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August 21, 2003 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. Vice Chairman Roy Disney's family trust agreed to sell up to 7.5 million shares of his Disney holdings to Credit Suisse First Boston. The transaction, accounting for 43% of his holdings in the Burbank-based media company, was said to provide tax and estate planning advantages to the 73-year-old nephew of founder Walt Disney. In a statement, Roy Disney said he "wanted to emphasize his continued dedication to the company."
March 19, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney were reinstated to the Dodgers bidding Monday, leaving five parties in contention to buy the team. The decision was disclosed by two people familiar with the sale process but not authorized to comment. The Gold/Disney bid had been rejected last week by a committee of Major League Baseball owners, amid concerns over the structure of an offer that included private equity financing to back the launch of a regional sports network.
February 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Renegade Walt Disney Co. shareholder Roy Disney said he would hold a separate investor meeting the day before the company's March 3 annual meeting to rally support against management. Disney, nephew of founder Walt Disney, and ally Stanley Gold, who both resigned as directors late last year, said they wanted to press their case for investors to vote against reelecting Chairman Michael Eisner and three other directors and press for Eisner's resignation as chief executive.
January 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
On the day after Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers, billionaire Ron Burkle issued a statement that indicated he would consider buying the team. "It is one of the best brands in all of sports," Burkle said. "And, like many people, I'd be very proud to be a part of its future. " Burkle did not bid on the Dodgers, but he might still play a part in the future of the team. With the opening round of bidding concluded, Burkle might consider backing groups led by Rick Caruso or Stanley Gold, according to a person familiar with the sale process but not authorized to discuss it. McCourt and his bankers cut the list of prospective owners Friday.
December 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
After waging an often bitter campaign for change at Walt Disney Co., former board member Roy E. Disney urged shareholders to reject a proposal asking the company to forever reserve one seat on the board for a Disney heir. The proposal, which would name a Disney family member as an independent director, was made by Frank Wierenga, a Pennsylvania shareholder. It will appear in the company's proxy statement and be voted on at next year's annual meeting. Roy Disney, son of company co-founder Roy O.
June 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
A Delaware judge agreed to consider allowing Roy E. Disney to show shareholders documents that contain confidential deliberations of the Walt Disney Co. board on executive pay. Roy Disney resigned from the company's board in November and has been waging a campaign to unseat Chief Executive Michael Eisner and force other changes to the board.
March 27, 2004 | From Reuters
Roy E. Disney, the Walt Disney Co. shareholder trying to oust Chief Executive Michael Eisner, tried to tighten ties with other dissidents by offering to share information. Roy Disney said his family company, Shamrock, would "share ideas and information" with state pension funds and others, he said, declining to give details. His announcement at the spring meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors came as the group of state pension officials was arranging to meet with the Disney board.
August 3, 1993
Investor Roy E. Disney completed the previously announced purchase of Malrite Communications Group Inc.'s radio operations in a stock swap valued at more than $300 million. Acquiring Cleveland-based Malrite gives Disney's Shamrock Broadcasting Inc. in Burbank 21 radio stations, making Shamrock one of the largest radio-station owners in the nation. Shamrock Broadcasting is a unit of Shamrock Holdings, a private company principally owned by Disney and Trefoil Capital Investors L.P.
May 4, 2004 | From Reuters
The two dissident investors of Walt Disney Co. who campaigned to unseat Michael Eisner as chairman will nominate an alternative slate of directors next year if the current board does not "face up to the issues," former director Stanley P. Gold said Monday. Although Disney has been forecasting strong earnings growth over the next few years, Gold said Disney's results would deteriorate because the company had "buildings full of suits" but was "bankrupt of creative people."
August 26, 1994 | ALAN CITRON and JAMES BATES
When Michael D. Eisner installed the Seven Dwarfs atop Team Disney headquarters as enduring symbols of the company's heritage, he might as well have added the image of Roy E. Disney. The painfully shy executive with the uncanny resemblance to his Uncle Walt has a habit of popping up at critical junctures in the company's history to somehow help sway events his way. Roy Disney's fingerprints were all over the management coup that ushered in the Eisner-Frank G. Wells regime some 10 years ago.
January 7, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Disney name graced the last World Series champion in Southern California. The Disney name could grace the next World Series champion in town too, if Stanley Gold succeeds in his bid to buy the Dodgers. The family of the late Roy Disney has partnered with Gold, entrusting the man who runs the family investment firm to lead the charge for the Dodgers and try to restore prominent local ownership to the team.
