Brian C over at Jedi News
posted an interesting section of The Walt Disney Company's annual shareholder letter, which you can see in full here
. We've clipped the best part below for you to see for yourself. It looks like the one-hour, two-episode Star Wars Rebels
TV special, which Lucasfilm mentioned
back when it announced the series, is going to air this summer, along with some animated shorts. The special will air on Disney Channel prior to the series' fall debut on Disney XD. (In case there is any doubt, a Disney employee confirmed to TFN that the "movie" mentioned below and the "special telecast" mentioned in the original Rebels
announcement are the same thing.)
Here's the relevant portion of the shareholder letter:
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we acquired the extraordinary Star Wars franchise, but we’re well on our way to expanding that epic saga to thrill fans and introduce its iconic characters to a new generation with fantastic new storylines. After months of public speculation and anticipation, we announced the official release date for the next feature film, Star Wars: Episode VII, will be December 18, 2015. So far we’ve kept the details to ourselves, but we’re thrilled with the story and committed to making an incredible movie, and we should be releasing more information as production moves forward in the coming year.
As with Marvel, the rich universe of Star Wars has tremendous creative potential for the entire company. While
the world eagerly awaits Episode VII to open in theaters, we’re introducing Star Wars Rebels to television audiences this summer with a movie and a series of shorts on Disney Channel, followed by a continuing series on Disney XD. Our success in building a robust pipeline of original Star Wars content for various platforms will be an integral part of our long-term strategy to leverage the franchise across a variety of our businesses, from theme parks to consumer products.