Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Resigns

Rich Ross has resigned from his post as Walt Disney Studios Chair. After being promoted from his job running The Disney Channel, Ross has experienced a rocky road with full of strained relationships with many Hollywood insiders, not to mention others inside the Mouse House.

Although technically only a few of the films Ross approved for production have reached audiences, his role in hiring outside M.T. Carney and the failure of marketing for big-budget John Carter no doubt played a large role in his ouster.

Frankly, living up to the success and expectations set by previous studio had Dick Cook would have been difficult for anyone. However, let’s hope Bob Iger is able to get someone with a Disney background and enough Hollywood experience to be effective. Someone like, I don’t know, Anne Sweeney or Nina Jacobson?

(update: Stacey Snider from Dreamworks and Mary Parent formerly of Universal also sound good)

Here is Rich Ross’ resignation letter:

For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people on behalf of the world’s best loved brand.  During that time, we’ve told some amazing stories around the world, created successful  TV programming, movies, and franchises that generated new opportunities for the company in the process.

I’ve always said our success is created and driven by our people – whom I consider to be the absolute best in the business.  But, the best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities.  It’s one of the leadership lessons I’ve learned during my career, and it’s something I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

I believe in this extraordinary Walt Disney Studios team, and I believe in our strong slate of films and our ability to make and market them better than anyone else.  But, I no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me.  For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective today.

It has been my honor to work with such incredible teams – at Disney Channels Worldwide and The Walt Disney Studios and the many other Disney businesses I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with.  I know I leave the Studios in good hands and, even on separate paths, I am confident we are all destined for continued success.
 
-Rich

Who do you think would be a good fit at Walt Disney Studios?

(via the Hollywood Reporter )

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