Bob Iger, at a television conference in London, off-handedly suggested for the first time in a long time that the Pixar deal may not happen for Disney. I get the impression from the report I read, he practically tilted his head to the side and said, "Whatever, dude."
And so, the Death To Eisner beat dies.
I would guess that you will see a flurry of stories spurred by desperate Miramax staffers followed by the official annoncement of what is probably alreasy a done deal at Miramax/Disney. But Miramax has been out of the true indie business for a while, so the parade of "The Death Of The Indies" stories will ring hollow.
It looks like the revamp at Paramount is about to begin in earnest and while Sherry Lansing is not a potential target for Tom Freston, she may be ready to move on without any help. My guess would be that if Sherry goes, a revamp of all of her departments follows.
After that, the Sony integration of MGM and the 2006 negotiations with Joe Roth and his Revolution Studios becomes the hot story.
And about then, the succession options at Disney could heat up again as outside candidates pile up and start to get some traction with the media as alternative for Iger.
Call me when it's all over...