Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ to Be Touted in ‘Bundle Pavilion’ at D23

Streaming services Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ will be touted at the D23 Expo 2022 in early September.

At the event, presented by Visa, attendees will be able to enjoy immersive experiences, talent appearances, and photo opportunities at the Disney Bundle Pavilion along with live demos of the latest features on Disney+ and special perks for Disney+ subscribers across the show floor, according to the studio.

This year, the global celebration of Disney+ Day returns Sept. 8, leading into the D23 Expo Sept. 9 to 11. Attendees will be treated to news, first looks, and talent appearances from upcoming Disney+ Originals as part of the Hall D23 showcases including the Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disney Live Action presentation on Sept. 9, and the Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios and Disney Branded Television presentations on Sept. 10. Throughout the weekend, Disney+ subscribers attending D23 Expo will be able to unlock special giveaways or promotions at Offer Spots on the show floor when they present their Disney+ subscriber pass, which can be picked up at D23 Expo starting on Sept. 8.

In honor of the new home of “Dancing With the Stars,” Disney+ will ​​invite guests to step into the ballroom for a special celebration on the Backlot Stage on Sept. 11. Co-hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro will be joined by a panel of executive producers and judges to share their memories from the show and reveal new details about season 31, premiering Sept. 19 on Disney+.

On the show floor, the Disney Bundle Pavilion will showcase the collection of entertainment and sports content offered across Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ with special programming and experiences. Disney+ will exhibit two installations. A lenticular installation offers guests an opportunity to look for their reflection among the moving images, while a Disney+ holographic display will offer beamed-in appearances by characters.

Hulu will invite guests to “Check in to Their Obsessions” as they walk through the Hulu green vessel. They will be able to join the Belchers for a “Bob’s Burgers” family photo opportunity, as well as put themselves in the hot seat of a confessional from their favorite reality TV shows, as they navigate a variety of immersive experiences.

ESPN+ will offer fans a close-up look at some of the most iconic memorabilia in sports, including the College Football Playoff trophy, the UFC Championship belt, an El Clásico game ball, and more. Fans will also be able to snap a photo sitting behind a sports news desk. 

The Disney Bundle Pavilion stage will host three days of panels, trivia, activities, screenings, and more, highlighting the offerings from Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.

The tentative schedule includes:

Friday, Sept. 9
11:35 a.m. — “Pixar’s Onward Story Presentation” by story supervisor Kelsey Mann
12 p.m. — “To the Edge of the Unknown” from National Geographic with Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold
12:35 p.m. —” Sketch With an Animator” with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Eric Goldberg
1:55 p.m. — “The History of Cars: Road Trip from the Original Film to New Series ‘Cars on the Road'” with creative director Jay Ward
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Hispanic Voices Panel”
6:25 p.m. — Hulu dance party

Saturday, Sept. 10
12:10 p.m. — “A Conversation with Frozen Filmmakers” with Academy Award winners Chris Buck (director) and Peter Del Vecho (producer)
1:10 p.m. — “Sketch with an Animator” with Lindsay Carrozza of “Solar Opposites”
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Made by Her Panel”
4:50 p.m. — “Meet the Muppets: The Muppets Mayhem Conversation” hosted by Tahj Mowry
6:25 p.m. – Hulu dance party

Sunday, Sept. 11
10 a.m. — “A Conversation with Encanto Filmmakers” with Academy Award winners Jared Bush (director/writer), Clark Spencer (producer), and Yvett Merino (producer)
3:50 p.m. — “Across the Bundle Spotlights: Black History Always Panel”
6:25 p.m. — Hulu dance party

Continuing the Disney+ Day celebration, fans will be treated to first looks at some of the new movies, series, specials, and shorts coming to Disney+ in 2023 and beyond during the following panels:

Friday, Sept. 9
10:45 a.m. — “The Simpsons” (Premiere Stage)
3:30 p.m. — “Studio Showcase, Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar” (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. — National Geographic and Disney+ special screening: “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory” (Hyperion Stage)

Saturday, Sept. 10
10 a.m. — “Studio Showcase, Day 2: Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios” (Hall D23)
3:30 p.m. — “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!” (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. — National Geographic and Disney+ special screening: “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” (Hyperion Stage)
6 p.m. — “The Santa Clauses: Conversation with Cast and Creators” (Premiere Stage)
6 p.m. – sneak peek at Zootopia+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios (Backlot Stage)

Sunday, Sept. 11
10 a.m. — Disney original documentary’s sneak peek of Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (Backlot Stage)
10:30 a.m. — the cast and creators of the Disney+ Series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Premiere Stage)
6 p.m. — “Dancing With the Stars” 31st season celebration (Backlot Stage)

The Disney+ Innovation Lounge Presented by Imax Enhanced will feature innovations from across partners and products in a dedicated space to learn and explore the future of the streaming service. In the lounge, Disney+ subscribers and D23 Gold Members will receive a Disney+ collectible card pack featuring custom illustrations.

