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2012 was a very very good year for Bob Iger. Iger got a 18 percent to his pay package last year that boosted him to $37.1 Million as the company posted record revenue, net income and earnings per share.
The Walt Disney Co. also credited Iger’s leadership in the $4.06 billion acquisition of “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilms, along with the launch of theme park additions, cruise ships and the expansion of the Disney Channel overseas.
Iger, 61, saw the biggest jump in pay from the value of new stock option awards, which hit $7.8 million in 2012, up from $4.8 million in 2011, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Stock award grants valued at $9.5 million were above the $8.1 million he received a year earlier.
He also received incentive pay of $16.5 million, up from $15.5 million, while his salary rose to $2.5 million from $2 million. Other compensation for security and personal air travel came to $800,700, down from $962,932 a year earlier.
The Walt Disney Company as a whole grew revenue 3 percent to $42.3 billion for the fiscal year through September. Net income rose 18 percent to $5.7 billion, while earnings per share grew 24 percent to $3.13.
Iger’s contract with The Walt Disney Company runs through the end of June 2016.
- Iger got 20 percent pay raise in 2012 (upi.com)
In what I believe was a lighthearted moment the White House officially responded to a “We the People” petition to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”
Though the White House has decided against going forward with the Death Star plan, and you can see the full version of why they oppose the idea HERE, the main points that came from the White House are:
- “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.”
- “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
- “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
The statement was prepared by Paul Shawcross, the chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Death Star petition has over 34,000 signatures; which is well over the minimum of 25,000 needed to garner a response from the White House. The “We the People” program is an online petition program that allows citizens to have a voice with their suggestions.
- ABC Considering ‘Star Wars’ TV Series (chipandco.com)
- Star Wars Weekends 2013 Dates Announced (chipandco.com)
It looks like the ‘Star Wars’ train is full steam ahead right now. While we’ve heard about the possible new TV series on ABC, and we know that LucasFilm is planning a new trilogy set after ‘Return of the Jedi’, but now it looks like they’re taking a page out of the Marvel book and developing films that are set outside of the new trilogy.
It looks like Zack Snyder, who is currently working with DC on his new Superman film, ‘Man of Steel’, has quietly developing the film over at LucasFilm for some time now, and the film is said to be inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s classic film ‘Seven Samurai’, and will follow a group of Jedi on a new mission.
In October, word broke that Disney had acquired LucasFilm, to much shock to the industry and onlookers. Disney and LucasFilm have had a very good working relationship for a long time, so the two merging made sense. With the announcement, we also learned that we would be getting ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ in 2015. But there were many unknown variables to the deal, including what else we would be seeing now from the ‘Star Wars’ universe. One thing I kept wondering about was what had happened to the LucasFilm’s planned series, ‘Star Wars: Underworld‘, a series set between the two trilogies, dealing with much of the seedy underbelly of the universe, such as mobsters and bounty hunters, while leaving it open to have appearances from characters that we’d come to love from the films. Now it looks like the series could see a second life, thanks to ABC.
Congratulations to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas for proposing to his girlfriend since 2007 Mellody Hobson. The 68-year-old director/Master Jedi will be wedding the 43-year-old investment firm president Hobson who also serves as chairman of DreamWorks Animation and is a financial contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Lucas helped to launch the modern blockbuster age with his “Star Wars” sagas and “Indiana Jones” adventures. The original “Star Wars” still stands as the No. 2 film in terms of tickets sold domestically, behind only “Gone with the Wind.”
Lucas has three children: Amanda, Katie and Jett. He was previously married to film editor Marcia Lucas from 1969 to 1983.
Disney completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise from Lucas for $4.06 billion in cash and stock last month.
No other details have been given by Lucasfilm at press time. Congratulations from all of us from the Disney fan community!
- Congratulations – Star Wars Maker George Lucas and Mellody Hobson of DreamWorks Get Engaged (jedimouseketeer.com)
- 15 Potential Directors for the New ‘Star Wars’ Films (jedimouseketeer.com)