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Hannah Montana is an Emmy Award-nominated Americanmarker television series, which debuted on March 24, 2006 on Disney Channel. The series focuses on a girl who lives a double life as an average teenage school girl named Miley Stewart (played by Miley Cyrus) by day and a famous pop singer named Hannah Montana by night, concealing her real identity from the public, other than her close friends and family.

Season three of the series premiered on November 2, 2008 and is still airing as of July 2009. Hannah Montana: The Movie was released in theaters on April 10, 2009. The show has been renewed for the fourth and final season and new episodes have been ordered by Disney. ;


Michael Poryes, who is credited as co-creator, also co-created the hit Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven. The show is produced by It's a Laugh Productions, Inc. and Michael Poryes Productions, in association with Disney Channel Original Productions. It is filmed at Sunset Bronson Studiosmarker in Hollywoodmarker, Californiamarker.

The original idea for this show was based on the That's So Raven episode "Goin' Hollywood", which was supposed to be the pilot episode for a sitcom called Better Days, in which a child star of a popular TV show of the same name was to try her hand at going to a normal school. The episode "New Kid in School" has the basic premise as that aforementioned episode. Other names considered for the title were The Secret Life of Zoe Stewart (discarded as too similar to Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon) , The Popstar Life!, and Alexis Texas. Former American Juniors finalist Jordan McCoy and pop and R&B singer JoJo (who rejected the role) were considered for the role of Zoe Stewart. Miley Cyrus originally auditioned for the role of the "best friend" Lilly Romero, later changed to Lilly Truscott, but they thought she would be better for the main character, so she tried out for Zoe Stewart/Hannah Montana. Zoe Stewart was later changed to Chloe Stewart, which was eventually changed to Miley when she got the part. The names of Hannah Montana were changed a few times. Three of the previous names were Anna Cabana, Samantha York, and Alexis Texas.

In December 2006, Disney announced plans to release Hannah Montana products, including clothing, jewellery, apparel, and dolls, at selected stores. Play Along Toys released the Hannah Montana fashion dolls, singing dolls, Miley Stewart doll, and other merchandise in August 2007. More Hannah dolls were released in November, along with Oliver, Lilly, and later Jake Ryan dolls. They became one of the most popular Christmas toys in 2007.

According to the Daily Dispatch, the TV series held a global audience of 200 million viewers in 2008. "If Miley’s viewers were a country, they would be the fifth largest population in the world – just ahead of Brazil." By February 2008, the Hannah Montana franchise had become so important that Disney convened an "80-person, all-platform international meeting to discuss Hannah Montana's future." All Disney business segments were represented at the meeting.

Opening sequence

The theme song for Hannah Montana is "The Best of Both Worlds" written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, produced by Gerrard and performed by Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana). John Carta, who also composed the music cues to signify scene changes and commercial breaks for the first season, composed the music for the song. The song's lyrics describe the basic premise of the television series.

The full-length version of the song, which is 2 minutes, 54 seconds in length, was included on the show's soundtrack, released in October 2006. For the TV version of the theme, which lasts only 50 seconds, only the first two stanzas and the last two were used. "Just Like You" and "The Other Side of Me" were originally tested for the opening theme song, before "Best of Both Worlds" was chosen as the theme.

The opening sequence for the first two seasons features episode clips of each cast member when their name appears. Each cast member's name is "wiped" on the screen in a marquee-light-style. The sequence then switches to full-screen episode clips (most of the clips used in the Season One version of the sequence were of the early produced episodes) with the creator's names appearing in the second-to-last clip. The show's title logo design appears at the beginning and end of the sequence (the latter portion on the "concert stage" features Cyrus as her character Hannah Montana). The only change to the sequence for season two were the replacement of episode clips and the addition of the Disney logo above the show's title logo.

For season three, a new version of the opening credits was used. It features Miley as herself and Hannah Montana in a Times Square-like setting. The names of the actors and actresses and clips from the show appear in a sort-of marquee board and it features Hannah Montana with her new wig and clothes style. The song playing is a remixed version of "The Best of Both Worlds", that was originally recorded for (and heard in) Hannah Montana: The Movie. This marked the first time that a Disney Channel series has completely revamped its opening title sequence.


On August 23, 2007, Buddy Sheffield sued Disney over Hannah Montana, alleging that he originally came up with the idea for Hannah Montana, but was never compensated by Disney. In the lawsuit, Sheffield claims that he pitched an idea for a TV series with the name of "Rock and Roland" to Disney Channel in 2001 with the plot of a junior high student who lived a secret double life as a rock star. The lawsuit claims that Disney Channel executives at first liked the idea, but passed on the series.






Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate Notes
1 26 March 24, 2006 March 30, 2007
2 29 April 23, 2007 October 12, 2008 A 30th episode, titled "No Sugar, Sugar" was produced, but never aired in the United States.
3 30 November 2, 2008
4 12 11 episodes + 1-hour series finale


Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert is a musical documentary film from Walt Disney Pictures presented in Disney Digital 3-D. The limited release was intended to be for one week, February 1-7, 2008 in the US and Canada with release in other countries later on, but was extended for viewing as long as theaters wanted. Disney announced the concert was filmed in several cities to be theatrically released in the US in February and internationally that month. The film uses 3-D glasses.

The opening weekend, February 1-3, 2008, the movie had gross revenue of $29 million. Ticket prices were as high as $15, at least 50% higher than most regular movie tickets in 2008. It was the number one movie of the weekend. Opening in only 638 theaters, it set a record of over $42,000 per theater. It set a record for the highest revenue for a 3-D movie for one weekend. It set a record for gross revenue for a Super Bowl weekend.

Hannah Montana: The Movie

"Hannah Montana: The Movie" is the film adaptation of the American teen sitcom Hannah Montana. Filming began in April 2008, much of it occurring in Columbia, Tennesseemarker, and Los Angeles, Californiamarker, and was completed in July 2008. The film was released on April 10, 2009 in the United States and Canada.



Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
2006 Nominated 2006 Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Breakout Star Miley Cyrus
Winner ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Hannah Montana
2007 Nominated 2006-2007 Golden Icon Award Best New Comedy
Winner 2007 Kids Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Miley Cyrus
Winner 2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy
Favorite TV Actress Miley Cyrus
Nominated 2007 Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program
2008 Winner 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Miley Cyrus
Nominated Favorite TV Show
Winner Young Artist Awards Best Family Television Series
Winner Best Performance in a TV Series
- Leading Young Actress
Miley Cyrus
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series
- Recurring Young Actress
Ryan Newman
Nominated Best Young Ensemble Performance
in a TV Series
Miley Cyrus,
Emily Osment,
Mitchel Musso,
Moises Arias,
Cody Linley

Winner Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series (Children/Adolescent) Miley Cyrus
Winner 2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Miley Cyrus
Winner Choice TV Show: Comedy
Nominated 2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program
Nominated Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in
Children's Programming
Winner Bafta Children's Awards 2008 Bafta Kids Vote 2008
Winner ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Hannah Montana
2009 Nominated 2009 Kids Choice Awards Favorite TV Show
Winner Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series (Children/Adolescent) Miley Cyrus
Nominated 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program
Winner ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Hannah Montana
NOTE: For the 2007 Creative Arts Emmys, Hannah Montana was up against two other Disney Channel shows, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That's So Raven, but lost to a Nick News special, Private Worlds: Kids and Autism. For the 2009 Creative Arts Emmys, Hannah Montana was once again up for Outstanding Children's Program, but lost to another Disney Channel show, Wizards of Waverly Place.

DVD releases

Series Novelizations

  1. Keeping Secrets - Miley Get Your Gum" & "It's My Party And I'll Lie If I Want To
  2. Face-Off - You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Zit Is About You" & "Oooh, Oooh, Itchy Woman
  3. Super Sneak - She's A Super Sneak" & "I Can't Make You Love Hannah If You Don't
  4. Truth Or Dare - Oops! I Meddled Again" & "It's A Mannequin's World
  5. Hold On Tight - O Say, Can You Remember The Words?" & "On The Road Again
  6. Crush-Tastic! - Good Golly, Miss Dolly" & "Mascot Love
  7. Nightmare On Hannah Street - Torn Between Two Hannahs" & "Grandma Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Favorites
  8. Seeing Green - More Than A Zombie To Me" & "People Who Use People
  9. Face The Music - Smells Like Teen Sellout" & "We Are Family: Now Get Me Some Water!
  10. Don't Bet On It - Bad Moose Rising" & "My Boyfriend's Jackson And There's Gonna Be Trouble
  11. Sweet Revenge - The Idol Side Of Me" & "Schooly Bully
  12. Win Or Lose - Money For Nothing, Guilt For Free" & "Debt It Be
  13. True Blue - Cuffs Will Keep Us Together" & "Me And Rico Down By The School Yard
  14. On The Road - Get Down And Study-udy-udy" & "I Want You To Want Me...To Go To Florida
  15. Game Of Hearts - My Best Friend's Boyfriend" & "You Are So Sue-able To Me
  16. Wishful Thinking - When You Wish You Were The Star" & "Take This Job And Love It!
  17. One Of A Kind - I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak" & "You Gotta Not Fight For Your Right To Party

