Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

Alan Horn Holds the Keys to Disney

Bloomberg Breakfast - 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

After his tenure as film chief of Warner Brothers, Alan Horn in 2011 was told it was time to retire, to ride off to a Florida sunset. Instead, Horn at 71 has reinvented himself and Disney Studios. Along with CEO Bob Iger, Alan Horn transformed Disney into a company impressive for its earnings as well as films, as reported by the New York Times.

Alan Horn, as the chairman of Walt Disney studios, is involved with the casting, distribution and marketing for every film, and with Pixar, Marvel and the Star Wars franchise under one roof, including the core business, Horn is anything but retired. The company reported a staggering $1.5 billion in profit, up from $1.63 million in 2013.  This was thanks to recent hits that have all scored No 1 at the box office, including “Big Hero 6, ” “Malificent, ” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

When asked about his work with Disney, Alan Horn sounds humble. He said to the New York Times, after first telling them they had the wrong Alan and  to talk to Alan Bergman, Disney’s President, instead “I’m just a janitor with a reel of keys. Each key belongs to a different person here. Sometimes all they need is for me to empower them and to act in service of them. Every once in a while there is a mess, I try to help.”

Alex Horn has been a big fan of Disney for much of his life, and even proposed to his wife with a ring in the shape of Bambi.

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