A few quotes from the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the Walt Disney Company and Chief Executive of Marvel earlier today for a little clarity...
For those worried about the Mouse "Disneyfying" the Marvel Characters:
"We'll take a look and see, but the bottom line is we like what they've been doing so far," - Tom Staggs, Disney CFOAnd about the meeting that John Lasseter had with Marvel Suits earlier last week:
"The group got pretty excited pretty fast," Iger said, adding he expects exciting collaboration opportunities. "Sparks will fly," - Bob Iger, Disney CEOAnd Staggs offering why the deal was good for Marvel:
"Disney stock is attractively priced and that's why it's important to Marvel," - Tom Staggs, Disney CFOAnd if you want to see that Disney wants to be in charge of the characters:
"it clearly would be in our best interest if we ended up as the sole distributor," he said. "When you distribute your own films, the opportunity is even better." - Disney CEO, Bob IgerOr on the future of handling the properties:
"We believe that adding Marvel to Disney's unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation," - Bob Iger, Disney CEOAnd when asked about meddling in on projects:
“If it ain’t broke…” - Bob Iger, Disney CEOMarvel's CEO got in on the acquisition as well:
“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” - Ike Perlmutter, Marvel CEOIger expressed his confindence in Marvel's current management as well:
“Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.” - Bob Iger, Disney CEOOne of the problems Disney has is that it appeals to girls more than boys, hence the Disney XD launch to try and bring in this important demographic:
“We’d like love to attract more boys, and we think Marvel’s skew is more in boys’ direction. Although there’s a universal appeal, we think, to a lot of their characters and a lot of their story. Just look at Spider-Man and Iron Man films. This is a great fit. But we obviously know Disney has a lot of products that are more girl-skewed than boy. And we’d like the opportunity to go after boys more aggressively.” - Bob Iger, Disney CEOMore to follow...