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NYT on the Disney•Pixar Marriage

Bob Iger, Business, Cars 2, Disney, John Lasseter, Pixar

Posted by Thomas • May 31, 2008

The New York Times‘ Brooke Barnes writes today about the Disney•Pixar marriage and how they have made it work. On the topic of sequels, direct-to-dvd features and Pixar, the article says:  

IN a subtle but important shift, Pixar has matured, allowing its strategic thinking to evolve inside a sprawling corporation. For instance, some of the studio’s executives once resisted sequels and direct-to-DVD efforts, arguing that quality and the brand could suffer. While sequels were not out of the question, they said Pixar’s hot streak hinged on pushing boundaries with original material.

In this four-page article, it talks more about how both companies have adapted to each other’s philosophies in business and quality, as well as "pre-nup" for the merger. Well worth a read if you are interested. 

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The Bear And The Bow To Be A Disney Princess

Brenda Chapman, Business, Disney, The Bear and The Bow (Brave)

Posted by Thomas • May 6, 2008

During the Walt Disney Company Earnings webcast today, Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned that Brenda Chapman’s 2011 Pixar feature film, The Bear and the Bow, will be incorporated into the Disney Princess franchise. 

More information on the Q2 financial results can be found here.

Set in the rugged and mythic highlands of Scotland, The Bear and the Bow is the tale of a princess, Merida and her battle with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and dark, ancient curse to set things right in her kingdom.

[via The Pixar Blog

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SEC Troubles Head To Former Pixar CFO

Business, Disney, Pixar, Steve Jobs

Posted by Thomas • April 29, 2008

The SEC stock options abuse surrounding Steve Jobs and his companies doesn’t seem to end. CNN Money is reporting today that Ann Mather’s, former Pixar Chief Financial Officer and board member at Google Inc., might face charges from the SEC on stock options backdating during her time overseeing the books at Pixar.  

Google said the SEC told Mather last week that the agency’s Los Angeles staff will recommend a civil complaint be filed against her for alleged stock option abuses that occurred during her five-year stint overseeing Pixar’s books.

says the article. Pixar founder, Steve Jobs, was cleared last year of backdating stock options at Pixar. Mather’s was not an employee at Pixar at the time of the Disney•Pixar merger, having left in November 2005. 

Disney have acknowledged that some of Pixar’s stock options were improperly backdated, and released a statement on Monday confirming it had no new evidence that would change it’s conclusion "or that would lead the company to believe that the SEC staff will recommend an enforcement action as to any individual currently associated with the Walt Disney Company."
Read the full story here.

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Pixarfying Disney

Bob Iger, Business, Disney, Pixar, Ratatouille

Posted by Thomas • April 19, 2008

An interesting article from the Economist draws comparisons to between Pixar, Ratatouille and the way Disney is now being run by CEO, Bob Iger. 

Before Mr Iger took over, Disney had a factory-like process for animation in which a business-development team came up with ideas and allocated directors to them. “With the arrival of the Pixar leadership, Disney has adopted the director-driven development and production approach that Pixar has used so successfully,” says Mr Staggs. The full proof of Pixar’s impact on Disney’s animation will be seen in November when the firm releases “Bolt”, the first film developed entirely under the new bosses.

says the article as it draws comparison between the company and Ratatouille, portraying ex-Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, as Chef Skinner making cheap frozen dinners, until he is removed at Remy and co. come to town and take over the business.

Read the story and judge for yourself here.
Thanks Will.

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Jobs Didn’t Disclose Cancer To Pixar Board

Business, Pixar, Pixar Employees, Steve Jobs

Posted by Thomas • March 7, 2008

Fortune Magazine‘s Peter Elkind has published a new article on Apple CEO, Disney’s largest shareholder and the guy that bought Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million, Steve Jobs. 

The article talks about his history at Apple, his fierce temper, the stock backdating scandal (at both Pixar and Apple), as well as a host of other topics. The authors purports the article has been in the making for months, and it is an interesting read, whether you’re a fan or not, to see how a mind of someone like Steve Jobs’ works.
However, one particular piece of information that may be of interest to some, is about Jobs’ pancreatic cancer. The story goes that he was diagnosed in 2003, and wasn’t given long to live. It was then discovered that he had a rare form of cancer that could be treated, Steve didn’t want to go for surgery however. He eventually came around and was put under the knife in 2004. In 2004, after the surgery, and he was given the all clear, it was then announced about his ordeal. During this time however, it was all kept very hush-hush. Only very few members of the Apple board knew, and his illness wasn’t even disclosed to the Pixar board members. The reason behind not informing the shareholders of either companies, is said that they did not want to worry them and the stock price to plummet. Jobs has been an icon for the company, he is heralded as the saviour, ever since his return in 1997. Since then we have seen the iMac, the iPod and now the iPhone, as well as numerous other hit innovations and inventions.
What do you think? Should Jobs have disclosed his illness to all the shareholders of both companies? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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