Disney Clarifies Film Leadership After Harrowing Day of Fox Layoffs

Variety | 3/21/2019 | Matt Donnelly
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Following the dismissal of top executives in distribution, marketing and strategy on Thursday, new 20th Century Fox owner Disney has clarified its new top leadership.

Five distinct Fox labels and a portion of their leadership have been welcomed into the Disney fold, the company said. This includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, and Blue Sky Studios.

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The Elizabeth Gabler-run imprint Fox 2000 will be shuttered, Variety previously reported earlier in the day, though the late Thursday announcement from Disney noted Gabler will continue on through “the completion of the current slate.” Animation label Blue Sky Studios is expected to complete the release of two films in production, Variety reported last year, though its fate after that point is unknown.

Remaining studio leadership at labels like Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel remains unchanged. Fox Film lost a series of top leaders in marketing, distribution and digital strategy as part of the earliest stages of reorganization for the two media titans.

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The Disney film leadership, all of which reports to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, is as follows:

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Twentieth Century Fox will continue to be led by Vice Chairman, Twentieth Century Fox Film, and President, Production, Twentieth Century Fox, Emma Watts.

Fox Family will continue to be led by President Vanessa Morrison, reporting directly to Watts.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures will continue to be led by Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula.

Fox 2000 will continue to be led by President of Production Elizabeth Gabler, overseeing the completion of the...
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