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    Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    I just read that a memo was sent to WDI from upper management calling for the removal of Marty Sklar. Apperantly he will stay with the company as an ambassador. Sklar will be best known for betraying Disney and becoming an Eisner cronie.

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Maybe you should go back and do some research on Marty's contributions to the Company that began in 1954 before you go making statements like that.

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lang
    Maybe you should go back and do some research on Marty's contributions to the Company that began in 1954 before you go making statements like that.
    To some extent, the previous poster is correct.

    Marty has been promising to retire for years. He would typically set a date tied to a specific WDI accomplishment, like the opening of a park. But for reasons known only to Mr. Sklar, he never carried through with the retirement promises, and ended up changing his mind constantly. He did this for DCA, TDS, DSP, HKDL, and for DL's 50th last July.

    Enough is enough.


    The "Imagineering Ambassador" title is a compromise, pure and simple. Because of Marty's history with the company, and his legacy in Imagineering, no one in the Dopey Building wants to play the heavy and forcibly push Marty into retirement. However... he should have made good on his promise to run off and play with his grandkids after the 50th weekend, seven months ago.

    Marty had been contributing very little to the day-to-day operations of Creative Development, for which he was responsible, as the Principle Creative Executive. Most of the 'executive grunt work' has been done by Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP, since Tom was promoted to that position in July 2002. So why keep Marty in that role, if another executive is chopping the wood and carrying the water for him? What's the point of having Marty attend all those meetings, if his mind/body would rather be napping?




    Many changes are coming down the pike for WDI. And with Rasulo's announcement of Marty's new role in the company, I believe many of these changes, if not most of them, will be implemented before the SEC officially blesses the Disney/Pixar deal, by summer.
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsAr...-DISNEY-DC.XML

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    >> The executive shake-ups continued at the Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday as the company adjusts to its recent $7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios.

    Marty Sklar, a 50-year veteran at Disney, stepped down as vice chairman and principal creative exec for Walt Disney Imagineering in the wake of Pixar executive vp John Lasseter being named principal creative adviser of the theme park division. In his new position, Lasseter reports to Disney CEO Robert Iger, bypassing parks and resorts management.

    Sklar will serve as Walt Disney parks and resorts Imagineering ambassador, a role as yet undefined.<<

    >> In a memo to WDI staff regarding Sklar's new position, Rasulo emphasized the talents of the group's creative leadership, noting that they all "look forward to the energy and insight Imagineering will get from John Lasseter in his new role as principal creative adviser."<<

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lang
    Maybe you should go back and do some research on Marty's contributions to the Company that began in 1954 before you go making statements like that.
    Well, actually, no.

    The previous poster was correct. Marty Sklar was, and is, a survivor - maybe it was due to his devotion to Disney that he decided to go to any lengths to stay there, or maybe he simply needed the job. But Sklar made the decision to do anything to stay at Disney, and if that meant staying on the right side of Eisner, thats what it would take.

    Sklar did some fantastic work at Disney in his early, and later days. He is a personal link to Walt Disney, writing many of Disney's speeches. He created the opening day 'newspaper' at Disneyland, and wrote the famous ghost 'recruitment' advertisement which adorned the Haunted Mansion's gates before it opened. Sklar isn't a bad person - he is just a clinger.
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    In one of the Oswald threads it was debated whether Disney overpaid in the Pixar deal. This news about Sklar is continuing evidence that the Pixar deal was not just about buying Pixar. The deal is going to have huge ripple effects that are going to spread throughout WDC, starting with WDFA and WDI, but probably even further over time. It is a shake-up, a wake-up call, a whatever you want to call it, but the message is clear: Disney is doing things differently than before.

    Sklar is an important part of Disney history, and I'm glad that this new role for him will allow him to go around talking about all the great things WDI has done in the past. But it was time for him to go. I can't wait to see what the Pixar ripples do next!
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Eh.. You guys are right. Lets demonize everyone that had anything to do with evil Eisner. It's all black and white, right?

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Here is the entire memo written to Disney Employees...

    Several years ago, as I looked ahead toward my 50th year at Disney, I set two major goals for myself: first, to play a key role in the development and achievement of a spectacular 50th celebration for Disneyland; and second, to complete more than four years of creative support and leadership with the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland.

