Alan Horn Named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios
Alan Horn, who spent a dozen years at Warner Bros., was today named chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective June 11.
Horn will oversee worldwide operations for Disney Studios, including production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar and Marvel, as well as marketing and distribution for DreamWorks Studios films released under the Touchstone Pictures banner.
Disney’s music and theatrical divisions will also report to Horn, whose film and television industry career has included overseeing creative executive teams responsible for the “Harry Potter” film franchise and the hit television series “Seinfeld.”
“Alan not only has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the business, he has a true appreciation of movie making as both an art and a business,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. “He’s earned the respect of the industry for driving tremendous, sustained creative and financial success, and is also known and admired for his impeccable taste and integrity.”
Horn said he was “incredibly excited” about joining “one of the most iconic and beloved entertainment companies in the world.”
“I love the motion picture business and look forward to making a contribution as part of Bob Iger’s team working closely with the dedicated and talented group at the studio,” he said.
Horn was most recently president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he had oversight of the studio’s theatrical and home entertainment operations, including the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Premiere (direct-to-platform production), Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures (live stage) and Warner Home Video.
Films released during his tenure are
All eight titles in the “Harry Potter” series were released during his tenure, along with the second and third “Matrix” films, the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins.”
Horn is also an executive producer of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Before joining Warner Bros., Horn co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment, where, as chairman and CEO, he oversaw the creation of such films as “A Few Good Men,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers,” along with “Seinfeld.”
The onetime U.S. Air Force captain also did stints as president and COO of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and as chairman and CEO of Embassy Communications.
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