WALT DISNEY PLEDGES $5M FOR NOTRE DAME RESTORATION: Walt Disney has pledged $5 million to the reconstruction effort of Paris’ Notre Dame after a devastating fire on Monday. The beloved landmark was of course the setting for the House of Mouse’s 1996 classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. “Notre Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece.”
JAMES MURDOCH TO INVEST $1B IN MEDIA COMPANIES: James Murdoch got paid a reported $2.2 billion for his stake in 21st Century Fox, and now he will reportedly sink $1 billion of his newfound wealth into a new portfolio of unspecified media companies. Some reports indicated that the first investment will go toward Artists, Writers & Artisans, a venture-backed comics publisher run by Bill Jemas, formerly COO of Marvel Enterprises.
CHARLIE’S ANGELS/BIONIC WOMAN CROSSOVER: Dynamite Entertainment is introducing a crossover between the characters in Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman. “Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman is a story about good people trying to do good things who end up at cross purposes,” writer CameronDeOrdio (Archie’s Josie and the Pussycats) said in a statement. “We’ve made a spy comic, with sneaking around, exotic '80s tech and tense undercover infiltration, but it’s also about questioning the track you find yourself on and defining for yourself what’s right, even if it means turning your whole life upside down. I’m really excited to have Soo Lee onboard for this book. The way she draws both the Bionic Woman and the Angels perfectly captures their personalities, while also stylistically representing their differing perspectives.” The series launches in July, ahead of the November 19 movie return starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.
WITCHER TO ARRIVE THIS FALL: The new live-action series based on The Witcher is set to launch in the company’s fourth quarter (meaning at some point between October and December), Variety reports. The show is a fantasy series from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. It details the adventures of a monster hunter who battles creates from Slavic lore.