Sunday, March 16, 2014

Who Will Succeed Robert Iger at Disney?

The names Jay Rasulo and Thomas Staggs don't mean much to animation professionals or fans right now, but the Los Angeles Times speculates that one of them may be Robert Iger's successor when he retires in 2016.

I wonder if they would consider Jeffrey Katzenberg.  I'm not joking about that.  While Robert Iger has been using Disney's money to buy everything in sight, Katzenberg has been building an organization from scratch and diversifying it so that it is stable enough to survive any problems.  Katzenberg also has his own record of success at Disney.  There are many worse candidates out there.

With the exceptional profitability of animated features, combining Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks makes sense from a business standpoint, if not an artistic one.  Who knows?  Since Robert Iger is running out of things to buy, maybe DreamWorks and Katzenberg are already on his list.


Anonymous said...

That is a very interesting and provocative idea.

Wonder how Lasseter and Catmull get along with Katzenberg?

James Bjorkman said...
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Anonymous said...

Katzanberg is a bitter, sniveling little bald man - doesn't have the temperment to be CEO of anything - doesn't even get along with partner Speilberg. Why do you think Disney partnered with Speilberg for marketing and distribution of his live action films? And look at what Dreamworks aninmiation has produced under Katzenberg - even the studios name is stolen from Disney. Misguided to bad idea at best.