The Marriage of Disney and Pixar, a status report

The marriage of Disney and Pixar is going on its third year and the NY Times looks in to see if everything is going swell.

How Disney and Pixar are making the integration work holds lessons for other executives faced with the delicate task of uniting two cultures. Tactics that have served the companies well include the obvious, like effectively communicating changes to employees. Other decisions, including drawing up an explicit map of what elements of Pixar would not change, have been more unusual.

“None of this has been easy,” said Richard Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, “but it helps when everyone has tremendous respect both professionally and personally for one another.”

Mutual respect was scarce at the two companies just three years ago.