Alan Bergman (L) and Alan Horn attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The entertainment legend Alan Horn reduces his duties at the Disney Company. The 77-year-old manager is stepping down as co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, but remains the company’s chief creative officer.
His partner Alan Bergman will be the only Chariman to lead Disney’s studio content from January 1st.
These executive changes come less than two months after Disney announced it would be restructuring its media and entertainment departments to focus more on content streaming.
The couple have been running Hollywood’s highest-revenue studio since May 2019, when Bergman was named co-chair and Horn added the chief creative officer to his résumé.
Horn, who has over 50 years of experience in the industry, is one of the most respected personalities in Hollywood. His departure from the role of chairman of the studios follows a similar path to former CEO Bob Iger, who is now focused on the creative side of Disney’s business.
Prior to Disney, Horn was President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros. from 1999 to 2011. While at the company, the studio released the Harry Potter films and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Horn also produced all three Hobbit films for the company.
Horn was forced into retirement by then-Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes so the company could attract younger talent to take on in the studio. In 2012, Bob Iger, then Disney CEO, lured Horn out of retirement to become chairman of Walt Disney Studios. In 2019, Bergman was hired as its co-chair with the expectation that he would take on the role in the future.
“It has been an honor to lead Walt Disney Studios for the past eight years,” said Horn. “It’s been a great run and it’s time to focus solely on our tremendous creative development.”
Disney announced around 100 film and television projects on its annual investor day last week, with around 80% going directly to Disney +.
That content, which includes franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar, is now in the hands of Bergman, a 24-year veteran of the company.
As sole chairman, he will oversee the creative, production, marketing and operations for Disney’s studio content, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century, Searchlight Pictures and Blue Sky Studios. He will also oversee Disney’s theatrical productions.
“I’m grateful to be chairman of the studios because I have a strong belief in our people, our culture and our work,” said Bergman.
Bergman was President of Walt Disney Studios from 2005 to 2019. In that role, he led the Pixar and Marvel Studios integrations and released 25 films totaling at least $ 1 billion at the global box office.