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  • Disney/Iger tries to push the L.A. Times around, but. . .

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...=.010a3ed6445d

  • #2
    I'm happy it turned out that way. Disney really looked like a spoiled brat with their response.
    Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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    • #3
      UPDATE: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/b...-article-click

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      • #4
        Maybe Iger's wife got through to him. She's the head of USC's Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism.

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        • #5
          Here's an article on Disney's backing off with some eloquent quotes:
          http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...107-story.html

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          • #6
            Doesn't this incident remind you of what a lot of us did......in the 3rd grade at school.........

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            • #7
              Put on your hip boots, folks -- it's gotten deeper & gooier....

              As Disney-LA Times Spat Resolved, Paper’s Prez Never Revealed She Lived With Disney VP

              An excerpt:

              Last September, the Los Angeles Times published a blockbuster report detailing Disney’s questionable business ties with the city of Anaheim. In response, Disney barred Times writers from advance screenings of its movies and, according to a former Times employee, froze them out of interview availabilities. When Disney finally ended its blockade on Nov. 7, the company said in a statement that it “had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at the Los Angeles Times regarding our specific concerns, and as a result, we’ve agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics.”

              From those facts alone, it might have seemed as if the Times had won. The Mouse had blinked first, and honest journalism had carried the day.

              In a recording of a meeting obtained by The New York Times, however, the then-newly installed and now former editor-in-chief Lewis D’Vorkin can be heard shooting down suggestions that the paper re-promote its original investigative report. Staffers were even warned “against retweeting any praise” of LA Times stories, according to The New York Times. Some employees, The New York Times said, “questioned whether the social media edict was part of a deal Mr. D’Vorkin had struck with Disney.”

              D’Vorkin, now chief content officer for Tronc, corporate parent of the LA Times, denied any such arrangement to The New York Times.

              But it turns out the Mouse and the LA Times really did have an undisclosed connection after all.

              According to real estate documents filed with Los Angeles County, then-LA Times president Miyuki “Mickie” Rosen had been sharing an address in Brentwood with Sean Shoptaw, a Disney vice president for business development, since at least 2014. That year Rosen filed to give Shoptaw ownership of a third of the property where she had previously lived with her husband.

              Public filings show that Rosen and Shoptaw still shared ownership of the address as recently as this past October.

              Based on his LinkedIn profile, Shoptaw appears to work with consumer products, meaning that he himself wouldn’t have had an active role in any negotiations with the paper. Rosen had been announced in her new role as LA Times president a month prior to Disney’s decision to end the blockade against the paper. The fact that she apparently owned a home with a Disney vice president was never disclosed publicly nor was it revealed to the staff. Multiple current and former LA Times employees with varying degrees of seniority told HuffPost that they had never heard anything about Rosen’s connection to the Disney vice president.

              This raises the question of how much of a role Rosen played in what Disney referred to as “productive discussions with the newly installed leadership.” She was brought on at the same time as D’Vorkin, two months after Ross Levinsohn came aboard as publisher and chief executive officer. Levinsohn is now on leave following accusations of sexual harassment....

              "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
              Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
              imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

              - Neil Gabler

              "I didn't know the story of baby Jesus could be any better,
              until Thor told it to me."
              -
              Young girl at Disneyland's 2017 Candlelight Ceremony

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                Put on your hip boots, folks -- it's gotten deeper & gooier....

                As Disney-LA Times Spat Resolved, Paper’s Prez Never Revealed She Lived With Disney VP

                An excerpt:

                Last September, the Los Angeles Times published a blockbuster report detailing Disney’s questionable business ties with the city of Anaheim. In response, Disney barred Times writers from advance screenings of its movies and, according to a former Times employee, froze them out of interview availabilities. When Disney finally ended its blockade on Nov. 7, the company said in a statement that it “had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at the Los Angeles Times regarding our specific concerns, and as a result, we’ve agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics.”

                From those facts alone, it might have seemed as if the Times had won. The Mouse had blinked first, and honest journalism had carried the day.

                In a recording of a meeting obtained by The New York Times, however, the then-newly installed and now former editor-in-chief Lewis D’Vorkin can be heard shooting down suggestions that the paper re-promote its original investigative report. Staffers were even warned “against retweeting any praise” of LA Times stories, according to The New York Times. Some employees, The New York Times said, “questioned whether the social media edict was part of a deal Mr. D’Vorkin had struck with Disney.”

                D’Vorkin, now chief content officer for Tronc, corporate parent of the LA Times, denied any such arrangement to The New York Times.

                But it turns out the Mouse and the LA Times really did have an undisclosed connection after all.

                According to real estate documents filed with Los Angeles County, then-LA Times president Miyuki “Mickie” Rosen had been sharing an address in Brentwood with Sean Shoptaw, a Disney vice president for business development, since at least 2014. That year Rosen filed to give Shoptaw ownership of a third of the property where she had previously lived with her husband.

                Public filings show that Rosen and Shoptaw still shared ownership of the address as recently as this past October.

                Based on his LinkedIn profile, Shoptaw appears to work with consumer products, meaning that he himself wouldn’t have had an active role in any negotiations with the paper. Rosen had been announced in her new role as LA Times president a month prior to Disney’s decision to end the blockade against the paper. The fact that she apparently owned a home with a Disney vice president was never disclosed publicly nor was it revealed to the staff. Multiple current and former LA Times employees with varying degrees of seniority told HuffPost that they had never heard anything about Rosen’s connection to the Disney vice president.

                This raises the question of how much of a role Rosen played in what Disney referred to as “productive discussions with the newly installed leadership.” She was brought on at the same time as D’Vorkin, two months after Ross Levinsohn came aboard as publisher and chief executive officer. Levinsohn is now on leave following accusations of sexual harassment....
                The plot thickens..........

                Now all we need is a good old-fashion murder...........but of course we all know the Butler did it........lol.

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