The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) named its new board of directors for the coming fiscal year (Aug. 1 â€“ July 31), while announcing that its chairman, Bob Chapek, was stepping down.
Chapek, who was the groupâ€™s president before being elected as its chairman in 2007, advanced at Disney late last year to become the studioâ€™s distribution president. Lori MacPherson, EVP and GM of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, joins the DEG as Disneyâ€™s board representative.
TWICE notes that four of the DEGâ€™s five-member executive committee were re-elected, with David Bishop of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment joining the committee as VP. Remaining on the executive committee are: Ron Sanders of Warner Home Video, president; Craig Kornblau of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, VP; Mike Dunn of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, secretary; and Eisuke Tsuyuzaki of Panasonic, CFO.
Companies joining the trade group include A&E Television Networks, Amazon.com, IMAX Corp., RealD, Samsung Electronics, SRS Labs, Testronics, and Verance.
Some five months after the ouster of longtime marketing president Jim Gallagher, Walt Disney Studios has found his successor: advertising executive MT Carney.
The Wrap reports that Carney, a founding partner of communications agency Naked Communications New York, is a Hollywood outsider — consistent with studio chairman Rich Rossâ€™ aim to bring a fresh marketing perspective to Disney. The appointment completes an executive restructuring that saw Ross promote former home entertainment president Bob Chapek to head distribution across theatrical, pay TV, and digital platforms as well. By TheWrap
Disney domestic home entertainment GM Lori MacPherson adds worldwide responsibilities as executive VP and GM of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. MacPherson reports to Bob Chapek, who recently was elevated from home entertainment president to studio distribution president, with oversight of theatrical and home entertainment releasing. By The Hollywood Reporter
Bob Chapek, president of Walt Disney’s home entertainment division, is named the studio’s new president of distribution, as Disney continues its executive reorganization. By TheWrap