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Dana Walden Could Be a Bigger Threat to Bob Chapek Than Peter Rice Was

It’s been just about 2 weeks since Disney CEO Bob Chapek shockingly fired Disney’s General Content executive, Peter Rice. The move left Hollywood insiders stunned, along with Rice, who reportedly had no idea it was coming. The same day that Peter Rice was fired, Disney announced that Dana Walden — the then-Chairman of Entertainment for Walt Disney Television Studios — would be taking his place as Chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content. Walden and Rice had both come over to Disney as executives when Disney purchased 21st Century Fox in 2019.
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Disney Allows Everyone to Resign, But Not Peter Rice – Speculation Abounds As to Why

For nearly a week, Hollywood has been trying to understand why Disney CEO Bob Chapek would abruptly fire the well-liked, experienced, and competent executive, Peter Rice. Rice had been an executive at 21st Century Fox when it was purchased by Disney, and he became an executive at The House of Mouse. Since the firing, Hollywood insiders have been unable to hold in their shock, calling Chapek “insecure”, saying he does not know how to be “graceful”, and that he may understand business, but does not understand content.
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No One Is Fired in Hollywood, So Why Was Disney’s Peter Rice?

Hollywood is a place where no matter how fired you are, you’re not fired. At Disney alone, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg wasn’t fired when then-chairman and CEO Michael Eisner tossed him out a window in 1994. Michael Ovitz wasn’t fired when Eisner did the same in 1996. Tom Staggs wasn’t fired when Bob Iger pushed him out as COO in 2016. Even Steve McPherson, who was ousted as head of ABC in 2010 amid a sexual harassment investigation, wasn’t fired. All were allowed to resign. In the Bob Chapek era, Geoff Morrell, the chief corporate affairs officer who was dispatched at...
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6 key flash points that led to Disney CEO Bob Chapek pulling the trigger on top exec Peter Rice

Sign up for the Fortune Features email list so you don’t miss our biggest features, exclusive interviews, and investigations. When Disney CEO Bob Chapek abruptly fired TV division boss Peter Rice last week amid reports that he was a bad fit with Disney’s corporate culture, there were conflicting reports on whether Rice’s ousting was expected or not. Now, a new article from the Wall Street Journal points to six reasons behind his dismissal—indicating it had been under consideration for months.
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“High Level” Disney Source Claims Peter Rice Was “Difficult to Work With”

Just last week, Disney shocked the entertainment industry when it was announced that executive Peter Rice had been fired from his role as Chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content and was being replaced by Dana Walden. Walden had worked with Rice when they were both executives at 21st Century Fox and continued to do so when Fox was purchased by Disney in 2019. Many saw the move to fire Rice as a poor one, as he was considered incredibly good at his job, on top of being really well-liked by Disney employees.
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Dana Walden Praises Bob Chapek and Peter Rice As She Takes Over For Fired Rice

While Hollywood is still reeling from the unexpected news that Disney CEO Bob Chapek fired the well-loved executive Peter Rice, Dana Walden is gearing up to take control of her new role within Disney. Both Rice and Walden were executives at 21st Century Fox when it was purchased by Disney, and became executives at The House of Mouse. Rice became the Chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content and Walden became the Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television Studios.
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Hollywood Insider Says Firing of Peter Rice Is Bigger Than Bob Chapek’s “Insecurity”

On June 9, Disney shocked the entertainment industry when it fired Peter Rice — chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content. Rice had been with The Walt Disney Company for just about three years — having come to Disney as an executive when Disney purchased 21st Century Fox in 2019. According to multiple sources, Rice was a beloved figure at Disney and was completely blindsided by his termination. Not long after the news broke, reports started coming out that Disney CEO Bob Chapek had fired Rice because Rice was seen as the main person who had the potential to become CEO should the Disney Board of Directors not renew Chapek’s contract.
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Spider-Man ‘Stuntronic’ Crashes Through Building at Avengers Campus, Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice Dismissed, Florida Gov. ‘Warned’ Disney Not to Interfere with ‘Don’t Say Gay’, & More: Daily Recap (6/9/22)

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Disney morale is ‘terrible’ after CEO Bob Chapek axed Peter Rice

Morale is at an all-time low at the beleaguered Mouse House after Disney CEO Bob Chapek dumped TV content boss Peter Rice. Rice, who joined Disney after the media giant acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019, was replaced on Thursday by his number two, Dana Walden, in what many have described as a “shocking” shakeup. “It’s not good for the company. Morale is terrible,” a Disney insider told The Hollywood Reporter. No reason was given by Disney as to why Rice was let go, but sources buzzed Thursday that Chapek sharpened the axe before it fell on him after he butted heads...
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Disney shake-up as Peter Rice ousted, Dana Walden upped to DGE chairman

Disney has named entertainment chairman Dana Walden as chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content with immediate effect, following the exit of incumbent Peter Rice. Rice was reportedly ousted from the role earlier this week in a sudden and unexpected shake-up by CEO Bob Chapek, who took over from long-serving Disney head Bob Iger last year.
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06/10/22: Disney’s Peter Rice is out

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Peter Rice ousted at Disney; Dana Walden takes over as Chief Content Officer

Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Peter Rice has been ousted as the chief content officer and will be replaced by company TV entertainment exec Dana Walden.The Burbank-based company announced Walden's promotion while saying Rice is "leaving the company." Disney said Walden's appointment "is effective immediately."According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said CEO Bob Chapek felt Rice was "no longer a fit" in the position.Walden had been serving under Rice as chair of Disney television entertainment. Both Rice and Walden joined Disney in 2019 when the company acquired 21st Century Fox.
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The Shocking Disney Shakeup: Why Exactly Was Peter Rice Ousted?

Click here to read the full article. In an industry where many executives are quick to tout their own accomplishments, Peter Rice was known for turning down opportunities to take a public victory lap. The soft-spoken British executive, who was ousted on Wednesday from the top TV job at Disney, has a reputation for quietly cultivating relationships with producers and directors such as Baz Luhrmann and Danny Boyle. In the 2000s, he leveraged those ties to boost the performance of Fox Searchlight Pictures with hits such as “Moulin Rouge!” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” More often than not, Rice let the directors, producers...
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Dana Walden and Peter Rice: Meet the Media Heavyweights Behind Disney’s Major Shakeup

After the shocking news that Peter Rice has been ousted as the head of TV content for Disney, and will be replaced by his top lieutenant, Dana Walden, media insiders are left scratching their heads and speculating about the behind-the-scenes dealmaking taking place. For the uninitiated, Variety has put together a primer on the incoming and outgoing heads of Disney television.