D23 Expo is sold out, according to the studio.  Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

NATPE Miami 2022 Announces COVID-19 Protocols

Organizers of the NATPE Miami 2022 confab, taking place Jan. 18-20, have announced COVID-19 protocols for the show.

“With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols,” read an email from organizers. “Continually refined with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this will include, among other things: mandatory proof of vaccination for all attendees, outdoor tents for sessions and meetings, and designated NATPE safe zones fully controlled by the event production team and the specially appointed Director of Safety and Health.”

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During the event, attendees, who must be vaccinated,  have access to free optional testing. Those who take advantage of the daily testing will receive identification (i.e. wrist badge) of their negative COVID test. Individual exhibitors and sponsors may choose to require testing in order to meet with their staff.

CES Adds More Exhibitors, Attendees

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that, in the last 10 days, 200 additional companies have signed up to exhibit and an additional 10,000 attendees have registered to attend CES 2022 in person in Las Vegas on Jan. 5-8.

Cenntro Automotive, HTC, Micron, NVIDIA, TikTok and others are the latest companies to announce their participation.

“The excitement continues to build as we get closer to the moment where the world’s most influential technology innovators meet in person with customers, media, investors and policymakers,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to now welcome over 1,900 exhibitors from all over the world to show how tech is improving our lives and transforming industries.”

More than 2,400 members of the media have now registered to attend CES in person, the CTA announced. 

The show attracted about 170,000 attendees and 4,500 exhibitors pre-pandemic.

A full exhibitor directory and floor plans can be accessed at CES.tech.

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CES 2022 will feature new categories including Food Tech, Space Tech and NFTs. The automotive sector is tracking for record growth and has more than 200 exhibitors, a 30 percent increase over CES 2020, according to the CTA. 

The show will feature 195 Fortune Global 500 companies, 77 Interbrand 100 companies, and 66 top 100 retailers (based on Twice 2020 Top Retailers). Organizers also noted that 55% of registered attendees are senior-level with 160 countries represented.

CTA will continue to monitor and evaluate the health situation and may announce additional protocols closer to the show. Attendees must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the FDA or World Health Organization (WHO). Those unable to travel to Las Vegas, will be able to access CES digitally. Registration for digital only access opens Dec. 9. The latest CES health protocols information can be found on CES.tech.  

NAB Show to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The NAB Show scheduled for Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas and associated co-located events will require attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of global connections and events for the National Association of Broadcasters, wrote in an email to the community.

“While the enthusiasm is building, we are keenly aware of health and safety concerns tied to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and want to assure you that we are putting in place a comprehensive, data-driven plan that prioritizes safety and creates a productive environment at these events,” he wrote. “We have worked for the past several weeks to finalize protocols that will maximize the experience and safety of all members of the NAB Show community. This process has involved extensive consultation with health and safety experts, gathering feedback from a range of exhibitors and attendees, and review of the safety measures recommended by national and local health authorities, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s important announcement this week regarding large events.”

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The show floor will feature major brands such as Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, Verizon and more, he wrote.

Major industry events, such as the Radio Show, Sales and Management Television Exchange and AES Show, will co-locate in Las Vegas.

CES to Return to Las Vegas for Live Event in January

The Consumer Technology Association April 28 announced that CES 2022 will return to Las Vegas next year.

CES heads back to Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, with Media Days taking place Jan. 3-4, 2022.

After an all-digital CES 2021, CTA will convene the tech industry in-person and digitally, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as leaders and industry advocates.

Some 1,000 companies have committed to showcasing their technologies in Las Vegas, and more are continuing to sign up, according to the CTA. Attendees can expect to see global brands including Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Daimler AG, Dell, Google, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Sony. Companies including Caterpillar, Indy Autonomous Challenge and Sierra Space are planning to make a Las Vegas debut in 2022. Eureka Park will return with startups representing countries around the world, including delegations from France, Italy, the Netherlands and South Korea.

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“We’re thrilled to return to Las Vegas — home to CES for more than 40 years — and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces,” CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “Hundreds of executives have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, reach media and discover innovation.”

The CES anchor desk, which debuted at CES 2021, will travel to Las Vegas and connect the digital audience with exhibitors, conference sessions, keynotes and product announcements from the live event. New content will also be added once CES departs Las Vegas.

“Our customers are enthusiastic about returning to a live event in Las Vegas,” Karen Chupka, EVP of CES for CTA, said in a statement. “Global brands and startups have shared that plans are already well underway and are committed to sharing the magic of an in-person CES with even more people from around the world.”

The CTA will be reviewing guidelines for coronavirus safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state and local guidelines. The CTA will be following applicable federal, state and local laws, adapting CES plans accordingly and sharing updates with its audiences, according to the organization.