But several weeks ago, in the midst of rumors that Apple was
close to announcing a deal with Disney, Wal-Mart’s David Porter
— the executive responsible for stocking the retailer’s shelves
with DVDs and CDs and whose influence is so immense in
Tinseltown that he’s been named to Premiere magazine’s annual
power list — made the rounds of Hollywood studios.
His message, according to a studio exec involved in the
discussions: that there would be “serious ramifications” if the
studios hopped in bed with Apple.
“They threatened to hurt us in terms of buying less products,”
said this person.
Scared of some competition, apparently.