Bob Iger Likely to Stay On at Disney Past 2019 If Fox Deal Goes Through

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Disney is in the lead to acquire much of Fox’s media empire, though Comcast remains in contention, Reuters reported on Tuesday. If the deal should happen, it is expected that Bob Iger will stay on past his set 2019 retirement from Disney.

Iger, who is 66, has already postponed his retirement from Disney three times. In March, he said he was committed to leaving the company in July 2019. Disney has not named a successor to run the world’s largest entertainment company, which owns cable channels including ESPN, theme parks and a movie studio, which leads many believe he would stay on longer to ease the FOX transition.

Iger is well regarded on Wall Street for transforming Disney with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Studios and “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm. If a deal with FOX goes through, Disney could gain access to more film and TV characters to add to its collection including animated series “The Simpsons” and the “Avatar” movie franchise.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Though he likes media, there isn’t a CEO that HATES, LOATHES the Disney Theme Parks more than Bob Iger. Honestly, sees guests going there as overweight sheep, who will pay a mint for very little value. He needs to go, for any WDW fans. The parks need huge overhauls and another Florida theme park to keep up with the growth.

    • Well said. Eisner is hated but he understood that the Parks are the economic engine. Tom can settle this but has any other C.E.O given us Park fans anything close to what Eisner gave us? Hollywood Studios, water parks and great hotels