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Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (FULL)

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth is a biographical documentary on Walt Disney. It was narrated by Dick Van Dyke and directed by Jean-Pierre Isbouts.

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Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (FULL)

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Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger Speaks to CCTV2 in China

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The Walt Disney Company History

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Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Robert A. Iger is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Iger is the steward of the world's largest media company and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. His strategic vision for The Walt Disney Company focuses on three fundamental aspects: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world. Mr. Iger has built on Disney's rich history of unforgettable storytelling, with the acquisition of Pixar (2006) and Marvel (2009), two of the entertainment industry's greatest storytellers. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader at the forefront of offering its creative content across new and multiple platforms.
Prior to his current role Mr. Iger served as President and Chief Executive Officer from October, 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000-2005.
Disney's exceptional entertainment experiences, widely diverse content and unique skill in managing businesses in an integrated manner led to strong results in 2011. In its most recent fiscal year, Disney posted record revenue, net income and earnings per share. During Mr. Iger's tenure, Disney has become the largest media company in the world, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 8%.
Mr. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. In this role, Mr. Iger expanded and coordinated Disney's presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for Disney's international growth today. As Chairman of the ABC Group, Mr. Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, radio and publishing businesses, and guided the complex merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. During Mr. Iger's years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in every aspect of the television business including news, sports and entertainment, as well as program acquisition, rights negotiations and business affairs. He began his career at ABC in 1974.
Mr. Iger has been named one of Fortune magazine's "25 Most Powerful People in Business" (2006, 2007); one of the "Top Gun CEOs" by Forbes magazine (2009); one of the "Best CEOs" by Institutional Investor magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); and MarketWatch CEO of the Year (2006). During Mr. Iger's tenure as CEO, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's (2009, 2010, 2011); and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010).
Mr. Iger joined the Apple board of directors in November 2011 and became a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council in June 2011. He also serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Export Council, which advises the president on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs and growth. Mr. Iger is also a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders from across the United States that support comprehensive immigration reform.
Mr. Iger is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jay Rasulo is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Company and oversees the company's worldwide finance organization, corporate strategy and development, brand management, acquisitions, corporate alliances, investor relations, treasury and risk management activities, controller functions, information systems, corporate outreach, real estate and taxes. Mr. Rasulo began his current role on January 1, 2010 and was most recently chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Under Rasulo's leadership, Parks and Resorts built on its traditional strengths as the world's preeminent theme park operator to create a range of businesses that have made Disney a global leader in the family vacation industry.
As part of this growth strategy, Rasulo has overseen a major expansion of Disney's California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, which culminates with the opening of Cars Land in 2012, and of Hong Kong Disneyland, where work is underway on the creation of three original new lands. He has also led negotiations with the Chinese government to begin development of a new theme park in Shanghai.
In addition to park expansion, Rasulo has been the principal architect of the growth of the award-winning Disney Cruise Line, which is currently adding two new ships, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney. Prior to becoming head of Disney Parks and Resorts in 2002, Rasulo greatly improved the operating performance of Disneyland Paris, now the number one tourist destination in Europe.
By emphasizing innovative marketing, strategic investment and financial discipline, Rasulo has also deftly managed the Parks and Resorts businesses through difficult periods, first as the unit's President after tourism plummeted globally in the wake of 9/11 and later as Chairman during the 2008-09 economic downturn. Throughout, he's been an important advocate for the tourism industry, serving as Chairman of the Travel Industry Association of America in 2006 and 2007. Rasulo was inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders in 2008.
Rasulo joined Disney in 1986 as Director, Strategic Planning and Development, advancing to more senior positions there, and later became Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances. He then led Disney Regional Entertainment before moving to Paris as President, Euro Disney before eventually becoming its Chairman and CEO in 2000. A native New Yorker, Rasulo has a degree in economics from Columbia University and both an MA in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Before joining Disney, he held positions with Chase Manhattan Bank and the Marriott Corp.
Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International
As chairman, Walt Disney International, Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the United States. Reporting to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Mr. Bird and his global team develop and implement strategies to increase Disney brand affinity and awareness in key international markets, introduce new customers and guests to Disney’s unique storytelling legacy and iconic characters, and invest in and maximize opportunities in emerging markets.
Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Mr. Bird has greatly expanded Disney presence around the world. During his tenure, Disney has: acquired UTV, one of India’s premier media and entertainment companies reaching almost 250 million consumers through film, television and interactive media; launched free-to-air Disney Channels in Russia, Turkey and Spain; launched Dlife, Japan’s first foreign-owned and free-to-air channel targeting women and families; increased local production, particularly for television content; and reorganized and integrated Disney’s international structure and leadership ranks.
Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Bird spent nearly a decade with Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. He rose to president of TBS International in 2000, and became responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the continental U.S.
Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Bird held a number of positions in radio and television in Europe, including helping to start a music channel, producing and directing a popular London-based morning TV program, and producing a Saturday morning children's TV show. In 1992, Mr. Bird was tapped by Unique Broadcasting, the largest independent radio production company in the United Kingdom, to start up and operate Unique Television.
Mr. Bird began his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England, as breakfast show producer. After that, he moved to London to join the Virgin Broadcasting Company working at Music Box, a Pan-European music channel. Later, Virgin asked Mr. Bird to help launch and program a satellite-delivered national radio service called "Radio Radio." He became head of programming for the service, producing radio shows for leading comedians and television presenters.
A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Bird is a Commander of the British Empire. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1985.

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