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March 6, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger faced tough questioning about alleged liberal bias at Disney-owned ABC News and ESPN during the entertainment company's annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday. Justin Danhof, a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank, told Iger that he believed this bias - which he said was apparent in ABC News reporter Brian Ross' coverage of the July 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. - could decrease Disney's advertising revenue because so many Americans are conservatives.
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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.
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January 26, 2000 | JAMES BATES and SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a Wall Street Journal interview a decade ago, Robert Iger, who was at the time the newly named prime-time programmer at ABC, described himself as just a regular guy. "You don't have in me this distinctive personality," he said of himself. Ten years later, those who have worked with the new president of Walt Disney Co. still find Iger elusive and enigmatic.
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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.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2005 | Richard Verrier and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Walt Disney Co. directors tapped President Robert Iger on Sunday to succeed Chief Executive Michael Eisner, writing the final chapter for an often stormy 21-year reign during which Disney mushroomed from a moribund studio into a global entertainment giant. The selection ended a high-profile search for a new leader for the fabled company, which has been under siege by critics who wanted to hasten Eisner's departure. He will remain at the post until Sept. 30.
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July 24, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the threshold of the fall TV season a year ago, ABC was considered by critics to be the freshest and most daring network, thanks in part to a drama lineup that included "Twin Peaks," "thirtysomething," "China Beach," "Equal Justice" and Steve Bochco's bold musical "Cop Rock." A year later, those series are gone--all canceled by the network. "Last year, we were the innovators.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Even to those who have worked closely with Robert Iger, the Walt Disney Co. chief executive is something of an enigma -- "easy to like but hard to get to know," in the words of one former senior officer. Since ascending to the top a year ago last week, Iger has kept an unusually low profile, a relatively tricky task at an entertainment icon whose leaders have been household names for nearly all of its 83 years.
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September 5, 2004 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
A few weeks back, a colleague gave Robert Iger a bottle of fine red wine to celebrate his 30 years as an executive with ABC and its parent, Walt Disney Co. Although appreciative, Iger would prefer a more substantial gesture of gratitude: Michael Eisner's job. Iger, who is second in command at Disney, has long been dismissed as a top-tier contender to succeed Eisner as chief executive.
BUSINESS
November 24, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert A. Iger, the tough financial manager who ran the only profitable network during a recession-plagued tenure as ABC's entertainment chief, has been promoted to president of the ABC Television Network Group. He succeeds John B. Sias, who is retiring. In naming Iger, 41, Capital Cities/ABC Inc. Chief Executive Daniel B. Burke moved him ahead of more senior executives. The promotion, however, was not a total surprise: Iger had been expected to move up the CapCities/ABC corporate ladder.
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February 7, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
It is a little after 8 a.m. Monday, and an aide hands Robert Iger, the president of ABC Entertainment, the overnight TV ratings for 23 major markets. This is the daily report card and lottery all rolled into one for network executives--the measure of their worth and instincts. It's the real payoff for as long as they can take the pressure. Iger, 38, studies the numbers carefully. He is delighted. One of ABC's new series, "America's Funniest Home Videos," has done well again.
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March 6, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger faced tough questioning about alleged liberal bias at Disney-owned ABC News and ESPN during the entertainment company's annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday. Justin Danhof, a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank, told Iger that he believed this bias - which he said was apparent in ABC News reporter Brian Ross' coverage of the July 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. - could decrease Disney's advertising revenue because so many Americans are conservatives.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013
Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct "Star Wars: Episode VII" took the entertainment world by storm. Now a new conversation begins: Who'll direct the "Star Wars" spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing? In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing "Star Wars: Episode VII," Disney will also distribute "a few" stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga. Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," and Kinberg are working on the scripts for two of those projects.
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January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Robert Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney Co., got a big pay raise last year. Iger, 61, who also serves as chairman of the Burbank-based entertainment company, received total compensation valued at $40.2 million in the last fiscal year, a 20% increase over the prior year, according to a regulatory filing. The pay package included a bonus of $16.5 million, and $9.53 million in stock awards, in addition to $2.5 million in salary and nearly $4 million in other compensation, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.
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 16, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
In the first change to Apple's leadership since the death of Steve Jobs last month, the company announced that Walt Disney Co. President and Chief Executive Robert Iger would be the Cupertino, Calif., electronics maker's newest board member. At the same time, Genentech Inc. Chairman Arthur Levinson, an Apple board member since 2005, will become the company's non-executive chairman, filling the role Jobs occupied briefly after his resignation as Apple's chief executive in August.
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September 13, 2011 | James Rainey
Days of tributes and memorials to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 may have taken their toll, a surplus of sadness pooling like the waterfalls at the new New York memorial. At least most of the stories showed a merciful precision. Most in the media heaped praise on the right figures -- the Goldman Sachs official who died helping co-workers to safety, the firefighter who led a perilous rescue. That restraint didn't extend, unfortunately, to one media giant's communications. In a video memorializing its $5-million contribution to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Walt Disney Co. put the focus squarely on that unknown 9/11 hero, CEO Robert Iger.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2006
The 2006 Millennium Ball raises almost $5 million for a new UCLA hospital. Disney chief Robert Iger is honored for his career and commitment to medical care.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Robert Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney Co., got a big pay raise last year. Iger, 61, who also serves as chairman of the Burbank-based entertainment company, received total compensation valued at $40.2 million in the last fiscal year, a 20% increase over the prior year, according to a regulatory filing. The pay package included a bonus of $16.5 million, and $9.53 million in stock awards, in addition to $2.5 million in salary and nearly $4 million in other compensation, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. is rebuilding its outdated Disney.com website to make movies, television shows and games directly available to consumers. Disney President and Chief Executive Robert A. Iger said the company's portal would be redefined as an "uber-network" for all things Disney, where entertainment would be offered by way of subscription or pay-per-view or would be supported with advertising. The relaunch is expected within a year, he said. "We have a unique opportunity as Disney because it really is the only true global entertainment brand," Iger said Thursday at the All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes.
WORLD
April 8, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert A. Iger was joined by Shanghai's Communist Party chief and the city's mayor Friday to officially commence construction of a long-awaited theme park that will give the Burbank company a critical beachhead in mainland China. In a carefully staged groundbreaking ceremony interspersed with singing and dancing, Iger said the new park would feature a blend of East and West and underscored the importance of the $3.7-billion project for Disney. "This is a defining moment in our company's history," Iger told the audience from an indoor stage set up across from the site of the planned resort, which he said would be "both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.
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