Ever since Bob Iger was replaced with Bob Chapek several high up Disney executives have been moved around or have left. Now Alan Horn, Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, is retiring from the House of Mouse.
Horn, 78, announced his retirement on October 11, 2021 and will remain until December 31, 2021. Alan Bergman, who is currently Disney Studios Content Chairman, will replace Horn. Good news for employees who can call them both Alan and don’t have to learn a new name.
Bergman will not receive the title of Chief Creative Officer but will remain Content Chairman and the various studio heads like Peter Docter, Kevin Feige, Kathleen Kennedy, and others.
Horn released this statement:
“It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be able to spend these past 50 years helping creative people tell stories that move, entertain, and connect audiences around the world – and a dream come true to have the chance to do it at Disney, no less. I’m deeply thankful to Bob Iger for the opportunity he gave me and to Alan Bergman for being an incredible partner throughout this adventure, as well as to Bob Chapek for his steady leadership during these unprecedented times. I also must recognize the extraordinary leaders of our individual studios as well as our business teams and every single one of our fantastic team members. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a place you love, which is why I’ve done it slowly, but with Alan Bergman leading the way, I’m confident the incredible Studios team will keep putting magic out there for years to come.”
His replacement Alan Bergman offered this comment:
“Alan Horn is one of a kind, and we were fortunate that he chose to bring his talents to our Studios. He has been one of the most important mentors I’ve ever had, and we’re both very proud of what we’ve been able to do in our time together at the Studios leading this terrific team. I simply can’t thank him enough.”
The Bob’s also had statements in regards to Horn’s exit from Disney:
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said:
Finally, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger stated:
“Throughout an illustrious career spanning nearly five decades, Alan has had a profound impact on the entertainment industry and audiences worldwide. We have been very fortunate to have Alan at the helm of our Studio for nearly a decade, presiding over an unprecedented period of growth and exceptional storytelling, while solidifying his reputation as one of the industry’s true icons. Like so many, I will be forever grateful for his strong support, wise counsel, and enduring friendship.”
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