September 14, 2004 |
Former Walt Disney Co. directors Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold said Monday that they would nominate a new slate of directors unless the board moved to replace Chief Executive Michael Eisner before the annual shareholder meeting in March. In an open letter to directors, the two dissidents called for the immediate hiring of an executive recruiting firm to conduct a worldwide search for a new CEO.
June 15, 2012 |
The opening day of Disney's California Adventure has begun. Characters from the "Newsies" film and musical danced on stage Friday as company Chief Executive Bob Iger lauded the changes to the park. “We believe the transformation over the last five years, culminating in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, created a totally new experience and deserves a grand opening,” Iger said. The Disney California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, opened in 2001 and has had underwhelming returns, even by the admission of company executives.
February 15, 2013 |
Consumer sentiment rebounded solidly early in February after a disappointing showing the previous two months, according to a survey released Friday. The monthly Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 76.3, up from 73.8 in January. Quiz: How much do you know about looming federal budget cuts? The readings in December and January were weighed down by Americans' concerns about the potential drag from the so-called fiscal cliff, which federal lawmakers averted with a last-minute deal.
August 7, 2012 |
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
July 1, 2013 |
On the first day of trading as separate companies, Rupert Murdoch's television and movie empire, 21st Century Fox, gained nearly 2% while the publishing company ended the day down 5%. Still, the publishing entity, which took the name News Corp., largely held its own with investors. Murdoch last year agreed to break his media empire News Corp. in two pieces in large part to free the entertainment businesses from the drag of the newspapers, which have declined in profitability.
October 31, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co.'s $4.05-billion acquisition of Lucasfilm was driven by the desire to tap into the "Star Wars" juggernaut. But the surprise deal will also give Disney other noteworthy assets, including the pioneering visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. ILM is considered one of the preeminent visual effects firms in the industry, known for its high-level work on the "Stars Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Jurassic Park" movies, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Iron Man" films and an upcoming "Star Trek" film from J.J. Abrams.
April 4, 2003 |
Michael O. Johnson, president of Walt Disney International and a 17-year company veteran, Thursday joined dietary supplement giant Herbalife International as its chief executive. "It's a chance to be CEO of a Los Angeles company that I think has a great future," said Johnson, 48. Herbalife executives cited Johnson's experience expanding global businesses. Johnson is the latest in a series of high-profile executives who have left Walt Disney Co. in recent years to pursue careers elsewhere.
January 12, 2010 |
Continuing to clean house and put his own team in place, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross has ousted the studio's production chief, Oren Aviv, according to two people close to the executive. Aviv, who had been at the studio for 18 years, was president of marketing from 2000 to 2006 before taking the production job. Aviv also served as an executive producer on the studio's movie series "National Treasure" and was a close ally of former studio head Dick Cook, who was ousted by Ross last year.
September 26, 2011 |
Disney characters apparently enjoy the seafaring life. Disney Cruise Lines announced last Friday the addition of a second Hawaii cruise from Los Angeles to its 2012 schedule. The company says in a statement that the cruise was added because "our guests wanted more options to visit Hawaii. " The second cruise leaves Oct. 14 and will feature eight days at sea during the 14-night itinerary. The cruise aboard the Disney Wonder will stop at four islands: Maui (Kahului)
September 17, 2013 |
The Chinese media conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group has donated $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its film museum. In recognition of the gift -- the museum's second-largest to date -- the museum's film history gallery will now be named the Wanda Gallery. The Dalian Wanda group owns AMC Theatres, and its head, Wang Jianlin, has said he wants to invest $10 billion in U.S. companies in the next decade. "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a global cultural institution and the Dalian Wanda Group's support of the project speaks to the worldwide importance and the appeal of the movies," said museum campaign chair Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. "Their gift to the academy museum is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build the world's leading movie museum.