“Hey, Bob, I saw the movie you just released last night, and it sucked.”
Germain Lussier for /Film:
The studio that helped pioneer 2D, hand drawn, theatrical animation is currently at a crossroads with the process. At Wednesday’s Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed none of Disney’s animation companies, which includes Disney Animation, Pixar and Disney Toons, are currently developing, or have plans to develop, any 2D, hand drawn animation for the big screen. He’s not ruling it out, but the current slate - which probably stretches 3-4 years – has none of it.
The end of an era. Just imagine if Disney had not bought Pixar — and that would not have happened if Michael Eisner remained as CEO instead of getting replace by Bob Iger. Disney could have been in a lot of trouble right now…
Sometimes acquisitions don’t work. Sometimes they’re the only thing that works.
“I had to repair the relationship. So the day the board called me to say I was CEO. … I decided to call my parents, my grown children, a couple of friends and Steve.”
Disney chief Bob Iger speaking to producer Brian Grazer at a Hollywood luncheon. And yes, he means Steve Jobs.
Apple’s newest board member, Disney CEO Bob Iger, just bought $1 million worth of shares on the open market.
Sure, perhaps not much for him in the grand scheme of things. But a million dollars is still a million dollars. And he’s clearly sending a message. Likely a smart one.