Rich Ross Named Chairman of Disney Studios

It’s been a busy fall for Disney. The company recently announced its agreement to acquire Marvel Entertainment in a $4 billion deal that would bring the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and the Fantastic Four into the company’s stable of animated characters. Helping to decide the filmic fates of everyone from Captain America to the X-Men—provided that the deal closes—will be Rich Ross, the newly appointed chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Ross, who has led the Disney Channel to world domination (see also: Montana, Hannah), will oversee worldwide production, distribution, and marketing for Disney’s live-action and feature animated film labels, including Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, and Disney/Pixar. He’ll also head the company’s theatrical and music groups.

Publish date: October 6, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT