Iger, who’s for years been among America’s highest-paid executives, stands to reap an even larger windfall if investors and regulators approve the company’s deal with Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc.
The new contract expanded the types of workers who could be subject to random drug tests. It also added extra language giving managers the right to ``supervise, and control the manner, means and details by which employees perform their work duties as well as the ends to be accomplished.''
Disney and Comcast want to add to their own entertainment businesses with Fox's well-known TV shows and movie franchises, like the "X-Men" superheroes and "The Simpsons," to better compete with fast-growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.
John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Co.'s animation chief, will step down at the end of the year after acknowledging ``missteps'' in his behavior with staff members.
The lawsuit also seeks "any related antitrust enforcement efforts by the DOJ, to find out whether the president or his administration is improperly interfering with the independence of the DOJ out of favoritism for a political ally."
Disney will also have a larger role to play in the Indian film industry, where it has invested in the past through UTV. The company could plan to return to the local language market, at present Disney has been promoting Hollywood movies in India.
Walt Disney Co will send "Star Wars" characters into the realm of augmented reality next week to draw fans into stores as they release new merchandise tied to upcoming movie the "The Last Jedi," the company said in a statement.