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November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A Brentwood house designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams was saved from demolition at the last moment Wednesday when city building officials issued a stop-work order to crews who had already begun dismantling the structure. Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger, who lives nearby in a restored Williams house, was among neighbors who alerted the city to the imminent razing. Late Tuesday, the city's Office of Historic Resources informed the owner, Robert Hanasab, that it was initiating an application to designate the house as a local landmark, said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner and manager of the Historic Resources office.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to see "Nymphomaniac" now or wait for the edited version on cable. The Skinny: Caught Sunday's "The Walking Dead" last night where the Lizzie character got Fredo'd. Godfather fans will get the reference. Tough to watch, but she had to go. Wednesday's roundup includes a recap of Disney's annual meeting and Viacom's settling of a long legal fight with Google's YouTube. Also, a profile of NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
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BUSINESS
October 6, 2011 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
When Walt Disney Co. looked to revamp its troubled retail stores in 2008, Chief Executive Robert A. Iger sought advice from the company's largest shareholder, a foremost expert on the consumer experience. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs had lured theme-park-size crowds to his company's stores with daring architecture, no-pressure sales staffs and displays that enticed customers to come in and play with the tech world's sexiest toys. Though Disney sold its chain four years earlier, its name was still on the stores.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
After the coffee. Before the green beer. The Skinny: Happy St. Patrick's Day! That was quite an earthquake, L.A. folks. Anyone who read my box-office projector column this week saw everything turn out as expected. Just kidding! Some people thought "Need for Speed" could race away with the weekend victory. So, of course, it landed in third. Monday's stories include the box-office roundup, Bob Iger succession stories and some apparent issues with the "Veronica Mars" digital downloads.  Daily Dose: CBS Corp.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Studios film chief Rich Ross' abrupt departure Friday comes at a difficult time for one of the largest, oldest and most successful of Hollywood's historic entertainment companies. It has also called into question Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert A. Iger's ambitious attempt to modernize the 89-year-old studio by placing a TV executive in charge of his film division and accelerates uncertainty at a time when all entertainment companies are struggling to come to terms with a dying DVD business and long-term declines in movie ticket sales.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a continued housecleaning at Walt Disney Co., studio distribution veteran Mark Zoradi is leaving after 29 years. The departure of Zoradi, president of Disney's motion pictures group, follows the ousting of his former boss, Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook, in September and Miramax Films President Daniel Battsek late last month. Under the direction of Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, the Burbank studio is being remade by Cook's successor, Rich Ross, former president of Disney Channels Worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment gave it the Hulk, Iron Man and other superheroes to fuel summer blockbusters for years to come. It also got Ike Perlmutter. Marvel's chief executive is hardly a household name. But Disney's purchase of the comic book publisher made Perlmutter one of the largest individual shareholders in the entertainment conglomerate, giving him special powers all his own. Superheroes are big business in Hollywood, accounting for three of the top-grossing films in the U.S. this year: Marvel's"The Avengers,""The Dark Knight Rises" and"The Amazing Spider-Man.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
ESPN's World Cup soccer coverage and the strong box-office performance of films including Disney/Pixar Animation Studios' "Toy Story 3" helped buoy Walt Disney Co.'s bottom line in the third quarter. The media giant reported a 40% jump in earnings to $1.3 billion, up from $954 million a year earlier. Revenue reached $10 billion for the three-month period ending July 3, an increase of 16% from a year ago. In a call with analysts, Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert A. Iger highlighted the film studio's summer performance, noting that it released three of the top five films worldwide in "Toy Story 3," Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" and Marvel Entertainment's "Iron Man 2. " The three pictures not only were a financial success but also have fueled other businesses such as merchandise sales, he said.
