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Eisner confirms Disney could buy Henson and Muppets soon

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Mar 19, 2003.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  2. radionate

    radionate New Member

  3. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 New Member

    I think this sounds great, but it is kind of insulting he said they werent worth 100 mill.:grouchy:
  4. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    That's interesting, but they're just off the cuff comments. We already know that stuff is happening between Disney and Henson. It doesn't really give a CLEAR definitive indication whether he is talking about 'Henson' or 'The Muppets' - that just seems to be assumed by Reuters in the headline but the questions seems to have been asked and answered in an informal manner. The point asking whether Disney would be prepared to pay between $100-$200 million is interesting because thats the price you would expect 'The Henson Company' to go for, and $70 million would be a good price for 'The Muppets' brand to go for - so you gotta wonder whether EMTV are just really desperate and are taking an incredibly low price for the Henson Company or whether certain parts of the company are being left out of any possible Disney deal.

    I don't think too much should be read into Eisner commenting on the Muppets - it was at the annual meeting and he was asked by a shareholder about a company aquisition, in that scenario he couldn't really not say what he did. However it does look very good indeed for Disney. It probably all comes down to time now - EMTV need a small amount of money by a deadline, if Disney can get their act together maybe they'll come out the winner, but still time for someone like Valentine to come back in with another co-partnership deal that guarantee's EMTV the money they need.
  5. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

  6. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Guys,

    Finally, Im just anxious for it to happen now !

    I just know that The Muppets will be in good hands with Disney to back em up.
    Then Henson can get back on track, And not have to worry about an unstable company owning them !

    'I want muppets for disney dont you, kermit and mickey wants it too!'

    I never thought id be saying that !

    LOL!

    :zany:

    Throws a Penguin !
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Of course he's low-balling the price. That's what businessmen do and that's what it's all about. I just think it's sad how far they have fallen from the original Disney asking price. I belive the final price will be just under 100 million. ;)
  8. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E New Member

    Disney's Muppets.

    How wierd does that sound? :eek:

    Not my first choice. But at least we won't have any cheap Sabean cursed muppet shows aka Ninja Turtles the television series or the horrid new Power Rangers (As if the original isn't bad enough).
  9. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Well I'm not happy at all.:mad: :grouchy: :cry: :mad: :mad:
  10. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Re: Guys,

    BlueFrackle, you talk like Disney will buy JHC and sink tons of money into it and everything will be the same and happy. Seriously dude, thats being incredibly optimistic - there's about 2% chance of that actually happening. Depends entirely what Disney want out of this - they could just close all the offices and pretty much incorporate the company into their own, or they could split up different parts of it, even just ditch the JHC people and only bring the Muppets out every now and again (depending on how much they pay - if they don't get em cheap likely they'd have to make em work regularly). The current stance hasn't been working at Henson - i think Disney would be even more hardline than EMTV are right now. The Valentine deal was probably the best one by far - there are far more dangers with Disney than Henson not being owned by an instable company - sooner or later with Disney there's a high chance there wouldn't even be a Jim Henson Company in anything but name.

    Seriously, people gotta wake up, it isn't always as straight forward as you might think - especially not when EMTV couldn't find anyone else to buy JHC, there is something about all this that isn't right.
  11. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I completely agree that JHC would somehow be absorbed into Disney. I hope something remains besides the name, but Disney ahould shake some things up because the current state of affairs isn't working for the Muppets. I also hope that they keep the Fox deal in play. ABC is the wrong place for the Muppets. They have such a confused vsion of what their network should be.
  12. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    I've always felt Disney to be a bad choice for JHC. Better than Saban, but still a bad choice. It just means that we're going to end up with more crappy DVDs like Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol.

    I sincerely hope that if Disney acquires the Jim Henson Company that they'll listen to the input of the fans and not just do whatever they please with them. Could you just imagine? Disney could be popping out Muppet Treasure Island 2: Return to an Island Forgotten. It's about Smollett and Benjamina Gunn's two children who head out in search of buried treasure, little do they know that Long John Silver Junior is hot on their trail, and will stop at nothing to get the treasure before them. Oh, my God! If we start getting Muppet cheapquels, and everything Muppet ends up being like Kermit's Swamp Years, I could throw up! :grouchy:
  13. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I agree with ya - that sounds about right for the Henson Company without the Creature Shop attached - but is he lowballing the price or are they planning to pay less for less of the assets ? We just have no clear indication of this.

    I'm also kinda scared Jim Hill is gonna come back to haunt us at MC now that the word 'Disney' has been mentioned again - can't we call it Dizney or something ? We need a codeword. It just creeps me out - last time he got a whiff of this he was posting fake rumors on his site that it would all be announced at EuroDisney to keep the Germans happy. If he offers to write another article for $40 i'll personally pay $50 to not print it - anyone else care to contribute to the campaign fund ?
  14. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Huh? What's up with Jim Hill? What happened?
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Go back to sleep. Nobody's landed. Just kidding. Jim Hill is a contributer to Muppet Central. One of his articles rubbed forum members the wrong way. There was a lot of speculation that some MCers didn't appreciate and thought it marred the names of performers. I certainly don't think that was his intention, but a few people felt that way. It was quite a while ago and we haven't heard boo since so I guess things have moved on.
  16. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Continuing to sound like Zoot, Oh.
  17. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Yeah what Jamie said - other than i agree that what he said in the article in question was not intentional, but it would take a total donkey not to have realised the conotations of what he was implying before he sent it in. Other than that, his articles are pure guesswork and are padded out with stories from the past (like the theme park stuff) when maybe he did have good contacts. I'm not disputing he's probably a nice person but from what i'm aware, the notion that he is still held in high regard at JHC is false. If he is an insider then i will cycle through Hollywood naked with a penguin on my back and do the mambo with Pepe The Prawn !

    :rolleyes:
  18. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    I think I'll come with you. Got nothing better to do.

    Maybe we could take a ride past Britney's house. We could wave and throw confetti!
  19. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Active Member

    Sad irony: I find out that my 7-year dream MAY come true, while at the same time, I'm watching the President talk to the nation.

    Either way, it does seem that Disney is trying to buy Jim Henson Co. for whatever it's worth. What's wrong, Luke? Didn't you want Disney to buy JHC at one point? Not so much expecting it, but supporting it?

    Now, the President has stopped speaking.
  20. foofoocakes

    foofoocakes New Member

    They will:) no wait maybe they wont:grouchy: oh probably they might:crazy: But someone said they heard someone say that it posiibly could happen:excited:

    PLEEEAAASSSEEE!!!!!!!!!!

    Not that I wouldnt buy a ticket to see super scooter naked with a penguin and Pepe. Although we would have to post it at a different websight.:flirt:


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