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Any intellectual property company should be careful about being lulled into supporting a platform that may not serve the customer effectively in a disrupted world.feedback
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Aug 10 2017
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To our knowledge, we were not hacked. We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required. We don't believe that it was real and nothing has happened.feedback

Is there life after Disney? I decided it's not worth it. I'd get stopped every once in a while by people who asked what it means.feedback

A given sport or a given team or a given region in a given period of time.feedback

I moved into the role after having studied under Michael for five years. I overlapped with him for six months between the time I was named and the time that he left. And it was–frankly, it was seamless.feedback

There are other things that are clearly at the top of my list in terms of priorities. It's continuing to grow the company in the digital direction, it's continuing to grow the company globally, it's continuing to solidify ESPN's future by doing the things that I talked about on this call and probably above all that, which is tied in part to succession, but it goes beyond succession, it's making sure that the leadership of this company across the board continues to be really strong.feedback

I'm not spending much time thinking about what I'm going to do next.feedback

I think there's way too much pessimism about ESPN because ESPN is still in demand from three constituents you want to be in demand the most from.feedback

We believe we're well positioned to contend with what we think is continued disruption in the business. We believe these new light pack options that include ESPN and over-the-top top platforms are the future and an asset to us. We will eventually be in a direct consumer business for ESPN products, and hope to launch one of our brand technology platforms before the end of year . We are actually confident in ESPN's future.feedback

There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo's life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you'll also discover how he got his name. In Rogue One we created digitally a few characters. One had been an actor who actually passed away and was in an earlier Star Wars film. We're not doing that with Carrie.feedback

[The film] picks up Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through to when he was 24. There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo's life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you'll also discover how he got his name. Carrie appears throughout [Episode] VIII. We are not changing the film to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is. In Rogue One, we had some digital characters. We are not doing that with Carrie.feedback

I've seen [Episode VIII] and VIII is quite good. It picks up where VII left off. We're really excited about it. I can't disclose much about because that's not what we do.feedback

We are not changing [Episode] 8 to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it was in 8.feedback

Leading this great company is a tremendous privilege, and I am honored to have been asked to continue serving as CEO. I am confident that Disney's best days are still ahead, and I look forward to continuing to build on our proven strategy for growth while working with the Board to identify a successor as CEO and ensure a successful transition.feedback

There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo's life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee [editor's note: CHEWBACCAAAAA!] that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name. We're starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.feedback

We make a point of revealing very little from our upcoming Star Wars films. We want to keep them secret. But we're making an exception today. We're going to show you an exclusive first look at what happens right after that scene, and that lightsaber being handed to its rightful owner.feedback

Carrie Fisher has been an iconic part in this franchise from the very beginning. We all miss her. She had great talent and wit. We're proud that this movie coming up is part of her legacy.feedback

I don't believe my membership in that group in any way endorses or supports any specific policy of the president or his administration.feedback

An all-out trade war with China would be damaging to Disney's business and to business in general. It's something I think we have to be very careful about. In fact, there was some uptick initially on Hong Kong attendance when Shanghai opened. And there seems to be an interesting growth in pride locally in Hong Kong, in that park. I guess their competitive spirits have, somehow or another, been stimulated.feedback

The other thing that's important is when all these new channels launch we're in all of their homes. The notion of a skinny bundle that excluded ESPN is not the case in the new world order.feedback

I think there's way too much pessimism about ESPN because ESPN is still in demand from three constituents you want to be in demand the most from. One – distributors. Two, consumers and three, advertisers. And the reason it's in demand is the brand is still strong, the product is still good and we've invested nicely to keep that product as high quality as possible. I think in today's world we have to be mindful of the number of commercial interruptions.feedback

We believe that (digital TV services) is going to occupy a good part of the future. It's less expensive, easier to use, more mobile friendly.feedback

An all-out trade war with China would be damaging to Disney's business and to business in general. It's something I think we have to be very careful about. It's a national destination in China already. Where we are as a nation is due to having an openness to the people of the world. It's incredibly important. I firmly believe that we cannot shut our borders to immigrants. I think a fair and just immigration policy is good for our country and good for our society.feedback

I think the whole story has been overblown and, quite frankly, it's silly. I have no reaction to [this] story at all. Frankly, this is a film that the world should enjoy. It is not a film that is, in any way, a political film. There are no political statements in it, at all.feedback

We have taken a more bullish position on the future of ESPN's sub base. We think that while we were candid a year ago on sub losses, we believe that, to some extent, the causes of those losses have abated, notably the migration to smaller packages.feedback

What we've seen since then is somewhat of a moderation of losses stemming from the skinny bundles. We also have a number of new platforms coming into the market.feedback

I won't say they're dead wrong; i think it's possible their sample was off.feedback

We've seen examples lately of samples being off in terms of predicting outcomes.feedback

We want our investors to know that fiscal 2017 is going to be an anomaly.feedback

The signs are good that there is a smooth transition. I love the way both the incumbent president, President Obama, and the president elect, Donald Trump have managed this so far, and I think that's a very good sign.feedback

America voted and made the decision to put Donald Trump in the presidency. I respect that decision, accept that decision.feedback

There is going to be far more energy around attacking the tax code, changing the tax code, closing loopholes on corporate taxes and lowering the base.feedback

We're not as competitive as we need to be as a country. I think that is going to be addressed on a timely, meaning a fast basis. That's certainly good.feedback

That can only be good for business and for the country. On the smooth transition front, we're going through a smooth transition as well. We've already prepared a bust of President-elect Trump to go into our Hall of the Presidents at Disney World.feedback

The sports that people watch today are not just watched on a fixed television set in the living room or den. They're watched in many different ways. And not only are they watched in their entirety, but they're watched in snackable form or short form....the destination that was once 'SportsCenter,' while it was still strong, is not what it used to be, because it's been disaggregated by technology.feedback

This is one of the proudest and most exciting moments in the history of the Walt Disney Co.feedback

As a parent and a grandparent, my heart goes out to the Graves family during this time of devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and I know everyone at Disney joins me in offering our deepest sympathies.feedback

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