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
December 17, 2010 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The labor union representing hourly workers at the Disneyland Resort hotels is seeking to give shareholders a greater voice in executive compensation at parent Walt Disney Co. Unite Here has put forth a pair of proposals that it says would more closely align an executive's pay and bonuses with the company's performance, holding out Chief Executive Robert A. Iger's pay package for special scrutiny. The group cited harsh criticism of Iger's salary by two corporate governance authorities in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James
It's one of Hollywood's longest-running guessing games: Who will succeed Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger? And it just got a little more interesting. Anne Sweeney's announcement this week that she will step down as head of Disney's media networks, including ABC-TV, could help set up important moves on a corporate chess board as Disney prepares for bigger and more dramatic changes. Iger agreed last summer to stay on as CEO through June 2016, 15 months longer than initially planned.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome. The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant. Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and abroad.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Robert Iger, the chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., saw his compensation package drop last year. Iger, 62, received total compensation of $34.3 million for the 2013 fiscal year that ended Sept. 28, down about 15% from the previous year as his bonus and pension gains declined.  The Disney chief's base salary was $2.5 million. His $13.6 million bonus for the year was down just under $3 million. In 2012, he had a bonus of $16.5 million. Iger's total compensation also included $8.8 million in Disney stock awards and $8.47 million in options, plus about $968,000 in other compensation.  The vast majority of Iger's pay is tied to Disney's financial performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In "Saving Mr. Banks," the new film about Walt Disney's efforts to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers to make her "Mary Poppins" novels into a movie musical, Tom Hanks steps into the shoes of the famous studio head. At a recent installment of the  Envelope Screening Series , however, Hanks whipped out his portrayal of a different Disney honcho: current chairman and CEO Robert Iger. Hanks did so while recounting how he got the part of Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Meg James
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger was honored with the UCLA Anderson School of Management John Wooden Global Leadership Award during an evening that celebrated impressive records. At the UCLA gala Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton, Iger's won-loss record was compared to that of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who posted a 620-147 record in his 27 years at the helm. Since Iger took the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant in 2005, the value of Disney's stock has tripled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A Brentwood house designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams was saved from demolition at the last moment Wednesday when city building officials issued a stop-work order to crews who had already begun dismantling the structure. Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger, who lives nearby in a restored Williams house, was among neighbors who alerted the city to the imminent razing. Late Tuesday, the city's Office of Historic Resources informed the owner, Robert Hanasab, that it was initiating an application to designate the house as a local landmark, said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner and manager of the Historic Resources office.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Overcoming its disastrous film flop "John Carter," Walt Disney Co. reported strong quarterly earnings, helped by robust television and theme park income, and forecast a rosy future with plans for a sequel to its current hit, "The Avengers. " Disney posted quarterly net income of $1.14 billion, or 63 cents a share, a 21% increase from a profit of $942 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 6% to $9.6 billion for the second quarter ended March 31 compared with the same quarter last year.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. reported strong fourth-quarter earnings, buoyed by gains at Disney Channel and ESPN and at the Burbank company's theme parks. The entertainment giant reported net income of $1.08 billion for the quarter ending Oct. 1, a jump of 30% compared with a year earlier. Revenue also rose 7% to $10.4 billion. Disney achieved record revenue, net income and earnings per share for fiscal 2011. Net income for the year reached $5.26 billion on revenue of nearly $41 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger said he likes what he sees from Netflix, but added that he thinks it will be hard for the streaming video service to "corner the market. "  "No question Netflix has a running start," said Iger, speaking at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia Conference in New York on Tuesday. "I don't think the game is over though. The technology has created the most dynamic media space that we've ever seen. " Burbank-based Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, and Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix inked  a licensing deal late last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Robert  Iger  will remain chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. through June of 2016, which is 15 months longer than expected, the entertainment juggernaut said Monday afternoon. Iger, who also serves as Disney's chairman, had been slated to step down from the chief executive role after March 31, 2015. Now he will vacate both posts on the same day in 2016. By extending Iger's chief executive deal, Disney also gives itself more time to choose a successor for him. Among those bandied about as potential replacements for Iger are Disney  Chief Financial Officer James Rasulo and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Thomas Staggs.
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