The BLOG FLUME -- Deciding Disney's Future
The Walt Disney Company's board meets, and begins the process of deciding whom the company's next CEO will be. Also, Universal Studios Hollywood reaches out to Spanish-speaking theme park fans.
Written by Robert Niles
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Orlando Sentinel -- Sept. 14
Dissident shareholders vow board fight if Eisner doesn't step down soon
The Disney board is set to meet in L.A., starting today. The Sentinel sets the stage for the meeting with a look at the supposed pressure Disney chairman George Mitchell is under to find the right successor for Michael Eisner. The only pressure Mitchell's feeling is from Eisner's hand reaching through his back to make his mouth move. Look, Mitchell's talking while Michael Eisner's drinking a glass of water! How do they do that?
Roy and Company promise to send more mass e-mails and hold more press conferences if the board doesn't pick a candidate they like.
Whom do *I* like? Since my man Bill Clinton's laid up right now, I say go for Steve Jobs. At least then the Mickey-eared Disney computers wouldn't crash as often... and we could get the "Impressions de France" soundtrack on an iPod. And, oh yeah, Pixar would likely stick around since the two companies would have the same CEO. In fact, a wholesale Pixar takeover of the Walt Disney Studios sounds about right to me.
Two mentally retarded men were thrown from a scrambler-type ride at a church fair in Shrewsbury, Mass. Sunday. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where one, an unidentified 38-year-old man, died. The second, a 48-year-old, was in serious condition. Witnesses said one of the ride's cars was damaged in accident, with its side ripped open and metal seat missing. No official word on how or why the two men fell out of the ride, however. Authorities are investigating and the ride operator was brought in for questioning.
Coinciding with Latino Heritage month, Universal Studios Hollywood, the world's largest movie studio and theme park, has enhanced its signature Studio Tour attraction with a new "Studio Tour en Espanol" hosted by the acclaimed Latina celebrity Maria Celeste Arrarás.
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