Pixar takes over Disney

A Steve Jobs company and another, bigger company in the same business have swapped stock and are becoming one company.
Team members of Jobs’ company are taking leadership positions in the bigger company.

Does this sound familiar?
It should.
It’s what happened with NeXT and Apple, and now is happening again with Pixar and Disney.

My prediction?
Steve Jobs becomes CEO of Disney within 2 years.

There is something strange about how one guy can be in control of two big companies like this.
And make no mistake, being the biggest sharehold of Disney means Steve will exert control right away, even if he isn’t CEO yet.
As a test, let’s see how long it takes for Disney to move over to using WebObjects instead of go.com, who they’re using now.

Now, how does Steve get Disney and Apple working together?
Although he may have control of both companies, they have different shareholders.
Does he have enough “political will” as it were to push through his ideas?
I like to think so.
The video media market needs a shakedown, like what happened with the iTunes Music Store.
It will probably be the same iTunes Music Store.
Maybe they should rename it the iTunes Media Store.
In which case it should be iMedia, not iTunes.

Having all of ABC’s and Disney’s stuff available online (heopfully in full HD resolution) would put a cork in the BitTorrent bottle.
Right now people download “HR” high-res shows from BitTorrent that are about 9 times higher resolution than current 320×240 iTunes offerings.
Even these 950-wide DiVX files are not full HD though.
If they could offer full 1080 files, they would be all set to rake in the dough.

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One thought on “Pixar takes over Disney”

  1. No arguments here.

    Gee, I wonder what will happen to Circle 7 Studios, the outfit set up by Eisner to make Pixar sequles for Disney, starting with Toy Story 3? With a script by twoschmoes, one to write, one to punch it up. (I’m not sure whether the former or the latter is the one whose only IMDB credit is Production Secretary to “Inside the Playboy Mansion”)

    Why, what have we here? That didn’t take long.

    Point of interest, an issue of New York magazine, from Sept 2003. First paragraph reads:

    It seemed like a good idea at the time. Joe Roth, who was then the new Disney studio chairman, took his brainstorm to his boss, Walt Disney Corp. chairman Michael Eisner. Pixar’s first animated feature for Disney, Toy Story, had outgrossed every Disney-made movie but Aladdin and the mighty Lion King, and director John Lasseter had been hailed as the genius behind a new era in 3-D computer-generated animation. It was early 1997, and the stink of ex–CAA chief Mike Ovitz’s exit from the studio was still on the Burbank lot. Eisner needed a No. 2, and Disney’s own animation division was stuck in a post–Jeffrey Katzenberg rut. Roth said he had the perfect fix: Buy Pixar, put Lasseter in charge of revitalizing the Disney brand, and bring in Pixar chief Steve Jobs, the innovative marketing whiz who co-founded Apple Computer, as Ovitz’s replacement.

    Eisner threw Roth out of his office.

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