Disney Makes 'Hannah' Off Limits To R...

Disney Makes 'Hannah' Off Limits To Reviewers

There are 20 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 19, 2007, titled Disney Makes 'Hannah' Off Limits To Reviewers. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Aside from Led Zeppelin's recent one-off show in London, Hannah Montana is the hottest concert of the season, and tickets are more difficult to find than a Spears daughter with good judgment.

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Sarah

AOL

#1 Dec 20, 2007
Do you really think 13 year old girls read the Courant? This is not 1958. The Courant should have run a review on the MILF's at the concert.
Greg Brown

Farmington, CT

#2 Dec 20, 2007
My goodness... what a long-winded and petty way to displace your organization's responsibility to cover this show. Perhaps you were being disingenuous when you said that newspaper concert reviews are rarely the last word. You seem to think that Disney had a responsibility to do your job for you.

After reading this, I think I'd rather learn what mileyrawks85 has to say. And as for your opportunistic and lowbrow reference to the young Spears girl, well... you, sir, appear to be the grinch.
sad

Plainville, CT

#3 Dec 20, 2007
it is sad when the Courant uses lame excuses not to cover a public event. We hear how the Courant used FOI for this or that and they want to be praised for their journalistic zeal; yet they cant do the job because it is Disney and they need a lame excuse not to offend that corporate entity. Sad, sad, sad!
Testing

United States

#5 Dec 20, 2007
It's ok, according to what I heard Miley Cyrus sucked and had a crappy attitude as well... The jonas Bros. rocked though
Rich Hamilton

Chandler, AZ

#6 Dec 20, 2007
So sad, the newspaper didn't get special attention or free tickets. The scalpers got them all.

The "reason" promoters provide free tickets to reviewers is that they need the publicity. Sold out concerts don't really need publicity.

Yes, The HM concerts are sold out, and scalpers are raking in the bucks. While I think it sad that the scalpers stand to make so much...

Obviously, the market price for tickets is higher than Disney's price. If Disney had priced the tickets higher they would have made it unprofitable for scalpers... and you'd be crying about why they charged so much!

Hopefully, concert marketers will come to grips with the scalper "problem." They really don't like the negative publicity or unhappy fans. But they do want to sell the tickets.

(By the way, I've seen events where scalpers at the last minute are selling below cost... so this can go both ways.)
Dave

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Dec 20, 2007
Wow, how can you take such shots at Disney? They are NOT just about the bottom line, and try VERY HARD to make their fans happy.

They can't control scalpers or the prices they sell at. Every event will have scalpers, and the price is based on a little something called supply and demand. Unfortunately the demand is extremely high, and a 15 year old girl can only perform in so many shows.

If I organized the concert, I would 100% provide the extra seating to a fan who would be ecstatic to be there, rather than some newspaper reviewer.

Disney made the right choice.
Lee

Hartford, CT

#8 Dec 20, 2007
The Spears line was hilarious. It felt good to laugh before even finishing my coffee.

Anyone who thinks Disney isn't all about the bottom line doesn't know a thing about the organization. They are greedy control freaks who are aware of every step they take.

Look into espn; you'll find plenty of dirt.
Paul

Schenectady, NY

#9 Dec 20, 2007
Wow. What a truly idiotic column. The irony that this so called reporter is calling Disney "shortsighted" is nearly enough to bowl one over. The only reason to give the media any tickets - free or purchased - is to publicize the event. By your own admission, the event is so insanely popular that no one can get tickets. So why the heck would they need any extra publicity from a yesterday's-technology like a Newspaper? Disney 100% made the right call by excluding the Courant and any other media who wasn't willing to pay the same price as those who actually wanted to see the show, be it from the Box Office or scalpers.
Billy Ray

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 20, 2007
Rich Hamilton wrote:
The "reason" promoters provide free tickets to reviewers is that they need the publicity. Sold out concerts don't really need publicity.
Wrong. Reviewing a concert doesn't help promoters -- the review runs after the fact, which doesn't do much for ticket sales. You're right, though, that sold-out concerts don't need publicity. But people who went still like to read about what they saw.
Dog Ate My Homework File

Manchester, CT

#11 Dec 20, 2007
I think this is the most ridiculous piece I’ve ever read in a newspaper. I can’t believe a concert reporter for the only paper in the city could not get into the main venue in the city to cover a concert. Perhaps he should have asked Bob Mac Donnell, the Courant photographer who took pictures of the concert, where he got his ticket.
Michael P

Stony Brook, NY

#12 Dec 20, 2007
"Boo hoo... I didn't get a ticket." Cry me a freakin' river. The fact that Disney chose not to set media tickets aside and rather chose to make ALL the tickets available to the public was the smartest thing they could do (especially given the original problem with the concerts selling out). And tell me this, how would giving you a ticket (or any media person) be beneficial AT ALL to any fans who didn't get tickets? The last thing a depressed Hannah fan would want to do is read an article about all the fun they missed out on. And yes, I believe 100% that the target audience for the show would rather here a review from their friends or from mileyrawks85 than from Eric Danton of the Courant (who, lets be honest, is just a mileyrawks85 that is being paid).
Michael P

Stony Brook, NY

#13 Dec 20, 2007
Lee wrote:
The Spears line was hilarious. It felt good to laugh before even finishing my coffee.
Anyone who thinks Disney isn't all about the bottom line doesn't know a thing about the organization. They are greedy control freaks who are aware of every step they take.
Look into espn; you'll find plenty of dirt.
I smell a disgruntled employee......

