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  • Guest2014
    Nov 15th, 2011

    On your way out.  The John Carter debacle claims its first (and maybe not last) casualty.  From Deadline.com:

    Here is what fired Walt Disney Studios
    Chairman Rich Ross just sent to the staff, followed by a statement
    from Disney Chairman Bob Iger. And make no mistake about it: Ross was
    fired after being named Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios on
    October 5, 2009. Previously, he’d been the very successful
    President of Disney Channels Worldwide overseeing global hits like
    Hannah Montana and High School Musical. His ouster now ends his 15+
    year Disney career. Analysis coming:

    Ross’s statement: “For the last 15
    years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented
    people on behalf of the world’s best loved brand. During that time,
    we’ve told some amazing stories around the world, created
    successful TV programming, movies, and franchises that generated new
    opportunities for the company in the process.

    “I’ve always said our success is
    created and driven by our people – whom I consider to be the
    absolute best in the business. But, the best people need to be in the
    right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that
    leverages the full range of their abilities. It’s one of the
    leadership lessons I’ve learned during my career, and it’s
    something I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at
    the challenges and opportunities ahead.

    “I believe in this extraordinary Walt
    Disney Studios team, and I believe in our strong slate of films and
    our ability to make and market them better than anyone else. But, I
    no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for
    me. For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step
    down as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective today.

    “It has been my honor to work with
    such incredible teams – at Disney Channels Worldwide and The Walt
    Disney Studios and the many other Disney businesses I’ve had the
    opportunity to collaborate with. I know I leave the Studios in good
    hands and, even on separate paths, I am confident we are all destined
    for continued success.”


    Statement from Bob Iger, Chairman/CEO,
    Walt Disney Co

    “For more than a decade, Rich Ross’s
    creative instincts, business acumen and personal integrity have
    driven results in key businesses for Disney, redefining success in
    kids and family entertainment and launching franchises that generate
    value across our entire company. His vision and leadership opened
    doors for Disney around the world, making our brand part of daily
    life for millions of people. I appreciate his countless contributions
    throughout his entire career at Disney, and expect he will have
    tremendous success in whatever he chooses to do next.”


    Sep 26th, 2011

    I’ve given up trying to figure out the Byzantine system you use to decide in advance which big event/big budget/franchise films you will love or hate (and probably never change from your preconception.

    So John Carter is BAD (capital letters) while Hunger Games is GREAT (capital letters)

    We know that you know that Dark Knight Rises will be GREAT and Dark Shadows will be BAD. Not sure how you feel about Avengers, but I suspect that both its reviews and its business will exceed HG (in case of the latter, in total worldwide gross, and possibly in the US as well).

    How exactly do you decide these things?


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    Nov 15th, 2011

    Scott, please talk to Nikki Finke, since those were her words, not mine.

    I see in THG a movie that’s closing in on $550m worldwide at the boxoffice, which will end its 4-weekend reign at #1 in North America. The other movie I see, JC, is the worst financial bomb in Hollywood history, in which a studio was required to do a $200 million write-down.  

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    Sep 26th, 2011

    JC is not the biggest bomb in history. As with box office, inflation (what a dollar was worth at the time of release) is the determining factor before anything else. It’s a major one certainly, but not the biggest.

    Cleopatra was such a bomb that Fox had to sell half its lot (what is now Century City (LA) just south of Beverly Hills today.

    You post only things that agree with your position. You haven’t posted a single thing about HG (first film) that isn’t rapturously positive. You have commented on Dark Shadows and John Carter (from way before it opened), but nothing favorable. It’s how you roll.

    Just, again, curious about how you decide in advance with such certainty what your opinion is of popcorn/mass audiencefilms ahead of time, that’s all. I can never figure it out. 


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    the spotless mind
    Oct 25th, 2011

    The only debacle concerning John Carter was the name-change and the awful marketing campaign. Andrew Stanton actually did a nice job, all things considered. He doesn’t deserve to see his career suffer because of it, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t.  

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