“Pixar Animation Studios, which produced last summer’s popular ‘Finding Nemo,’ said on Thursday that it was ending talks on continuing its 12-year partnership with the Walt Disney Company and would seek another studio to distribute its films, beginning in 2006,” Laura M. Holson reports for The New York Times.
“Several theories emerged rapidly about why Mr. Jobs, who did not return three phone calls seeking comment, sought to terminate the partnership now. Perhaps, said one of the people involved, Mr. Jobs ‘made the announcement thinking Disney would come back on its knees.’ Wall Street analysts are set to meet with Disney executives in Florida in two weeks, when Mr. Eisner will face tough questions about Disney’s future in animation. Its own films have not had nearly the success of those produced by Pixar and Disney has effectively closed its Florida film animation operations,” Holson reports. “One film executive suggested that Mr. Jobs could now be considered a candidate to run Disney if indeed Mr. Eisner ever left.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We have a hard time figuring out how Steve runs both Apple and Pixar now; how’s he going to run Disney on top of those two, especially as running Apple alone, more so than Pixar, is such a monumental task? Perhaps by doing as Ronald Reagan espoused, “Delegate, delegate, delegate!” Or by folding one or more of the companies into another? Get ready for another round of “Disney to buy Apple” rumors.