Disney Ups Alan Bergman to Chairman of Studio Operations; Alan Horn Continues as Chief Creative Officer

The Walt Disney Co. Dec. 21 named Alan Bergman chairman of Disney Studios Content, with Alan Horn continuing as the division’s chief creative officer, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Horn and Bergman have jointly led studio operations since May 2019. Both report to CEO Bob Chapek.

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.

Alan Bergman

Horn will focus on the creative aspects of the studios’ content pipeline, working in partnership with Bergman on its creative approach.

“Having worked closely for years with Alan Bergman … I couldn’t be more pleased to name him as chairman,” Chapek said in a statement. “And we are incredibly fortunate to have Alan Horn continue as the 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.”

The leads of each production studio will continue to report both to Bergman and Horn on creative matters, including Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios; Robert Baird, co-president of Blue Sky Studios; Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production; Pete Docter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios; Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and chief creative officer of Marvel; Stephen Gilula, chairman of Searchlight Pictures; Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm; Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios; and Nancy Utley, chairman of Searchlight Pictures; as will Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions.

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Bergman is a 24-year veteran of Disney. Prior to being named co-chairman in 2019, he served as president of The Walt Disney Studios from 2005 to 2019. He played a leading role in the integrations of Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and the 21st Century Fox film studios. His tenure at Walt Disney Studios has included the release of 25 films that have earned at least $1 billion at the global box office.

Alan Horn

Horn joined Disney from Warner Bros. in 2012 when he was named chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, becoming co-chairman and chief creative officer in 2019. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Horn is one of the industry’s most influential and respected executives. During his Warner career, the studio became the top-performer at the global box office seven times and released numerous critically acclaimed films and box office hits including the “Harry Potter” series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Departed, Million Dollar Baby, and the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy. He co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment, where as chairman from 1987 to 1999 he oversaw a diverse collection of popular, acclaimed film and TV properties including A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, When Harry Met Sally, and “Seinfeld.” He also served as chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation from 1985 to 1986 after getting his start in the media business in 1973 at Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio’s Embassy Communications, where he ultimately held the role of chairman and CEO.

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