From this morning's 'Studio Breifing' newletter (http://studiobrf.newshare.com/): EISNER REPORTS NO PROGRESS IN TALKS WITH PIXAR Disney Chairman Michael Eisner acknowledged Tuesday that little progress has been made in contract-renewal negotiations with Pixar Animation Studios and that the two sides remain far apart. Today's (Wednesday) Los Angeles Times said that Eisner conveyed his "sober message" to the company's board of directors, who in turn advised Eisner not to sign a contract with Pixar unless it makes financial sense. Pixar has produced five animated features for Disney, including the recent Finding Nemo, which has earned $335 million -- more than any animated film in history. Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Disney has decided to shut down its animation unit in Japan in an effort to cut costs. The unit was opened 14 years ago and employs 103 people.