The Mice That Roared
How Disney bosses Bob Iger and Dick Cook are redefining the kingdom, Hollywood and themselves.
Photos: David Livingston / Getty Images (left); Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Big Changes: Despite recent blockbusters, Iger (left) and Cook decided to slash 650 jobs in an overhaul last week
By Sean Smith
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13989884/site/newsweek/July 31, 2006 issue - They weren't exactly Hollywood's idea of a power couple: Disney CEO Robert Iger, once derided as a "suit," and studio chief Richard Cook, who got his start as a monorail operator at Disneyland. But last week Iger and Cook dropped a bomb bigger than any of the explosions you'll see in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Just weeks after the record-smashing release of the sequel—soon to be the highest-grossing film in Disney history—Cook fired studio president Nina Jacobson and announced Disney was slashing 20 percent of its studio staff and cutting the number of films it makes each year by a third.