Alan Bergman (L) and Alan Horn will attend the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Disney veteran Alan Horn is stepping down as co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, the company announced on Monday.
Horn will continue to serve as Disney’s chief creative officer, while his partner Alan Bergman runs Disney’s Studio Content as sole president, effective Jan 1.
These executive changes occurred less than two months after Disney’s announcement when it was restructuring its media and entertainment divisions to focus more on streaming content.
Horn, 77, and Bergman, 54, have jointly led Disney as co-chairs of the studio group since May 2019. Together the pair have headed and helped lead the integration of Lucasfilm and Fox Film Studios into the Walt Disney family. New era of streaming content for Disney +.
During his tenure, the studio segment produced several records at the box office and released blockbuster hits such as “Frozen,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame”. Highest grossing film.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement, “The achievements of Walt Disney Studios under the leadership of Alan Horn and Alan Bergman are nothing short of extraordinary.”
As chairman, Bergman will oversee creative, production, marketing and operations for Disney’s studio content, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century, Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. He will also oversee Disney’s theatrical productions.
“I am grateful to play the role of president of the studio, because I deeply believe in our people, culture and the work we do,” said Bergman, a 24-year-old Disney veteran.
From 2005 to 2019, Bergman served as president of Walt Disney Studios. In that role, he led the integration of Pixar and Marvel Studios, and released 25 films grossing at least $ 1 billion at the global box office.
Horn, as chief creative officer, will focus on the creative aspects of the studio’s content pipeline. Prior to working for Disney, Horn was president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. from 1999 to 2011.
“It has been an honor to lead Walt Disney Studios over the last eight-plus years,” Horn said. “It’s been an amazing run, and the time seems right to completely shift my focus to our huge creative slate.”
Disney announced about 100 film and TV projects during its annual Investor Day last week, with nearly 80% going directly to Disney +.