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Topic: Roy Disney quits/Eisner tries to erase Roy's name?, Roy's signature won't be on Wave 3 DVDs?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Dec. 05, 2003 10:23 am/pm Quote

Gee... Eisner wrote that letter to CM's on the same day as Roy Disney wrote a letter to CM's. But because Eisner's was written after the board meeting, his was written after Disney's was.

Strange how Eisner's letter includes a thanks to CM's who make the magic, when Disney's letter also thanked the CM's with similar working earlier in the day...

Hmmm...

Eisner: "Of course, in creating and growing this fantastic enterprise, the most important assets of all are the people who make the magic happen . . . you!"

Disney: "As I now set off on a different course, I cannot fail to publicly and openly once again express to all of you my most heartfelt thanks. I am grateful that we have shared this journey. Without you, your contributions and camaraderie we would not have been able to make the magic and wonder that is Disney. I hope that one day soon the Disney Board gets the message."

There's been some talk that Eisner might not have actually write that, and that it is a standard type of holiday rah-rah message given to "the troops" -- most likely written much earlierwith the latest company statistics inserted into it. Well, if that's the case, the thanks to the CM's could also have easily been inserted into it after seeing Roy Disney's thanks to the CM's which came out earlier that day.


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Posted: Dec. 06, 2003 10:08 am/pm Quote

Rich:  On another Disney site I read a post from someone who does PR for a large corporation.  These year-end CEO-to-the-employees year-end holiday rah-rah-type letters get drafted weeks in advance and express any general good news and progressive news there's been, thanks for the hard work and appreciation to the employees.  If it sounds good, the "boss" signs it and OKs it for distribution.  The person posting seemed to know the business and process of it and it sounded solid.  We've been on the receiving end of corporate home office stuff where Rich works and these things with variations read the same.

On another matter:

The online petition I mentioned in an earlier post now has, on it's WWW site, a message saying they were informed access to the site from internally at Disney has been blocked.  If you are of a mind to participate in that petition, you can do so from home or other Internet connections than from Disney.  There is also a new deadline for submissions, of Midnight December 9th.  If this is of interest, here it is, otherwise simply ignore.  The site is:

http://www.pruiksma.com/letterofsupport.html


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Posted: Dec. 06, 2003 12:07 am/pm Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ Dec. 06, 2003 9:08 am/pm)
These year-end CEO-to-the-employees year-end holiday rah-rah-type letters get drafted weeks in advance and express any general good news and progressive news there's been, thanks for the hard work and appreciation to the employees.  If it sounds good, the "boss" signs it and OKs it for distribution.  

And if that is the case, Eisner was lying when he wrote that he wrote that on the airplane then, iddn't he?

I'm not disagreeing that Eisner could have signed off on that letter without writing most of it or even any of it -- he might have changed a word or two here to be able to say he "wrote" it.

My point is that I'm suspicious about the part where the Cast Members are thanked because to me it is very interesting that he decided to put out his own letter to CMs and on the very same day Roy Disney distributed his (to as many Disney employees as he could, asking all to pass it along to all the CMs they could, since he no longer has internet access at The Walt Disney Co. because he resigned). I'm suspicious of the way Eisner thanked them for creating the magic when Roy's letter which came out earlier on the same day also expressed the same sentiments.

Your mileage may vary.


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Posted: Dec. 06, 2003 12:17 am/pm Quote

The transcript of the Paula Zahn Now show which includes the interview with Roy Disney is online now. Scroll down about 7/8ths of that page for the start of the interview.

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Posted: Dec. 08, 2003 1:47 am/pm Quote

Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold have started the [url=http://www.savedisney.com]SaveDisney.com website which includes their official resignation letters to Disney as well as email address where you can email Roy and Stanley directly.

Check out the news about this by clicking here.


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Posted: Dec. 08, 2003 2:06 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Carol found a very good commentary column on CBSMarketwatch.com posting the original article on The Motley Fool.com.

I'll do a quick quote of it here, followed by a link to the entire article, which I highly encourage you to read.

Dear Eisner
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

It's not easy being you. You're Michael Eisner. You're running the corporate equivalent of the New York Yankees. Expectations run high. Every move is watched and publicly dissected. Anything less than victorious perfection and a commitment to quality taints the heritage and attracts the forked tongue.

Welcome to the Yankees, Eisner. Everyone's a Steinbrenner.

It's not fair, you say. Disney can't please everybody, yet it is somehow expected to do just that. The same park-happy woman that starts off her day riding Dumbo and would picket its potential closure is slamming you in online newsgroups for adding similar rides like Aladdin's Magic Carpet or Animal Kingdom's Triceratops Spin. The folks who claim that Disney should go back to making G-rated theatrical family fare and are quick to mutter "boycott Disney" didn't turn out in convincing numbers to see The Country Bears, The Straight Story, or [/i]Piglet's Big Movie[/i].

