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Time For A Shakeup of Disney Executives?

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With the coming consummation of the Disney-Fox merger, it might hopefully fill the company, especially key executive positions, with new blood. It's time for the following people to be replaced at once:

 

Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime

-Cancelled Port Charles without looking at other options that could have kept money flowing into the series or allowing proper resolution

-Stubbornly refused to bend or expand into digital and streaming, to the detriment of the ratings and money

-Cancelled OLTL and AMC to replace with talk shows no one watches, sued Prospect Park over the online continuation plans, and is just sitting on the series after the rights reverted back to ABC

-Helped oversee a general decline in GH writing, including attempt at PC tribute to leave fans high and dry

 

Anne Sweeney, head of Disney-ABC Television Group

-Instituted a gradual decline and rot at The Disney Channel and saw the loss of wonderful programming

-Produced a very hit-and-miss rollout of new series on ABC, where every hit was cancelled out by a failure as well as failing to find suitable replacements for beloved older programs signing off (TGIF lineup, Ellen's cancellation a year "The Puppy Episode", NYPD Blue)

 

Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios head and chairman, de facto chairman of The Walt Disney Company (Bob Iger is officially chairman as well as CEO, but Horn handles many of those duties)

-Is head of live action films division as well as chairman, giving live action films "favored nation" status, meaning that animation, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm all are subordinate to him and he is their superior

-Films he is very hands off with (remakes, Oz the Great and Powerful, Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Christopher Robin and so on) do quite well, while films he personally champions (Tomorrowland, A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) flop horribly

-Has overseen the atrophying of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and has helped engender a perception that Disney has stopped being creative and is merely rehashing past glories (largely overblown, but in many cases, perception matters more)

-Has an obsessive, fetishized focus on Disney's "family friendly" image, to the point of basically steering the company away from adult content by shuttering Touchstone Pictures and giving signs that after the Fox acquisition, he will "scale back" R-rated non-X-Men IPs, such as Alien (thus possibly preventing a revival of Neill Blomkamp's planned film), (if Horn was in charge in 1990, Pretty Woman would not exist)

-Terminated James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over past tweets that Gunn previously apologized for and which Horn had judged him sufficiently repentant for in the past

-May have had a hand in the John Lasseter debacle, due to apparent hating him from the start and looking for any reason to boot him

-Personally scheduled Solo's May release date, when Kathleen Kennedy told him that a Christmas 2018 release would be far better, and also refused to give proper marketing due to not wanting to split resources already going to Infinity War. Is content to let Kennedy take the fall

Edited by Toxic34

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Uhhhh, Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney both left Disney/ABC years ago.

 

Alan Horn is going nowhere. And John Lasseter got himself fired.

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