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Posted: Jan. 18, 2009, 6:34 am Quote

Quote (Scottwdw @ Jan. 26, 2006, 10:46 am)
Any word on what projects beyond "Cars" for Disney/Pixar Animation?

I'm just noticing the question even though this was posted nearly three years ago.  We have a Disney Movies Forum for both animation and live action, news of next few years major movies was announced last fall, check out the forum for Subject: lines about that.  Next movie is "Up" from Pixar, for release late May, 2009.  Redirect discussion to existing topics in the Disney Movies Forum.
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2009, 6:36 am Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ Jan. 17, 2009, 9:53 pm)
John Lassetter is the head.

Steve Jobs is the head of Apple, not Pixar.

Jobs is CEO of both Pixar and Apple.  Catmull runs Pixar, Lasseter is chief animation supervisor of Pixar as well as Disney Feature Animation and Disney Imagineering.  Jobs has an office at Pixar should he ever vist there and do business, but he's uninvolved in most filmmaking decisions.  When Disney bought Pixar Jobs owned lots of Pixar stock which then became Disney stock.  In addition to sitting on Disney's Board of Directors after Disney bought Pixar, Jobs is Disney's largest shareholder.

There is no succession plan at Apple.  That's why the press having a field day.

A friend of mine who works in Silicon Valley CA has friends who work at Apple.  It's a tough, pressure-filled place to work for.  Steve Jobs not exactly a "people person" to his own staff.  If you hunt within the world of books there are disparaging book profiles of Apple's CEO.  While Jobs presents as charismatic to the fan base of users of Apple products, internally it's something else going on, at least to some staffers.  

It's a little like Walt Disney heading his own company.  At the time of his death in December 1966 Walt didn't have a succession plan, either, and the company was built around him and his ideas, too.  We saw how the company zigged rather than zagged 1966 - 1984 when the hostile takeover attempt happened and Roy Disney Jr. on the Disney Board got in Frank Wells and Michael Eisner to run the company.

Apple's a major company, and one would hope the same thing wouldn't happen to it in case Jobs' health deteriorates further.

There are other online columns and commentary about the original Bloomberg News report about the liver transplant.  They condemn Bloomberg News for publishing what might not actually be true.  Bloomberg News is also who published a report last summer that Jobs had died, also untrue, which sent Apple's stock reeling on Wall Street 'til the retraction was made.
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Steve Jobs was CEO of Pixar until 2006 when Disney bought it.

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I am officially lost, however given today's corporate world, I'm not suprised. However, I'm more than certain Disney will find somebody to fill in that spot - whatever the details. Apple is another story alltogether. Noting that Disney already has its hand in cellular, print, radio, television, music, and software I would not be suprised to find it wheeling with Steve on it also. Mind you I think it would be a mistake of gigantic porportions, but I would not be suprised nonetheless.
Of course all this talk will be moot if Steve recovers as we all hope he will.


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Posted: Jan. 19, 2009, 7:34 am Quote

Financial news reports indicate Jobs is staying on as a Disney Board of Directors member even while taking a medical leave from Apple.
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AP and Wall Street Journal say Steve has had the liver transplant. Full article:
Steve Jobs Has Transplant


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In reading around, and if you search for Apple or AAPL news in news searches tons of references pop up even overshadowing the release of the new iPhone a few days ago.

He had the surgery and transplant two months ago, in "Tennessee", likely for privacy purposes.  If he'd had it at equally renowned medical centers nearer to Silicon Valley (such as Stanford Medical Center) the press would have been all over it.  Every time Steve Jobs sneezes, so to speak, due to his past pancreatic cancer and his guru-like status among Apple product fans and stock analysts, the stock of Apple gets affected like a roller coaster.

You can read around, tons of news articles out there and sidebars about why a liver transplant and prognosis, and the possible effect on Apple's future.  Some say if pancreatic cancer spreads removal of the liver is a good treatment, with a 75% survival rate for 5 years.  Some say ease back into regular working by doing part-time for awhile.  And some are suggesting it's time for Jobs to go, maybe stay as Chairman of the Board or some other high executive duty which has lighter schedule and responsibilities but still keep his hand in. Articles citing "time for Jobs to go" point out the roll out of new MacBooks, iPhones, and iPhone operating systems and others subbing for Jobs at Developers Conferences, etc., have done a great job without Jobs, the products sell all the same, and it might be time to begin this transition so stock holders can be assured the position of CEO in the charismatic Jobs is covered by someone who can take the company forward from someone with profound health problems.

