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.
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.
January 21, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger received nearly $31.4 million in total compensation last year, a 13.6% increase from 2010, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The board's compensation committee laid out the case for Iger's package, noting that 90% is tied to Disney's performance. It said the Burbank entertainment giant achieved record net income, revenue and earnings per share in fiscal 2011, and initiated a number of projects that would contribute to the company's' future growth — including expanding attractions at Disney theme parks in California, Florida and Hong Kong, and the joint venture to create a new park in Shanghai.
April 12, 2011 |
The blurry, fuzzy concept art of a Shanghai Disneyland , filled with fireworks, spotlights and a great big castle, paints a picture short on details and vague on specifics about the planned project in China. So why all the secrecy on Disney's part? Three reasons: * To prevent knockoff rides by rival Asian theme parks, which happened before Hong Kong Disneyland's 2005 opening. * To preserve creative flexibility for Disney's Imagineers during the ongoing "Blue Sky" development phase, when rides, shows and even entire lands appear or disappear.
October 30, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the "Star Wars" franchise. Along with the purchase, Disney announced that it plans to release a seventh live-action "Star Wars" movie in 2015. The agreement continues Chief Executive Bob Iger's strategy of growing Disney through huge acquisitions that give the Burbank company control of key pieces of intellectual property. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, a deal that resulted in this year's hit "The Avengers.
February 9, 2011 |
Aggressive cost-cutting produced dividends for Walt Disney Co.'s movie studio, as its operating income jumped more than 50% on moderate revenue growth for the quarter ended Jan. 1. The Burbank entertainment giant reported a 10% increase in revenue for the first quarter to $10.7 billion and 54% growth in net income to $1.3 billion. The company's net income was also aided by one-time gains from the sale of its former Miramax film unit and other assets. Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo attributed the increase in Walt Disney Studios' operating income to $375 million from $243 million in large measure to a consolidation of distribution operations for theaters, DVD and digital platforms, and on television.