Alan Horn Retiring as Chief Creative Officer of Disney Studios Content
After almost a decade with the company, Alan Horn, 78, is retiring as Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Disney Studios Content effective December 31.
Horn started as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios in 2012. In 2019, Horn was given the CCO title while Alan Bergman became Co-Chairman of Disney Studios Content. Effective January 1 of this year, Bergman took over as the sole Chairman of Disney Studios Content. There are no known plans to replace Horn as various studio heads will continue to report to Bergman.
“It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be able to spend these past 50 years helping creative people tell stories that move, entertain, and connect audiences around the world – and a dream come true to have the chance to do it at Disney, no less,” Horn said. “I’m deeply thankful to Bob Iger for the opportunity he gave me and to Alan Bergman for being an incredible partner throughout this adventure, as well as to Bob Chapek for his steady leadership during these unprecedented times. I also must recognize the extraordinary leaders of our individual studios as well as our business teams and every single one of our fantastic team members. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a place you love, which is why I’ve done it slowly, but with Alan Bergman leading the way, I’m confident the incredible Studios team will keep putting magic out there for years to come.”
“Throughout an illustrious career spanning nearly five decades, Alan has had a profound impact on the entertainment industry and audiences worldwide,” Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, said. “We have been very fortunate to have Alan at the helm of our Studio for nearly a decade, presiding over an unprecedented period of growth and exceptional storytelling, while solidifying his reputation as one of the industry’s true icons. Like so many, I will be forever grateful for his strong support, wise counsel, and enduring friendship.”
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“It has truly been a privilege to work with Alan over the years,” said CEO Bob Chapek. “He’s led an exceptionally talented Studio team that is the best in the industry, creating some of the most beloved and iconic films of our time, and he will forever be a cherished member of our Disney family.”
“Alan Horn is one of a kind, and we were fortunate that he chose to bring his talents to our Studios,” Bergman. “He has been one of the most important mentors I’ve ever had, and we’re both very proud of what we’ve been able to do in our time together at the Studios leading this terrific team. I simply can’t thank him enough.”