Bob Iger Meets with Disney Leaders After His Comments About Potentially Selling Company & Assets Caused ‘High Anxiety’

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Bob Iger on Squawk Box

Bob Iger Meets with Disney Leaders After His Comments About Potentially Selling Company & Assets Caused ‘High Anxiety’

Disney CEO Bob Iger met with fellow company leaders on Tuesday to calm nerves about his comments regarding the potential sale of TV assets.

Iger’s TV Comments

bob iger squawk box

During an interview with David Faber on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Iger agreed with Faber that ABC “may not be core” to The Walt Disney Company. He said they have to be “open-minded” to potentially selling their TV assets, a comment that basically put them on the market.

Sources told CNN Business‘s Oliver Darcy that employees of the Disney General Entertainment Content division had “high anxiety” about the remarks and felt Iger had left them “in the dark.” Darcy noted that there have been no company-wide memos or town halls since Iger’s interview.

One of Darcy’s sources said Iger told senior leaders at the Tuesday meeting that the content created by Disney’s TV teams is “incredibly valuable to our business.”

Regarding ABC News specifically, Iger said, “I’m ridiculously passionate about news. It’s important to this company. We need to figure out how it makes the transition into streaming. And I happen to believe we will endure. It’s too good, it’s too important, and it’s really fun.”

The CEO reportedly answered various questions from leaders. A Disney insider said, however, that his answers were “the usual jewel in the crown stuff — except now we know that he’s selling the jewel.”

“It’s great to say he loves the jewel,” they continued. “It’s great to say that the jewel is important. It’s great to say that the jewel is fun. But he has revealed the truth: he wants to get the highest price he can for the jewel because he can’t afford it anymore.”

It’s also been rumored that Iger could sell the entire Walt Disney Company to Apple and he is trying to offload their streaming services in India.

Bob Iger & Disney

Bob Iger in front of The Walt Disney Company logo

Iger got his start at ABC back in 1974, well before it was acquired by Disney. He performed menial labor on TV sets and worked his way up through the ranks. He was named head of ABC Entertainment in 1989. He was president of the ABC Network Television Group from January 1993 to 1994. He was named Capital Cities/ABC senior vice president in March 1993 and then executive vice president in July 1993. The next year, he was named president and COO of Capital Cities/ABC.

When The Walt Disney Company acquired ABC in 1995, they acquired Iger and he worked his way up to CEO of the entire company over the next decade, finally landing the top spot in 2005 after Michael Eisner was ousted. Iger was CEO until retiring in 2020, but returned to the position in November 2022 after Bob Chapek was also ousted.

The Walt Disney Company Board has extended Iger’s contract to 2026.

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8 thoughts on “Bob Iger Meets with Disney Leaders After His Comments About Potentially Selling Company & Assets Caused ‘High Anxiety’”

  1. Iger is a good leader. Great for Disney. He is giving too many interviews, though. You talk too much and eventually you’ll say too much. And it can be said wrong or misunderstood. So just let him be CEO and stop interviewing him. Let people work.

  2. As a shareholder, I really don’t care about shedding assets on which Disney has not been able to keep an adequate level of focus to make it worth the trouble. I am not sure exactly what Iger proposes to sell to Apple…streaming? Ok. They aren’t really all that good at it anyway. The catalog? I am sure that Amazon would love to bid on that too. The character rights and licensing? What would the parks do for character material? Content creation or parks? Might as well sell the whole company. I need to hear more about his vision for Disney’s future, beyond divestment, before I form an opinion.

  3. I know that Iger has done great things for Disney much as Eisener had, but it is time for him to move on. Disney needs to get a team like Walt and Roy or Michael and Frank to lead the company. There are new challenges in a changing world and I think he does not understand the Disney assets.

  4. I trust Bob Iger completely. I own Disney stock and am a DVC member. I want Disney leaders to listen to him.

  5. We were excited to hear that Iger was coming back. We expected so many good things from him but so far he has shown us nothing. Prices are still pricing the middle class out, never brought back a fast pass system, now you have to pay for the “privilege” too ride a popular ride in a fast pass lane? Sorry but I have not seen anything positive that he has done and have actually been discovering a lot of new places since Disney got so greedy. It’s becoming nothing more than one other dirty amusement park. They took Walt’s dream, rolled it in a ball and trashed it😔😔 and stop making remakes…they suck!

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