CEO Bob Iger Announces His #1 Priority at the Walt Disney Company

Bob Iger is BACK at Disney and the initial results of his first few weeks with the Company have been revealed.


On February 8th, 2023, Disney held its first earnings call for fiscal year 2023 where we got an update on just how much Genie+ is helping the parks, sequels in the works for popular film franchises, news about job cuts, an update on Disney+ subscriber numbers, and a look at the massive reorganization taking place within the Company. But with so many things to focus on, just what takes priority on Iger’s list? We found out.

During the earnings call, Iger spoke about one of his biggest priorities, in fact, his “number one priority” — streaming.

Specifically, Iger noted that his priority is at ensuring enduring growth and profitability when it comes to streaming. Disney had previously indicated that they expect Disney+ to become profitable by the end of fiscal year 2024. Iger reaffirmed that expectation during this call.

Disney+ Financial outlook shared at the Investor Day presentation last December ©Disney

He also shared that Disney will be focusing more on its core brands and franchises, which deliver higher returns. He noted that they’d be working to curate entertainment content, reassess certain markets, adjust their global content, adjust their pricing and promotion strategy, and fine-tune their advertising on streaming.

According to Iger, the new organizational structure that has been put in place will help this effort by reestablishing a direct link between the decisions being made about Disney’s content and the financial performance of that content.

Bob Iger ©Reuters

Improving streaming (as well as focusing on a return to shareholders) appears to really be at the top of Iger’s list. He even noted that the “streaming business is the future and has been growing.” And, as we mentioned above, we’re already seeing changes that’ll work toward that effort.

Disney has announced that sequels are in the works for 3 popular films (those could eventually end up on Disney+ one day, improving streaming numbers), and Disney has already implemented organizational changes that’ll adjust the entertainment side of things.


But it’s not as though this focus on streaming means endless spending. Instead, Bob Iger shared, “we want the quality on the screen but we have to look at what it costs us.”

In terms of getting more subscribers, Iger noted that chasing subscribers and being overzealous in terms of promotion and pricing isn’t always necessary. Iger said that they “have to be better at curating the Disney and the Pixar and the Marvel and the Star Wars of it all,” really focusing on the Company’s “core franchises.”


With Disney films taking up several of the TOP spots in terms of the most streamed movies of 2022, it’s no wonder Iger views streaming as the future. So what else is Disney doing to make streaming a success?

  • They’ll be looking at pricing and making sure they’re pricing correctly
  • They’ll also be seeking quality subscribers that are loyal
  • And they’ll be rebalancing marketing on the platform versus marketing of the programs

Disney+ technically lost subscribers in Q1 of FY 2023, compared to the end of Q4 of FY 2022. The Company also reported a $1.053 billion operating loss in its direct-to-consumer division. So there’s a lot of work to be done. Only time will tell whether Disney+ will hit its profitability goals in time and gain more subscribers in the coming months.

We’re continuing to look for more news from Disney’s earnings call and report, so stay tuned for more news.

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4 Replies to “CEO Bob Iger Announces His #1 Priority at the Walt Disney Company”

  1. Iger just announced the firing/laying off/insert euphemism hereof 7000 Disney employees.

    Great Disney saviour, tell me again how Iger is different from Chapek?

    1. Calling Mr. Iger a “Savior” is overkill, he was re-hired for a specific purpose and the Board probably understood there would be things happening to meet the requirements/demands of the Board. Think of this: Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google all laid off a significant number of employees recently. As Bill Clinton in 1992 used this phrase in his presidential campaign, “It’s the economy …!” ( I refuse to use that next word in the quote, I do not like it.) The layoffs are the symptoms and the economy is the root cause of the cuts, that and bad prior management decisions by Mr. Chapek. Sometimes hard decisions must be made in the short-term to bring long-term viability.

  2. “They’ll also be seeking quality subscribers that are loyal”
    Disney had a load of quality loyal park goers until they turned their back on us and cut services while raising prices to help finance the streaming service.

  3. We are actually Hulu Live subscribers, so Disney + is included. However, once again Hulu, like Disney + raised their prices. The only way to “lower” the price which is back to the same price I was paying, was to allow Disney + with commercials. I was fine with that. Well, now since Disney and Roku are not allowing the Roku streaming for Disney + with commercials to happen, I don’t have Disney + on the Roku. Only if I upgrade to the non commercial version can I use the Roku. Disney is so greedy now. So as of this month, I will be dropping Hulu Live, Disney +, and streaming with a different company. I already cut our Disney trips years ago when the non stop scheduling, over crowding happened, and went to their competitor. Now this too. They are out of touch in my opinion. And until they get back in touch with providing this consumer with an experience to remember for the amount of money I was paying, they will not get my business.