“Steve Jobs wants to return to the Disney fold if Michael Eisner is ousted as CEO, The Post has learned,” Tim Arango reports for The New York Post. “In January, Jobs’ Pixar Animation Studios dealt a serious blow to Eisner when it announced it was ending talks on extending a lucrative movie deal with Disney. But lately, Jobs has told associates in Hollywood that he would like to re-up with Disney if Eisner is pushed out, according to sources close to Jobs.”
Arango reports, “When Pixar ended the talks with Disney, Jobs said in a statement that the company would enter talks with other studios. But now those talks are on hold as Jobs waits to see what Disney’s board of directors does in the wake of a shareholder revolt against Eisner, sources say. Competing studios are salivating at the chance to ink a deal with Pixar, which has produced such hit movies as ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Monsters Inc.’ and ‘Finding Nemo.'”
“If Pixar and Disney do not eventually re-ignite talks, Warner Bros. is believed to have a leg up over other studios in the race to forge a partnership with Pixar,” Arango reports.
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