Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Disney Shareholders Meeting Here?

From one of the many Disney fans out there comes news that the next Disney shareholders meeting will be in Albuquerque on March 6th. Disney's "High School Musical" franchise is set in an Albuquerque school, though filmed in Utah which passed incentives for that -- and to have Disney produce more video games there.

And that's one of the fiscal impacts of incentive programs that's tough to quantify -- the follow on business generated when we get a customer in the door in the first place.

Of course we want Disney to have a good experience here -- and to build on local interests such as the National Hispanic Cultural Center, but if you'd like to be in the room at the meeting, and perhaps see or meet John Lasseter, it's not too difficult. Check out the info below...

From O Meon: Meet up? Take a left at Albuquerque

Last week I was having an e-mail conversation with a friend and colleague of mine from one of the other Disney fan sites—yes, some of us really do talk to one another. He’s from a different part of the country, and we don’t get to see each other very often.

We met while each of us was covering the Walt Disney Company’s 2004 annual meeting of shareholders in Philadelphia. Since then, Disney’s annual meetings have been about the only opportunity we have to get together and dish about other websites, uh…rather, to discuss the relevant issues of the day.

I wanted to know if my friend would be attending Disney’s 2008 shareholders’ meeting, which is due to take place March 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After covering four consecutive Disney annual meetings, I was rather surprised to learn his attendance at this year’s gathering of the investment faithful was in doubt.

“If it looks like they're actually going to do something big there,” wrote my friend, “it might be worth the cost of traveling to Albuquerque. But since—as far as we can tell—there's nothing apparently brewing at the moment that would result in a big announcement, it's kind of hard to justify traveling all the way across the country for two or three hours of a meeting that won't result in much of a story.”

My friend even went so far as to e-mail our online corporate communications representative at the Disney Company and ask if any announcements were in the offing for the meeting. So far, the Mouse is being as circumspect as ever.

......It has been reported that the Mouse is holding this year’s meeting in New Mexico to keep the buzz going about its teenage heartthrob, money-making machine, High School Musical.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year, now in production, like the first two films, takes place at East High School in Albuquerque, although the East High School used for filming is in Salt Lake City, where the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development board (GOED) recently approved a $2 million dollar production incentive to ensure HSM 3 continues the tradition of having Salt Lake play the part of Albuquerque.


Meet Me in Albuquerque

If you want to attend the Disney Company’s 2008 Annual Meeting of shareholders, it’s relatively easy. All you need is one share of stock in the company, or know someone with at least one share of Disney stock. That includes all those framed single shares bought by thousands of Disney fans.

If you plan on voting, you must have purchased your stock on or before January 7, 2008.

To attend the meeting, you must request a ticket in advance, or the shareholder whose guest you will be must request them for both of you.

Registered shareholders can request tickets at the company’s website:

Or by sending an email to the Shareholder Services department at:

Or by sending a FAX to:

Or by calling Shareholder Services at:

If you hold your shares in “street name” (that is, through a broker or other nominee), you will need to send a written request for a ticket either by regular mail, fax, or e-mail, along with proof of share ownership, such as a copy of the portion of your voting instruction form showing your name and address, a bank or brokerage firm account statement, or a letter from the broker, trustee, bank, or nominee holding your shares, confirming ownership.

Requests for admission tickets are processed in the order in which they are received and must be requested no later than February 29, 2008. Please note that seating is limited and requests for tickets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, for the past three years, more than ample seating has been available.

On the day of the meeting, each shareholder will be required to present a valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, with the admission ticket. Seating will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Cameras (including cell phones with photographic capabilities), recording devices, and other electronic devices will not be permitted at the meeting

C’ya real soon! (Maybe in Albuquerque!)

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