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The buzzed-about execs who didn’t get the job

Feige, Bailey, Lasseter among those biz bandied about for Disney job

In the five weeks it took for Disney to replace Rich Ross, the Hollywood rumor mill churned, with what seemed like a new candidate’s name each new day. Curiously enough — and perhaps a testament to the famously tightlipped Disney exec suite — Alan Horn’s was not among those bandied about publicly. The former Warner Bros. topper’s appointment Thursday caught most of Hollywood offguard.

Here’s a roster of those who were buzzed about:

Kevin Feige: The Marvel topper’s name led many observers’ lists, and not just because of the success of “The Avengers”: His reputation for closely scrutinizing costs, as well as his ability to keep dozens of moving parts on track, made him seem a natural fit to run Disney. But Feige wants to burn calories making movies, not managing.

Sean Bailey: Well liked in and outside the studio, the Disney production prexy’s name was in the mix early — but not so much later — after Bob Iger said he was happy with his studio heads right where they were.

John Lasseter: See Sean Bailey. Plus, with Pixar cooking, why would he want to go more corporate than creative?

Scott Stuber: Rumors flew that the former U co-chair, now an on-the-lot producer, was pushing hard for the job. But with the Stuber-produced “Battleship” running aground while the search was on, it would’ve been a tough choice for Disney, given the Mouse’s similar-sized debacle in “John Carter.”

Stacey Snider: The DreamWorks co-chair and CEO’s name circulated from day one. Though certainly qualified to run Disney, she’s happy making movies with Steven Spielberg.

Mary Parent: Another name that persisted through the search, but given her contentedness with a lucrative deal at Paramount, so did the question: Why would she take on the hassles of running Disney?

Joe Roth: Though he’s worked closely with the studio on “Alice in Wonderland,” “Malificent” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” it would’ve been a surprise to see him get the gig given the rocky end to his tenure running Disney in 2000.

Oren Aviv: The Fox marketing chief’s name enjoyed a brief but heated run on the rumor wires — his conservative corporate style and marketing expertise surely fit the bill — but his name faded from the conversation toward the end.

Sue Kroll: Word came early this week that Warner’s marketing maven was someone to keep an eye on, and though she seemed an intriguing choice, it turned out to be a nonstarter.

Related: Alan Horn named chairman of Disney Studios

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