One aprticular interesting peice from the article.
And speaking of stories that have yet to be played out, let's look ahead to July of this year. When the Walt Disney Company completes its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios. More importantly, when Steve Jobs becomes Disney's largest individual shareholder.
Now you may have seen some stories lately that have speculated about whether Apple would ever make an attempt to acquire the Walt Disney Company. That Steve might take a stab at grabbing the Mouse Factory and making it his own. Which – given Jobs' agressive nature and previous work history (EX: Look at what happened to poor Gil Amelio when Steve returned to Apple in February of 1997. Within six months, Amelio was out as Apple's CEO and Jobs was then named as the new interim head of that corporation) … Well, I guess you can see why some people might have some concerns about Bob Iger's long term job security.
Which brings me to a story that I've now heard several times from several different sources in Burbank. Which has to do with an office betting pool at Disney.
The way I hear it, there are two office betting pools currently being operated by middle managers at the Walt Disney Company. One will allegedly allow you to pick the date that you think Steve Jobs will be named as George Mitchell's successor (I.E. Meaning that Jobs would then become Disney's next Chairman of the Board). FYI: The range of dates for that wager reportedly runs from July 2006 through December 2007.
While the other Mouse House betting pool supposedly allows you to select the date that Steve Jobs will replace Bob Iger as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. And the range of dates for that pool reportedly runs from July 2007 through December 2008.
Something about Jobs taking ahold of Disney intrigues me, if he can apply his same style to rebranding Disney as was done when he came back in 97 and re-branded the Mac, Disney could be in excellent shape.
Then again, this is all scuttlebutt at the moment.