Disney Receives Corporate Impact Award from Advancing Justice—LA

The organization is the largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles (Advancing Justice—LA) recently recognized The Walt Disney Company (No. 36 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) with its Corporate Impact Award. The award acknowledges Disney's ongoing commitment to telling inclusive stories and creating respectful workplaces.


(L-R) Nita Song, President and Chief Momentum Officer at IW Group; Latondra Newton, senior Vice President and chief diversity officer, The Walt Disney Company; and Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Advancing Justice—LA.

The organization—the largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) in the U.S.—serves thousands of individuals and organizations through advocacy, leadership development and other community services.

"Disney has been a wonderful partner for many years," said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Advancing Justice—LA. "Their commitment to inclusion is central to what they do, not just an add-on."

Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for The Walt Disney Company, accepted the award at the organization's 34th anniversary dinner in Los Angeles. "Storytelling is the most powerful way to connect people of different backgrounds and through telling diverse stories we can understand, inspire and motivate each other," said Newton. "While we are excited about the creative and innovative work our teams are doing today, we know there is always more to do. That's why we continue to focus on providing respectful and inclusive workplaces and strengthening our communities through grants and volunteer service."

Telling stories that engage and entertain audiences around the world is the highest priority across all of Disney's businesses. This award recognizes the Company for consistently building teams and developing stories that reflect many communities, including series like Andi Mack, The Good Doctor and Elena of Avalor; films like Moana, Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnorak and Star Wars: The Last Jedi; and experiences for guests that make lifetime memories.

Disney's Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion Worldwide

Internationally, it is the third highest-grossing release ever with $1.346 billion.

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Originally Published by The Walt Disney Company.

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office yesterday in its 48th day of release. It's just the fourth film in industry history to reach this milestone, the third to do so in its initial run, and the second to do so from The Walt Disney Studios (joining Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

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At this year's International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Disney Researchers Günter Niemeyer and Morgan Pope presented "Stickman: Towards a Human-Scale Acrobatic Robot," introducing a z-shaped robot capable of performing somersaulting stunts while flying through the air.

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From high-wire trapeze acts to Olympic gymnasts leaping from a springboard, acrobatics have historically delighted and challenged athletes and audiences alike. While humans have practiced these techniques for thousands of years, Disney Researchers have been exploring the potential to build robots that can perform such tricks in new and exciting ways.

At this year's International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Disney Researchers Günter Niemeyer and Morgan Pope presented "Stickman: Towards a Human-Scale Acrobatic Robot," introducing a z-shaped robot capable of performing somersaulting stunts while flying through the air.

Equipped with an inertial measurement unit and laser range-finders, Stickman is able to swing from a pendulum, let go and perform a flip – or two – while flying through the air. The sensors allow the robot to evaluate its position in mid-air and adjust its motion. Being able to "see" the ground allows Stickman to determine when to tuck or untuck, and land safely, creating a smooth flip that appears as effortless as a gymnast's dismount.

Stickman is yet another achievement for Disney Research, thanks to the organization's relentless pursuit of scientific and technological innovation to advance The Walt Disney Company. Through this application of physics and technology, Stickman's performance demonstrates the thrilling possibilities Disney Research continues to explore.