Thursday, May 31, 2012

Incoming Mouseketeer

New top-kick in Burbank:

[Alan] Horn, who spearheaded such expensive hits as the "Harry Potter" series while president of Warner Brothers Entertainment, intends to focus on six to eight films a year geared toward Disney's core audience of families and young adults, he says, and was not told by Disney CEO Bob Iger to rein in budgets.

"All Bob said was 'make good movies,'" Horn, 69, told Reuters in a telephone interview. "I've made expensive films that have flopped, and boy do they hurt." ...

Mr. Horn has lots of movie exec experience in the deep end of the pool, but he's no spring chicken. So it will be interesting to see how long he remains at the studio's helm. (Robert Iger has announced his retirement, and he's a lot younger than Horn.)

It seems his last interaction with animation -- that he talks about -- was greenlighting Happy Feet.


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