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Disney, Pixar rumors abound in Hollywood

updated 02:20 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2006

Pixar-Disney rumors fly

With the end of the current Pixar-Disney distribution agreement nearing and the series of moves by Pixar to jockey for more leverage, rumors are flying that Apple CEO Steve Jobs could be the next chairman of Walt Disney. The 14-year deal ends this summer after the release of Pixar's Cars animated film, and re-negotiation talks have . With Jobs holding 50.6 percent of Pixar, he could sell the company if he wished, but will likely not sell Pixar given his current investment in Apple, attachment to Pixar, and the potential cost to Disney, opines BusinessWeek news analyst Ronald Grover.

"Buying Pixar would cost Disney a bundle, maybe $8 billion or $9 billion and could send Disney's stock into a tailspin. When the rumor first surfaced on Jan. 4, the share price promptly dropped 1.5 percent in the 45 minutes before the market closed that day."

Disney and Pixar continue to hold talks, and a January 23 meeting is in place during which Disney will decide what sort of deal, if any, to make with Pixar. According to Grover, the talks will likely end in an extension and adjustment of the previous agreement, as Disney stands to gain from a relationship with Jobs-- Disney was the first to offer TV and other content for download via the iTunes video service.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ..amazingly, a balanced view on the current slew of out-of-control 'Disney-buys'Pixar' rumors.

    The only way Disney would be able to to afford to purchase Pixar, and the only way Jobs would allow it to happen would be in a massive stock swap, a significant cash deal, and Disney giving two seats on their board to Jobs and Pixar.

    We all know what happened last time a company invited Jobs back in...

  1. Kazrog

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Pixar will succeed with or without Disney. Disney is a company with a severe lack of vision, and a serious identity crisis.

  1. rbsandka

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please stop and think

    Disney is a huge company. Yes, like Pixar, they make animated features. But, what else do they do? They operate theme parks. They run a cruise line. They operate real estate ventures through their Vacation Club. They produce non-animated feature films. They own and operate ABC and ESPN. I am sure I am forgetting something (s). What makes Jobs qualified to run this company? Why would he even be interested?

  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hes not going to RUN THE COMPANY, he is going to have a seat on the board and be able to have input into decisions such as what ABC/ESPN/Mirimax/Disney/Pixar content to sell on iTunes music store.

    I think its a great idea. sell pixar to disney, retain some control, but mostly have time to concentrate on apple for jobs.

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