Disney Studios Reshuffles Distribution Team


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Disney (NYSE: DIS) Studios has shaken up the management structure of its distribution arm, consolidating oversight among three executives.

The changes reflect a platform-agnostic approach Disney wants to take to its content worldwide, effectively merging sales for TV, home video and digital operations. The moves were expected in the wake of a restructuring of Disney Studios experienced last November under newly installed chairman Rich Ross.

Janice Marinelli will lead North American in-home sales for content for both film and TV distribution across home video, TV and digital. Marinelli will continue to report to both Bob Chapek, president of distribution at Disney Studios, and Ben Byne, president of global distribution at Disney Media Networks. Marinelli previously focused on TV syndication.

Jason Brenek will assume control of international in-home sales. Formerly senior vice president of digital cinema worldwide, Brenek was instrumental in Disney’s 3D strategy. He reports only to Chapek.

Lori MacPherson will oversee global product management across a wide range of Disney’s branded properties, including Pixar, Marvel, dreamWorks, ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channels. The position will also have a business development component. MacPherson, previously general manager of domestic home entertainment, also reports to Chapek.

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