January 30, 2004 |
The fight to unseat Michael Eisner as Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive took on new life Thursday with the unraveling of the company's successful relationship with Pixar Animation Studios. For weeks, Eisner appeared to have the upper hand over adversaries Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold, former board members who were portrayed by the embattled chief executive and his allies as disgruntled gadflies.
December 2, 2003 |
What's Disney without a Disney? For denizens of the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney Co. was stripped of its DNA when Roy E. Disney quit the board of directors. Before his angry resignation Sunday, he was the on-site symbol of the company's rich heritage, the last family member on the board of the empire started by his famous uncle. When he attended pitch meetings or gave informal tours at headquarters in Burbank, people couldn't help but notice that he even looked a little like Walt himself.
January 22, 2002 |
Top Walt Disney Co. executives knew by the mid-1960s that the company would encounter problems reaping all of the profits from its broad strategy for commercializing the Winnie the Pooh characters, according to newly unsealed court documents. In a confidential January 1967 company memo, Walt Disney's brother Roy O. Disney bemoaned the tangled ownership interests in the Winnie the Pooh characters left by creator and author A.A. Milne, who died in 1956.
November 12, 2004 |
For the last year, investor Roy E. Disney and his longtime associate, Stanley P. Gold, have crisscrossed the nation crusading for good corporate governance. In making their pitch, they have chastised directors of Walt Disney Co. for serving as a mere rubber stamp for Chief Executive Michael Eisner. Leveraging their newfound celebrity, the two recently disclosed that they were trying to form a $1.25-billion investment fund aimed at promoting shareholder rights at other companies.
December 30, 1999 |
Disney animator Eric Goldberg was 15 years old and living in Cherry Hill, N.J., the first time he saw "Fantasia." He's not sure precisely when, but at some point during the display of undulating mushrooms and erupting volcanoes, Goldberg made up his mind what to do with the rest of his life. "I sat in the first row and let the lava wash all over me," says the 44-year-old Goldberg. "I thought it was just amazing. I knew right there that I wanted to become an animator."
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September 11, 1998 |
There's nothing Mickey Mouse about one man's single jet operation at Burbank Airport. Plans call for the operation to move to Van Nuys Airport because Burbank's runways are too short to accommodate a new global aircraft. That's right. Burbank, the only Valley airport with commercial flights, is too small. The man running the operation is Roy Disney, vice chairman of the company launched by his uncle, Walt Disney, and estimated by Forbes last year to be worth $810 million.
September 29, 2004 |
In the week since the Walt Disney Co. board announced it would move quickly to find a successor to Michael Eisner, the chief executive's two fiercest critics have publicly been as quiet as, well, a mouse. But behind the scenes, former Disney directors Stanley P. Gold and Roy E. Disney have been canvassing their allies, seeking consensus on whether their work is complete. Their answer came Tuesday: Yes, with reservations.
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March 30, 1997 |
The year was 1984 and all was not well in the house that Walt built. After a series of management missteps and expensive motion-picture failures such as "Tron," the Walt Disney Co.'s stock had plummeted in value, and support for President Ronald W. Miller--Walt's son-in-law--was rapidly eroding among executives at the Burbank entertainment giant. Enter Roy Edward Disney, son of the company's late co-founder, Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt. Born in 1930, Roy E.
May 29, 1991 |
An investment fund set up by Roy E. Disney and his associates to buy major stakes in faltering companies has tentatively agreed to pump $100 million into slumping sneaker marketer L.A. Gear. The complicated deal announced Tuesday would give Disney's Trefoil Capital Investors group extensive control over L.A. Gear's management and, in effect, a 30% interest in the company. At the same time, the pact requires that Robert Y. Greenberg, L.A.