Like everyone in Hollywood, Nikki Finke has her own agenda. But even so, her insight into why Rich Ross was pushed out of the Walt Disney Studios President role is worth reading. Finke lays a lot of the blame at the feet of Disney CEO… Read More »Nikki Finke on Rich Ross’ Ouster
Rich Ross has resigned from his post as Walt Disney Studios Chair. After being promoted from his job running The Disney Channel, Ross has experienced a rocky road with full of strained relationships with many Hollywood insiders, not to mention others inside the Mouse House.… Read More »Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Resigns
As a big Disney fan, and someone who studied business in college, I love reading about the inner workings of The Walt Disney Company. (When Tom Staggs and Jay Rasulo flipped roles, that was a big deal in my world.) Before, I’d sift through various blogs in order to find the stories I wanted. But now, a San Francisco-based startup delivers the news about the people behind the Disney brand in a way that puts Google Alerts to shame.
Newsle filters through the “social noise” to bring you the news you care about. It finds articles about yourself, your Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections, as well as any public figures you decide to follow. What’s really cool about it is that it can tell if it’s your friend “John Smith,” or some other “John Smith” that you don’t know. (For a more detailed description of the service and how it works, check out this write up for Huffington Post Tech.)
Disney Studios marketing has been maligned by fans and insiders alike. Many place poor box office results for a number of films at its feet. This goes back more than a decade to films like Chicken Little and Meet The Robinsons. Disney’s animated films in… Read More »Disney Studios Marketing Chief Sent Packing
Hello, and welcome to the D23 Expo, Day 2 (for more expo coverage read my D23 Expo Day 1 and Alison’s D23 Expo Day 3 recaps!) where things were taken up a big ol’ notch. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
This is where you say, “How in the world did they top the first day? Nothing could be sweeter than Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog singing a tribute to the late, great Jim Henson! Nothing could be better than Dick Van Dyke in concert!
Fair enough. However, where Day 1 was a tip of the hat to Disney legends, Day 2 was about the now and the immediate future. Hence John Lasseter introducing Billy Crystal to a standing ovation (Lasseter also received a standing ovation) while discussing the upcoming Pixar film Monsters University. Also, Jason Segel coming out with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to discuss the new Muppet Movie. And of course, the Avengers assembling. On stage. That’s right, with the exception of the Hulk and Captain America, the entire team came out to watch a trailer that they had never seen. Robert Downey, Jr. made us watch it twice. Basically, it was a parade of celebrities (including Jennifer Garner, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Cryer, to name but a few) and Disney awesomeness (including Rich Ross, Andrew Stanton, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, to again name but a few). My inner geek setting was at 11.
The LA Times points out how the changes coming to the Walt Disney Studios under new studio head Rich Ross portend a titanic shift in strategy. In less than eight weeks, Rich Ross has swiftly stamped his imprimatur on Walt Disney Studios. The novice movie… Read More »Changes coming to the Disney Studios
Do you want to know who at the Walt Disney Company is making the decisions that entertain your kids across all the Disney Channel platforms? 47-year old Rich Ross is the man. He’s successfully transformed The Disney Channel into a tween girl magnet and is… Read More »Disney Channel President Rich Ross Profiled