Topic: Bob Iger

How a Mom-and-Pop Creamery in Brooklyn Became the Official Ice Cream of Star Wars

Ample Hills' success story reads like a Hollywood script

Brian Smith and his wife, Jackie Cuscuna, operate a two-parlor chain in Brooklyn called Ample Hills Creamery and sell pints of their homemade gourmet ice cream online.  Yet this family business is…

Facetime: The ANA Masters of Marketing Conference

Plus Graydon Carter, Jared Leto and Kelly Ripa

The ANA Masters of Marketing conference kicked off in Orlando, Fla., with insightful talks from Mondelez’s Dana Anderson and Pepsico’s Bradley Jakeman, while magazine and media moguls rubbed elbows with…

TV Bosses Say Ratings Won't Stop Being Awful Anytime Soon

Er, sorry, 'trending downward'

Now is the winter of our discontent, made that much colder by the absence of the ad dollars that everyone in the TV world swore would come back in scatter. They…

What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market?

Telcos, cars and CPG underspent on television

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when…

ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee

Disney gives entertainment chief a vote of confidence

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the…

Ben Sherwood Named Top Dog at Disney/ABC Television Group

News chief to succeed Anne Sweeney in 2015

The Walt Disney Co. announced today that it has named ABC News president Ben Sherwood the successor to Anne Sweeney. Effective Feb. 1, 2015, Sherwood will assume the title of…

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

18-year vet says she wants to direct

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may pursue her dream of directing television. An 18-year Disney veteran,…

Disney Adds Twitter's Jack Dorsey to Its Board

Brings tech perspective to mouse's house

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has been appointed to Disney’s board of directors. The Walt Disney Co. announced the move today, and Dorsey follows the footsteps of Steve Jobs, who sat on…

Disney, Time Warner Confident About NBA Prospects

CEOs predict renewals for ESPN, TNT

While rival networks may be licking their chops in anticipation of trying to wrest away the media rights to the NBA, both legacy partners said they are confident that they’ll…

ABC Wraps Its Upfront Business, With Volume Down Slightly

CPMs were up 7-8 percent, but net had fewer ratings points to sell

ABC has closed out the last of its upfront negotiations, concluding an arduous process that began 10 weeks ago. The network stuck to its guns throughout the summer bazaar, securing CPM…