Long trusted and always impeccably informed property snitches Lucy Spillerguts and Yolanda Yakketyyak both pegged influential veteran entertainment industry executive Ricky Strauss as the seller of a conscientiously restored and thoroughly up-to-date 1927 English Tudor in L.A.’s historically hoity-toity Hancock Park ’hood with an asking price of $6.75 million. The former president of Participant Media and current president of marketing for the Walt Disney Studios purchased the decidedly dignified, half-timbered red-brick residence via trust in mid-2013 for exactly $3.9 million.The...
As president of marketing, Ricky Strauss manages The Walt Disney Studios’ global marketing efforts. His responsibilities include overseeing creative, media, digital, promotions, publicity and research for all Disney subsidiary releases, including those of Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
During Strauss’ tenure, Disney has successfully marketed box office hits “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel, “Frozen,” “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “Big Hero 6,” “Inside Out,” “Brave,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies.”
Strauss has been with the company since 2012. Prior to Disney, he was president of Participant Media for seven years, overseeing the company’s marketing, production and acquisition of films, television programs and publishing titles. During this time, Participant’s projects included “The Help,” “Contagion,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Syriana” and “The Kite Runner,” in addition to award-winning documentaries such as “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Cove,” “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” and “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”
Before joining Participant, Strauss launched Ricochet Entertainment, where he executive produced films including “The Sweetest Thing,” starring Cameron Diaz. He also has executive producer credit on “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Contagion” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Following a college internship at Tri-Star Pictures in New York, Strauss began his career at Sony Pictures, where he spent 16 years as a marketing executive and was later promoted to senior vice president of production. He attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theater.