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    A fascinating article from Deadline is making the rounds regarding Bob Chapek’s 2022 focus on three pillars: Storytelling, innovation, and focusing on the audience/consumer.

    For those on all sides, this article and shared memo has something for everyone. If you like the job Bobby is doing, then this memo offers some hope that Disney may be both getting further back to focusing on its proven fundamentals and moving into exciting new spaces like the metaverse.

    If your not a fan of Bobby, then this article reads like a straight up farce filled with hypocrisy and ‘oh, where using our made up words now. Today we grow our ‘franchise ecosystem’; tomorrow we expand our ‘franchise empires’ and claim strategic streaming beachheads’-type phrases sure to get a good laugh or two.

    I did post this in the Disneyland forum space though because the article and memo did omit direct mentions of the parks (and theaters). I have to wonder what these three pillars mean for the Disneyland resort and what (if any) influence they have on potential (if any) future expansion announcements that might come out of D23 later this year?

    If you a Bobby fan, the picture also looks like he is really now taking charge now post-Iger and getting down to business. If your not a Bobby fan, then article picture gives vibes of a Star Wars-like Darth Disney character.

    Either way, hoping for the best for Disney. Enjoy,

    https://deadline.com/2022/01/bob-cha...07554/#respond

  • #2

    I think the article means Geoff Morrell (Disney's new PR chief) is vigorously trying to put lipstick on the pig change the negative narrative about Bob.


    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
      I think the article means Geoff Morrell (Disney's new PR chief) is vigorously trying to put lipstick on the pig change the negative narrative about Bob.

      I find Bob doing the lipstick on the pig-concept!
      IMO
      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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      • #4
        Words & terms you shouldn't use in describing your company:
        • Relentless
        • Metaverse
        • "Our North Star" [See Note]
        • Portfolio of Distribution Platforms
        Chapek still has to work on his terminology...

        Originally posted by Jaygatzby View Post
        I did post this in the Disneyland forum space though because the article and memo did omit direct mentions of the parks (and theaters).
        I actually do have to give Bobby credit. He did reference the parks...

        We bring people together and make magical memories that last a lifetime at our parks and on our cruise ships.
        Movie theaters on the other hand......
        I still don't think he understands how film studios normally finance their movies. But who cares!, Now you will you will able to see Pixar's Turning Red for FREE on Disney+ in March!
        Let me emphasis again, FREE because what could go wrong?! Piracy

        NOTE: While Chapek's favorite motto, "Our North Star" is likely is an analogy to navigation by using the stars, his reference could wind up be misinterpreted to any of the following:
        • Disney related (When You Wish Upon a Star; Second Star to Right)
        • Religious (Star of Bethlehem, Star of David, Star of Lakshmi)
        • The literal North Star, Polaris

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        • #5
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WbRyU8uuNk

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          • #6
            I always feel like mission statements are filled with vague buzz words or statements that could literally mean anything, but in this case it seems like even more of a farce as the very day this came out they also announced massive price increases in almost all snack items for the Disney World resort making a bottle of soda 5 dollars. How is that for customer focus!.
            BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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            • #7
              M.T. Promises.
              Disneyland Fan since the 70's

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mickdaddy View Post
                I always feel like mission statements are filled with vague buzz words or statements that could literally mean anything, but in this case it seems like even more of a farce as the very day this came out they also announced massive price increases in almost all snack items for the Disney World resort making a bottle of soda 5 dollars. How is that for customer focus!.
                Seems that the main focus is squeezing even more $$$ out of each guest but even worse than it used to be.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by micromind View Post

                  Seems that the main focus is squeezing even more $$$ out of each guest but even worse than it used to be.
                  I AGREE....That main focus............
                  Something tell me, Bob did lots of squeezing even as a kid !
                  As well reading lots of books like Phineas Taylor Barnum .
                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by micromind View Post

                    Seems that the main focus is squeezing even more $$$ out of each guest but even worse than it used to be.
                    After raising most snack prices by a dollar or more I feel that was very much expressly the focus, 5 dollars for a 20 ounce soda, 12 dollars for a dole whip float. To me they really just said screw the guests we need money.
                    BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                    • #11
                      Last time somebody high up at Disney Management squeezed this many people he got fired. At least that dude designed Cars Land before his departure.
                      Disneyland Fan since the 70's

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Starcade View Post
                        Last time somebody high up at Disney Management squeezed this many people he got fired. At least that dude designed Cars Land before his departure.
                        On April 4, 2016, Disney announced that Staggs and the company had mutually agreed to part ways,
                        effective May 2016, ending his 26-year career with the company.
                        I was not a Tom Staggs Fan......But he was sure better than this Bob !
                        IMO
                        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eagleman View Post

                          On April 4, 2016, Disney announced that Staggs and the company had mutually agreed to part ways,
                          effective May 2016, ending his 26-year career with the company.
                          I was not a Tom Staggs Fan......But he was sure better than this Bob !
                          IMO
                          I was actually referring to Lassiter.

