Disney Names Tony Chambers as Head of Global Theatrical Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)
8th January 2021

Disney has promoted Tony Chambers to executive vice president of global theatrical distribution.

He replaces Cathleen Taff, who served as head of global film distribution since 2018. Taff remains with Disney’s content group as president of production services, franchise management and multicultural engagement.

Chambers’ hire comes months after the company announced a structural reorganization, one that put a greater emphasis on streaming. In this new order, budget and distribution decisions were moved under the Media and Entertainment Distribution group led by Kareem Daniel.

Chambers will report to Justin Connelly, the president of platform distribution. Connelly reports to Daniel.

Given the reorg, Chambers’ duties differ slightly from Taff’s. In his role, he is responsible for leading and integrating domestic and international distribution across theatrical and home entertainment for all films produced and released by Disney. The studio’s expansive umbrella includes Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation Studio, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Searchlight Pictures.

Disney’s restructuring shakes up how films are traditionally deployed at Hollywood studios. Now, the content division’s main focus is creating new product, while the distribution side figures out the best way to unveil it — whether that’s releasing it on the big screen or putting it on Disney Plus or Hulu.

All the while, the pandemic has upended the movie business and left many cinemas struggling to stay in business. In the wake of coronavirus, Disney has made several unexpected moves that include sending “Mulan,” and Pixar’s “Soul” to Disney Plus. Yet the legacy theatrical business remains a priority for Disney, who has all but dominated the box office in recent years. In 2019 alone, the studio’s films racked up more than $11 billion in global ticket sales.

Chambers has been at Disney for over two decades, most recently serving as senior VP of studio distribution and country manager in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He’s currently based in the U.K. and it’s unclear if he will relocate to Los Angeles with his new title.

As senior VP of studio distribution, Chambers was responsible for leading distribution efforts across theatrical and home entertainment. He joined the company in 1995 and held various positions, including head of studio sales and distribution for Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as general manager of emerging markets, where he lead operations in the Middle East, Israel, Africa, Turkey Greece and Cyprus.

Source: Read Full Article