“The calculus of the Walt Disney Company buying Pixar Animation Studios is, on its face, simple: big media conglomerate plus vaunted computer animation studio plus closer ties with Steven P. Jobs, the maverick Pixar founder, equals potential powerhouse,” Richard Siklos writes for The New York Times. “But because Mr. Jobs’s other job is chairman and chief executive of Apple Computer, a deal also raises the possibility of a warmer relationship between Disney and Apple if Mr. Jobs plays an active role at the company.”
“Although there would be no direct equity relationship between Apple and Disney, Mr. Jobs would be the largest individual shareholder in both, and would be likely to hold at least a board seat at Disney,” Siklos writes. “In the complex and sometimes querulous dynamic between media and technology companies, such a move would no doubt raise questions about the ripples those ties can be expected to cause.”
Siklos writes, “For example, would Mr. Jobs view Disney as the preferred content supplier for future generations of Apple iPods and other hardware that distribute and play media products like songs and TV shows? And would Disney’s media rivals be less inclined to do business with Apple as it introduced new services because they would be abetting a competitor? Similarly, will technology companies vying with Apple to develop new products for media consumption be less inclined to work with Disney lest their best ideas find their way up the California coast from Disney’s Burbank headquarters to Apple’s Cupertino campus?”
“The biggest question about what a Pixar acquisition would mean for the media industry broadly rests more on the question of how big a role Mr. Jobs envisions for himself at Disney,” Siklos writes, “But even if his position is a relatively passive one – similar, say to Ted Turner’s influence at Time Warner after he sold his Turner Broadcasting System to the company a decade ago – just the fact that Mr. Jobs will have such a large personal investment in Disney means that he will become more invested in a future where content companies can share in the spoils alongside device makers like Apple.”
Full article here.
• MacBook Pro. The first Mac notebook built upon Intel Core Duo with iLife ’06, Front Row and built-in iSight. Starting at $1999. Free shipping.
• iMac. Twice as amazing — Intel Core Duo, iLife ’06, Front Row media experience, Apple Remote, built-in iSight. Starting at $1299. Free shipping.
• iMac and MacBook Pro owners: Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using dial-up service. $49.00.
• iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
• iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
• Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.
Report: Pixar board to approve Disney takeover Monday – January 21, 2006
Fireworks could explode if Disney buys Pixar & biggest individual shareholder Steve Jobs joins board – January 20, 2006
Report: Disney in talks to buy Pixar; Steve Jobs could become largest individual Disney shareholder – January 19, 2006