Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Who Will Replace Dick Cook?

The guessing game has begun on who Iger will pick to be the next Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, to replace Dick Cook. LA Times has several candidates:

1. Disney Channel President Rich Ross
Ross' star has been on the rise since his successful rehab of Disney Channel, once an also-ran pay-cable network that has generated such billion-dollar creative franchises as "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana."

Although Ross has virtually no experience on the feature film side, he has helped Disney Channel forge relationships with the company's other divisions. Such cross-divisional collaboration is a priority for Iger, who often extols the work of Disney Channel on calls with Wall Street analysts.

2. John Lasseter
Another touted prospect for the top studio job is John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, who directed "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" and "Cars." Lasseter is also principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, the group that develops attractions for the theme parks.

My guess is that this is not very likely, i.e. I don't think Lasseter wants this job. He's having way too much fun running Disney animation.

We shall see......


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