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Disney's Bob Iger: Steve Jobs turned dreams into reality

October 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mention Steve Jobs and images of apple's iPhone, iPod and iPad quickly come to mind.

Jobs died Wednesday at the age of 56. But he left a lasting legacy that also includes movies, helping transform Pixar into a major creative force in the film industry.

"Toy Story" begins the story of Jobs in the movie business. He was in his 30s when he bought a computer-animation studio from George Lucas for $10 million.

Jobs teamed up with The Walt Disney Co. and took the company to infinity and beyond.

Pixar produced one hit after another, including "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo."

In 2003, the company's future with Disney was in trouble. A new contract was not looking so good.

Then Bob Iger took the helm and Disney ended up buying Pixar from Jobs for $7.4 billion in stock, making Jobs Disney's single largest shareholder.

Jobs would join Disney's board of directors and became one of Iger's good friends.

"He believed in his own heart and his own intuition and followed it religiously," Iger said. "He also had an uncanny way of always expecting the impossible to become possible. I've never seen anyone as dedicated to turning dreams and big ideas into reality. He was amazing that way."

While Pixar continued making hits, including "The Incredible" and "Cars," Jobs continued to rev up his creativity in the computer world.

"It wasn't just about designing a device. It was about designing a way for people to use those devices in such meaningful ways and to use them in such accessible ways," Iger said. "Nothing was out of the reach of the people that he made the product for and there was a brilliance to that."

Disney is the parent company of ABC7.


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