That growth would be driven by growing digital revenues, Iger said, as Disney took more content direct to consumers, and its most popular franchises returned to the big screen.
This rare projection for a company that usually steers clear of sharing any outlook, which comes after the company reported a 4th quarter that fell short of Wall Street expectations on both the top and bottom line - a result Disney attributed partly to the confusing addition of a 53rd week in the prior year.
"We want our investors to know that fiscal 2017 is going to be an anomaly," said Iger, citing higher costs at ESPN due to a new NBA contract, and tough comparisons to the company's record box office on the back of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Disney's future, Iger explained, was in bringing its valuable brands and their premium content to consumers in new, digital ways, with a key part of that being Disney's acquisition of streaming video technology BAM Tech. When Disney launches the new ESPN services that are currently in the works, they'll gather more information about their viewers, to make ads more targeted and valuable.
But in the meantime, ESPN must continue to deal with a declining number of subscribers.
In the face of persistent concerns about ESPN, Iger defended the business, saying when accounting for the tough comparisons, "it was a very strong quarter of a phenomenal year."