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Corporate Culture at merged Marvel/Disney
« on: August 20, 2012, 07:35:43 am »
curious..  there's also an anecdote about three black female execs who were let go..

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/34fe39a6-e79f-11e1-8686-00144feab49a.html#axzz246HDTWyP


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A racial remark allegedly made by Mr Perlmutter to Mr Mooney was also relayed to senior Disney managers, the FT was told by people familiar with the account. Mr Perlmutter is said to have detailed efforts to cut costs at Marvel, including a switch in actors in the sequel to Iron Man.

The first movie featured an African-American actor, Terrence Howard, as Colonel Jim Rhodes. Don Cheadle, another African-American actor, was hired for the same part in the sequel at a cheaper price.

Mr Perlmutter apparently told Mr Mooney the change cut costs. He allegedly added words to the effect that no one would notice because black people “look the same”.

Disney and Mr Perlmutter declined to comment on the allegations. A person close to Mr Perlmutter disputed the account.

Separately, a Marvel spokesperson said in a statement: “Mr Perlmutter and all of Marvel have a long record of diversity in the workplace and on movie sets around the world as evidenced by both Mr Perlmutter’s own history and Marvel’s management team.”

People who filed statements with Disney’s human resources department say managers were cautious about the claims.

“They just said they would talk to Ike and tell him to watch how he talked to people,” says one person with knowledge of the investigation. “People at Marvel were used to it but people at Disney weren’t.”
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Re: Corporate Culture at merged Marvel/Disney
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 09:39:05 am »
They won't touch him as long as he has power and makes money. I've seen that over and over again at the corporations where I've worked. If he screw up though, they'll use all that as reason to oust him...if you can oust a major stockholder.
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Re: Corporate Culture at merged Marvel/Disney
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 03:32:32 pm »
curious..  there's also an anecdote about three black female execs who were let go..

Thanks for the link. I wondered what was going on there...
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 03:43:20 pm »
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Re: Corporate Culture at merged Marvel/Disney
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 05:10:49 am »
Interesting. Seems the lawyer makes a living off Disney.
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