Friday, February 01, 2008

The Double Ds

DreamWorks and Disney.

I spent part of the morning at DW, where I come late to the party in getting word that the place is bursting at the seams (that part I knew) and is going to be expanding on-lot parking and office space to accomodate all the newer bodies (that part I didn't know)...

And over at DisneyToons, the Tink III script is in hand and ready to launch onto boards. Tink II is in work; Tink Uno is slated for completion over the summer for a Fall release.

Elsewhere in the Disney empire, Mr. Iger has been reupped as CEO:

The Walt Disney Co. has signed Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to a new five-year contract ...

The new contract, which ends Jan. 31, 2013, raises the CEO's minimum bonus to $10 million from $7.25 million and grants him an option on 3 million shares, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The value of Mr. Iger's long-term incentive award target was raised to $9 million from $8 million, according to the filing.

This is good news indeed. Now Mr. Iger won't have to take out the second on the house to make ends meet ...

11 comments:

victor "Hugo" chevy said...

What are the guys over there saying about the Tink movie? Good? Bad? How involved is Lasseter since he's taking over DisneyToons?

Anonymous said...

"Mr. Eiger"

Good one, Steve.

Steve Hulett said...

What are the guys over there saying about the Tink movie?

They think it's working.

Good? Bad?

Good.

How involved is Lasseter since he's taking over DisneyToons?

He's down for meetings and reviews things. I talked to some staffers about a meeting from last week, in fact. (And I'm not stupid enough to discuss it in any detail here ...)

Floyd Norman said...

It's a lot better than the previous version that's for sure.

However, it's kinda like Bush saying, "The surge is working because things are not as screwed up as they were."

scorpiotsm said...

Now, now Floyd...

I love ya. You're a Disney Legend and all, but let's not get political.

Hopefully "good" will mean really good and not "eh, it's pass for a video title".

Floyd Norman said...

First of all, I don't play politics. After all, who am I trying to influence - - and for what reason? I don't even work at Disney.

Secondly, I hope I'm still allowed to have an opinion.

Finally, I respect the TRUE Disney Legends, and never would I put myself in that category.

scorpiotsm said...

Hey, some of us here think you should still work at Disney...

and you ARE a Legend. You may not be one of the nine old men, but you're still a great animation artist to me.

Floyd Norman said...

I appreciate that. No hard feelings, it's just that I probably worry too much about the Disney product. I guess I spent too much time around the Old Man, and he could be truly demanding about everything.

Thanks for the compliments, but I take all that legend stuff with a grain of salt.

scorpiotsm said...

Hey Floyd,

What's your take on Disney animation right now with Lasseter in charge? Headed in the right direction? I'd value your thoughts on the whole matter.

Floyd Norman said...

I would certainly hope so. I was encouraged by Ed Catmull's comments about traditional animation. He seemed to really appreciate its value as a film medium and as an art form.

Not being inside Disney animation, it's difficult to get a sense of the day to day operation. However, it appears they're making steps in the right direction.

Disney has fantastic talent. Now, if that talent can be supported by management, we'll see some real changes in the future.

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