By the way... even though I am laughing about the "reporting" going on around Stanley Gold and Roy Disney's whining about the lack of a serious search for someone than Bob Iger to replace Michael Eisner at Disney, they are right. There is no serious search for an Eisner replacement at Disney.
But what make me laugh is the idea that this is anything but business as usual for any corporation. As Eisner regained his power base enough to even say the words "Bob Iger" as his successor without being mocked, he also gained the power to withstand this kind of lightweight backbiting.
To the winner, comes the spoils. That is war. That is business. Deal with it.
And ironically, the lack of interest within Disney to make a change as significant as the one that was made when Eisner was hired is also a reason why a candidate as serious as Peter Chernin could be will be hard to get. Why would Chernin go to Disney to maintain what's been built? He's doing that at Fox and making more money than he ever would at Disney.
On the other hand, changes at Paramount/Viacom and Sony are indicators of seismic shifts much like the one that first brought Eisner into Mouse control. Eisner & Co. started attacking their weaknesses a couple of years ago and its starting to pay some dividends. And so, the continuation of the status quo instead of a shake-up had the support it needs.
And here's a topper - if New Miramax turns out to be more New Line/Dimension than Old Miramax, that could be a huge success story that other studios would try to emulate... just as they try to emulate Searchlight now. And as for that job... DeLuca has more movies in play at Sony since he arrived four months ago than he had the entire time at DreamWorks. He's tan, rested and ready. And as long as he doesn't get Snow White to smear her lipstick...