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In a surprise decision following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios has moved to shutter the Fox 2000 division run by Elizabeth Gabler. The division recently spearheaded Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” as well as “Love Simon” and “The Hate U Give.” Their next release was Joe Wright’s “Woman in the Window” with Amy Adams and Gary Oldman in October.
A well respected development executive across the industry, Gabler championed mid-range releases that often targeted underserved demos such as African-American, teenage, female and, most recently, gay audiences. That seemed like a perfect fit for Disney’s emphasis on streaming platforms with its upcoming Disney+ service and majority control of Hulu. It was also leaked last October that Fox 2000 was one of the few divisions that would remain intact following the merger. Clearly, things changed.
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