Disney Channels Pixar

It's hard to ignore the parallels between the Next/Apple merger and the Pixar/Disney deal. In the same way that the influx of Next leadership gave Apple a breath of fresh air and a new direction, Pixar just might end up resurrecting Disney as a place of brilliance in animation.

The difference, of course, is that Jobs was Apple's biological parent, and appeared to have inherent influence. Changing Disney is a different, and the company much bigger fish than Apple was compared to Next.

What does all of this mean for Apple? I'm a little bit out of my element here, so I mostly only have educated guesses to offer. Jobs is reportedly only going to have a board seat and Disney already has a management team, so his day-to-day role may be reduced. It sounds like Pixar and Disney get to stay where they are geographically, and Burbank is a quick trip by jet.

Apple could certainly end up getting better access to media that Disney owns, particularly for the iTunes store. Some people think this situation could actually lead to a conflict of interest, but I'm not sure how much of that is material. We'll see.
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Disney Channels Pixar
Posted Jan 24, 2006 — 0 comments below


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