Entertainment industry veteran Alan Horn has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective June 11.
Alan has been a prominent figure in the film and TV industry leading creative teams responsible for some of the world’s most successful entertainment properties. He most recently served as President and COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he oversaw Warner Bros. Studios’ theatrical and home entertainment operations. During his 12-year tenure, the studio was the global box office leader seven times and released numerous critically acclaimed films and box office hits including the hugely successful Harry Potter series, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Happy Feet, Sherlock Holmes, The Departed, Million Dollar Baby, the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, the second and third Matrix films and more.
Before joining Warner Bros., Alan co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Castle Rock Entertainment, where he oversaw the creation of the Oscar-nominated films A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and When Harry Met Sally as well as the most successful show in television history, Seinfeld.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, and the Museum of Broadcasting. He serves on AFI’s Board of Directors and the Autry National Center Board of Trustees in Los Angeles, is a vice chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and is a co-founder of the Environmental Media Association. Alan earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.