“Stay clear of the press.”It’s no surprise that this was the first command among my brilliant friend Jerry Perenchio’s rules to live by, his Rules of the Road. Suffice it to say, he wasn’t a fan of the press, so perhaps it’s ironic that we all break that edict now in remembering him. His son, John, a successful entrepreneur himself (who shares his father’s reticence), and I remarked on this over the years.But I hope he’ll forgive me, because a...
Under Horn’s leadership, Disney held the industry’s top four global, top three international and top two domestic releases of 2016, with three films (“Zootopia,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Finding Dory”) crossing the billion-dollar mark, and a fourth (“The Jungle Book”) grossing more than $950 million.
As studio chairman since 2012, he leads Disney’s production, marketing and distribution for live-action and animated films and also oversees the company’s music and live theater groups. During Horn’s tenure, Disney has achieved record box office with the global hits “Frozen,” “Cinderella,” Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the live action “Beauty and the Beast.”
Prior to Disney, Horn served as president and COO of Warner Bros. from 1999 to 2011, overseeing such global franchises as “Harry Potter,” “Matrix,” “Batman” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” as well as hits including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Happy Feet,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “The Departed” and “Million Dollar Baby.”
Horn, a Harvard Business School grad who got his start in brand management with Procter & Gamble, co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment in 1987 and also served as president and COO of Twentieth Century Fox, and CEO of Embassy.