Sean Bailey
Courtesy of Disney
United States
2020

The Walt Disney Studios

Sean
Bailey

President, Motion Picture Production

Live-action reimaginings of iconic animated Disney films have been at the center of Bailey’s strategy for the studio, producing monster theatrical hits “The Lion King” ($1.66 billion), “Aladdin” ($1.05 billion), “Beauty and the Beast” ($1.26 billion) and “The Jungle Book” ($966 million). Now, he’s taking a big role in the development of original content for Disney Plus. While there has been a more-of-the-same quality to some of his choices (as in, a live-action version of “Lady and the Tramp”), he helped arrange the $75 million deal that brought a filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical “Hamilton” to the platform in July 2020, as well as a pact with Bruno Mars to make a music-driven theatrical film for the studio.

Career

  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • THE JUNGLE BOOK
  • THE LION KING

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“"In the long run, quality always wins."”

What or who inspires you?

“Sir Winston Churchill. Sundance. The Voyager mission. Hamilton. Senator Cory Booker. Sir Ridley Scott.”

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