I have a couple of questions regarding this AP interview... The link below will review the full text, and I will attempt to quote relivant parts...
I wonder if Iger knows he is about to enter a bidding war for Pixar... There are analysts that claim, Pixar is already gone... You can't start a negotiation of this type thinking you are the only player in town...AP: Disney's lucrative deal with Pixar Animation Studios is set to expire soon, and they have said they are talking to other studios about a new distribution deal. Will you seek to restart stalled talks with Pixar CEO Steve Jobs?
IGER: We did exchange e-mails. I fully expect to talk to him at some point in the future, I can't say when. I certainly feel it's my responsibility to fully explore whether there's a way to continue a relationship with them.
I have the utmost regard for that organization and for what they've accomplished and tremendous amount of respect for Steve. It would have to be the right deal for the company.
I think we may be seeing the last of Pixar... At least in the Disney fold...
Yeah, right... It is amazing that Iger just spend a minute to tell us "NO..." But he is talking to everyone else trying to defend his CEO position... Including Funds and especially CalPers...AP: Have you talked to large investors and made any attempts to reach out to (dissident ex-directors) Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold?
IGER: I've been talking with our largest shareholders for quite a long period of time -- over a year. I actually have reached out and talked to a number of them this week, those investors that really care long term about the company and that have been willing to participate in free, healthy dialogue over this past 12 months about where this company is today and where it has to go.
I intend to continue to do that. I'm not going to get any more specific about any one in particular.
Uh, Yeah, right again... The problem is that it is an Environment that Eisner created...AP: What do you see as Disney's biggest challenge?
IGER: Our biggest challenge is to be nimble and to be capable of adapting to a changing environment.
Iger's answer really is to hire people who have vision, because he ain't got any... And then take credit for the success because he listened to them...AP: What then is your vision for Disney?
IGER: I believe that in order to attract and retain great executives, it's very important that we show a trust for them and empower them. But that has to be done in an environment where we are being called upon as chief executives to have shareholder value in mind.
I also am a person that is accessible and enthusiastic, and I think I'm a very good listener.
Oh, yeah, that's visonary leadership, alright...