Disney CEO Bob Iger discusses departure plans and the sale of ABC

Nov 29, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday November 29, 2023 4:04pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney CEO Bob Iger says he will "definitely" step down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company at the end of his contract in 2026.

Speaking at the New York Times Dealbook Conference, Iger also said that the ABC Broadcast Network is not for sale, appearing to backtrack on previous comments that the idea of a sale was being considered.

Iger, who spent more than four decades at the Company, including 15 years as its CEO, returned to serve as Disney's CEO for two years in November 2022, with a mandate from the Board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to work closely with the Board in developing a successor to lead the Company after his term. The board extended his contract in July 2023 to serve as CEO through December 31, 2026

The Disney CEO told Cast Members at a Disney Town Hall yesterday, "I knew that there were a myriad of challenges that I would face coming back. I won't say that it was easy, but I've never second-guessed the decision to come back, and being back still feels great."

Watch the video below from CNBC with more from Bob Iger's comments today.

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Sirwalterraleigh1 day ago

…we got “magical” double digits again…and Wall Street is booming ($3 trillion apple)… Thank god Bob “saved” the board and our magic again…ama right??

Sirwalterraleigh2 days ago

Actually it’s only been 2 months…we are well positioned to be below the Chappie line by 3 😎

Sirwalterraleigh2 days ago

Down 22% since Nelly pumped it and made off with a $1,000,000,000 for he and Ike… So who “won” again?

monothingie2 days ago

It's been a glorious 3 2 months since the annual shareholders meeting, and thanks to Bob's stoic leadership, the stock is only down around 20% having just dipped bellow $100 a share.

Sirwalterraleigh17 days ago

The great thing about rich people is even when they “lose”…they win https://variety.com/2024/biz/news/nelson-peltz-sells-all-disney-stock-proxy-fight-1236019099/amp/

MR.DisMay 07, 2024

And remember, it is not valued as of today but as of the date they made the agreement. It already appears for all the smoke that Hastings was blowing, the value is not going to that much higher -- whatever value is decided Comcast gets one third minus of course whatever they already were paid. So on the high end it could be 3B, Hastings was making noises back in a day they could be getting 10+ billion more. Looks like he was drawing to an inside straight and we gamblers all know what happens in that case LOL.

MisterPenguinMay 06, 2024

The difference between the two valuations is about $12B. So, even using the highest valuation, Disney would be on the hook for paying Comcast another $3B. It could also mean nothing more if the third valuation was at the minimum.

ToTBellHopMay 06, 2024

I’d be happy to independently value it for them and I only cost $50.

DCBakerMay 06, 2024

Reuters reports Disney and Comcast are now in talks to hire an investment bank that will independently value Hulu. NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) - Walt Disney (DIS.N),and Comcast (CMCSA.O), are seeking to hire a financial adviser to resolve a dispute over how to value the 33% stake in streaming platform Hulu that the former will acquire from the latter, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is in accordance with a deal the companies struck for Hulu last year. It is an action their contract foresees if JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), which provided a fairness opinion on Hulu for Disney, and Morgan Stanley, which provided such an opinion for Comcast, are too far apart in their valuation assessments. JPMorgan has valued Hulu for Disney at close to $27.5 billion, which is the floor valuation for Hulu that the companies had set as part of their 2019 "put-call" agreement, one of the sources said. Morgan Stanley valued Hulu for Comcast at more than $40 billion, another source said. Disney and Comcast are now in talks to hire an investment bank that will independently value Hulu, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential. Hulu, which boasts popular original titles such as "Shogun", "The Bear", "Prey", and "Only Murders in the Building", had 49.7 million subscribers at the end of Dec 2023, representing a growth of 2% from the September quarter. In remarks at a Goldman Sachs conference last year, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called Hulu a "scarce kingmaker asset" that is "way more valuable today" than when the deal was initially struck. Disney has already completed the addition of Hulu to its Disney+ streaming service, which is home to titles such as "Moana" and "Frozen." In regulatory filings last year, Disney and Comcast had outlined that if the valuation reached by their two banks were within 10% of each other, a deal will be consummated at a valuation that is the average of the two appraisals. Since the two appraisals are more than 10% apart, Comcast and Disney are jointly in talks to pick a third bank to do an independent appraisal, the sources said. As per the terms of the agreement, if the third appraisal is closest to the valuation of that produced by Disney's bank, the average of those two valuations will be the value at which the deal gets done. Similarly, if the third appraisal is closest to the valuation of that produced by Comcast's bank, the average of those two valuations is the value at which the deal gets done. If the average of the third appraisal is below $27.5 billion, the final valuation will be $27.5 billion. In 2019, Disney and Comcast signed an agreement for Hulu with an option strike date of January 2024, after Disney's $71 billion takeover of Fox's assets, including its minority stake in Hulu. The deal gave Disney majority control over Hulu as it already owned a 33% stake in the streaming service. Comcast retained its stake in Hulu at the time believing that its value would increase significantly by 2024. In November last year, Disney agreed to take full control of Hulu and pay Comcast at least $8.6 billion for the remaining 33% stake, after Comcast triggered the deal as part of the 2019 agreement. https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/disney-comcast-seek-advisor-resolve-hulu-valuation-sources-say-2024-05-06/

SirwalterraleighApr 19, 2024

I’ve got a boot ready for the kick

JoeCamelApr 19, 2024

They wanted to throw Bob out the window? ;) :cool::hilarious:

SirwalterraleighApr 19, 2024

What are you two enlightened Renaissance men carrying on about?