Top creative director Alan Horn is Disney's latest senior executive to leave. - New York Times

2021-11-10 05:45:38 By : Mr. Kelvin Shum

On Monday, a senior politician in Hollywood announced his retirement, adding to the shocking changing of the guard ceremony by The Walt Disney Company.

Alan F. Horn, 78, will resign as the chief creative officer of Disney Studios Content on December 31, which includes Marvel, Lucasfilm, Searchlight Pictures, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, and Disney The traditional animation and live-action film business. His position is not expected to be filled.

Mr. Horn said in a statement: “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a place you like. That’s why I do it slowly.” “But under the leadership of Allen Bergman, I believe The incredible studio team will continue to work its magic in the years to come." Mr. Bergman has been a steady hand in the Disney film department since 1996, and last year replaced Mr. Horn as chairman of Disney Studios Content.

Mr. Bergman, 55, called Mr. Horn “one of the most important mentors I have”.

With a new generation of executives coming to power, led by Bob Chapek, who became CEO last year, Mr. Horn’s retirement has exacerbated the brain drain of the world’s largest entertainment company. Although not unexpected, the retirement parade created a sense of anxiety within the conglomerate, which is still recovering from its almost complete closure at the beginning of the pandemic.

Executive Chairman Robert A. Iger will leave in December. Disney's chief attorney Alan N. Braverman and chief public relations officer Zenia B. Mucha plan to leave at about the same time. Other leavers include Jayne Parker, the leader of Human Resources; Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, who run Disney’s art film studio Searchlight; and Gary Marsh, who has long served as director of Disney’s branded television. .

Mr. Horn's entertainment career spanned nearly 50 years. After being squeezed out of a senior position at Warner Bros., he joined Disney in 2012 to make room for a new generation of managers. At Warner, he expertly guided the franchise rights of Harry Potter and Batman, and he formulated a strategy that would eventually sweep Hollywood-focusing on franchise images full of special effects, or "tent poles" that resonated overseas. ".

During his tenure, the growth of Disney's film division was jaw-dropping. In 2012, the global box office revenue of movies released by Disney was approximately US$3.3 billion. In 2019, the studio's ticket sales were 9 billion U.S. dollars.