Robert Iger
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United States

The Walt Disney Company


Executive Chairman

When Iger announced in February 2020 that he was stepping down after 15 years as Disney CEO and handing the reins to then parks, experiences and products chairman Bob Chapek, the company’s future seemed secure and so did his legacy of success, capped by the acquisition of 21st Century Fox and launch of Disney Plus in 2019. Then COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March, closing Disney theme parks (which generated 45% of Disney’s 2019 operating income), shuttering film and TV productions and halting theatrical releases, leading the company to furlough more than 100,000 workers in April. Iger subsequently announced he was forgoing his salary, and reportedly ditched his plan to take a less active role as executive chairman through the end of his contract in 2021. He’s remaining hands-on just when his company needs him most, and will see things off on a streaming-centric note as Disney Plus prepares to stream an influx of programming unveiled in December spanning the Marvel, “Star Wars,” Pixar and Disney Animation brands.


  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • ABC Entertainment


  • Ithaca College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Showman of the Year
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Patty Jenkins will direct a new "Star Wars" movie, titled "Rogue Squadron," it was announced during Thursday's Disney Investor Conference.It's slated for Christmas 2023, and is set to follow pilots across the "Star Wars" universe. news makes Jenkins the first woman to direct a "Star Wars" feature film; Victoria Mahoney was the first woman on a "Star Wars" directing team, serving as second unit director on "The Rise of Skywalker."Jenkins' next film, "Wonder Woman 1984," will debut on HBO Max...


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