    I knew that as my 72nd birthday (February) and my 50th Disney anniversary (June) approached, I would look for new challenges, knowing I am not ready for a lounge chair by the pool and tennis court. So when Jay Rasulo asked me to talk about the future, I was "all ears" to a challenging proposal Jay made. It not only seems to be one of those ideas that is overdue, but it was clear to me that I am the perfect casting (perhaps the only candidate) capable of originating and organizing this assignment (I do have an ego, even if I hide it 99% of the time!).

    Jay has asked me to become Imagineering Ambassador for the Disney Parks and Resorts segment, communicating the Disney difference. I will be representing the energy, passion and talent of the Disney Imagineers I have helped to lead creatively and symbolically for so many of those 50 years.

    Imagineers have proved over and over again that we are the creative leaders in the Parks and Resorts industry. We continue to build on that tradition by what each of us in Imagineering's 140-some disciplines help to create, design, engineer and build. Having John Lasseter and the Pixar group as creative advisors will make Imagineering even stronger. But there are lots of audiences, outside and inside Disney, that need to continue to be, or become, "true believers." As Walt Disney often said, you're only as good as your next project!

    I am in the process of defining this program for Jay now, but it will likely include all or most of these elements and audiences: recruiting new talent at colleges and universities, developing traveling exhibitions such as the one now "on the road" organized by The Henry Ford Museum, communicating about the talents - present and legendary past - of Imagineering, speaking at conferences and conventions, etc. Three examples of the latter: I had the biggest program audience and the highest rating at IAAPA last November; teamed with Ray Bradbury in "An Evening with Ray and Marty," we spoke to an oversold and turn-away audience at the Cerritos Library on January 17; and I'll be the featured speaker on campus at UCLA on March 7 (I'll be hitting Kevin Rafferty up for some new one-liners).

    For me, this is like another "blank sheet of paper," and filling it with imagination and passion is an exciting challenge.and a familiar one. After all, for nearly half a century, I've been doing that creatively, and as a creative leader of some of the most talented, committed and inspired people in the world: my fellow Imagineers. It's been great fun, and we have filled those blank pages with some of the most imaginative ideas, designs and experiences the world has ever seen.

    At some point in the next year, as I develop and begin to implement this Imagineering Ambassador program, I plan to enter into a different kind of arrangement with the company. In the meantime, I'll be moving my office to the Studio to make it clear this is a Parks and Resorts role, and will continue to share the traditions about Imagineering that Jay has asked me to communicate to the public, to other Disney segments, and to future Imagineers: the risk-taking that Walt began and instilled in all of us, the spirit of innovation that drives our collective talents to accomplish breakthrough experiences for our guests, the great story-telling that we know John Lasseter will contribute to, the "no fear" approach to the next blank sheet of paper.

    We have the greatest playing field in the world in the 11 Disney parks, the five Disney vacation destinations, the two Disney cruise ships, new concepts such as "Adventures by Disney," and so many present and future opportunities. I know you all will keep on dreaming big dreams, and doing the newest and best in all the world.

    I'll still be looking over your shoulders, and cheerleading as your Imagineering Ambassador!
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Here is a link to the memo Jay Rasulo wrote in regards to Marty Sklar....

    http://www.o-meon.com/pages/news%26f..._02-15-06.html
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lang
    Eh.. You guys are right. Lets demonize everyone that had anything to do with evil Eisner. It's all black and white, right?
    That's not at all what I'm doing. I think my post was pretty tame and reasonable. I recognize the accomplishments as well as the failures of Eisner's long tenure. I do not like where he has led the company over the last few years, and that includes the direction of WDI. And since Sklar was part of the senior leadership of WDI, he is also accountable for what has occurred. That does not detract from all the wonderful things he has done for Disney over the last 50 years. It was just time for a change.

    That's all I was saying. I'm not demonizing anybody.
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    I'm glad at least some people can see the forest for the trees....

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    OK enough Chastising we get it, "Marty isn't evil but Michael Eisner is."
    LOL

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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer
    OK enough Chastising we get it, "Marty isn't evil but Michael Eisner is."
    LOL
    Huh? Who is that directed at?
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    Re: Marty Sklar to become Disney ambassador?

    Although Marty had a long and lustrious carreer I agree with most that like Eisner his time had come. The removal or "resignation" of Sklar from the WDI position accomplishes what many saw as the last hurdle to a fresh slate of cooperative and supportive creatives. I say this is a great step toward restoring Disney the innovative greatness that Walt orignally inspired.

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