The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have covered a recent SEC filing about the proposed Disney/Pixar merger (registration required for both), noting that Pixar creative chief John Lasseter will be granted the power to greenlight all animated features from the studio, subject to final approval from Disney CEO Robert Iger. The filing […]
A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Disney plans to shut down Circle 7, the animation unit created by the Disney studios to make sequels to successful Pixar movies, and production on Toy Story 3 will be halted (free registration required). While no official statement has been made by Disney or Pixar executives […]
The mainstream media has exploded with news and commentary about yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times: – USA Today and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special […]
Disney has just announced that it will purchase Pixar Animation Studios in a deal worth around $7.4 billion in stock, making the animated studio a wholly owned subsidiary. Chief personnel involved in the deal include Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter. Jobs will become Disney’s largest individual shareholder and will hold a seat on […]
Separate reports in BusinessWeek and the Hollywood Reporter (quoting the Associated Press) are quoting anonymous sources that state that the Disney Board of Directors has approved the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios for approximately $7 billion. Disney may announce the deal, to be completed in a stock transaction, as early as today. Representatives from both […]
A report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal (summarized by Reuters) quoted unnamed sources stating that the Walt Disney Company was in serious talks to acquire Pixar Animation Studios, paying a small premium over Pixar’s market value of $6.7 billion at the time. Since that time, more details of the story have come from a report […]
An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.
Home Media Research has released a list of the 10 top-selling DVDs of 2005, with Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles landing the top spot with 17.38 million copies sold. In all, half of the titles on the list are animated movies, with DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar and Shark Tale tying for 3rd place with 10 million each in […]