It’s no secret that Disney is a little bit…powerful. They may be small fry compared to some of the big tech companies like Apple, Google, or Facebook, but in terms of entertainment conglomerates, they’re pretty darn huge. Their acquisition of Fox really solidified themselves as one of the biggest players, and that’s not even mentioning their owning of Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.
But how big is too big? In the wake of the Spider-Man deal being broken with Sony, we’ve heard cries of people calling for the character to revert to Marvel and even some for Disney to acquire Sony Pictures. But what does someone on the inside think? THR had a chance to sit down with The Lion King director and The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau, where they asked if he thought they were getting too powerful.
“Compared to who, Amazon?
“I know that I have the ability to work with Disney and I have a great time in that partnership. But also there are new people who are financing things. I couldn’t make a documentary with Apple 10 years ago. I couldn’t do a cooking show as director and on-camera talent for Netflix. Even talking to [an outlet] like Quibi about doing short-form stop motion, working with Netflix on a stop-motion Christmas special. I’ve been trying to work with these guys the Chiodo brothers, who did the stop-motion on Elf, it took over 15 years, only because the business model changed. Yes, it’s the consolidation — certainly of IP — with Disney, but Disney is finding themselves in a position where they have to be competitive with companies that are playing by a different set of rules in the financial space because they’re tech companies and growth companies.”
In short, the current entertainment landscape is ever-changing. So fast is it changing that Favreau believes Disney is doing everything they can to stay competitive. In a world where creative content is being produced all over, they are doing what they can to remain relevant and successful in the current world of entertainment.
Of course, you can take this all with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, Favreau is in business with Disney (along with other studios), and as far as etiquette goes, you never want to bad talk anyone or burn any bridges. But what do you think of Favreau’s comment? Do you think he raises a good point? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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