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Alan Bergman (left) Alan Horn (right)

Alan Bergman Taking Over as Sole Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

Alan Bergman is now the sole chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, taking over the position from Alan Horn. This is just one of many moves in The Walt Disney Company’s major restructuring.

Last year, Bergman was promoted to co-chairman alongside Horn, who gained the additional title of chief creative officer. Prior to this, Bergman was President of The Walt Disney Studios from 2004 to 2019. Horn has been chairman since he joined the company in 2012 and will be remaining with the studio as chief creative officer.

“The Walt Disney Studios’ achievements under the leadership of Alan Horn and Alan Bergman have been nothing short of extraordinary, ” CEO Bob Chapek said. “Having worked closely for years with Alan Bergman, an exceptional leader and proven executive, I couldn’t be more pleased to name him as Chairman. And we are incredibly fortunate to have Alan Horn continue as the Studios’ Chief Creative Officer. Our studios are unmatched in their ability to create incredible cinematic experiences, and with this new structure, we are ensuring a vital continuity of leadership.”

As Chairman, Bergman will oversee creative, production, marketing, and operations for Disney Studios Content, which encompasses the world-renowned production studios Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios, as well as Disney Theatrical Productions.

As Chief Creative Officer, Horn will focus on the creative aspects of the Studios’ content pipeline, working in partnership with Bergman on its creative approach.

“I am grateful to take on the role of Chairman of the Studios as I believe deeply in our people, culture, and the work we do,” said Bergman. “I am also thankful to Bob Iger and Alan Horn for their leadership and the trust they’ve placed in me over the years and to Bob Chapek for his continued support, especially during this challenging year.”

“It has been an honor to lead The Walt Disney Studios over the past eight-plus years,” Horn said, “and I’m so grateful not only to Bob Iger for making it possible in the first place but to the Studios team, whom I find endlessly inspiring – I hope they are all as proud of what we’ve been able to do together as I am. It has been an amazing run, and the time feels right to shift my focus solely to our enormous creative slate. As for our new Studios Chairman, Alan Bergman has been at my side since day one; he has been the best partner imaginable, and the team could be in no better hands.”

This change takes effect on January 1, 2021.

Source: Business Wire

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Tim L
Tim L
9 months ago

Alan Horn has been successfully heading up studios since the mid 1980’s. He went from 20th Century Fox, to Warner Brothers, to Disney, and had giant hits at all 3, but he’s 77 now and this is probably a way for him to retire while handing over Disney to the next guy, keeping him on as Chief Creative Officer is great news though