Prexy calls shots as Eisner gears for book launch
Disney prexy and soon-to-be chief exec Robert Iger is starting to exercise his leadership voice, and it’s anything but mousy.
Iger doesn’t officially take over for Michael Eisner until Oct. 1, but Eisner — noted in the past for being a control freak — is seeing Iger call some of the shots.
Then again, Eisner is gearing up to promote his upcoming summer book, “Camp,” which extols the virtues of being a team player.
Slim memoir, which officially hits bookstores June 1, is an ode to Eisner’s boyhood summer camp in Vermont, Keewaydin. Pub house is Warner Books.
Eisner certainly sounded the good sport during Disney’s upbeat earnings call last week, which he opened but quickly turned over to Iger.
He said Iger’s appointment was even more momentous than the conglom’s booming profit in the last quarter, largely driven by strong domestic DVD sales of “The Incredibles” and sleeper hit “The Pacifier.”
And it was Iger, not Eisner, who told investors during the call that he wasn’t going to tolerate the latest antics of dissident shareholders Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, who allege in a new lawsuit that Disney failed to conduct a proper and thorough search for Eisner’s replacement.
Iger’s style also is proving a balm for Pixar’s Steve Jobs, who was so irked by Eisner that he said Pixar would never sign another deal with Disney. Iger and Jobs now are actively talking.
It could just be a new day at Camp Disney.