Bergman takes over as head of Disney studio

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I have every confidence that Alan will guide us into the future making sure that The Walt Disney Studios remains in the forefront of the entertainment industry,” Cook said in a statement released by the studio. “Alan is not only a terrific leader but a great friend, and I’m pleased to recognize him with this well deserved promotion.” Bergman is credited for drafting the studio’s settlement earlier this year with Miramax Films founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who severed ties with Disney after a few tumultuous years. A scaled-down Miramax remains a specialty division of Disney which, as part of the negotiations, kept Miramax’s valuable 800-film library. Miramax is also among the divisions that now report to Bergman. He has also worked on various film financing deals including a recently completed deal to finance a number of live-action films over the next several years. The company has made clear that it intends to spend far less overall on its live-action films. Disney is having its best box office run of the year now with a stellar opening last weekend for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which had grossed $74.2 million as of Tuesday, its fifth day of release. BURBANK – Alan Bergman was named president of Walt Disney Studios on Wednesday, assuming a title that has not been used at the studio for several years. Bergman will oversee strategy and operations for all of the studios’ business units, including distribution, marketing, international and theatrical productions. “I’m pretty excited and fortunate to work for a great company and a great team at the studio,” said Bergman, who had most recently been executive vice president and chief financial officer of the studio. In making the announcement, Walt Disney Pictures Chairman Dick Cook called Bergman “the quintessential strategist” when it comes to exploring new business ventures and overseeing Disney’s operational initiatives. The success of “Narnia” as well as fall hits “Flightplan” and “Chicken Little” are making up somewhat for what had been a lackluster year at the domestic box office for the usually dominant Disney. As part of his new role, Bergman said he will try to take advantage of new technologies and develop new distribution channels as the studio works to grow its business domestically and internationally, eyeing such countries as China, India and Russia. “It’s really trying to take advantage of these technologies, the overall economics of the business and trying to position us for long-term growth,” he said. “The business continues to evolve and we just want to make sure we position ourselves and take advantage of the changes.” Bergman joined The Walt Disney Co. in 1996 as a director in the corporate controllership group and held several corporate executive positions before joining the studio in 2001 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He was promoted to executive vice president the following year. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 [email protected]!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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