Brooks Barnes has been keeping an eye on the Walt Disney Company for the New York Times for many years. Her profile of Disney CEO Bob Iger is a must read for fans of the company.
The new take on Mr. Iger? Let us count the ways: One of the most aggressive dealmakers in media (the $7 billion purchase of Pixar, the animation studio, and the $4 billion acquisition of Marvel, the comic book publisher and movie studio); a risk-taker who isn’t afraid to make decisions that rankle Disney’s own troops (ripping apart the wiring for how the company does business in Europe); and a guy who, more than any of his big-media counterparts, is retooling antiquated industry practice, particularly when it comes to movie-making.
In short: blockbuster C.E.O.