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Marvellous Disney deal

Last week, Disney, the world's biggest media firm, said it was buying Marvel Entertainment. Marvel is the world's biggest maker of comics. Disney paid HK$31 billion in the deal to be finished by the end of the year.

Monday, 7 September, 2009, 12:00am

Debt-for-equity swap and cash injection secure venture's future

A lot has changed since the original deal was signed in 1999 to set up a Disney theme park in Hong Kong, but the underlying structure remains largely the same.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

'More than meets the eye' in Disney talks

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the complex negotiations on expanding Disneyland involved more than just financing, and that the government was fighting for the best possible deal from the Walt Disney Company.

24 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Travel agency must change 'D Land' name

A travel agency has been ordered to change its name after the High Court found it gave the impression that the business was linked to Walt Disney Company. 'D Land', set up in November 1999, and its director Mak Wai-yin were sued by Walt Disney Co, Disney Enterprises and Walt Disney Asia-Pacific over the use of 'D Land' and its Chinese name.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Disney sues D Land over name

Disney has begun a court case against a local travel company that it says is preying on its brand. The entertainment giant is seeking an injunction in the Court of First Instance against D Land Travel and its director Mak Wai-yin.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Labour debate

TO MANY CHILDREN, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are lovable characters.

But, to a group of 20 university students, they are symbols of corporate greed and labour exploitation.

Outraged by labour abuse on the mainland by big corporations, the students set up Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) in 2005.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Public should be informed on finances, says lawmaker

More vigorous measures should be adopted to ensure Disney keeps the public in the picture regarding its financial performance, lawmakers said.

The Democratic Party said taxpayers had the right to know whether the billions of dollars the government invested in the theme park had been value for money.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Disney costume workers get $1,000 pay rise

Disney has agreed to give $1,000-a-month pay rises to its character performers after they protested over their pay and conditions and threatened to hijack one of the theme park's daily parades.

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Disney asks experts if baseball pitch needs checking for bombs

Disneyland is asking bomb experts whether it should check for unexploded war munitions at a baseball pitch being built for Little League games.

The Penny's Bay site was thoroughly checked by overseas specialists during construction in 2002, but security contractors have been asked to investigate whether an additional, hi-tech search is needed and how much it would cost.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Disney should put welfare of people before its image

Disneyland has been open barely six months, but some people who have to deal with the theme park's management may feel that that is half a year too long.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mistaking the Mickey

ON THE FACE of it, they're just the sort who would rush to the new Disneyland or apply for jobs there. They're young; they grew up with the characters; they've got money to burn. Instead, they're urging Hong Kong to rethink its embrace of all things Disney.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Disney takes aim at lobby group's logo

Hong Kong Disneyland is threatening legal action against a local lobby that is using as its logo a black silhouette of Mickey Mouse with his ears on fire. The mouse head is in the centre of crosshairs.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Any chance of some Disney theme park shares for the citizens?

What is the best way to support the opening of the Disney theme park on September 12?

How about becoming a Disney shareholder? According to an online share-selling company, Disney fans in Hong Kong can have a stake by paying $507 for one share. It's an investment that buys you all sorts of benefits.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Hi-tech security tags to keep counterfeiters on the hop

New holographic labels are being used for first time

A new security tag is being used for the first time to identify genuine Hong Kong Disneyland merchandise and foil fakes that are being sold across the region.

The new label, a three-dimensional holographic security tag, does not appear on other Disney products around the world.

4 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

In brief

Disney invites families to enter competition

14 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

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