Other Novelizations

  1. Hannah Montana: The Movie
  2. Rock The Waves
  3. In The Loop

International release

Hannah Montana is broadcast on the following stations around the world:
Region Network(s) Series premiere
Arab World Disney Channel Middle East March 24, 2006 (original premiere)
MBC3 November 10, 2007
Argentinamarker Disney Channel Latin America 2006
Asia Disney Channel Asia September 23, 2006
South Asia Disney Channel India September 23, 2006
Australia Disney Channel Australia August 7, 2006
Seven Network April 7, 2007
Baltic States Disney Channel Scandinavia September 29, 2006
Belgiummarker VT4 September 3, 2007
Brazilmarker Disney Channel November 26, 2006
Rede Globo April 5, 2008
Bulgariamarker Jetix August 15, 2008 (initially English only)
BNT 1 March 28, 2009 BNT 1 schedule for Saturday, March 28, 2009
Disney Channel Bulgaria September 18, 2009
Cyprusmarker Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation October,1 2009
Canada Family August 4, 2006
Chilemarker Disney Channel Latin America November 11, 2006
Mainland China SMG International Channel Shanghai June 30, 2008
Colombiamarker Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Czech Republic Jetix 2008
Denmarkmarker Disney Channel Denmark September 29, 2006
DR 1 January 2007
Dominican Republicmarker Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Finlandmarker Finnishmarker version of Disney Channel Scandinavia February 29, 2008
France Disney Channel France October 3, 2006
Germany Disney Channel Germany September 23, 2006
Super RTL September 24, 2007
Greecemarker Disney Channel Greece October 31, 2009
Icelandmarker Sjónvarpið 2007
Irelandmarker RTÉ Two, Disney Channel May 6, 2006
Israelmarker Arutz HaYeladim

June 6, 2007

Italy Disney Channel September 21, 2006
Japan Disney Channel Japan October 14, 2006
TV Tokyomarker October 5, 2007
Lebanonmarker Future Television January 2009
Macedoniamarker A1 television September 29, 2008
Mexicomarker Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Azteca 7 TV Azteca July 6, 2007
Moldovamarker Disney Channel Romania September 18, 2009
Netherlandsmarker Jetix

First season dubbed in Dutch, as of season two subtitled.
May 17, 2008
New Zealandmarker Disney Channel New Zealand

TV 3 Sticky TV
August 7, 2006
Norwaymarker Disney Channel Scandinavia September 29, 2006
Pakistanmarker Disney Channel (US Premiere) March 24, 2006
Disney Channel Arabia March 24, 2006
Disney Channel India September 23, 2006
Jetix Pakistan January 5, 2008
GEO Kids (Airing the show with Urdu subtitles) November 2008
WikKid Plus (Dubbed in Urdu) January 12, 2009
Panamamarker Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Tele 7 January 2, 2008
Perumarker Disney Channel Latin America November 11, 2006
Polandmarker Disney Channel Polandmarker December 2, 2006
Portugalmarker Disney Channel Portugalmarker 2006
Quebecmarker VRAK.TV June 18, 2007
Romaniamarker TVR 1 July 3, 2007
Jetix August 15, 2008
Disney Channel Romania September 18, 2009
Russia STS September 1, 2008
South Africa Disney Channel South Africa September 29, 2006
Spain Disney Channel Spain January 2007
Slovak Republic STV 1 May 2007
Jetix July 2007
Swedenmarker Disney Channel Scandinavia
September 29, 2006
Taiwanmarker Disney Channel Taiwan November 4, 2006
Turkeymarker Digiturk April 29, 2007
Disney Channel Turkey April 29, 2007
United Kingdom Disney Channel UK, Five May 6, 2006
United States Disney Channel March 24, 2006
ABC Kids

Video games

See also


  1. Miley Cyrus quitting 'Hannah'
  2. (url inactive as of May 18, 2009)
  3. Disney Launches Hannah Montana Products URL accessed December 26, 2006
  4. Bite me, Barbie! Disney's Hannah Montana takes over as most wanted toy BY NICOLE LYN PESCE (November 19th 2007) Daily News
  5. Teen queen is global brand by Stephen Armstrong 2009/05/21 (accessed 06-24-2009)
  6. Karl Taro Greenfeld, " How Mickey Got His Groove Back," Condé Nast Portfolio, May 2008, 126-131 & 150.
  7. Miley Cyrus quitting 'Hannah'
  8. Reference removed by administrator because "site contains malicious software downloads"
  9. Children's Awards Winners 30 November 2008 - The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) site
  12. Credited as: Secret Idol: Hannah Montana

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