Disney CEO Bob Iger will host a 'Town Hall' to discuss 'future building opportunities'

18 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday November 16, 2023 10:21am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney CEO Bob Iger will host a Town Hall session with Cast Members on November 28, 2023, to discuss the "company's many recent achievements and future building opportunities."

Iger will be joined at the Town Hall by the four Disney segment Chairmen - Alan Bergman, Josh D'Amaro, Jimmy Pitaro, and Dana Walden.

In a memo to employees, Iger said, "As I reflect on the immense progress we've made this year and look ahead to the many opportunities before us, I'm grateful to all of you - the people of this great company - for the tremendous work you do each and every day to ensure we continue delivering incredible entertainment for our audiences, guests, and fans all over the world."

The virtual Town Hall will be held on November 28 at 9:00AM PT / 12:00PM ET, where David Muir from ABC News will moderate.

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SpectreJordan13 hours ago

I think this is the big issue. A lot of modern creatives don't know how to actually include their messages in their art; a lot of them are very blunt about it, the type of stuff you'd see in a snarky Tweet. A lot of what they say or show is actually important & should be shown. But it's just not done well nowadays. The writing & production quality are going down but they expect to us like it just because of what it's talking about. We used to get both.

TalkingHead1 day ago

ESPN’s had a red letter day with college football fans. Another achievement for the Iger era.

SpectreJordan1 day ago

Those are the people making movies/shows nowadays so it seems like they just want to make stuff for theirselves. As a kind of millennial (I was born in '94 count myself as a zillennial tbh), I don't have a lot of faith in millennial storytellers. I feel there's definitely a decline in quality in recent years & I think they're apart of it. The corporations aren't helping but they never have & we got amazing stuff despite that.

Midwest Elitist1 day ago

same thing

Trauma2 days ago

I would use another F word. Forced.

Midwest Elitist2 days ago

And it almost feels fake, doesn't it?

EPCOT-O.G.2 days ago

The creatives behind the only major ride under construction have trumpeted its empowerment more than just about anything else

EPCOT-O.G.2 days ago

Yeah, those kids that came of age during the prequels who are…(checks notes, in their 20’s) aren’t going to live forever

Adventure Has A Name2 days ago

It crushes the comic book industry every time its tried (and they try it a ton). I'd like to say only Marvel Comics could have a series of billion dollar films in the marketplace featuring iconic Marvel characters (Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Thor, Bruce Banner) and simultaneously let the malcontents working for them replace all of these characters in the comic books so that kids can't find them anywhere if they went looking for them ... I'd like to say it, but I can't because DC Comics has the same malcontent employees and would be just as dumb if they were given the opportunity (if they could get billion dollar films off the ground).

celluloid2 days ago

It is definitely this. All marginalized groups enjoy good storytelling. Representation does not matter to general box office audience if the product does not resonate and brand rejection can happen there too. Coco, Big Hero Six, Princess and The Frog, Pocahontas ,The Black Panther, Encanto.... And these are just examples from one company.

GhostHost10002 days ago

IMO the problem with Disney has lately been the focus on forcing D/I and/or messaging vs good storytelling and entertainment as in the past. That and poor decisions in their parks as well

Robbiem2 days ago

Exactly. I think the really powerful thing George Lucas did was to just present a world where gender and race didn’t matter. Leia just got on with it, she didn’t have a struggle as a girl against an imperial version of gaston. As GL said in an interview once the only racism in Star Wars is towards droids. To me its much more inspiring to show that hope and inspiration from that kind of inclusive narrative than the more divisive tales that a lot of modern diversity gives us which only reinforces peoples prejudice rather than inspiring hope

co100643 days ago

I don't think "rejection of inclusion" is the problem here. Yes, you will unfortunately always have a small minority of people who reject inclusion because of bigotry. However, there is a clear difference between bigotry and the average American recognizing pandering. I have no problems with Disney diversifying their character portfolio to better reflect our society. In fact, I welcome it... if done correctly. It has to be done in a way that feels organic. I don't want to be preached at. I want to be entertained. Many of Disney's latest projects have felt (to me at least) that they are pandering to minority groups in a way that feels forced and awkward. I can't help up think of Modern Family, perhaps one of ABC's most successful shows of all time. Not only was it extremely entertaining, but it arguably made its audience more familiar with and accepting towards LGBT individuals. I hate the idea that it wouldn't get green-lit today since the cast is over 50% white...

denyuntilcaught3 days ago

Those things feel contradictory, no? Layer 1: Self-owned food co-op owned by Tiana. (what's a co-op?) Layer 2: Built on a salt dome. (salt dome?) Layer 3: It's Carnival and Tiana is throwing a party. Layer 4: We're missing an ingredient - help! Seems a layer too much for something that could have been as simple as a trip to the bayou, celebrating the rich Black culture that comes from that space. As it currently reads, they could have done more for less while still landing on the project's mission in the first place: to inject representation of an under-represented audience into Disney Parks. To be clear, we're in absolute agreement here. I actually support, from a macro-level, TBA. I just think it's been muddied and as a result, gives a lot for the Disney Park fandom to clamor on about which in turn distracts from the purpose and meaning it's meant to serve.