Disney announced Monday morning that Alan Bergman is officially taking over for Alan Horn as the Chairman of Walt Disney Pictures, a position Horn has held since 2012. The two Alan’s have been serving as co-chairman since May of 2019. Horn will stay on with the Mouse House as Chief Creative Officer.
The announcement comes as Disney shifts their focus to streaming, committing $14 to $16 billion to Disney Plus over the next four years. Both Bergman and Horn will continue to report to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, and all production studio heads will continue to report in to Bergman and Horn as they oversee big-screen features and Disney+ movies and series.
Under the leadership of Walt Disney’s Chairman & CEO Bob Iger, Horn successfully oversaw the absorption of LucasFilm in 2012 and 20th Century Fox in 2019. Although Marvel Studios and Pixar were already under Mickey’s banner when Horn came on board, the seasoned studio exec too shepherded them to unprecedented box office success.
Horn’s winning streak as a film executive also boasts such worldwide blockbusters as the Harry Potter series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Best Picture Oscar winners The Departed and Million Dollar Baby. and the Ocean’s Eleven series.
What do you make of this news? Are you a fan of what Alan Horn has been able to do in his near-decade’s long run with Disney? How do you feel Alan Bergman will do as his replacement in the age of streaming? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!