Disney Reorganization Looms Ahead Of First Earnings Report Since Bob Iger’s Return

The initial exuberance and relief following Bob Iger’s return as Disney CEO has been replaced by anxiety as speculation about a pending corporate restructuring is intensifying — and with it, rumors about the layoffs that are likely to follow. Rumblings of a new organizational chart unveiling are growing louder amid mounting pressure on the company (including from activist investor Nelson Peltz) to stage a rebound with Iger back at the controls.

Disney Says Investor Seeking Board Seat ‘Does Not Understand’ Company

In a security filing, Disney was harshly critical of Nelson Peltz, saying he had “no strategy, no operating initiatives, no new ideas and no plan.”

Iger’s Latest Headache: What Does Activist Investor Nelson Peltz Want?

During the last several months, Walt Disney Co. has replaced its chief executive, promised a dramatic restructuring, embarked on a major cost-cutting effort and elected a new chairman. But all that has not satisfied the demands of Nelson Peltz, a billionaire activist investor who has waged a months-long — and so far unsuccessful — campaign to join the Disney board of directors.

Bob Iger Wants Disney Employees Back In The Office Four Days A Week Starting March 1

Disney’s newly returned CEO Bob Iger said employees currently working a hybrid schedule will be asked to spend four days a week on-site as of March 1, targeting Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays, saying it’s his “belief that working together more in-person will benefit the company’s creativity, culture, and our employees’ careers.”

Disney Analyst: Spinning Off ESPN, ABC Is ‘Best Path Forward’

“We think Bob Iger is returning to Disney to make big changes. Spinning [off] ESPN/ABC is the best path forward, and we see it as a reasonably probable late-’23 event.” Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall opened a Tuesday report on The Walt Disney Co., led again by Iger as CEO, with a big call that is certain to cause debate.

Bob Iger Vs. Bob Chapek: Inside The Disney Coup

The former Walt Disney Co. chief executive undermined and then succeeded the man he had handpicked to lead the entertainment giant.

Disney Proposal To Restructure Triggered Uproar From Creative Executives

Discussions regarding the plan were under way in the weeks leading up to Nov. 20, when Disney’s board of directors fired Bob Chapek as chief executive and replaced him with his predecessor, Robert Iger.

Bob Iger’s Disney Return: 5 Far-Fetched (or Are They?) Megadeal Scenarios

While he may be waving away any deal talk, the incoming CEO built the company with a slew of splashy buys — Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox — and could have another big idea up his sleeve.

Disney CEO Iger Makes Profitable Streaming A Priority

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Monday one of his top priorities is to make the company’s streaming business profitable. Iger is responsible for Disney’s all-in embrace of streaming, and the launch of its marquee service, Disney+, but he acknowledged the measurement of success has changed. Wall Street investors now focus on profitability, not merely subscriber gains.

Bob Iger Says Disney Has No Plans To Acquire More Assets

The reinstalled CEO also addressed reports of a merger with Apple at a town hall with employees Monday.

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Iger’s Return To Disney Begs Question Whether Content Is Still King

“Content is king” is a now well-worn bit of conventional wisdom most closely associated with the late media mogul Sumner Redstone. But does it hold up anymore? The stunning return of Bob Iger to the helm at The Walt Disney Co., perhaps the most venerated media company in the world, might be the right move at the right time for that particular institution. But that corporate turmoil is only one data point in a sea of challenges that raise real questions about the broader content businesses and almost all of its putative kings.

Bob Iger’s Return As Disney CEO ‘Blindsided’ Ousted Bob Chapek: Sources

Walt Disney CFO, Others Brought Concerns To Board Over Bob Chapek

Bob Iger Was In Advanced Talks For Key Role At RedBird Capital Before Disney Wooed Him Back

Bob Iger Takes Pay Cut In Return As Disney CEO

Compared to how much he was making when he last held the job, Bob Iger is a bargain in his second tour as CEO of Walt Disney Co. According to a filing with the SEC, Iger will have a $1 million annual salary and an annual  bonus that could earn him up to another $1 million. As part of the company’s long-term equity-based incentive plans, Iger is also eligible for an yearly award with a target value of $25 million.

Disney Stock Spikes 9% After Bob Iger’s Sudden Return As CEO

Bob Chapek‘s Early Blunders Made It Hard to Escape Bob Iger’s Shadow At Disney

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Disney Taps Ex-CEO Bob Iger To Return, Set Strategy

Iger’s successor as CEO, Bob Chapek, was fired Sunday after the company posted lower than expected earnings in the last quarter. Hollywood’s creative community had grumbled about Chapek’s cost-cutting measures and sometimes blunt approach to talent, while theme park regulars had been unhappy with price hikes. So, it’s back to Iger for the next two years.

Disney Announces Ex-CEO Bob Iger To Return For 2 Years

Late Sunday, the Walt Disney Co. said Bob Chapek, who succeeded Iger in 2020, had stepped down from the CEO position. “The board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the company through this pivotal period,” board Chair Susan Arnold said in a statement from Disney.

Iger: Traditional TV ‘Is Marching To A Distinct Precipice’

Bob Iger, the former chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co., said traditional TV, including broadcast, cable and satellite, “is marching to a distinct precipice, and it’s going to be pushed off.” But, he added, while streaming TV is gaining viewers, that doesn’t mean all online services will do well.