On the Board of The Walt Disney Company, I believe Jobs has done well advising Robert Iger, Disney CEO, and the Board of technology issues and trends and how to steer Disney towards a technological future of content delivery via platforms, media, and emerging devices.  Beyond merely liking Apple products like iPods, iTunes, iPhones, MacBooks and computers and more, Jobs was on the forefront of the emergence of the technological age and has historical perspective and ideas about the future of trends.  His presence on Disney's Board especially since post-purchase of Pixar and post-Michael Eisner's era as Disney CEO is one of Disney's most valuable assets.  

If Jobs' doctors recommend cutting back on schedule, or even stepping back permanently, it will affect also Disney's stock, as well as "Where do we go from here technologically?" internal plans at Disney.
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Posted: June 24, 2009, 8:01 am Quote

Jobs' Prognosis Deemed "Excellent"

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090624/tc_nm/us_apple_jobs

Apple's Jobs has "excellent prognosis"
By Gabriel Madway - Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:26AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -
Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital and has "an excellent prognosis", the hospital that performed the operation confirmed on Tuesday.

Jobs, 54, received the transplant because he was "the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available," the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute said in a statement on its Website.

"Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis," the statement said. James Eason, program director at the institute and the hospital's chief of transplantation, added that the confirmation had come with Jobs's permission.

The hospital did not release details of Job's condition or when the operation was performed, but the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that the transplant took place about two months ago.

Hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Hale did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Jobs' condition. A prognosis refers to a doctor's prediction regarding the probable course of a disease, disorder or injury.

Apple shares have often fluctuated on speculation about Jobs' health. The executive, considered by many investors to be the driving force behind Apple's reputation for innovation, was treated in 2004 for a rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet-cell, or neuroendocrine, tumor.

But he appeared gaunt at an Apple event in the summer of 2008, setting off a storm of speculation about his health that failed to abate in the ensuing months.

In January, after initially blaming his weight loss on a hormone imbalance, he announced his medical leave, saying his health issues were "more complex" than originally thought.

He has not been heard from since, though a Reuters witness spotted Jobs at Apple's campus in Cupertino, California, on Monday and Jobs was quoted in a company press release.

The company would not say whether Jobs is off medical leave and back at work. Apple has said repeatedly that it looks forward to his return at the end of June.

A FULL LIFE

Jobs is viewed as the key visionary driving the company's product development and the mastermind behind iconic products such as the iPod and the iPhone.

But analysts say Wall Street has become much more comfortable with other key executives in Jobs's absence.

Apple shares have surged around 60 percent this year, despite falling 10 percent following Jobs announcement of medical leave.

Methodist's confirmation comes as some newspaper and Internet reports speculated on whether Jobs waited his turn for a transplant.

In the United States, 15,771 people are waiting for a liver transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The hospital said Jobs underwent a complete transplant evaluation and was listed for transplantation in accordance with policies laid down by the Transplant Institute and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) policies.

"We provide transplants to patients regardless of race, sex, age, financial status, or place of residence", the hospital said in its statement.

Pancreatic cancer often spreads to the liver, but it is not clear if Jobs received a transplant for that reason.

Doctors without knowledge of Jobs's specific condition have said if the tumor migrated to the liver from the pancreas, a liver transplant may be an effective treatment and he could lead a normal life.

About 70 percent of liver transplant patients are still alive three years later, UNOS estimates.

(Additional reporting by Patrick Rucker in Washington; Editing by Edwin Chan, Peter Cooney and Muralikumar Anantharaman)


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Posted: Jan. 17, 2011, 9:35 am Quote

Well Steve Jobs is back to taking "a medical leave of absence" due to the state of his health.  The Apple CEO who also sits on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company since Disney bought Pixar in 2007 stays as Apple CEO with a direct hand into major directions and decisions by Apple, but is stepping away from day-to-day duties there.
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There is a rumor that says that this is one of the down periods as a result of the transplant. I hope that he recovers as much as possible and is able to do the things he loves.

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