Trou­ble at the Mouse House

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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)

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