Bob Iger is reportedly consulting with former top Disney executives Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer

Jul 31, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday July 31, 2023 12:49pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Puck reports that Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger is engaged in consultation with former Disney executives Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer.

According to the report, Staggs and Mayer are discussing with Iger the future of Disney's linear properties and how they fit with Disney's streaming ambitions.

During an interview with CNBC, Iger recently said he is open to selling Disney's linear TV networks.

Staggs and Mayer have been tipped as potential successors to Iger at various times. Staggs served as CFO, COO, and Disney Parks Chairman before leaving the company after being overlooked for the CEO role. Mayer led Disney's direct-to-consumer efforts before leaving to join Tik-Tok.

Despite Iger's contract with Disney being extended through to 2026, the CEO recently reiterated that succession planning is a priority during his remaining years at Disney.

Mayer and Staggs are currently co-creators and CEOs of Candle Media, which describes itself as "a next-generation media company inspiring audiences and empowering creators through creator-driven brands and franchises."

The Wrap reports that Candle Media is expected to be sold, with a Disney purchase appearing to be the most likely. Should a sale to Disney become a reality, it raises the interesting possibility of a return to Disney for either or both of Candle Media's CEOs.

Puck says that Disney and a rep for Mayer and Staggs declined to comment.

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wdisney9000Aug 13, 2023

Meg Crofton was the best thing that ever happened to TWDC 👍

Brer PantherAug 13, 2023

What's it gonna be called? Some Nondescript Coaster That Is Maybe Themed To Like India Or Whatever: The Bob Iger Story?

SquishyAug 13, 2023

Chapek is a hero 👍

SquishyAug 13, 2023

The question is will they have a live action remake about how Iger saved Disney from evil Eisner and Chapek?

MisterPenguinAug 13, 2023

See... When Staggs wasn't working for Disney, he's the hero. Now that he's working for Disney again, he's the villain.

DisorbustAug 13, 2023

Actually I think Disney would benefit from outside consultants to get rid of all the useless dead weight they have. The C suite will never self eliminate, and they seriously need to.

WaltsTreasureChestAug 12, 2023

I thought everyone wanted Staggs next, now he’s bad now?

SpectreJordanAug 12, 2023

My heart aches for the cancelled Roger Rabbit & Dick Tracy plans at Hollywood Studios. They sounded so cool.

Captain NeoAug 12, 2023

chances are Tom Staggs will end up becoming CEO and he’s basically as bad as Iger. Unfortunately Disney’s scrappy creative days are long over and it’s now just another monolithic American company that chases trends, pays exuberant fees to outside consultants for “ideas“, and continues focusing on how to reduce costs without loosing attendance all in a bid to boost the stock price a little bit and just get past the next quarter.

MaximumEdAug 12, 2023

I don’t really know. The only reason I mentioned Eisner is because everything I’ve read indicated he was a fan of the parks. I don’t think Iger is, and I doubt whoever comes after will be.

StumposAug 11, 2023

I meant in response to asking if whoever succeeds Iger will undo his impact on the parks, I asked if Eisner undid everything the likes of Card Walker/Donn Tatum from the 1970s and Ron Miller from 1980-84 did to the parks?

MaximumEdAug 11, 2023

I’m afraid I don’t understand the question.

StumposAug 11, 2023

To be fair, how much did Eisner keep from what the likes of Card Walker/Donn Tatum from the 1970s and Ron Miller from 1980-84 did to the parks either?

LilofanAug 11, 2023

Actor Clint Eastwood age in his early 90s was one lucky guy. He went skiing with his friends including Frank Wells in 1994. Clint went in the first helicopter. Frank went in the second copter and crashed.