Bob Iger: Traditional TV, Film Biz Face ‘World Of Hurt’ As Streaming Transforms Entertainment

Bob Iger shared a pessimistic outlook on the future of movies and traditional TV in an interview Wednesday at the Code Conference in Los Angeles. The former Disney CEO was, however, particularly bullish on the growing number of streaming services embracing Madison Avenue, including Disney+, but predicted that not all of the current market entrants would survive in the long term.

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger Writing Book On Leadership In Times Of Crisis

Bob Iger Makes His Disney Exit As A Titan Of Transformation

Iger, who turns 71 in February and who began his career at age 23 at ABC, is one of only six CEOs to lead Disney since its founding in 1923 until Bob Chapek assumed the role in February 2020. Ten days from now, Iger can step away knowing that few, if any, media leaders can claim as impressive a track record at any one enterprise as he achieved over his time atop Disney with such pivotal creative and accretive transactions as the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox.

10 Media Execs Predict 2022′s Industry-Shaking Events

CNBC spoke with 10 media executives who anonymously predicted one significant industry event for next year. Projections included Bob Iger returning as Disney CEO, Shari Redstone selling or merging ViacomCBS and Apple buying a movie studio. One executive predicted Roku will buy Lionsgate’s film and TV production studio.

Susan Arnold To Succeed Bob Iger As Disney Chairman

Susan Arnold will succeed Bob Iger as chairman of the board at Disney, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. Arnold, a 14-year member of the Disney board who has served as its independent lead director since 2018, will succeed Iger when he leaves at the end of the year.

Bob Iger Sells Off Half His Disney Stock Holdings

Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Co., sold about $100 million worth of the company’s stock on June 1. The sale represented about half of Iger’s holdings in the company he headed as CEO until last year. According to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Iger sold 550,570 shares at prices averaging just over $179 a share. The shares were sold in 173 separate transactions resulting from two sell orders.

Bob Iger On Life After Disney: “I’m Not Retiring. I Can’t Possibly Do That”

The executive also talked about the backstory behind the surprise succession announcement in an interview with SiriusXM’s Alan Fleischmann.

Bob Iger Bids Disney Shareholders Farewell

“It has been a very trying year. The most difficult we’ve had in recent memory, if ever,” said Bob Iger, first up Tuesday at the company’s virtual annual shareholders meeting. Sounding moved, he noted that it would be his last as he prepares to exit after 16 years as CEO and, more recently, executive chairman, and well over 40 years at the company.

Disney Nixes Bonuses For Top Executives

Disney disclosed the total compensation for its top executives in a year that saw the company hit hard by the pandemic right after Bob Chapek took over as CEO.

Bob Iger Is Fighting For Disney’s Life

The former CEO thought he was riding into the sunset. Now he’s reasserting control and reimagining Disney as a company with fewer employees and more thermometers.

Bob Iger To Forgo Disney Salary, Execs Take Pay Cuts

The Walt Disney Co. said on Monday that executive chairman Robert Iger will forgo his entire salary and recently named CEO Bob Chapek will take a 50% pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to an email from Chapek sent to employees obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

How Bob Iger Grew Disney Into A Goliath

After transforming ABC, Disney’s outgoing CEO made four big acquisitions that changed the company forever.

What You Need To Know About Iger And Successor Chapek

Bob Iger transformed Disney during his 15-year tenure as CEO; now he’s handing the reins to Bob Chapek, who led the company’s parks division for nearly five years.

Disney Downplays Surprise, Timing Of Chapek Succeeding Iger

At Disney, Iger Steps Down, Chapek Steps Up

In a surprise announcement Tuesday afternoon, Walt Disney Co. said longtime CEO Bob Iger was stepping down immediately, to be succeeded by Bob Chapek, most recently chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products business. Iger will remain executive chairman through the end of his contract on Dec. 31, 2021. Besides leading the board, Iger said he will spend more time on Disney’s creative endeavors.

Questions Remain For Disney Plus, Hulu Amid Iger-Chapek Transition

The Rise Of Iger: Disney Stock Is On Fire

It’s been a magical year for Disney. The stock is up nearly 35%. The movie studio already has six billion-dollar box office smashes, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker potentially becoming the seventh. And the Disney+ streaming service launched to rave reviews and made “Baby Yoda” a pop culture phenomenon. So what can Disney CEO Bob Iger, who Time recently named its Businessperson of the Year, possibly do for an encore?.

Bob Iger Scores Successful Shift To Streaming

There are more than 10 million reasons why The Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger is Multichannel News’s executive of the year for 2019. The first 10 million are the larger-than-expected number of people who signed up for the Disney+ streaming service on Nov. 12, the first day it was available.

TV Academy Names New HOF Members

Disney boss Bob Iger, Nickelodeon and Oxygen co-founder Geraldine Laybourne, director Jay Sendrich and performers Seth MacFarlane and Cicely Tyson have been chosen as the latest members of the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. The 25th Hall class unveiled Tuesday will be inducted in a ceremony Jan. 28 at the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

Iger Takes Gloves Off For Disney Streaming Debut

Disney+ looks like the future of the house of mouse. It could also define the CEO’s legacy when he retires in 2021.