August 22, 2019
A program highlighting employees at the Walt Disney Co.,“One Day at Disney,” featuring a 224-page coffee table book and a documentary series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, will debut Dec. 3.
Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing for Disney+ and “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts announced the program at the D23 Expo Aug. 22.
On Feb. 21, 76 photo shoots took place around the world, capturing images of the employees and cast members at Disney from Shanghai Disneyland and ESPN to Pixar and the set of “Modern Family.” They will be featured in the hardbound, collectible book, written by Bruce Steele, which is now available for preorder.
On Dec. 3, the same day the book arrives in stores, Disney+ will debut a 52-episode short-form series called “One Day at Disney,” launching with a feature-length documentary. The series takes an in-depth look at the roles of men and women at the company. The series and documentary are from Endeavor Content’s Non-Scripted Division and executive produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin and produced by Victoria Chamlee.
Following the debut of the special, which features such talent as “Good Morning America’s” Roberts and animator Eric Goldberg, more than 50 “One Day at Disney” shorts, ranging in length from four to seven minutes and each profiling a single person and their job, will debut each week.
Profiled in the Disney+ docu-special (in alphabetical order) are:
- Eric Baker, a Disney imagineer who has overseen the creation of many of the intricately detailed props and lifelike creatures that inhabit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts;
- Ashley Girdich, a Disney Imagineer who, as a research and development project manager, drives plans and helps teams execute some of the innovative robotics technology projects being created for Disney parks around the world;
- Eric Goldberg, the animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdinand Phil in Hercules, directing Pocahontas, as well as for animating Mickey Mouse in the Academy Award-nominated short Get a Horse!;
- Mark Gonzales, who works on the Disneyland Railroad;
- Grace Lee, a senior illustration manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing who has worked on titles from Zootopiato Fancy Nancy;
- Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela, the South African actor currently playing Rafiki in the Madrid production of phenomenally successful musical The Lion King;
- Ryan Meinerding, Marvel Studio’s head of visual development who has worked on films including Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy;
- Natalie Mylniczenko, the veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort, including a number of endangered and threatened species;
- Jerome Ranft, the Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use as reference for such films as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3,and Ratatouille; and
- Robin Roberts, the former ESPN sportscaster has been co-anchor of “Good Morning America” since 2005.