April 30, 1995 |
In the decade since Michael D. Eisner took the helm, Walt Disney Co. has been a looky-loo on many deals, passing up opportunities to invest in established record companies, networks--even Mattel, the toy company. Instead of buying, Disney frequently has launched new ventures from scratch. Two of the most notable attempts have been in recorded music and publishing. After six years, Hollywood Records can't take credit for a single hit.
March 31, 1998 |
One of the puzzling aspects of this month's Beardstown Ladies fiasco has been how easily Walt Disney Co. and its publishing unit, Hyperion, have gotten off the hook. The two leveraged the elderly Illinois investment club into a cottage industry, reaping the financial and PR rewards that came with selling quaint bestsellers about a bunch of Grandma Buffetts from rural Illinois.
December 6, 1992 |
This is the book Titanic buffs have been waiting for. "Titanic: An Illustrated History" is likely to command the best berth in the library, even if one already has a shelf full of ill-fated-liner lore. The lavishly wide format is ideal for Marschall's dramatic paintings, which sweep across page-spreads so vividly you can almost hear the four-funneled ghost gliding through the waves.
June 4, 1994 |
Michael Lynton, a top executive from Disney's Hyperion Press publishing unit in New York, is expected to be named the new head of Hollywood Pictures, sources confirmed Friday. The Walt Disney Co., under which Hollywood Pictures hangs its banner, is currently in intense contract negotiations with Lynton and his announcement could come as early as next week when details of his deal are hammered out, sources said. "It's between days and weeks," an insider noted.
October 30, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co.'s publishing arm isn't entitled to 1st Amendment protection for allegedly fraudulent claims it made on jacket covers for the "Beardstown Ladies Investment Club" books, because the claims are commercial speech, California's First Appellate District ruled. The decision, which sets a legal precedent in California, means a San Francisco man's false advertising lawsuit against Disney's Buena Vista Books Inc. can proceed to trial.