Walt Disney Co on Wednesday said it restructured its film studio's marketing, distribution, and operations divisions, reflecting a new strategic direction for bringing content to the market.
The restructuring follows closely on the heels of the departure this week of studio distribution veteran Mark Zoradi, president of Disney's motion pictures group following the abrupt departure of his former boss Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook, in September and Miramax Films President Daniel Battsek last month.
The studio is being restructured by Rich Ross who was appointed by Disney CEO Bob Iger as Cook's successor.
Ross, former president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement that Bob Chapek will take on the new role of president, distribution and will be responsible for developing distribution strategy and overseeing the delivery of all motion pictures and television content, across the theatrical exhibition, home entertainment, pay TV, digital formats, and other new media.
In the marketing division, a new president will be announced shortly to oversee marketing for live-action, animation, Miramax Films, DreamWorks, and home entertainment.
(Editing Bernard Orr)