The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansions at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks take attendees to another world with the canonical setting of the planet Batuu in a galaxy far, far away. However, in the early planning stages of the Star Wars theme park lands, Disney and Lucasfilm intended to have fans find themselves on Tatooine, the desert home planet of both Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin Skywalker. So why didn’t that happen? Read More »
When Bob Iger suddenly announced that he was stepping down from his longtime role as Disney CEO in February, it seemed to mark the end of an era. But that era is stretching on a little longer than its anticipated end-date, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rocks Hollywood. Iger, who was set to be immediately succeeded by Disney parks chief Bob Chapek, is finding himself “reasserting control” at Disney to steer the company through the coronavirus crisis.
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With movie theaters shut down for the time being, and so many movie release dates delayed, moviegoers are wondering if more and more titles will go directly to digital or streaming. Disney made this decision recently with one of their upcoming movies, Artemis Fowl, which is headed right to Disney+. Could that mean additional Disney theatrical titles will go straight there as well? According to Bob Iger, yes – but don’t expect that from huge tentpole movies like Black Widow or Mulan.
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Robert Iger served as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company for just under 15 years. It’s hard to emphasize exactly how massive an impact Iger made in his tenure at Disney, one which concluded quite abruptly on Tuesday, when he announced that he would immediately transition into a new role as executive chairman before stepping down permanently in 2021. An air of mystery surrounded the announcement, because while Iger’s contract was up at the end of next year, there was little expectation that he would hand over the reins — to Bob Chapek — quite so swiftly.
In the meantime, as the aftermath makes itself clear, it’s high time that we look back on Iger and his many accomplishments at Disney.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Yesterday, Bob Iger stepped down as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, handing the reins to Disney parks chief Bob Chapek. The news came as a huge surprise to Hollywood, industry analysts, and even a major player within the Disney company, and in the wake of the big announcement, some questions linger about the future of the company’s streaming platforms.
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The Walt Disney Company has a new CEO. Bob Iger has stepped down as Disney CEO, effective immediately. Disney Parks chief Bob Chapek has been named by the conglomerate as the next CEO and will succeed Iger immediately.
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Baby Yoda might be destined for the big screen. The cute little co-star of The Mandalorian stole the hearts of audiences who flocked to the Star Wars live-action series on Disney+, proving that the sci-fi franchise can still take over the pop culture zeitgeist outside of the movie theaters. But with the Skywalker Saga coming to an end, is TV and streaming where Star Wars is destined to reign for the next couple of years? Not if Disney CEO Bob Iger can help it. The ever-shrewd Disney chief is teasing that there could be a future on the big screen for the beloved Star Wars Disney+ TV shows.
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The Mandalorian is a big hit for Disney and Lucasfilm, so much that the second season was officially announced to arrive in the fall of 2020 just as the first season came to an end this past week. While fans are loving the titular character of the series, there’s one clear breakout from the show: Baby Yoda. However, since character isn’t actually Yoda as a baby, Disney is doing everything they can to make sure fans know that this creature should be called The Child or The Asset. But even Disney CEO Bob Iger used to refer to the character as Baby Yoda, only to be corrected by series creator Jon Favreau. But Iger also knows something that fans are desperate to find out. Read More »
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Disney CEO Bob Iger has his own style of leadership, one that’s defined by taking calculated risks that end up reaping significant financial reward as well as strengthening the brand of his corporation. Bob Iger also practices what he teaches when cultivating his own personal brand, particularly his credo on the importance of maximizing your presence across multiple channels to tell a cohesive, compelling story.
And Iger’s story is a compelling one; a tale that rests on how his leadership and business acumen made Disney into the IP-laden behemoth it is today. This story is directly told in his recently released memoir, and indirectly earlier this week with the rollout of Disney+.
This week, Iger has launched another personal brand-building endeavor: MasterClass, a platform that provides online courses from well-known experts from a variety of fields (Penn & Teller, Spike Lee, Shonda Rhimes and Christina Aguilera are just a few other famous MasterClass teachers) will now have Bob Iger on their roster. Iger’s MasterClass is aimed to teach aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs how to be as badass of a leader as he’s been during his tenure as head of Disney. The class offers some sound business advice, but also spends time on the four major deals Iger oversaw at Disney: the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and certain assets from 21st Century Fox.
Iger’s retelling of how he closed these deals are the most interesting parts of his MasterClass, especially for those who care about any of the properties Disney now owns (which, let’s be honest, is pretty much everyone). Read on for details on a few IP-specific anecdotes shared in Iger’s MasterClass course.
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After diminishing returns on the Star Wars movies released between the primary chapters of the Skywalker saga, it’s safe to say that audiences may have felt some fatigue from stories in a galaxy far, far away. After production problems and disappointing box office performances on both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was clear that Disney and Lucasfilm bit off more than they could chew far too quickly. But sometimes lessons have to be learned the hard way.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently talked about the potential over-saturation of Star Wars in the marketplace, clarifying certain public comments he’s made about the performance of the franchise as a whole so far. Iger maintains that he’s not really disappointed with how any of the movies as far as their quality or box office performance is concerned. Instead, the executive reaffirms that they may have “released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time.” Read More »