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Ross takes Disney studio role

October 7, 2009

Disney Channels Worldwide President Rich Ross has been named chairman of Walt Disney Studios overseeing production, distribution and marketing for all of Disney's movie labels, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In addition, he'll also head Disney's theatrical and music groups. He reports to Disney prexy and CEO Bob Iger.

Ross succeeds Dick Cook, who left last month after a 38-year tenure, on the heels of string of B.O. disappointments including "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Race to Witch Mountain," "G-Force" and "Bedtime Stories"

A successor to Ross at Disney Channels Worldwide will be named in the next few weeks.

Meantime reports from Cannes say Disney's international distribution arm is looking forward to creating a new window for 3D releases onto TV screens. Stephen Moore, EVP and MD for Disney's EMEA distribution arm, says they are already having dialogue with key broadcasters about 3D.

Asked whether 3D meant another distribution window, Moore said Disney was involved in many discussions on the potential impact of 3D in terms of TV broadcasting.

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