If you haven't figured it out yet, Michael, you can't win. Travelers want you to spend more to upgrade your theme parks while your bean counters want you to spend less. Purists want more wholesome filmed entertainment while the movie-going masses are favoring flicks with explosions and flatulence jokes. There is no compromise. There is no lowest common denominator.

While the same two men who brought you into the company two decades ago resigned this week -- and asked you to follow suit -- something tells me that you won't. Either you don't realize the size of the angry mob of Disney traditionalists trailing behind your wake, or you think that you can fix this mess and walk away wearing glass slippers.

If you don't feel the heat yet, just see what happens if you let Pixar get away. Want more media-injected venom? Drive a bigger wedge between Disney and the Weinsteins at Miramax. Let ABC continue to parlay its languishing future by airing The Bachelor -- or better yet, Monday Night Football -- four nights a week. Replace the park castles with Wal-Mart Supercenters.

But if things can get worse, one can reason that they can probably also get better. No, you still can't win. Give up on that notion, sir. However, if you don't mind settling for a draw -- and the way things are going for feature animation, a draw would be welcome on many different levels -- read on.
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Are you going to tell me that the same company that was able to dish out tens of millions to kiss off the likes of Michael Ovitz and Jeffrey Katzenberg doesn't have enough jingle in petty cash to keep Carousel of Progress open year round? If Disney is the world's premiere theme park company, why is The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man sitting on Universal's lot?

To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, Disney's not bad -- it's just overdrawn that way. Animal Kingdom should have been more than just a half-day park by now. Disney's California Adventure should have been more than half of a half-day park by now. Build a park right the first time, not like the last time. When Disney raises the bar, as it has with its cruise ships, water parks, and rides like Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror or Splash Mountain, the floored competition can't manage a chin-up.

Before I go, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold wanted me to let you know that a chummy board of directors is useless. Life isn't about the friends you make. It's about the enemies you don't make. If you think there is more value to the praise posse that surrounds you than the talented executives who bolted because you replaced glass slippers with glass ceilings, you better check the currency exchange tables.

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Posted: Dec. 08, 2003 11:11 am/pm Quote

Eisner's "Very Repressive Regime"

Life at the Mouse House is "just awful," insists Roy Disney, who says he quit the board to encourage a shareholder revolt

In an interview with BusinessWeek Online on Dec. 2, former Disney vice-chairman Roy Disney talks about why he chose to resign his board seat, his run-ins with Eisner, the company's relationship with animation giant -- and potential rival -- Pixar, and how Eisner demanded that Chicken Little get a sex change.

[b]Full details.


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Disney Animation Producer Don Hahn feels the pain in the Disney family feud

Don Hahn, producer of "The Haunted Mansion" film as well as "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" weighs in on Roy Disney's resignation and Roy's call for Eisner to resign, rumors of Disney's D-MGM animation studios closing, and the future of traditional animation at Disney

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Posted: Dec. 10, 2003 3:00 am/pm Quote

Eisner's Wild, Wild Ride

Disney's CEO is a survivor, but now he's under attack from an heir to the kingdom. A look at the battle ahead


Quick quote from Dec. 15, 2003 issue of TIME magazine:
In the case of his growing estrangement from his longtime supporter Roy Disney, the final squabble came in a conversation a week before Thanksgiving over the Magic Kingdom heir's right to attend screenings of cartoons in development. "These were big screenings with like 100 people in the room, and he didn't want me there for some convoluted reason," Disney told TIME. "I griped about it, and we had some words." Then, like one of his Uncle Walt's animated boilers, Disney exploded.

Eisner, 61, has crushed numerous revolts in his 19-year reign as chief of the Walt Disney Co., but he has never faced a rebel quite like this — an angry major shareholder who bears the company's name and a deep sense of betrayal by the chief Mouseketeer.

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Having read all these posts, I want to issue a quick apology for any support I may have issued for Mr. Eisner over the last 10 or so years. It would appear that the glossy shine of the company was merely a glazing over of the deeper problems that lay underneath, and that had I had the opportunity to have been as informed as I am now, my opinion would not have been as rosy. When Michael (M.E.) first entered the company, he brought revitalization, but unfortunately, he also opened the door to a very nasty thing - greed. Whether he remains is yet to be seen, but I have faith that right shall prevail.

That said, I wish Roy Disney and Stanley Gold the best in their attempt to restore Disney back to a company centered on the right principles, values, and moral standards set by it's founder.

Hang in there folks, as long as there is a standard bearer, there is hope. :mickey:


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