Ellen Horn, long-time film director, will retire from Disney

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Alan Horn, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of The Walt Disney Company, attended the 2019 D23 Expo.

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Alan Horn helped Walt Disney Studios become the most powerful film studio in Hollywood. His 50-year career has influenced people from “When Harry Met Sally…” to “The Dark Knight” Movie, he is about to retire.

Disney announced on Monday that Horne, the 78-year-old chief creative officer of Disney Studios content, will step down at the end of this year. Prior to this, he had been operating for nine consecutive years, which coincided with one of the most profitable periods for all studios. Horn previously served as co-chairman and was responsible for overseeing blockbuster films that earned billions in box office from the studio, including Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar, Disney Animation, and the 20th Century Studios after Disney acquired Fox.

“Allen has had a profound impact on the global entertainment industry and audiences,” Disney executive chairman Bob Eagle said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to have Alan at the helm of our studio for nearly a decade. He has led an unprecedented period of growth and extraordinary storytelling, while cementing his reputation as one of the true icons of the industry. Like many people, I will become Forever thank him for his strong support, wise advice and lasting friendship.”

Although Horn’s departure was expected, it exacerbated the leadership turnover after Bob Chapeck succeeded Iger as CEO. Iger will leave on December 31. While the reorganization was underway, Disney’s film business, like all studios’ businesses, was reorganized during the pandemic. Several of Disney’s biggest films have moved to its streaming platform Disney+, but the studio recently stated that it will resume theater screenings of all remaining films this year.

Horn is a widely respected executive who is known for his calm and calm work in large budget management. He previously worked for Warner Bros. for a long time, including overseeing the “Harry Potter” movie. After taking over the Disney film division in 2012, the studio released 20 movies with a box office of more than $1 billion.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a place you like. That’s why I finished it slowly, but under the leadership of Alan Bergman, I believe this incredible studio team will Continue to perform magic there for the next few years,” Horn said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Bergman succeeded Horne as chairman after co-chairing with Horne.

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