Disney is preparing for further strikes as employees express dissatisfaction with CEO Bob Chapek.

The standoff between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is far from over. And Disney is the state’s largest private-sector employer, so this is a battle between giants that DeSantis is clearly celebrating as he plans to run for president.

Pending: Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” bans classroom teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity until fourth grade. Disney CEO Bob Chapek first tiptoed around the bill, pilloried it, and then publicly criticized the bill after it was passed by the state legislature. Capek apologized to the LGBT staff, but his words did little to bring down the temperature. Some employees staged short strikes last week before “full day trip” should take place on Tuesday.
How many will participate? Nobody knows. “It’s not clear if it’ll draw a crowd” among studio employees, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. wrote“because only a small part of the employees started working on the site.”
But earlier strikes have drawn a lot of attention and “the act of protest will end” on Tuesday, the AP’s Mike Schneider said. put it down. Three new stories have an outstanding understanding of this issue…

Čapek’s decision backfired

Robbie Whelan of the WSJ, Erich Schwarzel and Joe Flint did the job. it’s lead:

“At the beginning of the year, Capek made a decision: Disney will not interfere in politics. The strategy was partly intended to help the entertainment giant avoid the cultural clashes between executives and employees that have plagued many companies in recent years, the sources say. with his thinking. Instead, it backfired.”

Chapek’s mishandling of the Florida fight “managed to offend both progressives who wanted the company to do and say more to fight the bill and conservatives who wanted Disney out of the debate and now say they’re bowing to liberals.” promoters in their activities. ranks.”

>> Chapek’s contract is set to be renewed next February, which is why “several current and former Disney executives have called the next 11 months a critical period for the CEO,” the WSJ team says. added

View from Florida

CNN’s all-politics Florida expert, Steve Contorno, has released a great new story about how the dispute with Disney further solidified DeSantis’ position in the Republican Party. It also “revealed a growing chasm between the current generation of Republican leaders and the corporations that have traditionally fawned over the Republican Party,” Contorno wrote…

>> Christopher Miles, a Miami-based GOP consultant, told Contorno that watching the Florida governor go after Disney was “not the world I expected to live in a couple of years ago.” But DeSantis, like Donald Trump, has gained popularity, contrary to popular belief…

Capek and Eiger at odds

In media insider circles, the #1 weekend reading was by Alex Sherman. history for CNBC about the row between Chapek and his predecessor, Bob Iger. It’s a split that now “looms over Disney’s future.”

After the Florida fiasco, several Disney employees called Iger to “express their disappointment in Chapek,” Sherman said. But “while public controversy makes headlines, it’s likely that Chapek’s internal changes, and how successful they become, will determine his future as Disney CEO.”

One of the key changes is the promotion of Karim Daniel, who is in charge of profit and loss for Disney’s media and entertainment business. Daniel has “one of the most powerful positions ever created in the media,” Sherman wrote. Daniel has not given any interviews since his October 2020 promotions. Read all about internal intrigue here…

Minutes of Silence on ESPN

On Friday, we noted that ESPN announcers Carolyn Peck and Courtney Lyle showed solidarity with their colleagues by going silent for two minutes at the start of the NCAA Women’s Tournament. During Sunday’s tournament coverage, they did so again, remaining silent “for about two minutes while the South Carolina Gamecocks and Miami Hurricanes signaled,” according to Analys Bailey. USA Today.
“Announcers Stephanie White and Pam Ward also observed a moment of silence during Saturday’s game in Connecticut,” Bailey added. and El Duncan mentioned strikes on the air on Friday…

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