Robert Iger

Executive
This television executive, long with ABC, worked his way up through their sports division and was ultimately appointed president of ABC Entertainment. Among the series introduced during Iger's tenure are "Doogie Howser ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This television executive, long with ABC, worked his way up through their sports division and was ultimately appointed president of ABC Entertainment. Among the series introduced during Iger's tenure are "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Family Matters," "Home Improvement" and "America's Funniest Home Videos." Iger is, however, likely to better remembered for some time as the man who in 1991 canceled "Twin Peaks," "China Beach," "thirtysomething," and "Equal Justice," all series which engendered fierce loyalty from their modest-sized but faithful viewers. In January 1993 he assumed the mantle of president of the ABC Network Group and two months later became senior vice president of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Continuing his rise through the corporate structure, Iger assumed the position of president and COO of Capital Cities/ABC in September 1994. Surviving the buyout of ABC by Disney, he retained his title of president. In February 1999, Iger moved to the newly created post of chair of the ABC Group, retaining overall responsibility for ABC as well as assuming the position of president of Walt Disney International, managing the parent company's activities outside the USA. He was given the mandate to coordinate Disney's global products and services and would be accountable for the individual managers in each region or country. It was move that Disney chair Michael Eisner said was meant to "give [Iger] much more experience and make him a stronger executive." The appointment also fueled speculation that Iger was being groomed as Eisner's eventual successor and, sure enough, in January 2000, he was named as president and chief operating officer, the number two man behind Eisner. Iger eventually succeeded Eisner as chief executive of Disney in 2005, and became the company's Chairman in 2012. In his new role as Chairman and CEO, Iger set out to widen the company's ownership of popular franchises, thus leading Disney in its purchases of Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm, in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

Relationships

Willow Bay Actor

Wife

Arthur Iger

Father
former executive vice president of Greenvale Marketing Corporation taught at New York Institute of Technology

Mimi Iger

Mother

Amanda Iger

Daughter
born c. 1983 mother, Iger's first wife

Kate Iger

Daughter
born c. 1980 mother, Iger's first wife

Robert Iger

Son
born on November 3, 1998 mother, Willow Bay

EDUCATION

Ithaca College

Ithaca , New York
graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2012

Became Chairman of The Walt Disney Company

2012

Broadened Disney's character franchises by acquiring Lucasfilm

2009

Led the company to acquire Marvel Entertainment

2006

Oversaw Disney's acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios

2005

Succeeded Michael Eisner as chief executive of The Walt Disney Company

2000

Promoted to president and chief operating officer of Walt Disney Company

1999

Appointed to newly created post of chairman of the ABC Group and president of Walt Disney International (February)

1996

Named president, ABC

1994

Appointed president and chief operating officer of Capital Cities/ABC

1993

Elected senior vice president of Capital Cities/ABC Inc. in August

1992

Appointed president of the ABC Television Network Group in December; named Ted Harbert his successor as head of ABC Entertainment

1991

Made claim that "a network" would eventually program fewer hours, dump low-rated shows and give airtime back to affiliates; later stated that remarks were blown out of proportion and that he wanted to send a message to spendthrift TV producers

1989

Named president of ABC Entertainment in March

1988

Appointed executive vice president, ABC Network Group

1987

Appointed vice president, programming, for ABC Sports and manager and director for ABC's "Wide World of Sports"

1985

Named vice president in charge of program planning and development as well as scheduling and rights acquisitions for all ABC Sports properties

1976

Moved to ABC sports; directed programming for "ABC's Wide World of Sports"

1974

Joined ABC as studio supervisor in New York

Held eight successive positions with ABC Sports between 1976 and 1985

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