January 6, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Tony Ressler, co-founder of a Los Angeles investment firm that controls more than $40 billion in assets, has expressed interest in pursuing the Dodgers, according to two people briefed on the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly. The roster of prospective owners also now includes Stanley Gold, longtime chief of Burbank-based Shamrock Holdings, according to a person who required anonymity but is familiar with his discussions about the Dodgers. Gold is perhaps best known for joining with his Shamrock partner, Roy Disney, in a public push for the ouster of Michael Eisner as chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. Ressler and Gold join a list of suitors that includes multibillionaire Steven Cohen, developer Rick Caruso and a group led by Magic Johnson.
March 26, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
Hard as it is to believe today, it was not so long ago that animation in general and Disney animation in particular were art forms given up for dead. Things got so bad that in 1984 the studio, which had been kick-started into success by "Snow White" almost half a century earlier, ingraciously booted its beleaguered artists off the lot and onto bleak rented premises. But, as it happened, the glories of the world were not yet ready to depart the stage. As detailed in the fascinating new documentary "Waking Sleeping Beauty," an unlikely combination of personalities and circumstances came together in the next decade to create a run of animation successes -- "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" -- that exploded into unprecedented profitability.
December 21, 2009
Farewell to a Big Brother Re "Roy E. Disney, 1930-2009," Obituary, Dec. 17 As past president of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles and as a big brother to a fatherless kid since 1968, I can tell you that Roy E. Disney took his family's role in the agency very seriously. ( Walt Disney founded Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles in 1955.) Roy was always involved -- in many ways beyond the financial -- in helping this great agency. We will miss him. Steve Soboroff Los Angeles Clearing the air Re "Let's not go it alone," Opinion, Dec. 17 Wrong.
December 17, 2009 | By Charles Solomon
Roy Edward Disney, who died Wednesday at the age of 79, was loved and respected within the animation industry as a link to the art form's glorious past, a defender of its exciting, chaotic present and a hope for its often-uncertain future. As the son of Walt's brother, Roy Oliver Disney, he was animation royalty: He even looked like his uncle and spoke in a similar voice, roughened by smoking. In person, he was genial and soft-spoken, with a warm chuckle that enlivened his favorite stories, as in the 1985 interview when he told me, "I like to say my first exposure to animation came when my mother inked and painted cels of Mickey Mouse while she was pregnant with me."
December 17, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and James Bates
Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose commitment to his uncle's creative spirit prompted him to mount revolts that led to the unseating of two of the company's chief executives and a revival of the studio's legendary animation unit, died Wednesday. He was 79. Disney, who had been battling stomach cancer, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, according to Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Disney's company Shamrock Holdings. Disney toiled for years in the shadow of his famous uncle and his father, Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, who ran the business side of the company for his brother.
January 28, 2004 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On the same day Walt Disney Co. disclosed that Chairman Michael Eisner received a $6.25-million stock bonus for the company's improved performance, Roy E. Disney called on shareholders to cast a vote of no confidence in the top executive.
July 15, 2005 | From Reuters
Former dissident shareholder Roy E. Disney, who led a revolt against Walt Disney Co. management last year, said he would shut down his website,, days after striking a truce with the company. Roy Disney and partner Stanley P. Gold used the site to criticize the entertainment giant's leadership after they left the board in late 2003. But the two men and management agreed to work together to better the company last week. The site will be dismantled Aug. 7, Roy Disney said.
March 20, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Three-dimensional movies have another believer: Roy E. Disney's Shamrock Holdings Inc. Shamrock's Capital Growth Fund is expected to announce this week that it is putting $50 million into Real D, which has equipped more than 700 movie screens with 3-D systems. The investment will give Shamrock and its partners a minority stake in the Beverly Hills company. Real D's overall value is believed to be more than $200 million. Neither company would confirm the figure.
October 12, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Roy Disney's investment company sued network software maker IPass Inc. after failing to force the ouster of IPass Chief Executive Kenneth D. Denman. Shamrock Activist Value Fund, part of Disney's Burbank-based Shamrock Holdings Inc., asked a court in Wilmington, Del., to force IPass to turn over boardroom records. Shamrock said it wanted to determine whether IPass executives lied to investors and mismanaged the takeover of rival GoRemote Internet Communications Inc. last year.
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