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Disney Closes Sites

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The Walt Disney Co. is shutting two of its Web sites dedicated to entertainment news, information and reviews. MrShowBiz.com, which focuses mainly on movies and television, and WallOfSound.com, which specializes in music, will close before year's end.

"Mr. Showbiz and Wall of Sound will be discontinued as brands this fall, but we will continue to produce entertainment news under the US Weekly name," a Disney spokeswoman said. Disney acquired a 50% interest in US Weekly in February (HR 2/28).

Layoffs are likely because the functions of the two Seattle-based operations will be consolidated into the Los Angeles offices. Both properties were originally part of Starwave Entertainment Group, which was founded in 1993 by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.