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Steve Jobs dream of being a Hollywood mogul might after all be real. The Wall Street Journal reports that Walt Disney is in serious talks to buy Pixar Animation Studios for about $6.7 billion in a stock transaction. This would make Steve Jobs the single largest […]

Steve Jobs dream of being a Hollywood mogul might after all be real. The Wall Street Journal reports that Walt Disney is in serious talks to buy Pixar Animation Studios for about $6.7 billion in a stock transaction. This would make Steve Jobs the single largest stock holder in Walt Disney. Or what I have labeled, iDisney! Steve owns about 60 million Pixar shares, or roughly 50.6% of the company. The Pixar team would become Pixaires, since old terms like millionaires don’t make much sense for those who get stupendously rich for doing what they love.

I hope WD doesn’t screw Pixar’s iconic culture up too much, and leaves it alone to print money for the aging animation studio owner. I think this in the long run would be good for Apple. Steve, can sit with the content owners and finally make a convincing argument that he is on their side. As a majority shareholder in Disney, he can say he got skin in the game… etc etc etc. Perhaps, it could help Apple stop the Microsoft and its DRM plan, which for now Hollywood likes.

  1. hyperrealityman Thursday, January 19, 2006

    OT something new Viseon & Sipphone
    something changed at viseon.com
    GBOX??????????????????????????????

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  2. What do other major content producers say when the largest shareholder of one of their largest competitors comes knoking on their door form more content for his ‘other’ company?

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  3. Mmmh — are you sure the maker of iTunes will fight DRM? Or do you mean “replace Microsoft plans by its onw”?

    Regarding Jobs and the Disney competitors, they will be happy to go through interresting distribution deals, especially if he remains the only worthy alternative to piracy. Partnerships already exist when producing movies; I don’t think they will bother as much as they seemed to care about deciding the retail price.

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  4. This would make SJ the largest shareholder, but not a majority shareholder in Disney. He would need over 50% for that.

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  5. oh i totally mean microsoft drm to be replaced by apple drm. of course ;-)

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  6. Perhaps, it could help Apple stop the Microsoft and its DRM plan, which for now Hollywood likes. And no mention of Google’s DRM :( Agreed Google’s DRM is in pretty bad shape today but their engineers should beat the evil by the end of this year.

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  7. [...] Steve Jobs is one hell of a negotiator it seems. A week ago the news of Disney buying Pixar broke and the price tag was around $6.7 billion. Apparently not. The deal has closed at $7.4 billion. That works out to over $100 million a day in prolonged negotiations. I guess now Disney people know how Apple employees feel. Paul La Monica reports that the deal is getting thumbs up from Wall Street. Michael Cuggino, a fund manager who owns about 100,000 shares of Disney in the Permanent Portfolio and Permanent Portfolio Aggressive Growth funds … says that the… the addition of Jobs, who will also become Disney’s largest individual shareholder, to Disney’s board could mean that more innovative digital deals could be in the works. “Jobs is a dynamic personality who knows consumer electronics. It’s an opportunity to bring some youthful energetic thinking to Disney’s board.” [...]

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