                          I was also not a Tom Staggs and agree he was far better and less damaging than the cancer chapek is proving to be.
                          Disneyland Fan since the 70's

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Starcade View Post

                            I was actually referring to Lassiter.

                            I was also not a Tom Staggs and agree he was far better and less damaging than the cancer chapek is proving to be.
                            Chapek ,Sure has been very damaging to the Parks....and now whole Disney company.........IMO
                            Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                            • #15
                              Blast from the Skaggs (Past). I haven’t heard Tom’s name in a while, which is weird because his self-imposed exit (or board ultimatum?) was only about six years ago.

                              Echo the choir, if it was a choice of Tom or Bob, I’d of voted Tom CEO in a New York second.

                              While doubtful, if Bobby was out as Disney CEO in the next 12-18 months and Tom might have to blow out his ‘Candle’, I wouldn’t mind seeing Tom take up CEO (though I know and can even understand some would prefer Josh D’amaro).

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                              • #16
                                Guess who just gave his two cents on Chapek and was the person who hire him:

                                E I S N E R

                                Michael Eisner, the former Walt Disney chief who currently runs holding company Tornante, was upbeat about his two successors at Disney, Bob Iger and Bob Chapek. The former officially left the hallowed halls as of December 31 and the latter, in place for almost a year, is firing up.

                                “I am a big fan of Disney. I am a fan of both Bobs. Yes I hired him [Chapek]. Is he the same executive as I am, or Bob [Iger] is, or anybody is? He is his own guy. He was very good at Disney when I was there. He took our home video business from a rental to a sell-through business. That was very risky. He did a very good job in the parks. I am a shareholder. I think he’s going to do very well,” Eisner said Wednesday in an interview on CNBC

                                Michael Eisner, the former Walt Disney chief executive, praised his two successors in the job, Bob Iger and Bob Chapek, in a CNBC interview.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Spongeocto4 View Post
                                  Guess who just gave his two cents on Chapek and was the person who hire him:

                                  E I S N E R



                                  Eisner get
                                  5 eye rolls.....

                                  But still not surprising........IMO
                                  the downfall of Di$ney stated with him !
                                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                  • #18

                                    Originally posted by Deadline
                                    "I am a fan of both Bobs. Yes I hired him [Chapek]. Is he the same executive as I am, or Bob [Iger] is, or anybody is? He is his own guy. He was very good at Disney when I was there. He took our home video business from a rental to a sell-through business. That was very risky. He did a very good job in the parks. I am a shareholder. I think he’s going to do very well,” Eisner said Wednesday in an interview on CNBC.
                                    ...Giving new meaning to old saying, "The nuts don't fall far from the tree."
                                    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                                    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                                    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                                    designed to appeal to everyone."

                                    - Walt Disney

                                    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                                    - Michael Eisner

                                    "It's very symbiotic."
                                    - Bob Chapek

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post


                                      ...Giving new meaning to old saying, "The nuts don't fall far from the tree."
                                      Today Disney , have there own tree full of NUTS !
                                      Walt say it all started with a Mouse
                                      With E I S N E R started with Lipstick on the Pig....IMO......
                                      Eagleman
                                      Lord of the Sky
                                      Last edited by Eagleman; 01-14-2022, 08:57 PM.
                                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                      • #20
                                        One thing that hasn't been brought up in the Thread, is that Chapek's current contract length was revealed in the original Deadline article posted above (Post#1). Chapek's contract only goes until February 28th, 2023. His contract could be extended like the many times Iger's was. Interestingly, somebody else actually has a longer contract than him. Recently, CFO Christine M. Mccarthy signed a new contract to June 2024.

                                        This may be nothing to gossip or speculate about, as McCarthy has been CFO longer than Chapek as CEO. But, its slightly surprising that Disney did not extend Chapek's contract to at least June 2023. This would cover 18 month (AKA 1.5 years) as CEO, instead of his current 14 months. Hmmm...

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