Welcome back to The Daily Courant, your afternoon roundup of the latest reportage from Puck.
Today, we start with Matthew Belloni’s inside chronicle of the increasingly frantic effort by Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger and C.F.O. Christine McCarthy to erase $3 billion from the company’s bottom line this year. Goodbye, Willow...
Then, below the fold: Bill Cohan mulls the executive switcheroo atop Lazard, Netflix’s secret sauce, and the public evisceration of a former SVB boss. Dylan Byers unearths the origin story behind ESPN’s D.T.C. journey. Jonathan Handel wonders whether actors will join Hollywood’s writers on the picket line. And on The Powers That Be, Jon Kelly and Dylan imagine the next iteration of ESPN, consider CNN’s post-town hall malaise, and detail The Messenger’s start-up challenges.