If you think Disney is all about the bottom line, you obviously know NOTHING about the company.
Mike Eisner

AOL

#14 Dec 20, 2007
"If you think Disney is all about the bottom line, you obviously know NOTHING about the company."

Walt Disney is long dead, trust me all Disney cares about is the "Bottom Line." Have you ever read about Micheal Eisner the former greedy CEO? It never ceases to amaze me how adults are so loving of Disney. Disney is mass marketed commercialization at a very high price. I laugh at people who come back from Disneyworld and talk about "They got a replica of the French Quarter." Yeah, it's a relica. Pay $5 for a bottle of water and keep going back. Have you ever noticed that most people at Disney are very overweight? They are too lazy to find fun, they have to be told do this.
Tim

Windsor, CT

#15 Dec 21, 2007
I agree with Danton here...I was at the show with my daughter, and was looking for a review to clip out for her. Plus, I enjoy reading the reviewer's take on the same show I just saw.

He DID say the Courant would have gladly paid for a ticket, so those of you who claim he's whining about no free ticket are off base.

And those of you defending Disney as not being about the $$$ are naive. I paid $30 for a program ($20) and a glowstick ($10).
Zenger

Seabrook, NH

#16 Dec 22, 2007
People complaining have no concept of what they are talking about. There's only one reason an organization--TV, movie or recording--doesn't allow reviewer access. Its because they are worried about negative reviews.
As for Disney, any compnay that would sue an entity that uses either "Dizz" or "Knee" in their title realy only cares about one thing.
Jimangiesmokie

AOL

#17 Dec 22, 2007
Well gee, Eric. Looks like your photographers had no problem snapping off a few shots, why didn't you just go with them? Surely being such a hateful, cyncical individual has profited by now? I don't care if I'm alone on this, but BRAVO DISNEY!! Finally someone had the nerve to tell Eric (I'm so perfect it hurts!) Dantonwhere to stick his brand of "journalism". I only wish I could've been there to see his reaction.It would've been the best Xmas gift ever! But don't fret Eric, I'm sure there's another bunch of tattooed heroin addicts willing to let you in and make you think you're the man you aspire to be. So far unsuccessfully.
Dustin Dimberlake

Revelstoke, Canada

#18 Dec 22, 2007
Who really cares about Ashley Spears anyway? I didn't care when she got her nose job. Besides that, who would screw her anyway with that beak? And after those nude pics on the net, and all those trips to rehab, why did they LET her perform on SNL?? AND, why didn't she have to serve her full sentence?? What is wrong with America?? Also, isn't it pretty hard for a lesbian to get pregnant? What will happen to her dog now? Well, at least she isn't anorexic anymore. BTW, does anyone know what Nick thinks of all this? I feel so sorry for him

“Disney-Holic”

Since: Jul 07

Cape Coral

#19 Dec 26, 2007
Wow. The hatred is high here.

Boo hoo, Disney didn't give me a free ticket. Waaaa..Disney should have been able to avoid the scalper problem. How about asking Disney to bring world peace too?

Of course Disney has to keep money in their plans. They ARE a company! But, to say that's all they care about, I have to say from first hand experience they are all about keeping up with the name Disney made and making kids and family happy.

All you Disney bashers obviously don't feel you got your fare share of free stuff from them or something. To each is own.
The Public Square

Wales, MA

#20 Dec 26, 2007
Lee wrote:
The Spears line was hilarious. It felt good to laugh before even finishing my coffee.
Anyone who thinks Disney isn't all about the bottom line doesn't know a thing about the organization. They are greedy control freaks who are aware of every step they take.
Look into espn; you'll find plenty of dirt.
Be careful, Lee. No argument that Mickey has the sharpest of teeth, Minnie packs knuckles in that cute little handbag of hers, and that their approach to human resource management makes IBM in the 50's look like Woodstock, but its hard to argue with success, and no one puts a gun to your head to make you work there.

Re: ESPN, the only "dirt" you will find in Bristol is on the baseball field. Amazing company, more than a few brilliant minds who can do things with broadcast product that the rest of the industry envies. It is not ESPN's fault that Disney's 80 stake gives it the power to hose the 20 stake, and Iger has gotten generally favorable reviews in his efforts to tone down the structural paranoia.
Miley

Albania

#21 Aug 15, 2013
Who thinks Im hot Sexy Gorgerous?!!!

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