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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Meg James
Discovery Communications Chief Executive David Zaslav might run one of the smallest of the major media companies, but his pay remains in the big leagues. Zaslav last year collected compensation valued at $33.3 million, according to Discovery's proxy, which was filed Friday afternoon with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That amount represented a more than 30% drop over Zaslav's 2012 pay arrangement, which was valued at $49.9 million. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Zaslav in 2013 received a base salary of $3 million, a $5.8-million cash bonus and $22.5 million in stock option awards.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Comedian Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host the Oscars in February, with “Saturday Night Live” veteran Lorne Michaels producing,  three people with knowledge of the discussions said. ABC has raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on its Oscar broadcast, these people said, but the network has no authority to veto the choice of host. The show is put on by the Motion Picture Academy, and Tom Sherak initiated the discussions before his term as academy president ended on Tuesday, according to the people who were not authorized to speak publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people. “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2004 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co.'s romance with Marvel Entertainment began last February when Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger first brought up the idea of an acquisition during an otherwise innocuous business meeting with Marvel film chief David Maisel. In June, Iger made his intentions clear and the two companies embarked on a nearly three-month-long series of negotiations that involved four in-person meetings, numerous phone discussions and an intense back-and-forth over price that culminated in the $4-billion deal announced Aug. 31. The timeline of the negotiations that led to the acquisition, along with other details of the agreement, were disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing from Disney that led with its public offer of up to $2.12 billion in stock to help fund the deal.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2003 | Richard Verrier
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.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Dawn Chmielewski
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.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
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.
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