What's going on with Disney? Crisis?
acsive at mail.mira.dk
Thu Feb 12 22:44:55 CET 2004
During the last time worrying news have been heard about a big concern, namely
Disney Co. First thing is that Roy Disney (Walt's nephew) went from the board
of the company - he now has the webpage www.savedisney.com where he and many
others advice that Michael Eisner (Is he be any chance a relative of the other
Eisner in our genre, Will Eisner??) should be removed.
Mr. Disney says that Eisner has forgotten the goals they set in the early 80'es
when they started to make the company what it has been in the 90'es with great
movies such as "Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast". - It seems the company
is now more concentrated on making money - something that Disney originally
said was not to be the goal - achievement and quality was the marks of Disney
when Walt started it.
Apart from this I first heard that Pixar has left the cooperation with the
company, as they can easily find a better partner. AND: Then I hear that the
department that does the animation movies is to be closed?! The production of a
movie called "A few friendly ghosts" has been stopped - and thus making many
people unemployed... This makes me very sad as I grew up with the great movies
as mentioned before. Thanks to a subscriber's offer I got to see the new "Bear
Brothers" before the premiere in Denmark - it's great IMO.
Furthermore I read yesterday that Comcast Corp., USAs biggest cable TV company
has offered to buy the whole concern for 66 billion dollars.
I wonder if, and how much all this is going to effect our branch of the tree,
so to speak. Will the license-holders, such as Egmont, Gemstone and the
publishers in Italy, France and Netherland/Finland suffer from this? Will
another company know what they have in their hands here, even though the comics
might be an ever so small part of the whole business? I'm just worrying, and I
wonder if some of you people here, who are involved in the publishing or
creating of comics could comment on this - tell us what you think?
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