DISNEY TO CLOSE TWO ENTERTAINMENT SITES

By: Chris Marlowe

MrShowBiz.com, WallOfSound.com Provided News, Reviews


(The Hollywood Reporter) The Walt Disney Co. is shutting two of its Web
sites dedicated to entertainment news, information, and reviews.
MrShowBiz.com, which focuses mainly on movies and television, and
WallOfSound.com, which specializes in music, will close before
year’s end.

“Mr. Showbiz and Wall of Sound will be discontinued as brands
this fall, but we will continue to produce entertainment news
under the US Weekly name,” a Disney spokeswoman said.
Disney acquired a 50% interest in US Weekly in February.

Layoffs are likely because the functions of the two Seattle-based
operations will be consolidated into the Los Angeles offices.
Both properties were originally part of Starwave Entertainment
Group, which was founded in 1993 by Microsoft Corp. co-founder
Paul Allen.



Copyright 2001, Editor & Publisher.

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