As most of this year’s Oscars displayed, there are few things that Hollywood loves more than a big show. Now Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. are officially on board with what could be one of the biggest spectacles of the next decade: the 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles.
With Disney boss Bob lger having joined the board as Vice-Chair of the Casey Wasserman-led effort for the City of Angels’ third Olympic Games back in June, the presence of the House of Mouse is no surprise. However, it was revealed today that LA 2024’s board now will include WB chief Kevin Tsujihara, NBCUniversal Film head honcho Jeff Shell and Fox princeling James Murdoch. Along with serving as consultants to the city’s bid process and engaging in undefined creative “partnerships,” all three studios also are putting their money were their execs are. Disney, Fox, NBCU and WB have come on as significant donors to attempt to bring the summer games to L.A. seven years from now.
“We want to amplify the unique power of L.A.’s storytellers to promote the Games like never before and to capture the imagination of a generation,” Wasserman noted in a statement today.
Now that Budapest has withdrawn from the running for the 2024 sports shindig, the chances of the home of Hollywood getting the gig are 50-50 with Paris as the only contender. (Rome dropped out of contention last year.) IOC members will be coming out west in late April to see our town for themselves before making a final decision on September 13.
“Walt Disney once said, ‘Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future,'” Iger said Tuesday as part of the process to use Tinseltown talent and tech in securing the games for L.A. “It is a philosophy that guides the Walt Disney Company today, and a philosophy that is fundamental to every aspect of the L.A. 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games concept.”
Added NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer: “With the city’s creative talent and imaginative storytellers, L.A. can bring excitement to the Olympic Movement and inspire future generations. Our diverse city is the perfect setting for a global audience to experience the Summer Games.” Warner Bros’ Tsujihara said, “We are delighted to support L.A. 2024 and contribute our storytelling and technical expertise to help design an unbelievable Games experience that will capture the imagination of the next generation.”
For those of you who like your stats exact: L.A. hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Games to great success.