Considered one of Hollywood’s senior statesmen introduced his retirement on Monday, including to a startling altering of the guard on the Walt Disney Firm.
Alan F. Horn, 78, will step down on Dec. 31 as chief artistic officer of Disney Studios Content material, a division that features Marvel, Lucasfilm, Searchlight Photos, Pixar, twentieth Century Studios and Disney’s conventional animation and live-action film operations. His place isn’t anticipated to be stuffed.
“It’s by no means simple to say goodbye to a spot you’re keen on, which is why I’ve finished it slowly,” Mr. Horn mentioned in a press release. “However with Alan Bergman main the best way, I’m assured the unimaginable Studios workforce will hold placing magic on the market for years to come back.” Mr. Bergman, a gentle hand at Disney’s film division since 1996, succeeded Mr. Horn as chairman of Disney Studios Content material final yr.
Mr. Bergman, 55, known as Mr. Horn “probably the most vital mentors I’ve ever had.”
Mr. Horn’s retirement provides to mind drain on the world’s largest leisure firm as a brand new era of executives rise to energy — led by Bob Chapek, who turned chief government final yr. Whereas not surprising, the parade of retirements has contributed to an unsettled feeling contained in the conglomerate, which continues to be recovering from an virtually full shutdown in the course of the early a part of the pandemic.
Robert A. Iger, the chief chairman, is decamping in December. Alan N. Braverman, Disney’s prime lawyer, and Zenia B. Mucha, its chief communications officer, plan to go away across the identical time. Different departures have included Jayne Parker, who led human sources; Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, who ran Searchlight, Disney’s artwork movie studio; and Gary Marsh, a longtime Disney-branded tv government.
Mr. Horn’s leisure profession has spanned practically 50 years. He joined Disney in 2012 after being squeezed out of a senior position at Warner Bros. to make room for a brand new era of managers. At Warner, the place he expertly steered the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, he solid a method that in the end swept by Hollywood — specializing in effects-filled franchise photos, or “tent poles,” that resonate abroad.
The expansion at Disney’s film division below his tenure was jaw-dropping. In 2012, Disney-distributed films collected about $3.3 billion on the world field workplace. In 2019, the studio generated $9 billion in ticket gross sales.