palace intrigue at disney

One of the most confounding media business stories in recent memory is the sudden departure of Tom Staggs from Disney. Leading this great palace intrigue piece from the NYT is the story of then-CFO Staggs performing the Heimlich maneuver on CEO Bob Iger in the company boardroom in 2003:

Thomas O. Staggs, then the chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Company, was having lunch with Robert A. Iger and other high-ranking Disney executives in 2003 in the company’s boardroom when food lodged in Mr. Iger’s windpipe.

With Mr. Iger struggling to breathe and turning red, another executive started pounding his back, to no effect. Mr. Staggs leapt up, and applied the Heimlich maneuver so forcefully that he broke one of Mr. Iger’s ribs. Out popped a piece of chicken.

Stanley P. Gold, then a Disney director, sent Mr. Staggs a note: “You’re a hero.”

disney, marvel to boycott georgia over discrimination law

In the wake of this and the North Carolina news, nice to see big names taking a stand:

“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a Disney spokesman said on Wednesday.