More Notes on The Second Iger Age

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“Iger, the sequel, seems to be about deconstructing Disney and figuring out what are the pieces of Disney that have sustainability," Wall Street research analyst Rich Greenfield tells William D. Cohan. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
William D. Cohan
September 20, 2023

On Monday, I caught up with Rich Greenfield, the Wall Street research analyst, as he was on a plane bound for Florida to attend a media industry meeting that Disney was hosting at its theme park in Orlando. Greenfield, a partner at LightShed, has been covering Disney for some 30 years: the Eisner vs. Ovitz drama, the purchase of ABC Family, Roy E. Disney’s sudden resignation, the Iger acquisition spree, the Fox debacle, etcetera.

But, I think it’s safe to say, Greenfield has never seen the company (or the entertainment industry) more discombobulated than it is these days, in the second Iger era, when seemingly “everything is on the table,” from the future of Hulu and ESPN to a potential sale of Disney’s linear assets. It’s an open question that investors, employees and corporate executives, alike, are desperately busy trying to figure out.