Alan Horn is set to replace Rich Ross as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios from June 11th reports Variety.
Disney chief Bob Iger made the announcement Thursday afternoon, one that so far has met with a good response. Horn served as COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment for twelve years, a conservative leader who is a familiar face in the studio system and filmmaker-friendly – quite different to the outgoing Ross whose TV background made him something of an outsider.
The 69-year-old Horn is also a better fit for the studio’s mandate of focusing on global day-and-date tentpole family properties that will benefit the rest of the company’s divisions through TV shows, video games, music, merchandise, web properties and theme park rides.
Before Warners, Horn co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment and served as president and COO of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Horn said he has no initial plans to overhaul the executive line-up at Disney and/or bring in his own staff.