Chris Montan, music exec and producer for the Walt Disney Studios, has been appointed prexy of Walt Disney Music.
In the newly created post, Montan will oversee music for Disney-branded projects such as animated features, legit productions and musical event programming for ABC’s “The Wonderful World of Disney.”
He will continue to serve as exec music producer for all Disney animated features and will help select musical talent. Montan will report directly to Walt Disney Studios prexy Peter Schneider.
Schneider stated: “I consider Montan an expert in his field. He has proven time and again that he has great instincts for picking the right talent … . Under his leadership and creative guidance, the studio has earned an impressive 11 musical Oscars in seven years.”
Montan joined Walt Disney Studios in 1984 and was named VP of music for motion pictures and TV three years later. He served as senior VP, music, from 1991 to 1995, and next signed a five-year deal to produce motion pictures and provide consultation for music-related projects.
He produced the 1997 TV musical “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and exec produced “Annie,” the TV version of the Broadway musical set to air Sunday.
Montan also guided a series of soundtracks, including “Beaches” (1988), “Pretty Woman” (1990), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) and “The Lion King” (1994), to multi-platinum sales, and served as exec music producer for “Toy Story” (1995), “Mulan” (1998) and this year’s “Tarzan.”
Montan remarked: “I’m looking forward to my new responsibilities because this is one of the most musically diverse jobs in Hollywood. I think I have a good understanding of the Disney brand — I started at Disney the same month Michael Eisner did.”