Bob Iger

Disney extends Bob Iger’s deal until 2018

Disney CEO Bob Iger has signed a new deal, which will keep him at the Hollywood Studio until June 30, 2018. Iger is currently chairman and CEO of Disney. He became company president in 2000 and chief executive in 2005 after the exit of Michael Eisner. Currently, currently chairman and CEO, has overseen the acquisitions […]

Disney creates Asia president in regional rejig

Disney has appointed Paul Candland as its first president for the Asia region. Candland is a 16-year Disney veteran and was previously president of the company’s operations in Japan. The appointment comes as part of a management shuffle at Disney Asia, which also involves Stanley Cheung being promoted from managing director to president of Disney Greater […]

Maker will create Star Wars, Marvel shortform content

The Walt Disney Company is planning to allow multichannel network Maker Studios to create shortform online video for Mouse House franchises such as Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger yesterday described the decision to acquire Maker for a potential US$950 million was made primarily down to the MCN’s online […]

Disney buys Maker for initial $500m

The Walt Disney Company has made the largest investment a traditional media giant has yet gambled on a digital multichannel network (MCN) by acquiring Maker Studios. The Mouse House has agreed to pay an initial US$500 million to acquire the US-based YouTube channels operator, whose shareholders will also receive an additional performance-related US$450 million if […]

Ben Sherwood to replace Anne Sweeney at Disney/ABC

Ben Sherwood has been named as Anne Sweeney’s replacement as boss of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sherwood has been running ABC News during which time he is credited with reinvigorating Good Morning America and forging joint ventures with Yahoo and US Hispanic net Univision. Disney announced this afternoon (GMT) that he will take Sweeney’s role of […]

Disney/ABC chief Sweeney to exit post

Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney is to leave the company to become a TV director. Sweeney, who joined Disney in 1996, will step down in January 2015. The Disney/ABC Television Group includes broadcast channel ABC, cable net ABC Family, kids channel Disney Channel, the Disney Channels Worldwide business and […]

Disney, Dish settle legal issues with ‘evolutionary’ deal

The Walt Disney Company and US satcaster Dish Network have ended their long-running legal dispute and agreed on a deal new, wide-ranging carriage deal. As part of the deal, Dish has agreed to disable its controversial ad-hopping service AutoHop during ABC shows in primetime, with Disney in return dropping all legal issues. The US broadcasters […]

Disney boss: Netflix ‘great fit’ for new Marvel shows

Disney’s chairman and CEO Bob Iger has said placing five Marvel Universe shows exclusively with streaming service Netflix represents a “great opportunity” for both companies. Yesterday, news broke Netflix had greenlit Disney-owned Marvel Television and ABC Television Studios to produce four series and a miniseries – a deal described by the parties as “unprecedented”. The […]

Iger says investment in Hulu a boon for content owners

Bob Iger has said Hulu has real strategic and financial value for the company and offers a considerable opportunity for content owners. Hulu’s owners, Disney, Fox and Comcast recently explored sale options before deciding to retain the business, the second time that situation had played out. The Disney boss said yesterday that the owners of […]

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