertainment content of the Walt Disney Company. "With a free to air Disney Channel the offer in the area of family television for the German audience increases immensely," says Lars Wagner, General Manger Disney Channels, who will head the new family channel. "With the new free-TV channel the viewers get a portal to Disney's Movie and TV world. Therefore children and families get better access to the world of Disney", says Wagner. The Disney Channel will be distributed via the timeslots of the current channel DAS VIERTE via cable, satellite and DVB-T. The new station will be financed by advertising revenues.

Screenworks produces broadcast design for 'Eye TV – Der durchgeknallte Puppensender'

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On 2 August 2013 at 8 p.m. the new comedy format 'Eyes TV – Der durchgeknallte Puppensender' will premiere on TELE 5. Screenworks is responsible for the broadcast design, technical implementation and post-production in collaboration with the Munich production company Good Mood Productions and the comedy writer Bernd Maile. The focus of 'Eye TV', the fictional television station, are puppets. They take over moderation of popular TV formats from home shopping to news to late night - the madness lurking behind every TV backdrop. In the command center sits a merciless station boss who always disturbs everything. For the new show even Kai Blasberg, Head of TELE 5, lends his voice to the 'Eye TV' chief and gives the show some realistic features. Olaf Wicke, managing director of Screenworks, on the new comedy show: "It's just fascinating how our two puppeteers Carsten Morar-Haffke and Ercan Gül have managed to give each doll their special wacky character."

Personal note: Thorsten Braun

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In August 2013 Thorsten Braun (41) will become General Manager and Head of future marketing organization for Disney in Germany, Autria and Switzerland. He will be responsible for all ad sales and promotional activities on all platforms Disney. A strong focus will be placed on the advertising sales of the new free-TV Disney Channel. Braun was most recently Managing Director and Chief Trading Officer of VivaKi-Group in Düsseldorf, the media agencies of the Publicis Groupe. He was responsible for the entire procurement of the agency group.


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Design Museum London, Fotograf Luke Hayes

From 24 July to 29 October 2013 the Design Museum in London presents the exhibition 'THE FUTURE IS HERE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION'. The exhibition shows how the boundaries between designers, producers and consumers are becoming increasingly blurred. Significant changes in production methods, materials and the use of objects have the potential to influence trade, industry and environment as much as any previous industrial revolution. In the exhibition, these manufacturing techniques will be presented - such as 3D printers - and shown how they can change the design world around us. 'THE FUTURE IS HERE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION' from 24 July to 29 October 2013 at the Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE12YD. Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m., last entry at 5.15 p.m.

Book tip: 'Interactive infographics'

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​"Now it is there, the infographic hype - everywhere you look: in newspapers, on TV, on the Web. Sometimes static, sometimes animated and more and more often interactive. Each topic seems communicable with an infographic ... "so begins the preface to the recently published book 'Interactive infographics'. The book provides an introduction to theory, design and reception of interactive infographics. The authors consider the interactive infographic from a theoretical and practical perspective: you explore the interactive infographic as a graph, as a card, as a comic, as hybrid form. Also the publication describes types and patterns and compares Western with Far Eastern design variations. In addition, the authors present interactive infographic in the context of learning and knowledge acquisition. It also discusses evaluation methods, analyzes reception and usage problems and derives design recommendations from it. Case studies and expert advice complement the posts. The 263-page publication with 100 illustrations has been published by Springer Vieweg Verlag and is available in bookshops for the price of EUR 49.99. For more information visit http://www.springer.com/springer+vieweg/it+%26+informatik/mediendesign/book/978-3-642-15452-2