On Wednesday it was announced that Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman has been promoted to co-chairman of the studio where he will work alongside Alan Horn, the other man who holds the title.
In addition to his current responsibilities as co-chairman of Disney Studios, Horn has been bumped up to Chief Creative Officer.
Together, Bergman and Horn will report to Disney CEO Bob Iger and oversee Disney’s film, music and theater departments as well as global marketing, distribution, communications and human resources.
Bergman will continue to oversee the studio’s business groups, including operations, technology, business and legal affairs, labor relations and finance.
Bob Iger in a statement during the announcement said:
“Seven years ago, I had the good fortunate of hiring Alan Horn as chairman of our studios, and since then, our studio entertainment group has delivered creative excellence and tremendous box office success.”
“Alan Bergman’s leadership has also been key to making our Studios the gold standard of the industry. The new ‘co-chair’ structure formally recognizes the powerful partnership behind one of the most successful eras in our studios’ history and ensures we remain focused on creating extraordinary entertainment experiences for audiences around the world.”
The co-chair restructuring of Disney’s film division comes at a time when the Mouse House is set to expand their output of content. In addition to their record-breaking theatrical releases, the company is launching Disney+, a direct-to-consumer streaming service, later this year. The platform will feature hours of content from day one, including plenty of original films and television series.
Disney+ launches November 12, 2019.
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