Disney’s president of international theatrical distribution Anthony Marcoly is leaving the studio after two decades as chairman Rich Ross (pictured) implemented further changes to the executive roster.
The development emerged as Disney confirmed it had brought in Tron Legacy producer Sean Bailey as president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production following the departure of Oren Aviv earlier in the week.
President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Chuck Viane will now oversee international sales and distribution across 70 countries in the wake of Marcoly’s departure. Viane will report directly to Bob Chapek, president of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios.
Marcoly first joined what was formerly known as Buena Vista International (BVI) at its inception in 1992 as finance director and played an integral part in establishing BVI as a stand-alone theatrical distributor.
He was soon promoted to lead the sales organisation at BVI and subsequently added acquisitions to his portfolio, going on to take charge of international theatrical distribution as president of sales and distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
Marcoly worked on the studio’s biggest titles and liaised closely with former Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group president Mark Zoradi, who was ousted late last year.
In further changes, Christine Cadena, currently senior vice-president of marketing, synergy and franchise development, will become senior vice-president of multicultural initiatives, leading all diversity and multicultural efforts.
Michelle Sewell has been promoted to senior vice-president, global publicity, overseeing the domestic and international publicity departments, and is responsible for formulating and executing worldwide publicity campaigns for all live-action and animated motion pictures. She will report to the head of marketing.
The Studios’ communications team will also transition as John Nicoletti becomes vice-president of global communications and Paul Roeder moves to director of global communications. Heidi Trotta, senior vice-president of studio communications, will stay on as a consultant for a transitional period. Cadena, Nicoletti and Trotta will report directly to Ross.
The studio will also continue its reorganisation of the workforce at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.