Trouble at the Mouse House
It was all change at the Mouse House this week as, following the failure of John Carter, Rich Ross, chairman of Disney Studios, announced his resignation.
Approaching the subject with euphemistic delicacy, Ross stated: “I no longer believe that the chairman role is the right professional fit for me.” Having cut his teeth in the company’s television wing, Ross was appointed as chairman in 2009. It is true to say that he eventually green-lit John Carter, but that film had been in development for many years. Last month, Disney rashly announced that the project could lose as much as $200 million.
Mars Needs Moms, also made under Ross’s tenure, also lost a fortune.
Bob Iger, the company’s chief executive, offered soothing balm. “I appreciate his countless contributions throughout his entire career at Disney and expect he will have tremendous success in whatever he chooses to do next,” Iger remarked. Well, that’s all right then. in Umbria, featuring the indomitable Maggie Smith; and one of the most poetic of all musicals, Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris. The season kicks off at the Irish Film Institute on May 2nd and then moves on to such locations as Cabra Library, the Bluebell Community Centre in Dublin 12 and the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre in Naul. See bealtaine.com.
Disney head honcho Rich Ross fell on his sword after the box-office disaster of John Carter (above)