Bob Iger's forthcoming treatise, "The Ride of a Lifetime," certainly reflects the Disney CEO's long career, but an interview on Sunday that discussed the project took him to some important issues surrounding the media company ,
A Lack of diversity in Disney's C-Suite, complaints about his compensation, Lucasfilm's track record in hiring female film directors, and Murdoch's family drama during the Fox takeover all came in an erratic conversation between Iger and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd , to the fore.
Seemingly led by a series of entertainments held in locations such as a BMW chauffeur-driven car and behind the scenes of Disneyland's new Star Wars attraction:
The CEO is considering a possible presidential election after being reported for years. There were two reasons for his decision not to pursue the idea that history claims. First, Iger's wife Willow Bay, who gives Dowd trouble to remind readers, "hates" a model of Estee Lauder, even though she is currently Dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Second, Iger Dowd said, was a feeling that Democrats would not warm him.
"I think the Democratic Party would brand me as another rich guy out there who has no sense of what's good for people's plight?"
But as in any good Disney movie by Marvel Studios, there is a post-credits scene interview in the US when Dowd asks if he will run for office in 2024.
"I do not know if I have it in me," said Iger vaguely.
Diversity and Inclusion of Leaders: "I'll change that before I go.
Dowd applauded the recent steps Disney has taken on screen in the presentation about Marvel's "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel," but noted the majority of white and male business executives (fair enough, Disney's board of directors more diverse than the internal rows).
Although Iger He defended the staff "one level lower" compared to the C-Suite and admitted that his direct reports "in terms of gender and race equality" were missing.
Expiration in 2021.
"Shakespeare" drama by Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch and his family sneak into Dowd's work, not only in view of Disney's historic acquisition of 20th Century Fox this year.
The anecdote about Bay's dislike of Iger's presidential run was unveiled over a glass of wine in Murdoch's Bel Air Mansion overlooking the private vineyard owned by News Corp. Iger said he suspected Murdoch was curious about his political ambitions to inform President Trump of an impending threat.
"He has barely poured his glass of Sauvignon Blanc and asks me the question," Iger told the NYT. "At this point I thought about it. I did not really want to tell him. So I was dismissive.
When Iger and Dowd turned to mergers and acquisitions, Iger remembered Murdoch as "crazy" when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $ 4 billion in 2012. At that time, 20th Century Fox's movie had spread the Star Wars movies, and Iger said Murdoch was raging internally in his own stable of executives and asked, "Why did not you think so?"
When Disney defeated Comcast in 2018 by offering over $ 71 billion for Fox's film and television assets, Iger hinted at an interesting interpersonal dynamic between Rupert and sons Lachlan and James. While Iger refused to talk about the family's Shakespeare drama, he suggests that jobs for Lachlan and James at Disney and their specific relationship to each other came into play, but "never to a point where it stood in the way of us do what we wanted to do, and Rupert does what he wanted to do. "Cue the" Succession "theme song.
Dowd also unveiled Disney's recent earnings appeal, which many have interpreted as a hit against the newly-recorded Fox Company and the leading companies behind it, mainly due to the series of movie flops Disney inherited.
"It was not a slugfest," said Iger about the call. "It was an admission that the films they made had failed. And I gave an enormous amount of cover at the time, saying that processes and decisions can come to a standstill when companies are bought.
The power is female?
Dowd painfully touches Criticism in the Star Wars world is that Lucasfilm is apparently happy to be led by a powerful producer in Kathleen Kennedy, but in none of the films will a woman take the helm.
Iger shifts to Kennedy, saying she "really strives" to make this happen.
The Abigail Moment
In April, corporate heroin and philanthropist Abigail Disney dropped some jaws when she phoned Iger's salary for 2018. "Insane."
He raised $ 65.6 million in base salary and bonuses, largely through the $ 26.3 million in stock he accepted to extend his contract and help with Fox's transition Abigail Disney struggles that Iger's compensation is more than 1,000 times that of an average Disney employee. "We will find dozens of other solutions that will help us improve our lives, and when they will not work, we will find dozens more. "We Must Be Better."
The Iger Cocktail
Memoirs of this caliber and their subsequent pre-release interviews usually contain some delicious details building the myth of an American business titan, the Dowd piece has much to offer.
For starters, his daily uniform is simple but luxurious: suits and shirts by Tom Ford (no tie), John Lobb shoes, and a Rolex Daytona (which is brand new and is only available at around $ 12,500). , He wakes up before dawn and picks up sportswear that was laid out the night before so that the light from his closet does not wake Bay. He trains on a VersaClimb machine.
Iger is described early at each meeting. His affability is so infamous, Dowd says, calling her a "cult of the nice." Moguls like David Geffen and Barry Diller are quoted in disbelief that no one in Hollywood can find anything bad about him. 19659002] He reads Twitter (but is glad that Disney did not buy it) and Instagram (he follows Geffen and the many candid photos of his yacht Rising Sun, like the rest of us). Iger also enjoys the occasional drink. He and Dowd had one in a bar based on the famous Star Wars canteen in Disneyland called the Jedi Mind Trick.