Disney, Facebook And Twitter Are Having Trouble Avoiding Conflicts

Facebook COO Sherly Sandberg won't be seeking re-election on the Walt Disney Co. board

Facebook COO Sherly Sandberg won't be seeking re-election on the Walt Disney Co. board

In its annual proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Disney said Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg would not be renominated to serve on its board.

Disney is moving heavily into online delivery of its TV shows and movies as viewers abandon traditional cable, and at one point had explored an acquisition of Twitter.

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"Given our evolving businesses and the businesses of Ms. Sandberg and Mr. Dorsey are in, it has become increasingly hard for them to avoid conflicts relating to Boad matters, and they are not standing for re-election", Disney said in a statement.

Disney said the reasoning behind their departures are due to potential conflicts of interest that may arise as media and technology continue to merge.

The changes would leave the Disney board with one fewer director than a year ago as it pushes its proposed $52.4-billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox Inc. Facebook live-streamed 15 college-football games in 2017 in a deal with Stadium, a digital sports broadcaster.

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Facebook has escalated efforts around video programming, a lucrative growth area for the company's advertising business, which brought in $10.1 billion previous year. Twitter also has a partnership with Bloomberg LP.

At the same time, Disney is becoming more like a tech company.

Two new members will step.

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The two vacancies will be filled by Safra Catz, Oracle Corp.'s co-chief executive, and Illumina Inc. The 66-year-old is now scheduled to leave the company in 2021, the fourth time the company postponed his planned retirement date.

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