This excerpt taken from the DIS DEF 14A filed Jan 11, 2006.
Director John Brysons wife, Louise Bryson, serves as PresidentDistribution and Affiliate Business Development for Lifetime Entertainment Television, a cable television programming service in which the Company has an indirect 50% equity interest. Ms. Bryson received an aggregate salary (including car allowance and payments of deferred compensation) of $595,853 for her services with Lifetime during fiscal 2005 and received a bonus of $548,173 in fiscal 2005 with respect to her services in fiscal 2004. She is also eligible for an annual bonus for fiscal 2005, although as of December 31, 2005, no bonus determination for 2005 had been made by Lifetime with respect to Ms. Bryson. By agreement among the Company, Lifetime and Lifetimes other equity owner, The Hearst Corporation, neither the Company nor any of its employees or affiliates participates in any decision making at Lifetime with respect to Ms. Brysons performance or compensation. In addition, as noted above, Lifetime acquired programming and purchased advertising time from, and sold advertising time to, Company subsidiaries, but the Company believes that neither Mr. Bryson nor Ms. Bryson had a material direct or indirect interest in those transactions.
Company President and Chief Executive Officer and Director Robert Igers father-in-law, Eugene Bay, is a principal of
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Eugene Bay Associates, Inc., a marketing company that has been retained by the Companys subsidiary ESPN, Inc. since 1990 (prior to Mr. Igers marriage to Mr. Bays daughter) to provide sports marketing services. Mr. Bays company received a total of $145,820 for services provided during fiscal 2005.
Director George Mitchell is Chairman and a partner of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP (DLA Piper Rudnick), an international law firm. Attorneys who joined that firm during the last fiscal year represented the Company on a minor matter prior to the merger of their firm with DLA Piper Rudnick and are concluding that representation following the merger. The total amount paid to DLA Piper Rudnick by the Company with respect to this matter during fiscal 2005 was less than $2,000.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Companys bylaws and indemnification agreements, fees and other expenses incurred in connection with derivative litigation against current and former Directors relating to the employment agreement with the Companys former president, Michael S. Ovitz, as described in the Companys 2005 Annual Report on Form 10-K, are being advanced on behalf of those Directors by the Company or the Companys insurer. Accordingly, from the beginning of fiscal 2005 through December 31, 2005, the Company advanced (or provided services at the Companys cost in an amount equal to) $4,324,037 for such fees and expenses, including legal fees, relating to the foregoing matters on behalf of such current and former Directors including Michael D. Eisner, George J. Mitchell, Leo J. ODonovan and Gary L. Wilson. Of this amount, $4,181,681 was paid to a law firm representing current and former Directors including Messrs. Mitchell and Wilson and Fr. ODonovan and the remainder was advanced for other related expenses. The Company has been reimbursed by the Companys insurers for a majority of such advances and has submitted or will submit to the insurers demands for reimbursement for the remaining amounts that have been advanced. Additional amounts (not included above) were paid directly by the Companys insurers.