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Pixar & Disney: Splitsville

2004-01-30 00:13:46.40597+00 by Dan Lyke 9 comments

Wow: Pixar ends talks with Disney to seek deal with other studio.

"After 10 months of trying to strike a deal with Disney, we're moving on," Jobs said in a statement. "We've had a great run together -- one of the most successful in Hollywood history -- and it's a shame that Disney won't be participating in Pixar's future successes."

Now that Pixar can range a little further in the audience for its films, can we maybe hope for a partnership with Vivid? Or would that just be tacky? (Warning: I'm sure that latter link has pop-ups galore...).

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#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 02:32:45.730685+00 by: other_todd

There's already way too much computer-generated smut on the web as is, Dan.

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 13:01:43.691749+00 by: meuon

I would hope their other studio/distribution powerhouse deal is solid. On the good side.. Pixar has become quite a name unto itself in the general public's movie and media vocabulary. Thanks, in part, to Disney. I'm sure Disney has it's own in-house high-end digital studio as well, but to let Pixar go elsewhere is foolish.

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 13:17:50.825447+00 by: topspin

"It makes it look like Eisner did something wrong again, but we shouldn't jump to conclusions. This could be a negotiating tactic by Pixar as well," said Patrick McKeigue, an analyst at Independence Investment, which holds Disney shares.

from CNNMoney

Perhaps Steve Jobs would like to run Disney? Or maybe he just wants to turn the screws on Eisner?

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 14:50:52.996023+00 by: mkelley

Great quote this morning, about the split.

"One film executive suggested that Mr. Jobs could now be considered a candidate to run Disney if indeed Mr. Eisner ever left."

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 18:20:01.034645+00 by: ghasty

Yes, bring in Jobs and rebuild Disney

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-01-30 20:06:20.499668+00 by: other_todd

Man. I'm all in favor of ousting Eisner, but not to replace him with Jobs. Jobs shouldn't even be running Apple. (I really do dislike the man. He is, like Eisner, an egotistical tyrant who stomps on good ideas if they happen to disagree with his own personality cult. He is also a credit-stealer. He's a very smart gent, I give you that, but is blinded in crucial ways by his own zealotry.)

I'm waiting to see how long it takes for the Disney board to finally find a way to perform a coup. The signs are all there. Eisner is pissing off a lot of the people who should be his stanchest loyalists. Maybe this will be the year.

#Comment Re: Pixar & Disney: Splitsville made: 2004-02-02 19:19:51.743535+00 by: Dan Lyke

Some fun speculation on the Roy Disney conspiracy:

And as a matter of fact you might want to keep an eye on this year's Academy Awards. In what could be a fascinating sidelight to the whole business, Roy Disney has a film nominated for an Oscar. Called "Destino," it is a collaboration between Disney and the late Salvador Dali begun in 1946. Diamond says the project was shelved until Roy Disney, over the objections of Eisner, revived it. "If he wins," says Diamond, "Roy has 40 seconds (on national television) and I don't think he's got a lot of people to thank. As a member of the Academy (Diamond has a short film called "Nibbles" that has been nominated) I said it would almost be worth it to give up my vote to hear what Roy has to say.''

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-11 11:38:38.077623+00 by: meuon

More on the Disney shakups.. And they mention Pixar a bit: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02...38b9a5e7c&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-11 13:19:05.174009+00 by: Larry Burton

And on top of that, it seems that Comcast wants to buy Disney