Sean Bailey
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Walt Disney Studios, The


President, Motion Picture Production

An exec who’s also a creative, he’s been hugely successful as president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production since joining in 2010. Bailey oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production. Hits under his leadership include “The Jungle Book” ($966 million worldwide and the No. 4 film of 2016 globally and domestically), “Maleficent,” “Into the Woods,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,” “Queen of Katwe” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Upcoming titles include “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bailey worked as a writer-producer under an exclusive deal with ABC from 2004 to 2008, simultaneously acting as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, the company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore. While at LivePlanet, he executive-produced the innovative LivePlanet/HBO/Miramax series “Project Greenlight,” nominated for five Emmy Awards, and co-created the LivePlanet/ABC series “Push, Nevada” with Affleck.

In 2008, he founded Idealogy, Inc., with a focus on the evolution and future of creative content. A 20-year industry vet, Bailey has created, packaged and developed film, television and new media concepts for Disney, Miramax, Fox, Columbia, DreamWorks, New Line, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., all major television networks, MSN and Yahoo. His producing credits include “Tron: Legacy,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Matchstick Men.”


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Sundance adds Disney's Sean Bailey to board

Sundance adds Disney's Sean Bailey to board

Sundance Institute has brought in three new members to its board of trustees, including Walt Disney Studios motion picture production prexy Sean Bailey. Bailey, who oversees all live-action development and production at Disney, has a 20-year history in the industry, having developed and produced with all major TV networks, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., among others. He is joined by Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of the Mahindra Group, one of India's largest corporations, and Jacki Zehner, CEO...



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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